Since 1979, 4,200 young people from 105 countries have attended Legacy’s flagship project, the Global Youth Village (GYV), building skills in cooperative problem solving, cross-cultural communication, global awareness, conflict resolution, environmental action, and leadership.

Our campus lies in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford, Virginia.  In order to quickly build a strong, close-knit community, we keep our population small (between 45-65 youths) per session. Participants establish deep friendships with people from cultures vastly different from their own. Approximately 60% of the community is from North America, and the balance from other regions around the globe.   The program provides high-caliber interactive workshop instruction on community activism, leadership, and dialogue; plus engaging recreational and cultural events.

Young people return home from GYV with:


  • Improved self-confidence, maturity; a positive outlook on life; renewed hope for the future.
  • Strengthened ability to organize and carry out successful community improvement projects.
  • Increased self-discipline and skills in setting, working towards, and achieving group and individual objectives.
  • Heightened commitment to actively participate in improvement efforts in their home communities.
  • Increased understanding of various cultures, global issues, and their interconnectedness.
  • Reinforced ability to respect people as individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses,­ rather than to stereotype individuals by ethnic, national, racial or cultural prejudices and biases.
  • Enhanced ability to promote understanding among people; and
  • Improved ability to find win-win solutions to interpersonal disputes and disagreements.

References from past participants and their parents are available, please contact Callie Hubbard by email or by phone at 540-871-0882.

American Camp Association GYV is accredited by the American Camp Association.