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 : Primitive Camp (friendly for families)
July 31-Aug4: Ancestral Skills Camp
Aug 28-Sept 1: Wild Explorers Camp
Aug 28-Sept 1: Saplings Camp
 

**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.

Primitive Camp 

Who is this for:

1. Kids 8 and older can be dropped off - This grouping of kids will be together much of the time with a mentor working on skills, exploring as needed, and playing games. So far we have 6-7 kids between the ages of 8 - 13 who have expressed interest in coming.

2. Kids 7 and younger need to have an adult with them - There will be optional adventures for both kids and parents each day....much like our kid adventure for our family groups, but parents can go on this one!

3. Families - Bring the whole family, grandparents too! Each person of your family will have options suited to their age and interests.

When & Where:  

    * July 17-21; Private Residence, contact us to find out more about the location. 9am - 3pm with optional overnight on Thur.
       There will also be an option to leave each  day at 1:30. 

Description:

This camp is replacing our Family Camp. We will spend time hanging out in a primitive camp located on an 80 acre private farm residence, working on a variety of primitive/ancestral skills. There will be an option to work on a bigger project of either bow making or basket making. We will learn and strengthen fire by friction skills, cook using fire, work on some basic skills of carving and cordage making, and more. There will be games interspersed throughout the day and options to go exploring and foraging. Each day there will be an optional adventure outing with both kids and parents welcome (this will be really good for the younger kids). To end our week we will have an overnight on Thur night. Thur evening we will cook our food with the fire, play games, and relax anThur evening we will cook our food with the fire, play games, and relax around the fire. tell stories around the fireYou may camp in your tent or sleep by the fire. There will be a mentor focusing on the older kids (ages 8 and older) and this group may have time away from the rest of the group to explore and work on their personal project as needed. 

We will have 3 mentors for this camp allowing for us to meet the varying needs of the different age groups. 

Tuition:  

    *Tuition for this camp is variable depending on a  number of factors. If you are interested in finding out more send us a message through
      our 
contact us page and let us know how many you are interested in having attend, their ages, if you think you might want to do the
      overnight, and if you think you will want to leave at 1:30 or 3 each day. 

 

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.