Summer Camps

Summer Schedule 2017 (June-Aug)

Come explore your local outdoors with Wild Harvest Nature Connection. We have drop off camps for age ranges 4 to 14, a family camp, a mentor training, and some short ala carte skills workshops.  See below for details on specific camps & workshops as well as dates.  With the guidance of experienced mentors, kids will have the opportunity to become comfortable in the outdoors, learn to interact with their natural surroundings in a healthy way, and connect more deeply to the local landscape they live in, all while having tons of fun! Our camps are designed to instill a sense of community, to deepen relationships with nature, each other, and one's self.

A quick look at our summer camp schedule:

June 26-30: Rooted to the Earth: All Girls Camp
June 26-30: Ranger's Apprentice Missions Camp
July 17-21 : Family Camp
July 31-Aug4: Ancestral Skills Camp
Aug 28-Sept 1: Wild Explorers Camp
Aug 28-Sept 1: Saplings Camp
**We are considering adding a camp the week of July 17th-21st. If you are interested in a camp this week, then let us know the age of your child(ren) and what they would be intereseted in attending (primitive skills based, survival skills, an overnight, ranger's apprentice, etc).

 

**A note about Tuition: We are offering our summer camps at a sliding scale rate. We want our programs to be available to those who want to participate and value what we are offering. If our sliding scale is not affordable for your family, contact us and we can see what we can work out either through barter or offering further reduced rates. To the degree we can we try to make it work for all who are interested. Please inquire about this. We also have a Community Supported Tuition Fund that enables us to offer sliding scale and more reduced rates than we would otherwise be able to. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, please contact us.  

 

 **A note about Locations: We are happy to help arrange car pooling. Please let us know you are interested in this when you register.

 

 Camp descriptions below...

Ranger's Apprentice: Missions

Who is this for:

    Ages 8-13 

When & Where: 

    * June 26-30; Lake Farm County Park; 9am-3pm each day

Description:  (Not the same camp as last year!)

Inspired by the books! In this camp we will be focusing on the skills and qualities of the ranger. One who embodies courage, utilizes strategy and cunning, and does good in the world while keeping their sense of humor. We'll be playing games that push our ability to be patient, solve problems, move unseen & unheard, and work together.  In this 6 hour a day camp we'll be shifting our focus day to day with 'in camp' days and 'missions'. On 'mission' days, through games and challenges, we'll focus on covering ground, developing our wayfinding, moving unseen & unheard, and working together.  On our 'in camp' days we'll start off creating our own camouflage cape and ranger regalia then have opportunity (based on apprentice interest) to practice anything from harvesting materials and practicing basic knife skills to making bows & arrows, cooking some of our food over a fire, creating survival shelters, and possibly making our own bowls and spoons. Our days may include ranger climbing practice, edurance tests, archery practice and more. Each youth will need to come with snacks, a trail lunch, water, and backpack to carry these things in.

Tuition:  

    *$280-380

*For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.  When registering please let us know the height of your youth (to help us get a head start on the capes).

 

Rooted to the Earth: All Girls Camp

Who is this for:

    Girls ages 10-14 (will accept girls outside but close to this age range if appropriate)

When & Where:

     *June 26-30; Lake Farm County Park; 9am-3pm each day

Description:

Are you ready for an adventure? Join us as we spend our time exploring and wandering through the landscape of summer. Each morning we will set off exploring. We might harvest some plants to eat or make medicine with.  We might cool our feet at the pond's edge and gather some materials for our hands to create with. In the afternoon we will eat lunch together and settle into some project or hand work.  Our projects might include basket making, cordage making, carving, fire by friction, and more. We will base these projects on the group's interest. Along with exploring and projects we will have fun playing games and group challenges each day. 

Tuition:

    *$250-350 per youth

*For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.

