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Homeschool Programs–Winter Session

WINTER SESSION 2018: FRIDAYS–starting January 5 through March 2, skip February Vacation

WINTER IS A GREAT TIME TO BE OUTSIDE!

Children learn ice safety, hypothermia prevention, winter shelter building (quinzees), animal tracking, and more!

HERON HOMESCHOOL
Heron is our signature program, taking place on Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst for more than 15 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

WHO: Ages 7 and up
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $440-$560/8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL HERON WINTER

 

SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

WHO: Preteens & Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $440-$560/8-week WINTER session; 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL SWIFT EAGLE WINTER

 Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions

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How to Register for Homeschool Programs (VIDEO)

Time to Register for Heron and Swift Eagle Homeschool!

Our Homeschool Programs run from September through June…3 sessions: Fall, Winter and Spring. Heron is for ages 7+ and Swift Eagle is for 11+.

Mother Nature brings something wonderful and amazing to each session.

  • Fall is filled with colors, roots, acorns, animals preparing for winter.
  • Winter starts out brown and becomes white, and it’s a great time to practice tracking, ice safety and learning to prevent hypothermia.
  • Spring is, of course, the awakening of the woods with so many shades of green.

Here’s a short video to help you navigate the registration process:

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Wilderness Scouts–Fall 2017

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:

  • Woodcraft
  • Campcraft
  • Firecraft
  • Cooking
  • Foraging
  • Plant Identification
  • Orienteering
  • Primitive skills
  • Camouflaging
  • Wilderness First-Aid
  • Leadership
  • 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, starting in October 14 (continues November 18, December 16; Winter session tbd)
HOW MUCH: $165-$210, sliding scale; 50% due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks of start of Program

REGISTER FOR WILDERNESS SCOUTS

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.

Click Here for Comprehensive Details about Wilderness Scouts

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Homeschool Programs–Fall Session

FALL SESSION: 12 weeks (FRIDAYS–mid September through early December, skip Friday after Thanksgiving)

HERON HOMESCHOOL
Heron is our signature program, taking place on Larch Hill Conservation Area in Amherst for more than 15 years. Hundreds of students have taken the challenge of the Heron, and have developed their nature awareness and wilderness living skills.

Curriculum covered is seasonal according to the natural laws and cycles of nature. For the development of wilderness living skills, it is necessary that we follow the rhythms of the Earth by harvesting materials and creating our earthen wares in the proper season.

WHO: Ages 7 and up
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $670-$850/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL/HANDBOOK); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL HERON

 

SWIFT EAGLE HOMESCHOOL
In the Heron Program, we began a foundation of learning nature awareness and wilderness living skills. The Swift Eagle Program introduces many new skills and adventures while building on the foundations of the Heron Program.

WHO: Preteens & Teens
WHERE: Amherst, Massachusetts
WHEN: Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Fall, Winter and Spring sessions
HOW MUCH: $670-$850/12-week FALL session (INCLUDES JOURNAL/HANDBOOK); 50% is due upon registration; balance due within 2 weeks after start of Program (payment plan is available)

REGISTER FOR FALL SWIFT EAGLE

 Call 413-340-1161 if you have questions

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Hunter-Gatherer

Monday, August 7-Friday, August 11, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
$330-$390, sliding scale; $165 nonrefundable deposit required.
For Preteens (mature) & Teens

 

Introduction to hunting and gathering

Teens (and mature preteens) can learn the techniques of primitive fishing, including, as time permits:

  • making a fish trap
  • catching fish by hand
  • maybe even creating stone and bone tools

They’ll learn how to forage for wild edibles:

  • identifying
  • processing
  • preparing; and
  • primitively cooking ’em!

Other wilderness crafting may be possible too–making cordage, working on bows, etc.

REGISTER FOR HUNTER-GATHERER

WHO: Preteens (mature) & Teens
WHERE: Conway, MA
WHEN: August 7-11, 2017, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
HOW MUCH: $330-$390, sliding scale ($165 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration)

 

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Way of the Scout

Monday, July 31-Friday, August 4, 2017, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an overnight Thursday-Friday!
$400-$450, sliding scale; $200 nonrefundable deposit required.
10+ year olds who have attended At Home in the Woods or 1 of our seasonal Programs

Wilderness Skills and Martial Arts

Limited Spots! (10)

While attending our At Home in the Woods Summer Programs, your children learn wilderness skills that the “village” does together.

In Way of the Scout, your children learn how to develop proficiency with their own skills. They will practice:
* advanced firemaking, shelter building and camouflage
* blindfold activities
* learning to listen to inner vision…meditation
* water stalking
* night movement (how to move in the night without a flashlight)
* calling in owls
* campfire stalking

They will learn martial arts movements, animal forms, advanced stalking and stick fighting (a way to learn balance, coordination and strength). Warriorship training is not about war…it’s about being able to take care of those who cannot take care of themselves…very empowering for all!

