4 Star campers stay in dorms at the University of Virginia, which are centrally located in Charlottesville, Virginia so that we have access to many great places and activities. Our counselors act as the older brothers and sisters of the campers, yet also provide supervision and mentoring. Living in a dorm is a great way to meet new friends, have fun, and learn how to live in a group setting before college. Since many campers come not knowing anyone, everyone is assigned a roommate to facilitate meeting other campers. Each floor has Resident Advisers – experienced in residential life – and at least a 8:1 campers to staff ratio 6:1 at all times in the dorms. In addition, our Camp Director lives at the dorms along with numerous Program Directors. This system is designed to ensure camper safety, the absolute best supervision, and a feeling of friendship and interaction among campers and staff.
Below are the essential things you need to know about life at 4 Star Camps.
- Campers stay in dorms on the University of Virginia’s campus
- Two campers share a dorm room although occasionally a camper will be assigned a single room. Roommates are decided according to age, and we only honor mutual roommate requests
- Our older and younger campers are housed on separate floors, and each has specialized rules and supervision to meet their different needs
- The rooms are comfortable and include two extra-long captain’s bed with drawers underneath, two desks, and two closets
- Each floor has its own Residential Advisor and a better than 8 to 1 ratio of students to staff. In addition, the Camp Director lives at the dorms along with numerous Program Directors
- Each dorm has a lounge, which is a fun area for campers to meet people, play ping-pong, or play a game
- Right outside the dorms are the popular basketball courts and lawns for sports and other activities. A large part of our program occurs in and around the dorms where friends, socializing, and memories flourish
- The University of Virginia housekeeping staff cleans the common areas each day – campers are responsible for keeping their own rooms clean
- Campers are encouraged to write to their family and friends while at camp. We pick up our mail daily, and recommend for campers to bring envelopes and stamps
- Breakfast and lunch are served in a newly renovated University cafeteria. Every day there is a wide variety of nutritious and tasty options, and helpings are unlimited
- Dinners are a special time at 4 Star Camp. An excellent local catering company prepares our dinners four nights of the week, which are enjoyed outside on the veranda.
- On Thursdays we eat out on UVA’s famous “Corner” before the dance party, on Fridays we have a pizza party, and on Saturdays the campers have dinner on the way home from their weekend trips.
- All meals are included in tuition except for lunch on weekend trips
Cell-Phones, Laundry, and Money
- Campers with cell phones are asked to use them only during down time
- Laundry machines are available in the dorms for standard charge
- Parents may deposit spending money in the form of cash or traveler’s checks with the Camp Bank during check-in on Sunday
- Money will be needed for things such as souvenirs, snacks, and lunch on weekend trips
- The Camp Bank is open on a daily basis for campers to withdraw money