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Artistry of Peace: July 10th to 14th, 2017
Enchanted Forest: July 17th to 21st, 2017
This special day camp will be the highlight of your summer!
(for kids, ages 5 to 11)
The words I use to describe camp are exciting, dirty, fun, and adventurous!”
– 8 year old Wild! camper
A place for children to play and explore in a safe respectful, multi-cultural environement with guidance and support that is affirming of their humanity. All my gratitude for your loving presence with our children.”
– Parent of an 11 year old Wild! camper
GET WILD! THIS SUMMER!
The land of Wild Heart Refuge, including a day trip to the Brewster River, with experienced Outdoor Educators leading exciting and challenging nature activities with related art projects
Create peace through art, movement, and improvisation; Build earth shelters along Fairy Creek
Engage Mindful Nonviolent Practices in a safe supportive learning community with internationally recognized Nonviolent Communication trainers.
Enjoy organic food you make right out of the Wild Heart Refuge garden!
There will be a one-to-six teacher-to-camper ratio so space will be limited. Register early!
OUR DAYS TOGETHER:
Campers will be dropped off between 8:45AM to 9AM and picked up at 3:30PM 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. On Wednesday we will take a field trip to the Brewster River for added adventure and exploration of the Vermont wilds. 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! On Thursday evening of each week we will host a Campfire Cookout and Story Circle.
WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT EACH WEEK?
Week 1 – Artistry of Peace: We will draw from the theatrical arts, improvisation, storytelling, poetry, dance, song, music, drumming, qigong, yoga, mask-making, painting, and humor to bring alive your own creative spirit! What is your expression of Peace on the Planet?
Week 2 – Enchanted Forest: We will explore ecomagic exploring all the elements of nature including building earth shelters, creating art with plants from the forest, making herbal crafts with plants and food from the land, plus tracking and connecting with the birds, insects, and mammals that live at Wild! Heart Refuge. What is your excitement about connecting to the Wild?
This is the best day of my whole life!”
– 6 year old Wild! camper
THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE SPECIAL AT WILD! KIDS:
Week 1 – We will have a Campfire Story Circle for all the campers and their families. Come at 6pm to eat food cooked on the fire and then hear stories from around the world. Organic vegetarian food will be provided. (No extra fees.)
Week 2 – There will an optional overnight on Thursday for campers to spend the night under the stars, by the fire, with the Play in the Wild! Animators. Organic vegetarian food will be provided for supper and for breakfast. We will cook on the fire and share stories. We will get a chance to see our Enchanted Forest at night. (Cost for just the overnight: $35)
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.
HOW ABOUT MOMMY AND DADDY?
We like parents to be nurtured and have fun too! That’s why we have a full slate of optional activities during the day for parents and families of Wild! Kids. We will be partnering with nearby yoga teachers and massage therapists so that parents can create special retreat days. In addition, our own Animators Kate Raffin, Jesse Wiens, and Melanie Whitham will offer Nonviolent Communication classes for parents.
RETURN 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.
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.
I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful community you have created for our children. Thank you for your commitment to compassionate communication and holding each child with loving respect that honors who they are.”
– Parent of a 9-year old Wild! Camper
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 from 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.
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP:
You will need a day pack or small backpack to carry your things, and a water bottle. Once you are registered we will give you a specific gear list for any day trips to Brewster River. 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!
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:
- $375 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 3:30pm, 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, Thursday, or Friday between 3:45 to 5:45pm 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.
- Click on the Sign Up Here! button at the bottom of this page to fill out an online Registration Form.
- After we receive your Registration Form, a team member will call you by phone or Skype 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.