Camp Kum-Ba-Yah has offered quality outdoor enrichment day camp experiences for children in central Virginia for 70 years. Nestled in the heart of Lynchburg, Camp Kum-Ba-Yah offers 44 acres for campers to explore the natural world around them, experience personal discovery through new and challenging activities in a safe and encouraging environment, and an opportunity to cultivate friendships through shared responsibility and community. Tuition is intentionally affordable and scholarships are available. Campers join us from every part of the city and every walk of life. We celebrate the specialness of difference and strive to enable all children to find confidence and a sense of self-worth.



Spring Break Camp:  April 15-19  Nature Avengers

Summer Camp Registration Opens February 1

Session 1 June 10-14 Camp JumpStart FULL

Session 2 June 17-21 Traditional Camp FULL

Session 3 June 24-28 Traditional Camp FULL

Session 4 July 1-5 Traditional Camp

Session 5 July 8-12 Traditional Camp
Camp Watershed

Session 6 July 15-19 Traditional Camp
+ Camp Expedition

Session 7 July 22-26 Traditional Camp
+ Camp E.P.I.C.

Session 8 July 29- Aug. 2 Traditional Camp

James River Association Camps

The James River Association and Camp Kum-Ba-Yah are partnering! You can register for James River Association camps in the same place you register for our camps- Just click the same big, yellow button to register for either CKBY or JRA summer camps!!

What does a day @ JRA look like? Campers will be introduced to different river and land activities each day. They will learn proper paddling techniques and water safety using paddle boards, kayaks, canoes and a ride in our newly constructed Batteau. Hands on science and environmental stewardship will also be themes for the week. For more information please visit the James River Adventures webpage. Any questions please don't hesitate to contact Nat Draper, Education Manager at

3rd-8th Grade- Groups will be split based on age

Session 1: June 3-7

Session 2: June 10-14

Session 3: June 17-21

Session 4: June 24-28

JRA Camps are $250 each week. Lunch is not provided with JRA programs. JRA Before and aftercare runs from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Regular JRA Camp hours are 9:00-3:30pm. For more information please visit the James River Adventures webpage.

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CKBY Program Sessions

Camps fill-up quickly. If a camp session of interest is full you will have the opportunity to join our waitlist. Due to state licensing requirements, we cannot accept registration for more than 5 weeks of camp per camper within a single summer. JRA summer camps do not apply to the 5 week limit of CKBY camps.


Campers arrive and are greeted by our caring and enthusiastic counselors. We open the day with camp songs and then disperse into our camp groups. Throughout the day, campers will experience a variety of activities designed to further their connection to nature and each other. Some activities include swimming lessons, archery, nature hikes, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, youth yoga, garden and environmental education lessons, low and high ropes course, climbing wall, and experiencing our legendary, 3-story treehouse. At the end of the day, we finish the day with a friendship circle, singing songs and sharing experiences before heading home tired and fulfilled. At Camp Kum-Ba-Yah children experience summer the way it should be - outside, unplugged, and together with friends new and and old.

8:00 Extended Day Care

8:30 Camp Drop-Off begins

9:00 Camp Begins

3:30 Camp ends. Camper Pick-Up

3:30 - 5:30 Extended Day Care



Each day, campers have lunch together with their campsite group. Lunch and a snack are included in the registration fee. We believe eating meals together is an additional opportunity for learning and building of community.  It is part of the philosophy of camp that the students are directly involved preparation of the food in age appropriate ways. Three days per week lunches are prepared over a campfire under the close supervision of their camp counselors. This is the time for campers learn how to start a fire, cook over a fire, and stay safe around the fire. Lunches are healthy and vegetarian.

Additionally, campers will have the opportunity to taste fresh fruits and vegetables from the Teaching Garden when they have garden education activities.  



Camp Jumpstart is only offered for session 1 and is available for our younger campers, a great option for first-time campers, to get ready for traditional camp sessions. Designed to help younger campers ages 5-8 integrate into camp life, groups are kept intentionally small to allow for individual attention for this age group. Camp Jumpstart teaches younger children how to interact in a group setting, follow directions, learn the routines of camp, and enjoy nature-based outdoor activities. Camp Kum-Ba-Yah has an age appropriate zip-line for our youngest campers!

