Adventure Sleepaway Camps in Northern Virginia


Located on 425-acres just 20-miles outside of Washington, DC, campers from around the world have enjoyed a true sleepaway camp experience at Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park!

our activities

Kayaking Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Day Camp


Challenge Course Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook

challenge course

River Tubing Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook

river tubing

Caving Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook


Sailing Day Camp Adventure Links Miami Summer Camp


Rock Climbing Overnight Camp Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook

rock climbing

"My daughter described activities with enthusiasm as she kept saying 'And then...' My daughter asked me the cost of the camp, when I told her, her response was 'That was worth it!' I have never seen my daughter so happy about a camp."

Elisabeth, Camp Parent

"Josh had a fantastic experience! He made new friends and was able to do so many different activities. He was a little wary about going, but came home happy and talking nonstop about everything they did..."

Katie, Camp Parent

"My son had a great experience as a first timer at Adventure Links. His little brother can't wait to go next year too!"

Maria, Camp Parent

"My son says that Adventure Links camp 'is exhausting, tiring, fun, exhilarating, and a stamina workout'. He can't wait to try another AL [Adventure Links] camp next summer."

Kathy, Camp Parent

"She had a great time. It was interesting and she learned new things that she would not have learned elsewhere. Highly recommend it to kids who like to be outside."

Melissa, Camp Parent

our camps

Our Overnight Adventure Camps offer the chance for campers to experience a wide variety of adventure activities, while staying overnight in bunkhouses at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. Located in Fairfax County, just 20 miles outside of Washington, D.C., our convenient location is the perfect setting for an adventure that remains convenient for a major metropolitan area. We are now offering a variety of Residential Activities that allow our campers to experience more of their favorite activities, including a multi week itinerary that will challenge even the most experienced adventurer!

One-Week Adventure

Grades 6th - 8th

Our one-week sleepaway camps offer campers the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sleep-away experience while participating in their favorite adventure activities. Whether you want to be on the water all week or crawling around in the area’s best caves, we have a camp that will provide loads of excitement, traditions, and new faces. A short list of what we can guarantee: good food, adventure, s’mores, and FUN.

Two-Week Adventure

Grades 8th - 9th

The two-week adventure camp offers campers the full spectrum of our adventure activities: caving, climbing, hiking, river tubing, paddling, mountain biking, and more. Two separate, short overnight trips will take them to beautiful Shenandoah National Park and the equally scenic Lake Moomaw, where campers will spend a couple nights camping and roasting marshmallows under the cover of mountains.

One-Week Adventure

$750 per session
  • Rising 6th-8th Graders
  • Choice of Land- or Water-Focused Itinerary
  • Challenge Course with Zip Line
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Caving
  • Rock Climbing
  • Caving
  • Accommodations in a Bunkhouse Cabin
  • All Meals, Snacks, & S'mores

Two-Week Adventure

$1425 per session
  • Rising 8th-9th Graders
  • Challenge Course with Zip Line
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Caving
  • Hiking & Camping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Accomodations in a Bunkhouse Cabin
  • All Meals, Snacks, & S'mores
  • Short Overnight Camping Trips

Included in All Programs

  • Transportation to and from the pickup location to the day's activity in new passenger vans
  • All necessary equipment for all activities
  • Personal flotation devices (life jackets) for all water-based activities and other personal protection equipment
  • Accommodations in bunkhouse cabins
  • All meals, snacks, and s'mores
  • An appreciation for the outdoors and our environment
  • Expert instruction in all activities by trained camp instructors who have all passed a criminal background check and undergo pre-employment and random drug screenings
  • The expertise of a company with 20 years experience in summer camps, outdoor education, and team building
Adventure Links at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park

Our camps in Northern Virginia are located on 425-acres at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park in Clifton, VA. Hemlock Overlook Regional Park is managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, and Adventure Links has partnered with NOVA Parks and is the exclusive provider of summer camps and team building at Hemlock Overlook Regional Park. 


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Land & Water

Four-Week Adventure

July 9th - August 3rd
Combine (2) two-week camp experiences!

One-Week Adventure Camps

Drop-off is between 8AM and 9AM on Monday, and pick-up is between 4PM and 5PM on Friday.

Two- & Four-Week Adventure Camps

Drop-off is between 8AM and 9AM on Monday, and pick-up is between 4PM and 5PM on the last Friday. We invite parents and families looking to visit their campers to join us during our Family Day which takes place on the Saturday between the two weeks.

Are you ready to give your kids the summer of a lifetime?

