Many Western Loudoun Students Head to NY Camp


Summer is fast approaching, and many students are planning to attend summer camps.  One popular camp for Western Loudoun students is the Young Life camp held at Lake Champion in Glen Spey, New York.  This year’s camp will be held from July 6-12.

The Purcellville Young Life group is for students who go to Woodgrove High School, Loudoun Valley  High School, Foxcroft School, and Middleburg Academy, or those who are home schooled.  The club meets every Monday at 7:47 pm at different houses.  The Purcellville Young Life Facebook page lists where club will be held each week.

Many people from the Purcellville Young Life group plan to attend this year’s camp at Lake Champion.  Lake Champion has much to offer at its summer camp.  The website lists a number of activities such as the three person “screamer” swing, rock climbing, a game room, pool and hot tub, the blob, tubing, a zip line, and much more. Senior Ben Browning says he mostly looks forward to having canoe battles.

Many high school students all over the world take part in Young Life and attend camp every year.  “Kids consistently tell us that Young Life camp is the best week of their life,” states the official Young Life website.

Sophomore Gina Rosa really enjoyed camp last summer.  “I love the feeling you get seeing everybody during club, singing and dancing as much as they can and being there together feeling like a huge family,” Rosa said.  She also looks forward to going this summer with her close friends and tubing during free time.

Not only are there many free time activities to choose from, but every night the camp holds what is simply known as “club.”  During club kids get to enjoy skits, sing, and hear an interesting and powerful speech from the camp speaker.

The leaders are also an important part of the Young Life family.  The leaders are adults who volunteer to be a part of Young Life.

“I went to Young Life when I was in high school, and it was a lot of fun and it really changed my life,” said Purcellville Young Life leader Laura Atkinson.  “I knew I wanted to be a part of it forever, and I wanted to be able to do for kids now what my leaders did for me.”

The Western Loudoun group hopes to be one of the largest groups at Lake Champion this summer. There are only a few spots open for camp, but leaders are working on getting more spots for Western Loudoun.

There are multiple ways to get more information about camp or upcoming Young Life clubs.  If you have any questions you can email leader Curtis Atkinson at [email protected] or Laura Atkinson at [email protected].  There is more information about Young Life at and additional information about camp and Lake Champion at  You can also like Purcellville Young Life on Facebook or follow them on twitter @PurcellvilleYL to find out about upcoming clubs and events.