Summer Camps

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Woodberry Compass

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  • Woodberry Compass Details and Registration

    Woodberry Compass
    Dates: June 17-24
    Cost: $1,400
    >>>Register Here

    CAMP PICK UP IS SATURDAY, JUNE 24, FROM 10:00 - 11:00 PM

    2023 Available Discounts

    • Multiple Child Discount - 10% off each additional child
      • Applies to Woodberry Compass, Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, and Woodberry Basketball and Football camps only
      • Discount may not be applied across individual camps

    Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders
    Full-time Woodberry faculty members—innovative and exciting teachers—will lead participants through experiences that connect them to nature, to their peers, and to the wider world.

    Our counselors are exclusively young Woodberry alumni and high-performing seniors known for their deep engagement and leadership ability. These young men of character will guide campers through their time at Compass, showing them what it means to lead with empathy and honor.

    Your son will:
    • Learn about watershed ecosystems while fly-fishing.
    • Work with a team to create solutions to epic design problems.
    • Develop his approach to leadership and decide what kind of impact he’d like to have on his community back home.

      Woodberry Compass asks middle school boys to dive deep into new challenges on our picturesque 1,200-acre Virginia campus.

      Each day, campers take on two main activities, one from the Adventure category and one from the Intellect category. In the morning, they'll either hike the Perimeter Trail, romp in the Rapidan River, or scale our Climbing Tower. After lunch, boys will work in teams as they learn to code and fly drones through obstacle courses, and explore video journalism as they write, film, and edit their own vlog about their camp experience.

      In the evening, the whole camp comes together for a Leadership Simulation. Boys immerse themselves in roles that interact—and sometimes conflict—with one another. With help from counselors and camp faculty, they'll learn how to work together to overcome these conflicts and accomplish team goals.
  • What to Bring to Woodberry Compass

    Woodberry Compass Packing List:
    Shampoo and soap
    Toothbrush and toothpaste
    Socks and underwear for seven days
    Shorts (including athletic shorts)
    Sturdy shoes for walking and running
    One pair of long pants for hiking
    Closed-toed shoes that can be worn in water
    A beach towel
    A light rain jacket
    A baseball hat
    Reusable water bottle
    Insect repellant
    Bed linens (twin bed)
    Blanket or sleeping bag

    Devices: Students will be able to use iPhones or iPads for the intellect courses. Devices will be collected and stored safely when they are not being used for courses. 

    Fir Tree Money: Campers will have access to the Fir Tree in the evenings. Fir Tree snacks are optional and are not included in the Compass fees. If your son would like Fir Tree snacks, please send money with him. 

  • Sample Daily Schedule

    7:30 Wake up
    8:00 Breakfast
    8:30 Camp meeting
    9:00 Intellect course: learn to build bridges and make modifications to successfully adapt to different scenarios.
    10:30 Leadership development- low ropes course challenge
    12:00 Lunch
    12:45 Time together at the outdoor pool
    2:30 Adventure course: scale the climbing tower on campus
    4:30 Hobby time: examples include playing chess and Magic the Gathering, learning how to tie flies.
    6:00 Dinner
    7:00 Camp wide game: capture the flag, capture the counselor, amoeba tag
    9:45 Showers and time to wind down
    10:15 Lights out
  • Contact Information for Woodberry Compass

    Camper's Name
    Woodberry Forest School 
    Woodberry Compass Program
    148 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry Forest, VA 22989

    Camper's Name and Team
    Woodberry Forest School 
    Woodberry Compass Program 
    898 Woodberry Forest Road
    Woodberry Forest VA  22989

    School phone: 540-672-3900

Sports Camp

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  • Sports Camp Details and Registration

    Sports Camp
    Dates: June 18 - July 7
    Cost: $4,250
    >>>Register Here

    2023 Available Discounts

    • Multiple Child Discount - 10% off each additional child
      • Applies to Woodberry Compass, Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, and Woodberry Basketball and Football camps only
      • Discount may not be applied across individual camps

    For boys ages 10-13 and 14-year-olds if entering eighth grade in the fall after camp. 

