Our Program

Camp Up with People is an international arts-based experience for 13 – 17 year old students that uses the disciplines of the performing arts as a vehicle to inspire teens to be agents of positive change in their community and the world.

Through an intensive 3-week self-reflective curriculum combining performing arts, adventure activities, community service, cross-cultural leadership workshops, and exciting travel excursions, students develop life skills, civic responsibility, global awareness, as well as a greater respect for self and others. Coupled with tons of fun and lasting friendships, Camp Up with People continues to empower youth for the future.

The foundation of Camp Up with People’s curriculum is based on the core curriculum of Up with People. Our curriculum is rooted in the performing arts as the vehicle to instill 6 positive practices. Delivered in an experiential learning format, campers complete their 3 week experience with a deeper commitment to themselves, others, the world around them and the responsibility to be young agents of positive change.

OUR CURRICULUM: Our Campers play a large role in creating the CUWP show, which is based on what they collectively deem to be pertinent international issues facing their world today. In addition to high energy, international songs and dances, once we have determined the social justice issues to be addressed in the show the Camp Up with People staff lead interactive educational seminars, discussions and workshops that are designed to connect, support and heighten our awareness of these global issues and to enhance and strengthen our performance of them.

Our Production team works hand in hand with our Camper Life Department to utilize the rich cultural differences within the cast. The curriculum includes

  • challenging simulations,
  • group discussions,
  • Keynote speaker,
  • regional learning excursions,
  • service learning projects,
  • individual and group presentations,
  • high and low rope courses

COMMUNITY SERVICE: For summer 2019, we are excited to partner with Still Meadows Enrichment Center and Camp in nearby Linville, Virginia. Still Meadows is a charitable, nonprofit organization created as a special needs facility in a country setting. Still Meadows provides year-round therapeutic activities for children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities in a safe, creative environment.

To learn more about Still Meadows Enrichment Center and Camp please visit their website, campstillmeadows.org

2019 Keynote Speakers

Kristy Cates

Kristy has appeared on Broadway in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland, and in the Original Broadway Cast of Wicked. She works as the Creative Director of the Professional Conservatory of Musical Theater at The New York Film Academy, and has taught master classes all across the USA and abroad.

 

 

 

 

Kimberly Skyrme

Kimberly has a long history as a Casting Director, Producer, Writer, and Director. She is best known for her work in the casting departments of “Deep Impact” “True Lies” and Netflix’s “House of Cards.” Kimberly recently finished directing a short film, and is pre-production for her next project, “Ruby’s Magical Snowman.”

 

 

 

 

These activities and more help create the CUWP educational experience. The 6 positive practices developed through our arts based CUWP curriculum are displayed below.


During a summer at Camp Up with People, students will:

  • Find new confidence as they perform, practice and improve their skills on stage.
  • Forge lasting friendships with other campers from all over the world.
  • Interact with local organizations and communities to make a positive impact.
  • Take part in a one-of-kind performance at the end of the summer.

What’s a day at Camp Up with People like? Check out our daily schedule here!

Our Parent Handbook is full of helpful information that highlights not only who we are and what we do, but also provides loads of information on how to prepare and what to expect during your child’s summer at Camp Up With People. View our Parent Handbook!