Family Camp 

Who is this for:

    Families with any ages of kids

When & Where:  

    * July 17-21; Lake Farm County Park or Elver Park (tbd - based on your preferences & mosquitos); 9:30am-2pm each day

Description:

If you are familiar with our Trees & Saplings program, this camp will be similar. This camp is for families with parents who want to do all the fun things their kids get to do in our camps but with an adult twist. The kids will divide up by age group and head out on adventures each day, while the parents and any real young ones (usually 3 and younger) stay and have their own adventure. The parent time is geared more towards the parents than for the real young ones.  Possible activities that parents might work on fall into the categories of nature connection skills (tracking, bird language, sit spot, etc) and primitive skills & crafts (fire by friction, shelter making, edible/medicinal plant id and useage, basket making, etc) (see core routines under curriculum for a more detailed list of possible activities). This is also for those parents who want to learn tools and techniques that help support what their children are out doing and learning when with us. The kids adventures may include catching frogs, fire by friction, tending and cooking over fire, playing lots of games, climbing trees, moving through obstacle courses, playing in water, building shelters/forts, identifying and eating edible plants, following animal trails, learning about animal tracks, finding animal homes, and much more. We will break for lunch at noon. Families will need to bring trail lunches, snacks, and water for their family, and children will need a backpack to carry their snacks and water in. 

Tuition:  

    *$275-375 for 1 child and 1 adult plus $50-100 per additional child 4 years and older; children under 4 free 
      For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.

 

Ancestral Skills Camp*

Who is this for:

    Ages 9-14 (will accept kids outside of this age range if its a good fit)

When & Where:

    *July 31-Aug 4; Hoyt Park OR Indian Lake County Park  (let us know your preference when you inquire/register)

Description:
In Ancestral skills we will spend a lot of time crafting beautiful life supporting items from natural materials like our ancestors did. Possibilities include : wood carving with tools and fire to make bowls & spoons, making pitch glue, beginner baskets, beginner bows and arrows, stone and bone working, tanning a hide, simple hide projects like pouches, fire-by-friction and cooking techniques for use on & around a fire, wild edibles, shelter making, and more.  We'll take breaks to stretch, play games, explore a bit and enjoy the summer but intend to end the week with some finished projects!  

 

 *A note for last year participants: Repeat participants from last year are very welcome! We will NOT do exactly the same things as last year. The skills and activities will be based on the interests of the individuals who show up.  For those who were with us last year, we will deepen in some of the core skills like fire by friction and cooking over the fire but promise to introduce new skills and activities. 


Tuition:


    *$250-350

*For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.

 

 Saplings Camp

Who is this for:

    Ages 4-6

When & Where

    *Aug 28-Sept 1; Elver Park; 9am-12:30pm each day

Description:
We will start our day in a circle which parents and other siblings are encouraged and welcome to join. In this circle we will share some gratitude, a song, and play a game to start our days. Then we will head off on our adventure, led by curiosity and interests of the group. We might catch some frogs, find some water to play in, build a shelter/fort, play sensory awareness games, crawl through the grasses, climb trees, look at animal tracks, find animal homes, follow animal trails, and much more.  At the end of our time each day we will head back to where we started for our closing circle, where again, parents and other siblings are welcome and even encouraged to come to hear about some of the stories of our time together that day. For our 9:00 - 12:30 camp we will have a lunch break at noon. Each child will need to come with their own snacks, water, and backpack to carry these things. 

Tuition: 

    *$150-200
*For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.

Wild Explorers Camp

Who is this for:
Ages 7-10

 

When & Where:

    *Aug 28-Sept 1; Elver Park; 9am-3pm each day

Description:
This is our version of a classic summer camp cooked up with nature connection flavor.  We will practice gratitude, sing songs, play games and we may climb trees. We'll almost certainly get into the ponds to catch frogs and turtles and we might track mink or raccoon in the mud along the edges then get into exploring bird nests & bird call Id.  We might even build a fort or spend a day collecting berries or nuts.  This camp will start each day with a plan in mind based on weather, season, nature observations from the day before, as well as participant interest then will open up into a deep connection with the wild(ish) space in Elver Park based on what happens each moment.  We'll do activities to get to know eachother better, spend time sitting quietly in a sit spot, and nibble on some in season wild edibles.  An epic summer kid adventure with our Wild Harvest Nature Connection twist!

Tuition:

    *$250-350

 *For Registration please send us a message through our contact us page.