    EXPERIENCE SPORTS CAMP: We Make Summertime Fun!
    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp offers sports-loving boys a special experience. Boys of all levels of skill and ability who are interested in learning a variety of team and individual sports will enjoy the three-week camp. The camp works on developing skills in a friendly, supportive atmosphere where everyone finds encouragement. The camp covers most summer sports, and small-group instruction ensures individual attention for each boy. This camp is for the boy who wants to play sports all day long! Keen interest in sports is the key to enjoying the lively atmosphere of Woodberry Forest Sports Camp.
  • What to Bring to Sports Camp

    Clothing and Equipment List
    Campers must bring the following articles of clothing and equipment to camp:
    1. 1 backpack (an old one that goes over the shoulder – nothing new)
    2. 1 pair athletic shoes with molded cleats (no detachable cleats)
    3. 2 pair non‑marking basketball shoes (in case one gets wet or causes blisters)
    4. 1 pair of sandals (for swimming – Teva-type sandals work the best)
    5. 2 pair cheap flip flops (helps in showers)
    6. 1 pair of pajamas (which they never wear  boxers are fine)
    7. 1 sweatshirt or warm jacket (in case it gets cool or rains)
    8. 2 or 3 swimsuits (one for Barbee, one for outdoor pool, and one left on dorm)
    9. 1 dozen athletic socks
    10. 1 pair shorts (w/pockets)  The pair they wear opening day will be great.
    11. 1 dozen. under shorts 
    12. (suggestion:  athletic compression shorts helps with any chafing during an athletic day)
    13. 1 blanket (linens are provided)
    14. 1 pillow 
    15. bathroom articles (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) 
    16. stamps, postcards, pens
    17. towels
    Athletic Shoes
    Boys must bring a well-fitted athletic shoe with molded cleats. It is extremely important that shoes (cleated and basketball) must be well broken in before camp. Please do not make the mistake of purchasing shoes right before camp. Blisters are painful and your son could have several bad days ahead of him.  
    Send two pairs of good basketball shoes. Again, these must be well broken in. A dry pair should be available to avoid blisters. Be certain they are well marked! Should your son have an old pair that can be worn in the rain if necessary, please send them.
    Special Notes on Clothing and Laundry Facilities
    Small articles of clothing such as underwear, socks, pajamas, etc. will be washed here each week. We do not send clothing to an outside laundry  therefore; campers will be required to bring very little personal clothing. Campers wear their camp uniform throughout the day and evening, including meals. Campers generally change their uniform two or three times a day.
    It is absolutely essential that each piece of clothing and equipment be marked! Nametags are the only reliable method of marking clothing. Athletic shoes must also be marked with magic marker.  Please do not neglect to do this; shoes and baseball caps are the items most frequently lost or misplaced. You will not need to pack shorts or shirts for him. He will be in a camp uniform the entire camp. He will go home in the personal shorts he wears to camp opening day and a camp shirt.
    We do provide equipment, but many campers have a favorite glove or lacrosse stick they will want to bring.
    What not to send:
    Cell phones
    If your son travel travels to camp with one, have him return it to you before you depart campus or turn it in to his counselor on opening day. Possession of these devices is not permitted during camp as they detract from a key aspect of camp  building meaningful relationships with the other boys at camp.
    Food and Gum
    We provide campers with two snacks and three meals a day and a visit to the Fir Tree most evenings. They have plenty of food. We want to encourage healthy eating along with fitness so we remove sodas from the Fir Tree. Please do not send a lot of junk food. Last year, there was an excessive amount of food in the dorm rooms, which remained uneaten and in many cases created a big mess.  If food packages become a problem, we reserve the right to deal with it how we see fit. Care packages can be a link to home and fun, but please keep it to a reasonable quantity.
    FOOD ITEMS THAT WILL BE DISCARDED IMMEDIATELY: Soda, gum, sunflower seeds, or anything with peanuts. These items have caused problems in the past. 
    spray deodorant and shaving cream
    expensive cameras (disposable cameras work great, though!)
    laundry bags (We have bags used by the school, additional bags may confuse the laundry procedure.)
    anything with wheels (rollerblades, skateboards, etc.)
    water balloons
    water guns
    We urge you to avoid sending items of great value. The campers/counselors are out of the dorms most of the day and evening. 
  • Contact Information for Sports Camp


    Camper's Name and Team
    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp 
    378 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry Forest, VA 22989 
    Office phone: 540-672-6044 
    School phone: 540-672-3900 
    Camper's Name and Team
    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp

    Amy Blundin and Matt Blundin have served as co-directors of Sports Camp for the last 4 years.  