Because of the small nature of this session, it fills quickly. Camp Jumpstart is not a pre-requisite for traditional camp, only an option. Please feel free to register your 5-8 year for one of the traditional camp sessions.

Camp Jumpstart is for children ages 5-8 years old. Cost is $240 for the week.



Traditional camp is offered sessions 2-8 and welcomes campers ages 5-13. Campsites are organized by age with a 3 year age range within in each campsite. The traditional camp weeks host 80-90 campers on campus rotating through the various program activities throughout the week.

Traditional Camp is for children ages 5-13 years old. Cost is $240 for the week.


The Leaders-In-Training Program (LIT) is a seven-week program designed to offer qualified applicants an opportunity to prepare for positions as a camp counselor. LIT’s gain practical work experience under the guidance of the program director.

Applicants who register for a LIT position will be contacted and invited to an informal interview with the Camp Director and/or LIT Director. LITs will be notified shortly after about the status of their application. Applicants who have made a deposit who are not selected to join us as a LIT for this summer season will be refunded. The LIT position is a highly-coveted position with only 10 positions available each summer. Applicants who are not selected one year are encouraged to apply again the following year.

It is understood that LIT’s may have a few conflicts within the seven week program and will not be held to the same attendance expectation as Camp Counselors. However, anticipated absences must be communicated in advance to the Camp Director. Fees will not be pro-rated for missed weeks.


  • Applicants must be at least 14 years old at the time of participation.

  • Applicants should possess a genuine interest in youth development, enjoy working with younger campers, and commit to arriving to camp each day with energy, enthusiasm, and cooperation in all aspects of camp programming.

  • Available for the majority of the summer program sessions.

  • Be comfortable with a cell phone free camp day.

  • Be excited to spend the camp day outside, in the woods, in the pools, on the field, in the garden and all that comes along with these adventures (sun, outdoor creatures, dirt, etc.).

  • A positive attitude, cooperative and flexible spirit, and an openness to learning are critical personal attributes for the LIT position.


  • Entry-level (Year 1) $450.00

  • Advanced (Year 2) $385.00



Camp Watershed is a perfect marriage of experiences at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah and the James River Association outings. Campers will experience 3 days exploring the headwaters of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah at Cosby Woods and traditional camp activities. On Thursday and Friday we will take our watershed knowledge downstream for adventures on the James River with the James River Association.

On Thursday and Friday campers will leave the facility to paddle on the James River and will return to the KBY campus between 5:15 and 5:30 pm. Parents will be notified of any changes to the schedule.

Camp Watershed is for children ages 10-13 years old. Cost is $300 for the week.


Camp Expedition will include a hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT) with experienced thru-hiker guides. Campers will learn the basics of map and compass skills, plant identification, setting up a camp-site, and leave-no-trace wilderness ethics. Traditional camp activities will be incorporated throughout the week as well.

On Friday campers will leave the facility to hike the AT and will return to the KBY campgrounds between 5:15 and 5:30 pm. Parents will be notified of any changes to the schedule.

Camp Expedition is for children ages 9-13 years old. Cost is $285 for the week.



Cosby Woods is celebrating its 70th summer of creating leaders for Lynchburg and the world. Camp E.P.I.C. invites 14-16 year olds into that journey by becoming Emerging, Positive Individuals in our Community (EPIC). In our week together, we will intentionally create a positive learning environment to explore your strengths and practice applying your talents to be agents of positive change. This week will inspire courage, build confidence and increase respect for oneself and others. The camp activities you know and love will become pathways toward unearthing self-discovery. New challenges will help you dig deeper into the person you are and the unique contributions you bring. At week’s end, you will have made new friends, met community leaders, created meaningful memories, and discovered the leader within you.

Camp E.P.I.C is for ages 14-16. Cost is $285 for the week.