Camp Spirit Scholarship of Camp Mont Shenandoah

Camp Mont Shenandoah, a traditional summer camp located in beautiful Bath County, Virginia and one of the oldest girls’ camps in the country, was started in 1927 by Miss Nannie West with less than thirty girls.  Since that time the camp has grown and developed to welcome as many 300 campers during a summer season.

Since her inception, the guiding principles of the camp have been our Five Virtues of Love, Loyalty, Friendship, Sportsmanship and Spiritual Awareness, and the Twelve Laws of Woodcraft: Be Brave; Be Silent; Obey; Be Clean; Be Strong; Protect Wildlife Always; Speak True; Be Reverent; Play Fair As You Strive; Be Kind; Be Helpful; Be Glad That You Are Alive.

The camp is very fortunate to have many second, third and fourth generation girls attend as well as a high rate of returning campers, an attribute to her unique spirit.  The campers enjoy the many activities offered, including swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, arts & crafts, drama, tennis and athletics.  The two teams, The Greens and The Buffs, which date back to the beginning of the camp, serve as a means for the campers to compete in various athletic and non-athletic events where the campers demonstrate their spirit and sportsmanship is emphasized.  Other traditions abound during the camp season, including initiation, Christmas, Songfest, Wishing Boats, Final Banquet, and the Final Honor Meet where the team with the most points accrued during the summer has the honor of carrying the ceremonial torch to Vesper Hill.  That same evening at the camp fire, the Camp Spirit Ceremony is performed resulting in one camper being selected by the campers and staff as “Camp Spirit”, the girl who best exemplifies the Five Virtues and Twelve Laws of Woodcraft.

Camp Mont Shenandoah continues to thrive from the remarkable love and strong commitment of her campers, staff and alumnae.  The Camp Spirit Scholarship of CMS has been established to honor and recognize the many lives that Camp Mont Shenandoah has touched and changed since 1927 as well as to perpetuate the value of the CMS experience.

All completed applications must be received no later than November 17, 2017 (not a postmarked deadline). Click here to download an application in PDF format. Please send to:

The Camp Spirit Scholarship
Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany
Attn: Dr. Pamela Minkler
1204 Regency Woods Place
Lynchburg, VA 24503

The scholarship Selection Committee will review all applications and will award scholarships (with the amount to be determined by the Committee) on or before December 23rd, 2017.  Each scholarship recipient and her parents/guardians will be notified by letter from The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny.  Each scholarship will be made payable to Camp Mont Shenandoah, Ltd. in the name of the camper.

The Camp Spirit Scholarship is a fund of The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny serving Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny Counties.  You may direct any questions about the scholarship to Pamela Minkler, 434-384-4817 or PGH1977@aol.com.  For more information about The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny, please contact Lori Turner at 540-463-0493 or lori.turner@cfrba.org.

*PLEASE NOTE, campers must be registered for the 2018 camping season, with a paid deposit to be considered for the Camp Spirit Scholarship by November 17, 2017.




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