Each camp session is 2 weeks long, Monday through Friday: 9am – 2pm each day. Our program is appropriate for kids age 7-12 and we offer two styles to accommodate those new to the wood and those who come back with experience. Wild Play! Camp has two sessions to choose from, one session in June and another July.
Our camp sessions take place at Earthsong, 100 gorgeous wild acres full of different environments and habitats just 20 minutes from downtown Athens
It seems we have a pretty biased view of what “wild” means. What image comes to mind when you think of a “wild animal”? Is it insane, unpredictable, scary? How about when you think of specific wild animals – deer, possum, squirrel, cardinal, coyote, bear, mouse. Have you ever observed these animals? If so, would you describe them as frantic and crazy? How about wasteful? Let’s not even get started on the part about the “wild tribes” mentioned in this definition.
We’ll stick with number 1 on the list – living in a state of nature; not tamed or domesticated. We are taking back the meaning of wildness to reflect the true qualities of wild creatures: observant, resourceful, hardy, independent, felicitous. Now that’s what our Wild Play summer camps are all about! We engineer like beavers, track like coyotes, and play like river otters. We belong in this world just like the animals do, and our camps provide hands on, experiential learning about the natural world we live in. Whether it’s fire-building and cooking wild plants, fishing, tracking, basket making, carving – our focus is empowerment and connection through crafting, resourcefulness, play, and imagination.
The basic structure of a typical day at summer camp is an opening circle where each of us shares something we are grateful for. The purpose of this is to bring our minds together. In the mornings there will generally be focused activities in the cool and quiet morning and after lunch in the heat of the afternoon is play and exploration in the beautiful Middle Oconee River.