2023 Summer Day Camp

Below are the 2023 dates for summer day camp.  Before you enroll, please review our 2023 Rapp Nature Camp Enrollment Guidelines.  To enroll, please download and complete the 2023 Camp Registration Forms.
SESSION 1:  JUNE 12-16
SESSION 2:  JUNE 19-23
SESSION 3:  JUNE 26-30
SESSION 4:  JULY 3-7 (Note:  July 4 will be a regular camp day)
July 6th evening activity:  open to 2023 campers for free, first come, first served!
Please note the following:
  • Every session is open to campers age 8 to 16, and any camper may attend any number of sessions. No two weeks are alike, and we hope you will consider signing up for more than one!  Note that campers must be 8 to 16 years old as of the first day of camp, no exceptions.
  • Application must include full payment of $225 for each one-week session per camper.  To encourage enrollment in multiple sessions, we offer a discount to campers attending additional sessions at $200 each.  Camp fee is $225 per camper for one session, $425 for 2 sessions, $625 for 3 sessions, or $825 for 4 sessions.
  • Contact Camp at rappnaturecamp@gmail.com or call Director Rachel Bynum at 540-252-6308 before enrolling regarding tuition assistance.  It’s easy to apply, and nobody should miss Camp due to financial need.
  • Rappahannock Nature Camp will take appropriate measures consistent with current Public Health practices to do what we can to keep campers safe and healthy.
  • Local Residence is not required for registration.

To Friends of Rapp Nature Camp

We are happy to report that Rappahannock Nature Camp is alive and well!  2022 was a big year of transition for camp, and we are now on a new and stable footing.  The first relatively normal summer since the pandemic was a joy.  It brought four amazing groups of campers to explore, discover, and rekindle connections to nature and our camp community that will carry on to enrich their lives.  You will get a glimpse of the discoveries made, treasures found, and questions asked when you read the 2022 edition of News from Singing Creek.

2022 started in uncertainty for Camp, with Lyt Wood set to retire and nobody ready to take the Camp Director position.  Rachel Bynum, an organic vegetable farmer, School Board Member, and former environmental educator, decided in the early Spring to become Camp Director over the course of the year.  Ahead of Camp, she had the opportunity to brush up on outdoor education training and learning, especially through wonderful Perennial Campers outings led by Lyt.  She loved being a Counselor for four weeks last summer, creating a deeper connection with the place, the campers, and the camp community, as well as enjoying playful and mindful discovery in nature.

We have chosen the theme “Wonder” for the 2023 Camp season.  This stems from Rachel Carson’s wish for all children to maintain that natural sense throughout their adult lives.  Camp will maintain its spirit but will continue to change as it always has, as we try to keep Rapp Nature Camp appealing and accessible to a wide variety of kids and families with different needs and backgrounds.  Lyt will take on the role of Artistic Advisor and continue as Facilities Manager, and he will lead Perennial Campers activities.  He will still be present part time in the life of Camp and will continue sharing his wonderful music.  Nina Anderson will return as Assistant Director, bringing her many years of Camp and teaching experience to the table. Rachel and Nina have started a process of re-vamping the education and discovery activities at Camp together.  Sessions will run in 2-week pairs, with alternating sub-themes of “cycles and change”, and “connections” in nature.  Gus Garcia plans to return as our affable Camp Medic this year as well.

Rachel brings love for the outdoors and concern for the future health of our communities.  Accessing nature through one’s own perceptions and feelings can be a key to a happy and healthy future for our kids, and Rapp Nature Camp provides a unique place in our local and wider community for this to happen.  A goal for Camp this year is to increase enrollment, hopefully to pre-pandemic levels.  Working with connections in our local schools, we hope to attract more campers.  We hope you will help spread the word to children and grandchildren of local families about Rapp Nature Camp as well.  

Last October we enjoyed our first ever Rapp Nature Camp Fall Gathering.  We shared a delicious meal together at Azalea Rocks with several dozen campers, camper families, and friends of Camp, provided by a PATH Foundation grant.  The feeling in the clear Autumn air was one of happy community fellowship and simple celebration that our 38-year-old camp continues to thrive.

As we begin 2023, Camp does have some financial need in order to continue in good health.  We are grateful to our past donors, who have seen us successfully through this transition.  We plan to continue to offer subsidized tuition rates for campers to keep camp affordable and accessible.  We also will continue offering generous scholarships and have plans to improve the common spaces in our facilities.  We estimate that the actual cost per camper of Camp is over three times our tuition.  This means that any donation you can make to Camp, large or small, will make a big difference in keeping Camp going, and with it the special discoveries, connections, and nature lessons that reverberate in our lives and communities.

Thank you for being a part of the Rappahannock Nature Camp circle!  May it never end. 

Rachel Bynum                 Ann Simon
Camp Director                Chair, Rapp Nature Camp Board of Directors



Rapp Nature Camp is a summertime day camp in the mountains of Rappahannock County, Virginia. Established in 1986, the 2022 summer marked our 37th 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.