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For 50 years, Family Matters of Greater Washington owned and operated Camp Moss Hollow, affectionately called “The Hollow,” located on 401 acres of incredibly beautiful woods, nestled in the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley in Markham, Virginia.
This year, Family Matters will enhance our popular camp program to one that now sends youths enrolled in our mental and behavioral health program who match certain inclusion criteria to other camps located throughout Maryland and Virginia.




Who are our campers?

Here’s the details on the new program’s criteria for future campers.
Inclusionary criteria youth who are:

  • Ages 7 to 14
  • Able to manage hygiene/toileting needs
  • Medicaid participant
  • ICD 10 Mental Health diagnosis
  • Compliant with behavioral health services for a minimum of 3 months

Exclusionary criteria shall include youth with current or a history of:

  • Absconding behaviors
  • Fire setting
  • Animal cruelty
  • Deviant sexual behavior
  • Demonstration of violent and/or aggressive behaviors within the last 60 days

Program Goals

Our goal is to provide therapeutic experiences that promote positive behavioral, emotional and social changes in the youths’ lives. Therefore, we will administer a pre- and post-survey to capture relevant outcome data.  Outcomes measured shall include:

  • Friendship Skills (i.e., make friends and maintain relationships)
  • Independence (i.e., rely less on adults and other people for solving problems and for their day-to-day activities)
  • Family Citizenship (i.e., encourage attributes important to being a member of a family)
  • Responsibility (i.e., learn to be accountable for their own actions and mistakes)
  • Problem-Solving Confidence (i.e., believe they have abilities to resolve problems)


How You Can Help

Your contribution to the Send a Kid to Camp campaign will directly benefit families that would not otherwise be able to afford to provide these children with the opportunity to attend camp. It is a youth development program designed to enhance educational achievement, expand horizons and increase self-worth and self-esteem for at-risk youth. The positive environment and respite this program provides will have a lasting impact on the choices campers make throughout the rest of their lives.

We are grateful to our community of Send a Kid to Camp donors for providing kids with the opportunity to just be kids and have fun at camp. Many of the children who attend Camp Moss Hollow  in the past have never traveled outside the city.  If you have any questions about the Send a Kid to Camp campaign, please contact our Development Office at 202-289-1510 ext.188 or email

Support the campaign today and Send a Kid to Camp!