• Camp E. W. Young

    Our History

    Camp E. W. Young was established by a Norfolk child advocate, Eleanor White Young, over 60 years ago.  The wife of the journal and Guide newspaper owner, Mrs. White organized a group of community activists who saw the need to establish a place where black youth from the city could enjoy a camp-like experience.  The Waterfront site in what was then rural Norfolk County, was selected and purchased by the city.  Norfolk has operated the camp ever since.

    The school system took over the camp’s operation and began securing federal funding through Title I to finance it.  In 1947, a year after Mrs. Young died, the camp was named in her honor. 

    Our Instructional Focus

    Second Grade Program

    For the 2022-2023 school year, Camp E. W. Young will offer two science programs. Beginning on September 22nd, we will continue the Title I second grade program. With this program, second grade students receive 4 days of instruction delivered by Camp Young staff on the science portion of the Grade Two Integrated Curriculum. This program includes Nauticus instructors providing a science lesson on the first day of the 4-day experience.

    Fifth Grade Program

    The Elizabeth River Project's Shoreline Stabilization project at Camp Young will be new this year. With this program, Title I fifth grade students receive lessons aligned to the Virginia Science Standards of Learning from Elizabeth River Project instructors on one prescheduled Wednesday. Students learn about the effects of weathering and erosion on the Earth's surface as they plant various wetland plants to help reduce and stop this process that is negatively affecting the shoreline at Camp E. W. Young.