    Amy has helped coach and condition elementary and middle school boys and girls in a variety of sports for the last ten years.  She has led community boot camps, or interval training and bodyweight strength and conditioning, for adults for about ten years in Crozet and at Woodberry. In the last two years, Amy has coached a JV tennis season and worked with Woodberry's head strength and conditioning coach, Tyler Knight, to create and teach a basic physical fitness program to 5th and 6th formers.

    Matt serves as athletic director and co-director of Sports camp, and teaches mathematics.  He was appointed in 2016 after working for Albemarle County Public Schools as a mathematics teacher and as lead instructional coach and liaison for the school district’s athletic directors.  He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia where he played quarterback and co-captain of the football team and forward and co-captain of the basketball team.  He played for two NFL teams: the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions.  
    The Sports Camp experience is three weeks of fun, competitive energy, and team building. Our coaching philosophy is in the "AND", we want our athletes to excel in sports AND develop excellent character. We view Sports Camp as an opportunity for campers to enjoy the excitement of athletic games, gain confidence while being apart of a supportive team, and grow in character by adhering to sportsmanship values during the highs and lows of competition.  We ask campers to demonstrate sportsmanship on and off the playing fields by showing respect and gratitude to their parents, fellow campers, and the community of people who make the Sports Camp experience possible. Campers enjoy the mentorship and support of counselors as well as teammates during evening team meetings around values.

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Basketball Camp

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  • Basketball Camp Details and Registration

    Basketball Camp
    Dates: July 15-19
    Cost: $675
    >>>Register Here

    2023 Available Discounts
    • Multiple Child Discount - 10% off each additional child
      • Applies to Woodberry Compass, Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, and Woodberry Basketball and Football camps only
      • Discount may not be applied across individual camps
    • Multiple Camp Discount - 5% off each camp
      • Applies to Woodberry Basketball and Woodberry Football Camps only
      • Discount may not be used at the same time as the multiple child discount.
      • Boys choosing to attend both camps are able to remain on campus under the care of their coaches through transition between camps.

    Boys, ages 9-16

    The goal of Woodberry Forest Basketball Camp is to help each individual improve his skill level and enjoyment of the game. We focus on developing a player's offensive game with an emphasis on shooting the basketball.

    At the same time, our environment fosters enthusiasm and a positive attitude. Any player will improve with hard work and a good attitude, and we look forward to working with campers of all experience levels.
  • What To Bring to Basketball Camp

    • Shorts, T-shirts, and socks
    • Blanket, pillow, and sheets for a twin bed
    • Basketball Shoes
    • Bathing Suit
    • Towels and washcloth
    • Toiletries
    • Book for down time on dorm
  • Contact Information for Basketball Camp

    Please contact or phone 540-672-6044 or email us at

    Woodberry Forest School is a highly selective, independent boarding school in Madison County, Va., for 400 boys in grades 9-12 from 33 states, the District of Columbia, and many other countries. Founded in 1889, it emphasizes an education based on intellectual thoroughness, moral integrity, and good sportsmanship.

    Meet Coach Craig Dawson
    “A good coach can make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.”
    Coach Dawson has a long pedigree with his playing days at Wake Forest and his coaching days at Forsyth Country Day.

    He graduated from Wake Forest in 2002 after a stellar career for the Demon Deacons. He became the fortieth member of the Wake Forest 1,000 Point Club and finished his career with 1,342 points. He tied the ACC record for the most three-pointers in one game with elevent against Clemson University, which set a Wake Forest individual record. 

