“Nature Camp was conceived by the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs. In 1941, the Federation was convinced that such a camp would make a major contribution to the nation for the education of young people in environmental studies. The founder of Nature Camp, Inc. was Mrs. Fred Schilling and the Honorary Life President is Mrs. Monroe Thrower. It is located in Vesuvius, Virginia, near Lexington.” from the notes of Bettie Stivender
As of 2007, operation and ownership of Nature Camp was purchased by Nature Camp Acquisitions, Inc. The Council no longer offers Nature Camp scholarships but it encourages member garden clubs to continue to do so.