Financial Support for Nature Camp

The Nature Camp Foundation provides long-term financial stability for the continued operation of Nature Camp, Inc.

Since its inception in 1989, the NCF has supported and contributed to Nature Camp through monetary and material donations; work on buildings, grounds and facilities; and as an organized base of personal support for camp. From 1989 through 2006, the Foundation built accumulated financial assets totaling approximately $300,000 through membership dues and donations to provide supplemental financial support to Nature Camp. After 2006, the role and scope of the the NCF‘s financial support of Nature Camp underwent transformational changes with the decision by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs to end its support of the camp. A new organization was formed to become the legal owner and operator of Nature Camp, and this new entity eventually became Nature Camp, Inc.

The NCF, meanwhile, engaged in fundraising to support the major capital investment required to upgrade the camp’s facilities. Once this major effort was complete, the Foundation established three accounts to carry out its financial responsibilities more effectively.  These accounts — the Legacy, Operating and Scholarship accounts — have different investment guidelines based on the asset allocation and investment vehicles appropriate for the time horizons and purposes of each account.

The Legacy Account ensures a continued base of long-term, stable financial support for Nature Camp operations. It is comprised of funds accumulated through dues and donations prior to 2007, designated future gifts, and allocations from the NCF’s Operating Account. Although not a formal endowment within the meaning of IRS regulations, the primary purpose of this account is to provide a permanent fund to support the continued operation and mission of Nature Camp. However, annual income from the Legacy Account may be transferred to the Operating Account to support special capital, maintenance and operational needs of Nature Camp that cannot be funded through camp fees or members’ annual contributions through the Foundation.

We continue to build our Legacy Account to provide a stable long-term financial future for the camp and to provide a safety net so that it will never again face the risk of closing. In addition to funds remaining from members’ annual contributions that are transferred from the NCF Operating Account to the Legacy Account each year, you may make special designated gifts to the Legacy Account to help guarantee that Nature Camp continues to be a strong and healthy organization available for future generations.

The Operating Account is used primarily to provide financial resources for planned repairs and renovations to camp facilities as well as to provide an operating reserve. It is also used to cover the annual expenses of the Nature Camp Foundation, including the publication of The Afterglow, maintenance of the website and service weekend costs. This account is comprised of funds accumulated since 2008 through the Foundation’s Annual Fund giving campaign and through special appeals for funding-specific capital improvements at the camp, such as replacing the PA system.

The third account is the Scholarship Account, designated to provide financial assistance for campers. Each year, scholarship and tuition-reduction grants are made to campers through the generosity of garden clubs, individuals, and the NCF. Requests for financial assistance to attend Nature Camp are up, and the Foundation wants to ensure that the camp is able to continue to meet this need. The interest and income from the Scholarship Account is transferred to Nature Camp to assist in providing financial assistance to deserving campers each summer.

Read more specific information about funding scholarships.


Spring Service Weekend 2017

The past Spring Service Weekend, which took place the third weekend of May (as it does each year), resulted in the completion of many smaller projects as well as progress on those continuing from weekends prior. Service weekend is an opportunity for those who believe in Camp’s mission to gather there, enjoy the company of […]