For 27 years, Calleva has held true to its mission of providing outdoor experiences that challenge individuals towards personal growth, encourage teamwork and provide enriching relief from the stress of city life.
Founded as a small summer camp in 1993 by Nick, Alex, and Matt Markoff, Calleva has built a reputation for excellence and innovation in outdoor education and outdoor adventure. Calleva now works from hubs in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, offering a dynamic set of programs that go well beyond summer camp to include weekend and travel programs for adults, overnight wilderness experiences for teens, kayaking lessons and small-scale sustainable farming.
The Markoffs’ journey has been full of surprises and adventures that have stretched their imaginations. One such unforeseen circumstance was the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last winter. Calleva’s team sprang into action, quickly re-imagining their spring, summer, fall and winter programming to comply with public health guidance.
“Calleva’s Small Group Adventures camp was a big hit in 2020, as were family pizza nights on the farm and adult kayaking tours and lessons, says Matt Markoff, Calleva’s executive director. “Our numbers were smaller, but our participants and staff had a great year of adventure—all while staying COVID-safe.” Calleva is following a similar model in 2021.
“People are meant to be connected with nature,” says Markoff, “and spending time outdoors is especially important during stressful times. Calleva is dedicated to making the outdoors accessible for all people, no matter their age, interest area or level of experience.”
Calleva is dedicated to making the outdoors accessible for all people, no matter their age, interest area or level of experience.