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We look forward to hearing from you to discuss the unique experience you can have at Camp Friendship for your family, friends or members. We are open all year round for tours and questions. Download our Directions.

Office hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Postal mail: P.O.Box 145, Palmyra, VA 22963
Address: 573 Friendship Way, Palmyra, VA 22963
Telephone: 1-800-873-3223, 434-589-8950
Electronic mail:

Sarah Ackenbom
Assistant Camp Director/Retreats Coordinator

Daughter-in-law of Chuck Ackenbom, Sarah Ackenbom is from a military family and grew up in several areas around the United States. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and a Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 10 years and loved being a part of a child’s individual learning journey. Sarah is a behavior specialist and brings expertise in child development and applied behavior analysis (ABA) to Camp by helping to train and oversee our staff. Sarah coordinates retreats and weddings at Camp Friendship in the fall and spring as well as field trips for students and teachers hoping for a unique outdoor learning experience. In addition, Sarah is an avid equestrian and is an integral part of our Equestrian Program.


Skye Ackenbom
Camp Director

Camp Director, Skye Ackenbom, is the daughter of founder Chuck Ackenbom.  She grew up at Camp Friendship as a camper, counselor, and riding instructor.  As a junior, she rode at local and rated levels, showing competitively all over the country.  After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Skye returned to Camp Friendship as a director in 2004 and currently oversees the equestrian program and works with our team of directors to manage the day-to-day operations of Camp and its year-round staff.  She is also a member of the American Camp Association. Skye brings a unique perspective to Camp leadership since she spent all of her childhood here and feels so lucky to still live in such a wonderful place. Skye loves the outdoors, animals, and working with children and is excited to continue the legacy her father built for another 50 years to come!

Sarah Holder
Camp Director

Sarah got her start at Camp Friendship in 2005, working year-round in the Equestrian Center, as the summer Village Supervisor, before progressing into the role of Assistant Director. In 2009, she left camp to pursue a career in higher education, where she could apply her camp skills to the development of college student leaders. During her time away, Sarah completed her master’s degree in higher education and is now pursuing a PhD in the same field with a focus on training and development. This passion for working with young adult staff is what brought her back to camp in 2016. She works alongside our team of directors to oversee the important work of our year-round team, and enjoys any opportunity to talk to others about the benefits of camp. Sarah’s focus as Camp Director is in staff recruitment, training and supervision. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and going on outdoor adventures with her two very energetic dogs.

Alina Ackenbom,
Camp Friendship Executive Assistant Director and Elite Tennis Professional.

Alina, originally from Russia, has been a member of Camp Friendship staff since 1997. She holds Masters Degree of Education from Ufa State Pedagogical University of Russia. Alina received her Basic Camp Director Course certification in 2005 and International Camp Director Course Certification in 2010. Together with her husband Chuck Ackenbom she oversees Camp Friendship business operations. Alina is the Founder and Director of Friendship Tennis Academy that offers tennis programs to children and adults of all ages and abilities, she is certified by Unites States Professional Tennis Association as an Elite Tennis Professional. Her camp tennis clinics draw junior tennis players from around the world. Alina’s passion is to educate youth and teach them many valuable life skills by providing them with quality experience both at camp and on the tennis court. Alina and Chuck are the proud parents of Nika and Tyler who love growing up at camp and making friends with campers from all over the world.