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"It's about a sense of wonder!"

June/July 2013








Director's Message

We were raking leaves from the wild flower garden by the side of the Lodge during May's Family and Friends Service Day. The smell of mint came wafting by as our rakes combed through patches of mint. Erin commented that her mother would be making mint juleps later on for her husband and herself. It was Kentucky Derby Day.

Blue and yellow flowers were standing tall against the barn red color of the Lodge wall. We looked up at the side of the chimney and were surprised to see tall field daisies growing out of a crack between the old stones! It was amazing. We stopped raking. Erin took several photos, delighting in our exciting discovery.

The proud reaching daisies reminded me of an environmental phrase I like to use in describing flowers:
Are flowers blooming in the field, or, is it perhaps more accurate to say, is the field blooming the flowers?

Here the chimney was blooming the field daisies!

Such interesting ecological perspectives help us build a sense of relationship in both feelings and understandings with the natural world. Discovering and renewing of our sense of smell, sense of beauty and our sense of wonder is indeed life-fulfilling.

More than all, nature study a la Nature Camps, gives children a sense of companionship with life the outdoors and an abiding love of nature.

little feet

Nature Camps continues to accept registrations for the 2013 Summer Season!
Plus, Camp Little Feet is back for sessions 3 & 4!

Camp Little Feet (CLF) Parents and toddlers (ages 2 1/2 - 4) can enjoy a guided mini version of Nature Camps by joining Camp Wonder (4-year-olds) from 9 - 11:30am. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch, spend some time on the swings, play in the sandbox or splash in the pool. Contact Heidi at Nature Camps for more information 410-343-0223.

Camp Wonder, 4-year olds. This program is designed to be a miniature version of our camper program — at the relaxed pace of a 4-year-old!

Camper Program: 5-12. In a mixed-age learning environment, children choose their own activities — Adventure Ropes Course, swimming, canoeing, nature crafts, carving & whittling, hiking, stream exploration, singing, bicycling, new games, etc.

Teen Adventure: 13-16.  Offers a four-week program of hiking, biking, white water rafting, community service learning, kayaking, and more! Two weeks are spent at Nature Camps, and two five-day away trips take teens to Spoutwood Farms CSA and to the Appalachian Trail. 

So, whatever the age of your child, and whatever your summertime schedule brings, Nature Camps has a program just for you!  You can conveniently register online.   For complete dates, please visit our Nature Camps 2013 Calendar.


Sweetness! Updates to our Lower Ropes Course

With a jigsaw, strong assortments of string and a knife, Erin, one of our interns, figured out a better way to cut deep and wider notches to hold the rungs of our Fidget ladder on our lower ropes course in place. And off we went replacing all rungs with newly cut bamboo. Ah the simple joys! 

We also rebuilt the 27-foot-long net on the lower ropes course, connecting a bridge to the Rope-X part of the course.

Plus, we’re pleased to report that the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) renewed our certification.


New Jersey Family Visits Nature Camps

After a New Jersey family’s springtime visit to Nature Camps, mother Janeen Yodakis, shares these reflections on the experience’s powerful impact…

With just one story, Don changed me and helped me to be a better mother to my children. Click here to read more.


Wilderness First Aid And Ben Currotto

Teen Adventure Director Ben Currotto taveled up to SOLO in Conway, NH for their late Spring eight - ten day Wilderness First Aid Course (WFR).
See details of WFR.




Family Overnights and Evening Concerts

We invite you to be Ambassadors of Nature Camps.
Spread the word about why you think Nature Camps should be an essential part of every child's summer.
You know a good thing when you see it. Take a moment to share it with others!

Our 2013 Family Overnights are June 27, July 11, July 25 (Thursdays), and August 7 (Wednesday). Children stay the whole day as normal and parents arrive when convenient.

Many parents come early to find that special cozy place in the woods or field to set up tents (cabins available), have a swim, hike down to the Gunpwder (15 minute walk), watch counselors spot children on the Lower Ropes Course (and maybe challenge themselves on the fourteen connected elements), participate in a craft activity, relax on porch swings or help with dinner's preparation.

Supper is 6-ish at the large campsite behind the cabins. Many of us sleep under the beautiful stars and tree canopy.

All are most welcome for the whole evening and the next morning, or just for the evening family adventures: swimming (lighted pool), family games, concert, crafts (soap stone carving, tie-dying, pottery), night walks and campfire singing.

In the early morning there are blueberry pancakes, eggs, home fries and orange juice. Camp coffee and cocoa are ready by 7:00-ish with breakfast soon following - using the evening's campfire coals to light three breakfast fires.

All are welcome to stay all day on Friday, and share in your child's activities.

Nature Camps Videos
and Slide Shows

2012 TA pics
2012 Autumn TA Gathering at Deer Creek


We invite you to be Ambassadors of Nature Camps.

Spread the word about why you think Nature Camps should be an essential part of every child's summer.

You know a good thing when you see it. Take a moment to share it with others! 
Thanks! We encourage you to share our Facebook updates with your friends and family.  

Want to see more? Here’s a link to Nature Camps Videos and Slide Shows




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