Not Just Another Summer Camp
The Apple Ridge Farm Academic Summer Camp, founded in 1989, offers Roanoke’s inner-city youth ages 6-16 an opportunity to enjoy a mountain camp experience and gain life skills that will serve them in their home environments. Away from the heat and noise of inner-city streets, young people engage in activities designed to provide challenges, stimulate trust and cooperation, and build self-esteem.
Taking place over an 8 week period each summer, approximately 450 children annually are bused up the mountain via Roanoke City School buses to enjoy the cool green hills and take part in a classic summer camp fun like swimming, tennis, basketball and hiking. Through the simple joy of physical activity we utilize the lessons learned on the playing field to build self esteem, foster communication skills, and create a community of support for our children.
In addition to the four regular sessions, there are two special sessions for those who have attended one of our summer camp session:
- Swim Camp
- Tennis Camp
- Tennis Carnival and Fun Day
Our primary focus is strengthening the academic development of our campers. We use the great outdoors to develop interest in Reading, Math, Science, Nature Studies, Language Arts and Computer Science exploration. Summer camp also offers:
- Swimming Instruction
- Character Building
- Reading and Math Enrichment
- Science Explorations
- Team Building Activities
- Hiking On Our Mountain Trails
- Tennis Instruction
- College Prep & Career Focus (session 4)
- College Trips
- Oral Communication Skills
Please click on the links on the right for more information about each program.