for 9-14 year olds (July 10 -14, 2023)
Day Camp Hours (Monday-Friday, 9am – 4pm daily, with 8pm pickup on Thursday)
The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship.
Join us for five days of adventure in the Green Mountain National Forest! Under the guidance of experienced outdoor educators, kids ages 9 to 13 will explore the woods, splash in streams and swimming holes, and ascend to the summit of Grass Mountain (3100 ft).
Along the way, we will build community bonds, engage in social and emotional learning activities, and make connections to the natural world. Music making, mindful movement, and wilderness skills will be woven into exciting games and spontaneous play. Daily activities will include a balance of high-energy physical challenges and self-reflective council check-ins.
- Cultivating aspects of self (part of social community, as emotional being, as intellectual being, as part of natural world)
- Building a holistic, healthy lifestyle (Love, think, grow, feel, share)
- Body-Mind Connections: Meditation, breathwork, stretching
- Meeting physical challenges with Grit!
- Spontaneous play and wonder
- Head out and spend all day in the woods
- Way of Council and Leave No Trace principles
- Fire building
- Shelter building
- Spontaneous Music making
- Stalking and Tracking
Campers should prepare to spend the entire day outside, rain or shine.
They will need DAILY:
- Comfortable (broken-in) hiking boots
- Water bottle that holds at least 1 liter
- Hearty lunch and snacks
- Swim shorts and towel
- Rain Gear
- Change of weather-appropriate clothes and socks
- River Crossing sandals (Tevas, Keen’s, Chaco, etc)
I call myself a Peaceful Warrior… because the battles we fight are on the inside.
~ Socrates, from The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
Ryan Long, M.Ed
is a Santa Barbara, CA-based educator who leads children’s programs related to service learning, spiritual ecology, and community building. Using tools like the Way of Council and Leave No Trace principles, he works to center environmental stewardship and inspire a love of nature. He serves on the board of Creekspirit Wildlife Foundation and co-created Warrior Camp at Spirit Hollow which has been running since 2013.
has been attending Spirit Hollow camps since he was in his mother’s (Tracey Forest) womb. He grew up in Spirit Quest and Warrior Camps, became a junior counselor, and now, at 18, he is a full-fledged staff member for his second summer. He knows these woods like the back of his hand and is a gentle and compassionate leader. A 2022 graduate of Burr and Burton High School, Noah is Wilderness First Aid Certified, has worked at the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, as a Crew Leader at the Dene Farm in Manchester, served on the Sunderland Energy Committee and has a passion for regenerative food systems. This summer he will work on the farm crew at Clear Brook Farm. Noah will attend Hampshire College after taking this year as as gap year to pursue Wilderness First Responder training, Permaculture and chain saw certification courses, and do some traveling and exploring.
As a Licensed Outdoor Guide and Wilderness Skills Instructor with over 20 years of backpacking experience including long-distance backpacking, Dave works as a Wilderness Skills Instructor with youth and adults in the world of ‘primitive’ skills and ‘nature connection’ with organizations such as Hawk Circle Earth Mentoring Institute, Primitive Pursuits, Earth Arts, and Lime Hollow Nature Center.
He has a Bachelor’s of Science at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, studied freshwater turtle populations in the upper Hudson River of New York, worked as a Desert Tortoise Biologist in the Mojave Desert, and studied the symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants (Mycorrhizal Ecology) in the Northeastern US.
A note about gender
While all of our camps are open to all genders, often girls gravitate naturally to Goddess Camps and boys to Warrior Camps. Our goal is to assist in the healing of our culture, not to ‘segregate’ or be gender essentialist. However, we find value and depth and a lack of self-consciousness in a ‘circle of sisters’ or a ‘circle of brothers,’ where young people feel a sense of freedom to share openly in a space held by mature adults. For example, although it is important for both boys and girls to learn about consent, it needs to be addressed in different ways for girls than it does for boys due to the toxic cultural norms we are attempting to transform.
By inviting girls to gather together with women, we create a safe container to explore their deep connection to the Ancient goddess cultures and reverence of the female, to talk about body image and break down “false beauty,” cultivate the divine feminine, and discuss issue around their self esteem, consent, and menstruation as well as teach them skills to be empowered and self sufficient.
By inviting boys gather together with men, we create a safe container to explore emotional intelligence, discuss what a true warrior is, explore earth stewardship, feel safe to express the full range of emotions and how to respect others’ boundaries with the intent of releasing the lineage of unhealthy traditional “male” roles which are pushed on boys and young men from countless modern and historical sources, as well as teaching them skills to be empowered and self sufficient.