Wild! Kids playing and running

Wild! Kids Day Camp: Artistry of Peace 中文 (Mandarin) Immersion

Wild! Heart Refuge, Jeffersonville, Vermont, USA
July 22 to 26, 2019

for 4 to 7-year-olds

"This is the best day of my whole life!"

– 6-year-old Wild! camper

Get Wild! this summer!

Wild! Kid on Animator's shouldersEXPLORE!

The land of Wild Heart Refuge, with experienced Outdoor Educators leading exciting and challenging nature activities with related art projects

PLAY!

Create peace through art, movement, and improvisation; Build earth shelters along Fairy Creek

FUN!

Engage Mindful Nonviolent Practices in a safe supportive learning community with internationally recognized Nonviolent Communication trainers.

EAT!

Enjoy organic food you make right out of the Wild Heart Refuge garden!

We will have a 1:3 teacher to student ratio. Space will be limited in this special camp. Register early!

OUR DAYS TOGETHER:

Wild! Kid playing with instrumentsCampers will be dropped off at 9AM and picked up at 2:00PM each day at Wild Heart Refuge in Jeffersonville, VT. Each day we will hike, play, make music, tell stories, create art, learn about our connection to the earth, and build incredible earth shelters in the Peace Village by the creek – ALL IN MANDARIN!  Throughout, Play in the Wild! Animators (that’s what we call our Team) will offer sessions like Tracking the Inner and Outer Wild, Yoga, Mindfulness, Nature Games, Nonviolent Communication, Journal Making, Storytelling, Swimming, Ropes Challenges, and lots more!

THURSDAY NIGHT CAMPFIRE STORY CIRCLE:

On Thursday night, campers and their families are invited back at 6pm for a cookout at the fire and a story circle.  Organic vegetarian food will be provided.

BUT I DO NOT LIVE IN VERMONT:

That’s OK! We welcome students from all over the world! If you and your family want to plan a vacation around this camp, we can provide you with nearby camping and lodging information.  We can also connect you to many local hikes, tours, and entertainment, so that you can create a wonderful family vacation.

Planting in the Garden of HopeRETURN TO NATURE:

At Wild! Kids Camp, we will venture into the magical Vermont wilderness. Each day will incorporate a hike and nature activities, including team building activities and rope challenges. Through hands-on activities, we will reconnect to the knowledge that nonviolence begins with each step on Mother Earth.

HeARTful EXPRESSION:

Wild! Kids Camp gives children space to grow, laugh, and learn through real experiences of building meaningful friendships. Each day, arts and crafts such as geometry, watercolor, poetry and collage-making will encourage each camper’s mind and heart to rediscover freedom of expression and a natural inquisitiveness about life.

WHY MANDARIN?

We have offered multi-lingual programs for over a decade. We have been asked hundreds of times to have non-English immersion programs in the U.S. We decided to begin with Mandarin because one-sixth of the Earth’s population speaks Mandarin Chinese, making it the first most spoken language in the world!

SHARE FOOD:

Local, organic, lacto-ova vegetarian snacks and meals will sustain our bodies as well as our minds. We believe that nonviolence starts from within, and is impacted by what we feed our bodies. Throughout camp, we will try fresh fruits and vegetables grown right at Wild! Heart Farm and from other local farms as well as explore ideas of mindfulness of what we choose to consume. In the tradition of Play in the Wild!, these will be gourmet, unique, delicious flavors from around the world, especially suited for camp. Of course, we will feature some of the rich varieties of Chinese cuisine!

WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP:

You will need a day pack or small backpack to carry your things, and a water bottle. Play in the Wild! has a tradition of “UNPLUGGING” so the good news is that you will not need to bring any electronics to camp!

COST:

We offer our work freely in service to peace. At the same time, we request a monetary contribution to cover the costs of this unique program and offer sustainability for Play in the Wild! and the Animator Team that makes it all possible:

    • $385 USD contribution includes insurance, materials, all food, transportation and equipment rentals for one week of Wild! Kids Camp, and miscellaneous surprises.
    • Early Drop-Off/ Late Pickup Options: Campers will have a very full day just attending from 9am to 2:00pm, but we offer the possibility of early drop-off and late pick-up to assist families that might need that.  Early Drop-Off can be done between 7:45 to 8:45am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for an additional $5 each time.  Late Pickup can happen on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 2:15 to 4:15pm for an additional $5 per hour per day. You can schedule this on a day by day basis.

If you are able to contribute more than the requested amount and would like to help make this Training accessible to everyone regardless of where they come from, consider making a donation.  Your donation can be applied directly towards the Tuition of applicants with limited financial resources.

REGISTRATION:

  1. Click on the Sign Up Here! button at the bottom of this page to fill out an online Registration Form.
  2. After we receive your Registration Form, a team member will call you by phone to confirm arrangements for drop-off and pick-up for your child.

If you have any questions about the Wild! Kid Camp, including the Registration process, feel free to contact us.  We are happy to respond.