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Football Camp

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  • Football Camp Details and Registration

    The Woodberry Forest School Football Camp is a great opportunity for boys that love playing football or are interested in improving their skill levels as well as knowledge of the game. The boys will have an opportunity to be coached and learn from our school's football coaching staff with NFL, college and high school playing and coaching experience. The boys will also have access to Woodberry's facilities including grass and turf fields, indoor track and municipal training facility, as well as outdoor pool for cooling off on a hot afternoon. Our goal as a coaching staff during this camp is to coach and teach the boys football techniques and schemes, as well as facilitate the building of friendships to last for years to come between our campers. Go Tigers!  

    Football Camp
    Dates: July 11-14
    Cost: $550
    >>>Register Here

    2023 Available Discounts

    • Multiple Child Discount - 10% off each additional child
      • Applies to Woodberry Compass, Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, and Woodberry Basketball and Football camps only
      • Discount may not be applied across individual camps
    • Multiple Camp Discount - 5% off each camp
      • Applies to Woodberry Basketball and Woodberry Football Camps only
      • Discount may not be used at the same time as the multiple child discount.
      • Boys choosing to attend both camps are able to remain on campus under the care of their coaches through transition between camps.

    Boys who will be ages 12-16

    • Low camper-to-coach ratio
    • Turf fields
    • Air-conditioned dorms
    • Indoor and outdoor pools

  • What to Bring to Football Camp

    • Cleats
    • Tennis Shoes
    • Any other personal items used during practice
    • Blanket, pillow, and sheets for a twin bed
    • Towel 
    Please do not bring helmets or pads.
  • Contact Information for Football Camp

    Woodberry Forest Summer Programs
    378 Woodberry Station
    Woodberry Forest, VA 22989 
    Office phone: 540-672-6044 
    School phone: 540-672-3900 


    Meet Coach Jackson Matteo

    Matteo is a two-time graduate of The University of Virginia, where he started 30 games at offensive line from 2012-2016, and served as team captain in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in higher education with a focus in athletic administration; he is currently a doctoral candidate at UVA’s School of Education and plans to defend his dissertation this spring. Jackson was previously a graduate assistant coach at UVA under Bronco Mendenhall, working with the defensive backs in 2017 and the offensive line in 2018 and 2019. During his tenure as graduate assistant coach, Matteo helped Virginia achieve three consecutive bowl berths, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division in 2019. 

    "Jackson is a tremendous leader who has had a rich football experience," said Athletic Director Matt Blundin. "He has already demonstrated his ability as a transformative coach on our campus. He sustains an infectious energy and dedicates every interaction toward developing young men of character."
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Father-Son Weekend

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  • Father-Son Weekend Details and Registration

    Want quality time with your son? Enjoy playing and relaxing together?
    Then make plans to attend the Father-Son Weekend at Woodberry Forest School, one of the nation’s leading boarding preparatory schools for boys.. We’re located in central Virginia, an easy drive from Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, D.C. 

    Father-Son Weekend is for boys age 5-10 and their fathers
    Dates: June 9-11
    Cost: $575  * Additional child fee of $50
    >>>Register Here
    » Safe and beautiful 1,200-acre campus
    » Sports and activities led by Woodberry’s highly skilled and experienced staff
    » Opportunity to refine skills or try a new sport
    » Athletic facilities that rival those at many small colleges
    » Exciting science and art projects
    » Comfortable lodging in air-conditioned dorms
    » Buffet meals served in Terry Dining Hall
    » Time to meet and get to know other families
  • What To Bring to Father-Son Weekend

    Blanket  (Woodberry provides: sheets, a pillow. and small towels)
    Towel for the pool (there are no towels provided at the pool)

    Bike (bike helmets are mandatory)
    Fishing Poles (catch and release at lake)
    Fly Fishing Gear (catch and release at pond)
    Golf Clubs
  • Contact Information for Father-Son Weekend


    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 
    or email Janet Lewis at

    Dodie Chavez
    Joe Fischer
    Matt Hastings 

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Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.