frequently asked questions

About Adventure Links

What is Adventure Links? Are you a new company?
While we are new to Miami, Adventure Links has 20 years of experience in summer camps, outdoor education, team building, and leadership development. Founded in 1997 by Anna and Austin Birch in Northern Virginia, Adventure Links has grown to host nearly 1,000 campers ranging in ages from 7-17 each year. We are trusted by multiple school districts and park authorities as a preferred summer camp provider; and host numerous companies, scouts, and non-profits each year through our exciting team building programs. We are extremely proud of our history, and excited to bring our years of summer camp excellence to Miami! As of December 2016, we have a five star rating on Yelp and a 4.7 star rating on Facebook. You can learn more about Adventure Links on our corporate About Us page here.
Are you accredited?
Adventure Links has 20 years of experience in summer camps, and our original location in Northern Virginia is accredited by the American Camp Association - a nationally recognized certifying body. The accreditation process is very lengthy and our new Miami location is currently in the process of obtaining our accreditation. All of our policies and procedures are in line with guidelines set by the American Camp Association.
What are your staff’s qualifications?
Our instructors must be over the age of 19 and hold minimum current certifications in Wilderness First Aid and CPR. All instructors must also pass a pre-employment Federal Criminal Background Check and drug screening, and are subject to random drug screenings throughout their employment. All of our instructors are selected based on their skills in outdoor leadership and a high degree of commitment to working with youth. Instructors also undergo an extensive training process to ensure a high degree of proficiency in all activities and must be signed off by a senior staff member prior to leading any activity.
What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
We maintain a ratio of at least one instructor per six campers. This is in line with recommendations set by the American Camp Association.
What charities and causes do you work with and support?
Throughout our company's history we have maintained a commitment to the betterment of our environment and the people in it. We encourage all staff members to follow the Seven Principles outlined by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics ensuring none of our programs have a lasting negative effect on our environment. We hold annual river clean-ups and other events to better the environment at our location in Northern Virginia and look forward to expanding those programs to our new location in Miami. We also work with several charities and organizations to provide free or discounted camp experiences for low income families and at-risk youth. We are actively seeking non-profit organizations to partner with in Miami. Should you have a charitable request or are a non-profit looking to partner with Adventure Links, please email [email protected].

Preparing for Summer Camp

Does my child need to be physically fit?
Participants do not need to be skilled athletes to be successful in our programs. Some of the activities may be more difficult for a child who is less physically fit. To best prepare for any active camp program, it is helpful for a child to consistently exercise and maintain good health.
My child has never done these activities before. Is this camp suitable?
Our programs are designed at mainly an introductory level. A large percentage of campers are trying at least one activity for the very first time. The structure and philosophy of the program allows for personal growth and development at a variety of skill levels.
My child has done a lot of these activities before. Is this camp suitable?
The unique quality of adventure activities is that each child can choose their challenge level. If a child has had exposure to any of the activities in camp, they approach the week with an increased level of confidence.
Do campers sign up with friends or come on their own?
It is common to see campers sign up as a part of a group of friends, and every effort is made to keep these campers in the same group. It is also very common to see groups of campers that are all meeting each other for the first time, as Adventure Links is a great place to meet new people and make new friends.
What should I do if my child will not be attending a day of camp?
Please contact the Adventure Links office at your earliest convenience, preferably the evening before. We can then relay such messages to the staff departing early each morning.
Does my child need a physical examination before camp?
Yes. We require that a child has had an examination within 24 months of the camp program.
Is there any special equipment I need to buy for the trip?
Campers must be prepared to bring the items listed on the pack list for their specific camp. This may include specific items such as backpacks, or certain types of clothing. All other adventure equipment such as personal flotation devices and paddles will be supplied by Adventure Links.

Attending Summer Camp

Can I contact my child at camp?
In the event of an emergency, you may contact the Adventure Links office and we will relay the message to your child. Instructors are equipped with cellular phones but due to the nature and location of our activities, the phones may be out of service and we rely upon messages.
How are my children transported?
Participants are transported in 15 passenger vans. All drivers are screened and must be approved by our insurance company. All of our drivers are required to complete a supplemental Adventure Links driver training program. Adventure Links strictly adheres to regulations set forth by the Florida Department of Transportation.
What if my child gets sick or injured during camp?
Minor injuries and illnesses will be documented and reported to parents at the end of the camp day. If a major injury or illness occurs during camp, Adventure Links will attempt to contact the parent or guardian utilizing the emergency contact information provided on the medical form. Included on each medical form is the authorization to provide advanced medical care in the event of a major emergency.
What happens in the event of inclement weather?
Our camps run in a variety weather conditions. Adventure Links reserves the right to make changes to the scheduled itinerary as necessary to ensure the safety of our campers, and refunds will not be provided for activities that are altered or replaced due to inclement weather. Please see our Summer Camp Policies for a detailed description of our inclement weather policies.
What happens if I am late to the drop off or pick up?
In the morning, staff members are instructed to wait 15 minutes past the pickup time. If you do not arrive within 15 minutes, you may contact our office to arrange to drop your child off directly at the activity site for the day. In the afternoon, we stay with all children until each parent or guardian arrives. Parents have historically been courteous and timely to avoid holding Adventure Links’ staff members late. Please see our Summer Camp Policies for more information on the topic.
Can I drop off my child directly at that day’s activity site?
Where are each of the activities located?
Our activities are located throughout South Florida. Please refer to the specific itinerary for the program or inquire with the Adventure Coordinator who will check your child in on the first day of camp. If you have specific questions about a location you can call the office and we would be happy to address all your questions.
Where are the pick-up locations for day camps?
We have convenient sites located throughout Miami-Dade County; please refer to the Pickup Locations page for further details.
Can parents join their child for a day of camp?
No. We like to involve and communicate with parents openly about their child’s camp experience. However, we have found that having a parent present during the camp day has a detrimental effect upon a camper’s ability to fully immerse and focus on the experience.
Can my child bring a cellular phone or other electronic device to camp?
No. The Adventure Links camp program is designed to immerse campers into the natural environment and dynamics of the group experience. The use of camper cellular phones or other electronic devices is severely disruptive to maintaining this atmosphere. In the event of an emergency, it is the responsibility for the staff to maintain contact with the Adventure Links office and the parents of the camper.

Have more questions? Email your question [email protected] and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Are you ready to give your kids the summer of a lifetime?