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Our Vision:
Camp Alkulana’s vision is to be a family that embodies the abounding love of God in a way that transforms the world around us.

Alkulana History and Information:
Camp Alkulana was started in 1915 by the Richmond City Circle, the precursor to todayís Richmond Woman's Missionary Union. These women were inspired by a call to "definite personal service," in other words, they wanted to do meaningful Christian ministry with their neighbors in Richmond. Under the leadership of the camp's first director, Nannie West, Camp Alkulana offered a summer camp experience to children from Richmond who would not otherwise be able to afford it. In 1915, most of the children who attended lived in Richmond's East End and had parents who worked in the city's factories, or even worked there themselves. Originally the camp served only girls, but expanded to include boys in the late 1940s.

Camp Alkulana has been in continuous operation since it began in 1915, which makes it the oldest camp in Virginia. The kerosene lanterns, which shone from the windows of the first cottage, appeared as bright eyes shining through the forest. Thus, the word, "Alkulana," meaning "bright eyes" became the official camp name.

Though the campís first grounds were in Elmont, just north of Richmond, the camp moved to its current location in Millboro Springs in 1917. There, deep in the Alleghenies, campers gained access to the boundless space and endless program resources provided by the George Washington National Forest. Cave exploring, hiking, and swimming have been popular Alkulana activities since our very first summers spent in Bath County.

Today, the camp continues to offer an affordable summer camp experience to Richmond area children, focusing on those that are eligible for free and reduced lunch at school. Throughout the year, Alkulana offers ongoing supports in Richmond to its campers through large group gatherings, a mentoring program for older campers, and a targeted leadership program for its junior counselors.

Camp Alkulana is a ministry of the River City Faith Network, which also hosts three ministry centers in the city: South Richmond Baptist Center, Church Hill Christian Wellness Center, and Oregon Hill Center. Our primary partners are Richmond Baptist churches, camp alumni, and other individuals.

Our Mission:
Camp Alkulana’s Mission is to reveal God’s love to low-income and at-risk children and youth of Central Virginia so that they might realize the intrinsic value in themselves and others.

Camp Alkulana values:
• Knowing God through Jesus Christ
• Growing spiritually through Bible study and worship
• Showing God’s love through our actions
• Serving God by serving others
• Recognizing the individuality and potential of each person
• Strengthening interpersonal skills
• Experiencing nature through outdoor activities
• Having fun in a safe environment

 

Meet the Director

Beth Wright first came to Alkulana as a counselor in 2001 and has been involved in some capacity ever since! In February 2009 she began as director of the Camp and year-round ministry of Alkulana. Beth has a deep passion for the ministry of Camp Alkulana; she is committed to sustaining the positive impact that Alkulana has had in children’s lives for generations. Her favorite activities at camp are rock climbing, canoeing, getting to know her campers and counselors, and drinking coffee on her office porch.

Before coming to work with Alkulana, Beth worked with several community programs that provided services for children and low-income families. She was also employed with a non-profit organization that connects churches with community needs.

Beth graduated from college at Stetson University in DeLand, FL, and received a Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University. She met her husband, Art, at Alkulana when they were both counselors. Their son, Julian, was born in October 2012.