Join Earthwork Programs for an alternative scout experience!
Our Scout program involves various specializations of skills and tiers of advancement. Like the growing of a tree, Scouts adventure begins in the roots, with deep connection to nature, and rises through the trunk and branches as students gain an understanding of various skills. Specializations include:
- Plant Identification
- Primitive skills
- Wilderness First-Aid
- Team Development
Preteens and teens will learn the skills to be confident and comfortable in the outdoors while building community and developing as a leader.
WHO: Ages 10+, Co-Ed (mature younger children on a case-by-case basis)
WHERE: Conway, Massachusetts
WHEN: 10 am-3 pm, 3rd Saturday, started October 14 (continues on the 3rd Saturday of the month until May)
HOW MUCH: $165-$210, sliding scale for Fall session (3 Saturdays: 10/14, 11/18, 12/16); 50% due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks of start of Program
Our goal in Wilderness Scouts is to guide young people on their path to wilderness self-reliance and connection with nature. We will provide students with the knowledge and hard skills to prepare them to thrive in life through outdoor experiential learning. We use a merit and advancement structured curriculum, where successful practice and demonstration opens doors to further freedoms and specialties.
At the core of the Wilderness Scouts program, students will work with mentors to gain respect for nature by understanding the importance of water, fire, food and shelter as our most basic human needs. They will begin to learn about camp, fire, and wood crafting as well as local plant, tree and animal species. They will practice the art of camouflaging and being still in nature. True self-reliance in the wilderness is grown out of deep connection with the earth and indigenous wisdom. Learning awareness of the human bond with the land and understanding of the knowledge passed down by our ancestors will give students the perspective and connection they need to learn these skills.