To Friends of Rapp Nature Camp

As you may know, I will be retiring as Camp Director in October of this year.  We are very happy to announce that Rachel Bynum will serve as Associate Director this summer and will take over as Camp Director in October 2022.  Please visit our Staff page and read all about Rachel’s experiences and plans for her time at our camp in the years ahead!


Lyt Wood

Camp Director

2022 Summer Day Camp

Our 2022 Theme of Study is:  “TREASURES”
Due to current COVID conditions, our plans for 2022 are greatly modified from past camp sessions.  Like our 2021 camp sessions, in 2022 we will offer four one-week sessions, all of which are open to campers 8 to 16 years old. Campers may attend any number of sessions. In addition to providing greater safety during the pandemic, the one-week sessions will allow a greater number of campers to participate (we will be limiting group size) and will also allow siblings to attend together.
SESSION 1:  JUNE 20-24
SESSION 2:  JUNE 27 – JULY 1  **FULL**
SESSION 3:  JULY 4-8 (Note:  July 4 will be a regular camp day)
SESSION 4:  JULY 11-15
Camper participation fee will be $200 per one-week session, and we can usually provide financial assistance if necessary. Camp hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. As always, we will require enrollment and individual health information well in advance of the first day of camp.  Please click here for additional enrollment information and registration forms or call (540) 987-9530. We hope that every camper will attend every day, but contrary to our usual policy, attendance will not be mandatory every day. As with last year’s summer session, a Camp Nurse will be on site every day, and we will have a procedure worked out for screening upon arrival.


Rapp Nature Camp is a summertime day camp in the mountains of Rappahannock County, Virginia. Established in 1986, the 2021 summer marked our 36th year.  Our mission is to allow individuals, especially children, to discover for themselves the wonder and beauty of the natural world, and to understand what it means to be a part of a community of living things. 
We are deeply thankful again this year to the Emily Jane Hilscher Passion Award Fund, the people who contribute to the fund, and the Hilscher family for their continued support both for Rapp Nature Camp and the many children for whom they have provided scholarships over the years. Emily’s passion and love of nature lives on in the wonderful and profound experiences of our campers year after year.