Yes, we begin each week with a schedule, but it’s more of an outline or framework. There are always tweaks to the time and frequency. More important to us is that kids get their ABC’s:
A: Autonomous – We ask the campers all about what is interesting to them and then offer choices, based on these interests.
B. Belonging: We welcome kids as they are and work to build community through fun.
C. Competence: Kids learn how to do things by doing things that are interesting to them, and led by caring guides.
7:30 – Chores (by tent)
8:15 – Breakfast
9:15 – Group Game
10:00 – Free Choice
11:00 – Free Choice 2
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Village Time
1:45 – [supervised] Open Play
3:15 – Snack
3:45 – Free Choice 3
5:15 – Chores (by tent)
6:00 – Dinner
7:30 – All Camp Games
8:45 – Village Time, Read & Lights Out
Note: All campers are involved in food every day, either harvesting, cooking one of the meals, or taking part in a food workshop, e.g. making bread, pesto, pickles, etc. Wednesday is pizza-from-scratch day. Campers are also involved in caring for some of the farm animals each day.
Some of what we did the last two summers and some of what we plan for this summer:
Construction project, e.g. mini garden boxes with cedar wood
Survival Skills, like fire starting and foraging 101
Dino Egg Hunt (and Scavenger Hunt)
Outdoor Cooking (over a fire)
Mindfulness, Meditation & Yoga
Cardboard and Duct Tape Games
Tie-Dye t-shirts or cooking aprons, with natural dyes
Pressing flowers & constructing frames
Nature art, e.g. charcoal sketch
Nature hike, with path and map making
Camp Drama Skit (& Thursday night Talent Show)
Wooden spoon making
Homesteading with Deborah, e.g. sugar scrub, dryer balls
Carpet weaving, with natural materials
Solar oven construction and use
Camp Olympics and Capture the Flag
Our activity options are often decided through group decision making. All activities are actively supervised (and taught) by at least one staff. We insist one camper’s behavior never take away from another camper’s experience, or endanger oneself or the community.
We understand (and celebrate) that each camper is different. Everything that happens at camp stems from: Why We Do What We Do