Our Philosophy

Our Mission

Camp Riverlea provides a structured program where children can continue to develop as fully self-actualizing people while learning and perfecting new skills, broadening their range of personal experiences and learning how to live more effectively in their world. We emphasize interpersonal relationships, greater knowledge and appreciation of the world of nature, and skill achievement judged by individual progress.


Our Goals for Each Camper

1. Participate in a planned program of archery, arts and crafts, movement skills and athletics, nature, swimming, tennis, music, drama, golf, and kayaking or canoeing. These activities should be suitable to his/her/their own age group and planned with an objective of skill improvement and an increase in knowledge.

2. Participate in camp activities with all age groups to learn camp songs, share experiences, get to know as many other campers as possible and feel himself/herself/theirself to be an important part of the total camp “family”.

3. Be taught by skilled teachers who understand the needs and interests of the age group and the particular requirements of the area being taught.

4. Engage in a safe environment.

5. Enjoy camp. Camp should be a happy place where individuals feel important.

6. Participate in an overnight camping or an extended-day experience. These experiences might include eating outside, sleeping outside, participating in a campfire program, and/or feeling a sense of independence from home.

7. Practice acceptable behaviors, obey rules, and live at camp in an atmosphere of concern and consideration for others.

8. Experience formal and informal group activities such as free play in and outdoors, and “all camp” activities such as relays, all-camp games, adventure activities, holiday celebrations, etc.

9. Leave camp feeling more comfortable in nature and have a better appreciation of the natural world.

10. Learn how to express their feelings and needs and practice these skills at camp.

Our Values of Respecting the Rights and Dignity of All

1. We respect the rights and dignity of all individuals, including individuals of all ages, races, colors, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, disabilities, socio-economic backgrounds, family structures, ethnicities, and national origins.

2. We expect all staff and campers to speak respectfully to each other and when speaking about one another.

3. We train our staff to respect the rights and dignity of others, as well as, how to speak with respect to others at camp, and how to encourage campers to do the same. We also encourage this behavior throughout the day with our campers.

A camp tradition for Durham area children

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