In thinking of ways to underscore Nature Camps' Best Practices,
I would like to share perspectives from a potential returning NC
Counselor. Here are application responses to Reasons Why NC Impresses
Me With It's Commitment to Adventure Education.
The attention to current practices and theory in the Guideposts
section of the web site lets me know that Nature Camps is committed
to learning and growing with the field of adventure education,
and keeping current in theories of alternative education. The staff's
incredible qualifications and the return rate of counselors and
interns are absolutely incredible. Only a special place could have
such a high retention rate of employees.
The section of Safety and Health lets me know that this is an environment
that pays careful attention to risk management, something that
I am extremely conscious of in my facilitation. Having aligned
concepts of this crucial element lets me know that Nature Camps
is on the same page as my training and personal theory.
The variety of programs that Nature Camps offers provides me with
a varied experience as a facilitator, as well as offers a unique
learning community for the campers that I think proves to be extremely
I appreciate the sense of community that is fostered by the website.
It sends an incredible message that parents, staff, and campers
are all committed to Nature Camps and spreading the message of
the community. After having attended Nature Camps for many years,
it means a lot to me to know that there are strong traditions,
such as the Family Overnight, which provides families with a wonderful
experience to learn differently for a night with their campers,
and allows staff to interact with an entirely different group for
Camp Little Feet is an incredible, innovative program that I will
be proud to support, and it's absolutely wonderful that the desire
for parents to begin alternative education at such a young age
The detailed literature that the web site provides is a strong
example of the ethic of safety that everything on the website confirms
In every photograph, there are smiling, happy campers and counselors,
and this is the most valuable message that the web site sends.
It presents Nature Camps as an engaging and fun learning environment,
and one of which I would love to be a part!
--- Lauren Barrett
These reflective responses underscore that parents have a unique
opportunity in choosing Nature Camps. With the change of what camps
used to be all about, Nature Camps remains steadfast in it's transformative
experiential adventure and environmental programs, allowing children
and their parents to experience nature in a real and personal way,
as they delight in choosing the activities each day.
Nature Camps Receives Safety Award
Richmond, VA, Feb. 11, 2009 -- Markel Insurance Company, a division
of Markel Corporation, announced today that Nature Camps has
received the prestigious Safety 1st designation for 2008. Each
year, Markel's Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who
have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees
Will Evans, Director of Safety Education at Markel stated, "Camps
and clubs must meet stringent criteria to qualify for the Safety
1st designation. They must have a proven safety record for at least
three consecutive years, undergo formal assessments and inspections,
and participate in continuing education and certification programs.
These facilities deserve to be recognized for keeping safety a
Networking with Theaux Le Gardeur at Backwater Angler www.backwaterangler.com in Monkton, MD, reminds us of the importance for all of us to become
educated about the Gunpowder River that runs along the Nature Camps
property. There is key information about invasive species and algae,
and action that has been taken regarding this. In addition the
Backwater Angler Newsletters continue to be a key resource for
The Gunpowder River is the fifth best river for trout in the whole
USA! Our educating Nature Camps children and families is key as
we use the Gunpowder and adjacent Little Falls rivers. The photographs
and information in the Backwater Angler web site and newsletters
Click here for the schedule for
Join us for our 35th Open House on Sunday, May 17
from 1 – 4.
Returning families, come for an afternoon of reconnecting with
the staff, enjoying the woods, and welcoming new families.
New families, you'll have the chance to meet Don, other staff,
and veteran NC parents. You can also tour the grounds, ask questions,
swing on the tall swings, and visit NC's unique Adventure Challenge
Ropes Courses. NC water bottles and Camper T-Shirts will be available
Beat the Rush! Register Now!
Are you tired of the annual rush to set your child's summer schedule? Beat the rush! Nature Camps is currently accepting registrations for the 2009 Summer Season!
Register now online! Go to http://www.naturecamps.com/enrollment/aps.html
Nature Camps to hold it's Second Annual
Family and Friends Work Days!
Saturdays, May 9 and 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Snacks, Drinks, and Lunch will be provided. Please bring your
own water bottle. Please bring tools such as rakes, shovels, pruners,
wheel barrows, and pails (five and ten gallon sizes), etc.
Projects will include: Ropes Course maintenance (spreading wood
chips, etc.); hanging cargo nets and swings; weeding, planting,
maintaining rock walls in wildflower gardens; spreading rocks at
hand water pump; moving picnic tables; hanging tarps; spreading
wood chips at big swings and by Lodge; hanging tarps and porch
swings; organizing and cleaning Lodge; hanging signs, raking leaves
from pool deck; etc.
Children are welcome, though young ones must remain with a parent
at all times. Counselors will not be available to watch children.
Please call 410-343-0223 or email email@example.com if you will
be able to assist us in getting Nature Camps ready for another
Riding Instruction has a New Home
Riding Instruction for all levels takes place at Camp Puh'tok's Riding
Program. Each morning, a NC counselor and the riding campers will
walk up to the horse stables at Camp Puh'tok, returning at lunchtime.
When the children return to NC at lunchtime, they eat with their
small group, and choose activities to do in the afternoon.
There is a maximum of 8 riding children each session. Recommended
beginning age is eight, as children then have more coordination,
and leg/thigh strength necessary for riding horses and ponies.
Beginning riders learn basic horse care, barn management and riding
skills. Intermediate and Advanced riders focus on specific skills
and enjoy extensive trail riding, dressage and introductory jumping.
Enrollment is limited. Be sure to register early!
||Some Openings Available in All Sessions!
Nature Camps still has several openings in all 2009 sessions. Be
sure to register ASAP to hold your space!
Go to http://www.naturecamps.com/enrollment/aps.html for all registration
forms and information.
Nature Camps Welcomes Our New Neighbor: Camp Winwood
A Camp for Middle School Boys!
On the campsite on Blue Mount Rd (Camp Dancing Bear sign), our associate, Jeff Gunther will be directing a camp just for middle school boys.
Highlights of Camp Winwood will be:
-Team Building activities
-Swimming and instruction
-Tubing and canoeing on the Gunpowder
-And much more!
Jeff has a strong background in training, coaching athletics, and working with this age group. He is excited about sharing the 230 acres of woods and the river with us.
Look for Jeff Gunther's booth at the March Baltimore Child's Summer Camp Fair Camp Winwood . You can email Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 804-739-1483 or visit them on the web.