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Father-Son Weekend

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  • Father-Son Weekend Details and Registration

    Father-Son Weekend will take place June 7-9, 2024.
    Cost:  $650 - $100 per additional child (2024)

    Campers 
    Boys, ages 5-10

    Camp Description
    Want quality time with your son, playing sports, eating meals, enjoying classroom activities and outdoor time together?

    Then make plans to attend the Father-Son Weekend at Woodberry Forest School, one of the nation’s leading boarding schools for boys.. We’re located in central Virginia, an easy drive from Richmond, Charlottesville, and Washington, DC. 

    Over the course of the weekend, you will have the opportunity to take advantage of our beautiful campus and the many clinics we offer in sports, science, art, and other fun activities. Our goal is for you and your son(s) to enjoy the weekend learning and experiencing new and exciting things, together.
     
    Highlights
    » 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
    » Exciting science, art, and engineering projects
    » Comfortable lodging in air-conditioned dorms
    » Buffet meals served in Terry Dining Hall
    » Time to meet and get to know other families

    Directors of Woodberry's Father-Son Weekend


    Dodie Chavez
    With a decade at the helm, Dodie Chavez '85 has been the Director of the Father-Son Camp at Woodberry Forest while humbly serving as the Director of Planned and Capital Gifts. Under his leadership, this camp has thrived, providing fathers and their sons, including his son Teddy '23, with a unique opportunity for bonding and personal growth. Dodie's enduring commitment to creating meaningful experiences for father-son pairs shines through in every activity, ensuring that each duo leaves with cherished memories and strengthened connections. As a devoted Woodberry alumnus and father, Dodie's passion for the camp's mission is matched only by his dedication to preserving its legacy for future generations.


    Joe Fischer
    Joe Fischer, a dedicated educator with a background in mathematics and a naval veteran, has been a valued member of the Woodberry community. As a former naval officer, Joe brings a wealth of leadership and discipline to the camp, qualities that have been invaluable in shaping young men. With two sons, Joe has embraced the role of a father figure for many, sharing his expertise and enriching the camp experience for all father-son pairs. Whether he's teaching math, imparting valuable life lessons through coaching, or drawing from his Navy experience to instill resilience, Joe's presence at the camp has a lasting impact on participants.


    Matt Hastings
    Matt Hastings has a special connection to Woodberry as the father of Jack '20 and Henry '24 while acting as the Director of Parent Engagement. Their experiences at the school have deepened his connection to Woodberry, driving his dedication to creating memorable experiences for fathers and sons at the camp. Matt's involvement in the camp goes beyond his role as a coach and mentor; it's a testament to Woodberry's profound impact on his family. His unwavering commitment to fostering meaningful father-son relationships continues to make the camp a place where lifelong memories are forged.

    Contact information


    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 
  • What To Bring to Father-Son Weekend

    WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
     
    Blanket  (Woodberry provides: sheets, a pillow. and small towels)
    Shorts
    Sneakers
    Swimsuit
    T-shirts
    Toiletries
    Towel for the pool (there are no towels provided at the pool)

    Optional:
    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

    Contact Information

    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 


    Directors


    Dodie Chavez
    With a decade at the helm, Dodie Chavez '85 has been the Director of the Father-Son Camp at Woodberry Forest while humbly serving as the Director of Planned and Capital Gifts. Under his leadership, this camp has thrived, providing fathers and their sons, including his son Teddy '23, with a unique opportunity for bonding and personal growth. Dodie's enduring commitment to creating meaningful experiences for father-son pairs shines through in every activity, ensuring that each duo leaves with cherished memories and strengthened connections. As a devoted Woodberry alumnus and father, Dodie's passion for the camp's mission is matched only by his dedication to preserving its legacy for future generations.


    Joe Fischer
    Joe Fischer, a dedicated educator with a background in mathematics and a naval veteran, has been a valued member of the Woodberry community. As a former naval officer, Joe brings a wealth of leadership and discipline to the camp, qualities that have been invaluable in shaping young men. With two sons, Joe has embraced the role of a father figure for many, sharing his expertise and enriching the camp experience for all father-son pairs. Whether he's teaching math, imparting valuable life lessons through coaching, or drawing from his Navy experience to instill resilience, Joe's presence at the camp has a lasting impact on participants.

    Matt Hastings
    Matt Hastings has a special connection to Woodberry as the father of Jack '20 and Henry '24 while acting as the Director of Parent Engagement. Their experiences at the school have deepened his connection to Woodberry, driving his dedication to creating memorable experiences for fathers and sons at the camp. Matt's involvement in the camp goes beyond his role as a coach and mentor; it's a testament to Woodberry's profound impact on his family. His unwavering commitment to fostering meaningful father-son relationships continues to make the camp a place where lifelong memories are forged.