With a close-knit community, we will all help each other grow into the Way of the Scout.

REGISTER FOR WAY OF THE SCOUT

 

 

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Leader in Training (LIT) 7/3 & 7/5-7/7, 9-3 daily

Every Week is a NEW Experience.

LEADER IN TRAINING (LIT)

Ages Preteen & Teen

July 3 (Monday) & July 5 (Wednesday)-July 7 (Friday)

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Conway, MA

FOR LIT ONLY: $264-$312, sliding scale ($165 non-refundable deposit required upon registration)

FOR LIT PLUS WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING (8 hours, book & certificate): $450-$510, sliding scale ($225 non-refundable deposit required upon registration)

Leader in Training (LIT) Camp offers the opportunity for preteens and teens to practice their wilderness skills as well as learn how to peer mentor.

Upon completion of the LIT week, participants are assessed and may have the opportunity to attend any or all At Home in the Woods Programs as an LIT for half price! There are LIMITED spots for LITs at each At Home in the Woods week (ONLY 2/WEEK RECEIVE LIT DISCOUNT)…so be sure to register early!

WILDERNESS FIRST AID TRAINING!

LITs who are interested in becoming Wilderness First Aid certified are invited to choose this option. It will include 8 hours of training during LIT week along with the book and a certificate (which is good for 3 years).

REGISTER FOR LIT ONLY 7/3 & 7/5-7
REGISTER FOR LIT + WILDERNESS 1ST AID 7/3 & 7/5-7

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS ABOUT LIT

Leader in Training (LIT) Camp

 

Call Frank Grindrod at 413-340-1161 for more information.

Leader in Training (LIT) Summer Camp 7/5-7/8 (Tue-Fri), 9-3 daily

All weeks are Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EXCEPT THIS WEEK–JULY 4 WEEK–Tuesday, 7/5-Friday, 7/8.

NEW THIS YEAR! LITs will have the opportunity to become Wilderness First Aid certified! Register ASAP before the waitlist starts!

Register HERE

Ages 12+

ALL Summer Camps (Leader in Training, At Home in the Woods, Way of the Scout and Hunter-Gatherer) are held in Conway, MA.

$252-$300, sliding scale, per child Tuesday-Friday ($150 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration)

*Leader in Training Camp offers the opportunity for preteens and teens to practice their wilderness skills as well as learn how to peer mentor. Mentoring is much more than simply teaching knowledge or skills. As peer mentors, preteens and teens will lead younger participants to conclusions through the art of questioning. They spark passion, develop the need and/or desire to know, ask leading questions and then offer resources to gain answers and understanding.

Upon completion of the LIT week, participants are assessed and may have the opportunity to attend any or all At Home in the Woods Programs as an LIT for half price! There are LIMITED spots for LITs at each At Home in the Woods week (ONLY 2/WEEK RECEIVE LIT DISCOUNT)…so be sure to register early!

Earthwork Programs’ vision for Summer is to offer experiences that will introduce children to a new awareness of themselves and the natural world around them. We achieve this by immersing them in nature through adventure experiences, wilderness living skills, nature awareness, tracking, communication and community building skills, and by bringing forth native teachings from elders around the world.

Register HERE

Call Frank Grindrod at 413-340-1161 for more information.

At Home in the Woods 2016
Over the last few years, At Home in the Woods Programs fill quickly; please be sure to register early (and your non-refundable deposit will hold the spot)!

  • June 20-24: At Home in the Woods SC1, ages 7+
  • June 27- July 1: At Home in the Woods SC2, ages 7+
  • July 5-8 (Tuesday-Friday): At Home in the Woods SC3, ages 7+ ($252-$300, sliding scale, for 4 days)
  • July 11-15: At Home in the Woods SC4, ages 7+
  • July 18-22: At Home in the Woods SC5, ages 5 to 7 AND 7+
  • July 25-July 29: At Home in the Woods SC6, ages 7+
  • August 15-August 19: At Home in the Woods SC7, ages 7+

(As weeks fill, we will note **FULL** and will start waitlists for those Programs.)

SPECIFICALLY FOR PRETEENS & TEENS:

Leader in Training 2016July 5-8 (Tuesday-Friday): Leader in Training*, ages 12+. $252-$300, sliding scale, per child (FOR 4 DAYS) ($150 nonrefundable deposit due upon registration).
* Leader in Training: Specifically for those interested in becoming a peer mentor (see Summer Camps for more)

Way of the ScoutAugust 1-5, ages 10+ (pre-requisite: child must attend At Home in the Woods or an Earthwork Programs weekly seasonal Program prior to attending). $380-$430, sliding scale; $150 nonrefundable deposit required.

Hunter-GathererAugust 8-12, ages 12+. $315-$375, sliding scale; $150 nonrefundable deposit required.