Camp Dickenson – Life & Learning on the New River

Nestled in a beautiful setting and surrounded by equally beautiful souls, Camp Dickenson in Fries, VA, is the perfect place to be inspired this summer!

Filled with fun, friendship and faith, this picturesque setting is a place where campers play, learn and soak in God’s creations together. Minus the distractions of their everyday schedules and activities, campers participate in both high-energy worship and quiet time, while making new friends that have been known to last a lifetime. Many campers here are “regulars” who started in elementary school and are still returning as high school students.

Loved and applauded for the highest quality resident camps and adventure camps, Director Anthony Gomez shares what’s new at Camp Dickenson for Summer 2023.

“We are returning to our roots this year, bringing back our specialty camps over the course of the next three years – one year at a time!” he says. “For this summer, we are introducing our MAD Camp July 23-28, a spirited focus on music, arts and drama for rising 10th through 12th graders. We have many musically inclined camp staff members, and we know this is the age when teens begin to develop more special interests.”

MAD is a perfect fit! This exciting week will feature a schedule that focuses on all interactive music activities, creative arts and performance. Senior high students who are currently involved in concert band, chorus, marching band, theater or drama club at school are perfect candidates to enjoy this new opportunity.

“We also chose to focus on the arts this first year, since often these programs tend to be cut first from local school curriculum,” adds Anthony.

After much consideration and professional analysis, Camp Dickenson has also condensed their camp offerings from seven weeks down to four weeks, researching the most popular camp weeks overall for the last few years. Condensing to achieve even better quality of camp experiences is something the staff hopes will be even more effective and engaging.

Summer camp has always provided children and teens with the most unique opportunities for personal growth and development, and surrounded by a compassionate staff and careful supervision, growth is often immeasurable! Campers gain insight into their personal strengths, while examining their own Christian values through age-appropriate faith guidance and relating to those around them. Research shows children who attend camp become more independent, grow in self-confidence and build important social skills.

Camp Dickenson summer camp registration is now open, and payment options are always available – as are sponsorships – thanks to a very generous base of compassionate donors.

“We’re also thrilled to have some of our counselors with international backgrounds returning, which adds a fun element to the summer staff!” says Anthony.

Once a working farm and lovingly donated by its owner, Bill Dickenson, Camp Dickenson is serenely located along the New River, at 801 Camp Dickenson Lane, in Fries, VA. Reach them at 276.744.7241, email or visit them online at for specific details on camp experiences, or for registration information. Follow Camp Dickenson on Facebook and Instagram @campdickenson.


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