  • Father-Son Weekend Photos

Sports Camp

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  • Sports Camp Details and Registration

    Sports Camp
    Sports Camp will take place Friday, June 14 - Wednesday, July 3, 2024  
    Cost $4400   

    Registration is now open!
     
    Campers 
    Boys ages 10-14

    Camp Description
    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp offers sports-loving boys a three-week experience in which all are able to learn and compete in a variety of team and individual sports regardless of their level of play or ability. Campers develop in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and find encouragement from coaches and counselors who are committed to teaching them not only the skills of the game but the spirit too. Daily competitions highlight the importance of effort and sportsmanship, and individual instruction ensures each player’s athletic as well as personal growth. This camp is for the boy who wants to develop his character and play sports all day long!

    Competitive Team Sports: Basketball, Dodgeball, Floor Hockey, Football, Handball, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Tchoukball, Ultimate Frisbee.
     
    Individual Sport Activities/Skills Development: Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Disc Golf, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Pickleball, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and Wrestling.

    Director

    Frazier Stowers '04
    Frazier has a long-standing relationship with the Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, having attended as a boy in the late ‘90s and served as a counselor and assistant director from 2005 to 2015. Frazier was also a co-director in 2017 when the camp celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Frazier’s appointment marks an exciting moment and a journey coming full circle for him. His deep roots with the camp ensure that the camp’s founders, Red and Cathy Caughron’s emphasis on character and integrity will remain a focal point of the camp experience. Through the shared struggles of hard-fought competitions, the joys of new experiences, and the comforts of living in a values-based community, campers will have the opportunity for relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.

    Contact Information

    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 




  • 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. 
     
    OTHER ITEMS PROHIBITED ON DORM: 
    spray deodorant and shaving cream
    expensive cameras (disposable cameras work great, though!)
    flashlights
    laundry bags (We have bags used by the school, additional bags may confuse the laundry procedure.)
    knives
    footlockers
    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

    Contact Information 


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

    Director

    Frazier Stowers ‘04
    Frazier has a long-standing relationship with the Woodberry Forest Sports Camp, having attended as a boy in the late ‘90s and served as a counselor and assistant director from 2005 to 2015. Frazier was also a co-director in 2017 when the camp celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Frazier’s appointment marks an exciting moment and a journey coming full circle for him. His deep roots with the camp ensure that the camp’s founders, Red and Cathy Caughron’s emphasis on character and integrity will remain a focal point of the camp experience. Through the shared struggles of hard-fought competitions, the joys of new experiences, and the comforts of living in a values-based community, campers will have the opportunity for relationships and memories that will last a lifetime.




    Sending Letters
    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 
     
    Sending Packages
    Camper's Name and Team
    Woodberry Forest Sports Camp


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Woodberry Compass

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  • Woodberry Compass Details and Registration

    Woodberry Compass will take place June 15-22, 2024.
    Cost: $1475  

    Registration is now open!

    Campers
    Rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders

    Camp Description

    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.
    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

    Director

    Mark O’Donnell
    An innovative educator and coach passionate about the outdoors. With twenty-seven years of experience, he leads Compass Camp participants in connecting with nature, their peers, and the wider world. Mark's coaching expertise enriches the camp experience, instilling teamwork and leadership skills. A group of handpicked alumni and seniors serve as counselors, guiding campers and exemplifying leadership with empathy and honor. Mark is known for his tendency to intellectually challenge students, creating an environment where every voice feels welcomed and stimulating new ideas. Together, the camp, matched with his personality, has proven to be transformative in the growth of many young men.




    Contact Information

    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 





  • What to Bring to Woodberry Compass

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

    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. 



  • Contact Information for Woodberry Compass

    Contact Information 

    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044
    wfs.camps@woodberry.org

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

    Sending Packages
    Camper's Name and Team
    Woodberry Forest School 
    Woodberry Compass Program 
    898 Woodberry Forest Road
    Woodberry Forest VA  22989
  • Woodberry Compass Photos

Basketball Camp

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  • Basketball Camp Details and Registration

    Basketball Camp will be offered July 13-17, 2024
    Cost: $700   

    Registration is now open!

    Campers
    Boys, ages 9-16

    Camp Description 
    The goal of the Woodberry Forest Basketball Camp is to help each individual improve his skill level, and enjoyment of the game and understand the importance of teamwork.  We not only focus on improving the players' offensive and defensive skills, but we will also focus on instilling core values to help them in life.  
     
    Our environment fosters enthusiasm, joy, and a positive attitude.  Any player will improve with hard work, a good attitude, and a joy for learning.  We look forward to working with campers of all experience levels.  

    Director

    Craig Dawson
    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. 

    A good coach can make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” 

    Contact Information
    Janet Lewis
    Call 540-672-6044 
    wfs.camp@woodberry.org


  • What To Bring to Basketball Camp

    WHAT TO BRING TO 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

    Contact Information