At Home in the Woods Summer Camps
At Home in the Woods Summer Camps
June - August | Mon-Fri | 9 am - 3 pm | all ages 7+
learning & practicing wilderness skills
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.
#OptOutside this Summer!
For all ages, favorite activities over the years have included:
- just being in the woods all day;
- carving with a knife;
- coal burning & making a spoon;
- weaving reed mats;
- fire building;
- learning to use a hatchet;
- wild edibles;
- making fish hooks;
- learning how to locate a "lost" person;
- learning about cordage;
- making tools, playing group games, tracking
- playing the games--Camouflage, The Hunted, Flash Flood, Fox Step;
- listening to nature;
- hanging out at the pond catching minnows and toads
- ...being an LIT is teaching and learning at the same time. We found deerbones and did trekking
- And from one happy camper's evaluation form, he said he liked all the activities!
These Camps comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are licensed by the Conway Board of Health.
At Home in the Woods…Every Week is a NEW Experience. Our mentoring approach creates unique Programs by asking the kids, “what are your PASSIONS?” Then we build on that; we co-create a powerful week for all...learning and practicing wilderness skills (including fire making, shelter building, wild edibles foraging, tracking, knife safety), learning about nature and community, playing games and having fun outdoors! Participants continue coming back year after year, and even for the whole summer!
To get an idea of what happens during Earthwork Programs Summer Program, read about A Day in the Life of an Earthwork Camper.
Parents of previous years' campers said:
Wow, the kids had an AWESOME week last week. I have to remember to sign them up for more weeks next year. One just isn't enough. They truly love the Earthwork camp, we are so lucky to have you so close by.
(My daughter) feels more empowered and able to solve problems.
At Home in the Woods has shown my son a path to his inner light. (He) is truly himself in the loving care of this program. The counselors are amazing guides.
..love of the woods, being in the woods, relaxation in the woods
What an amazing week! Loved seeing my daughter's confidence increase in just five days. Her happiness at the end of every day was a gift. Wish we could do more sessions.
(My son) is so engaged, so relaxed, so tired, so dirty-; he's having the best week!
He learns skills that empower him, and he gets to be out in nature.
I recommend this program frequently!
He gained confidence in being in the outdoors and in his skills as a responsible contributor. He found that there are things he likes to do by himself in the woods and he really felt a sense of accomplishment through fire building and carving. He worked on his collaboration skills.
We were impressed with how well the staff understood and related to the kids.
My younger son is definitely attending next year!
...helped her confidence about interacting with other kids.
He was very excited to share with us.
(My son) did not want the week to end, which is also significant since this is his first year in camps, and he was a bit resistant to them initially.
...allowing kids to explore nature and learn valuable information about some of the uses of plants.
He continues to increase his self-confidence and independence, as well as actual physical skills and knowledge. A program like yours where the instructors meet the child where they are and are not pressuring them, and where the goal is to improve, not meet a certain benchmark, and where the child feels welcome and secure are of immeasurable. Thank you!
After the program, he has mentored his younger brother with carving and safety procedures.
I know he loved it and really liked the teachers. That's always good.