Camp Connections is located on 26 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Connections Youth Camp presents campers with fun activities and novel learning experiences daily from June 18th through July 26th. Each fun-filled week Connections staff present a new theme challenging campers aged 6-12 with exciting opportunities to connect to the world around them.
Camp Connections was founded by Skip King and Alita McManis King, who have 40 years of combined experience working with children of all ages.
Ms. McManis King worked with students in Jefferson County Public Schools for twenty six years. During the last four years of her career Ms. McManis King designed and implemented programs to support at-risk high school students as they worked toward graduation and employment. Her programs, built with community outreach, partnering with local businesses, tutoring, counseling, and a sense of humor, were life changing for many students!
Mr. King is a Post Graduate licensed teacher, Master of Special Education, Wilson Reading Instructor, and TaekwonDo Black Belt instructor. Mr. King founded and directed a highly successful adventure learning camp in Massachusetts, where his skill at making learning fun brought profound results. Mr. King has been researching and teaching TaekwonDo for 12 years. Mr. King has conducted TaekwonDo Kidz children's classes at FloydFest for the past five years and teaches at several schools locally including Beasley Martial Arts.
The key to our successful, safe, and fun camping program is quality staff and counselors. Staff are licensed teachers, college-aged students, and other specially qualified guest instructors . Counselors attend training sessions on camper safety, child development, appropriate counselor-camper contact, outdoor living skills, first-aid and CPR. All staff are trained to help ensure a positive camping experience for every child.
Together Mr. King, Ms. McManis King, the Connections Staff, and Counselors, look forward to meeting and sharing with your extraordinary children a dynamic, exciting, rewarding, summer camp experience full of fun and learning year after year.