Cowpasture River

Camp Spirit Scholarship
with additional funding provided by the Camp Okahahwis Scholarship

In 2005, Camp Mont Shenandoah started The Camp Spirit Scholarship to help campers attend camp that may not otherwise be able to due to financial constraints. The Camp Spirit Scholarship is a fund within Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The deadline for applications for the 2020 camp season is November 15th, 2019 with scholarships being awarded prior to year’s end. For more information on the scholarship and to view the application, please click here. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible contribution to the fund (as allowed by IRS code), please contact or send your check to:

Lori Keckler
PO Box 20 Lexington, VA 24450 540.463.0943

Camp Mont Shenandoah, a traditional summer camp located in beautiful Bath County, Virginia and one of the oldest girls’ camps in the country, was started in 1927 by Miss Nannie West with less than thirty girls.  Since that time the camp has grown and developed to welcome close to 300 campers during a summer season.

Since the camp’s inception, the guiding principles of Camp Mont Shenandoah have been our Five Virtues of Love, Loyalty, Friendship, Sportsmanship and Spiritual Awareness, and the Twelve Laws of Woodcraft: Be Brave; Be Silent; Obey; Be Clean; Be Strong; Protect Wildlife Always; Speak True; Be Reverent; Play Fair As You Strive; Be Kind; Be Helpful; Be Glad That You Are Alive.

The camp is very fortunate to have many second, third and fourth generation girls attend as well as a high rate of returning campers, an attribute to her unique spirit.  The campers enjoy the many activities offered, including swimming, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, arts & crafts, drama, tennis and athletics.  The two teams, The Greens and The Buffs, which date back to the beginning of the camp, serve as a means for the campers to compete in various athletic and non-athletic events where the campers demonstrate their tremendous spirit and genuine sportsmanship.  Other traditions abound during the camp season, including initiation, Christmas, Songfest, Wishing Boats, Final Banquet, and the Final Honor Meet where the team with the most points accrued during the summer has the honor of carrying the ceremonial torch to Vesper Hill.  That same evening at the camp fire, the Camp Spirit Ceremony is performed resulting in one camper being selected by the campers and staff as “Camp Spirit”, the girl who best exemplifies the Five Virtues and Twelve Laws of Woodcraft.

Camp Mont Shenandoah continues to thrive from the remarkable love and strong commitment of her campers, staff and alumnae.  The Camp Spirit Scholarship of CMS has been established to honor and recognize the many lives that Camp Mont Shenandoah has touched and changed since 1927 as well as to perpetuate the value of the CMS experience.

All completed applications must be received no later than November 15, 2019 (not a postmark deadline).  Please send to:

The Camp Spirit Scholarship
Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany
Attn: Dr. Pamela Minkler
1204 Regency Woods Place
Lynchburg, VA 24503

Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Beginning with applications for summer 2020, the CMS Scholarship Selection Committee will also be awarding additional funding generously provided by The Camp Okahahwis Scholarship. The Committee will review all applications and award both scholarships (with the amounts to be determined by the Committee) on or before December 31, 2019. Each scholarship recipient and her parents/guardians will be notified by letter from the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany. Each scholarship will be made payable to Camp Mont Shenandoah, Ltd. in the name of the camper. Camp Mont Shenandoah matches dollar for dollar all Camp Spirit Scholarship awards; however, as Camp Okahahwis Scholarship funding is completely separate from the Camp Spirit Scholarship, its awards will NOT be matched by Camp Mont Shenandoah. The total amount of scholarship funding (including, if applicable, the match from CMS) will be made clear in the letter from CFRBA.

The Camp Spirit Scholarship is a fund of the Community Foundation of Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany. Any questions you may have about the fund may be directed to Dr. Pamela Minkler, Selection Committee Chair at 434-384-4817 or

*PLEASE NOTE, campers must be registered for the 2020 camping season, with a paid deposit, by November 15, 2019, to be considered for scholarship funding.

Click here to download the application.

For more information on the Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Allegheny please click here.

Families may wish to explore other financial aid or payment options. Please do not hesitate to contact us to see what may be possible.