for 9-13 year olds (July 5 – 9, 2021)
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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, boys 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
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.
Please read our Covid Statement:
COVID PROTOCOLS, from Vermont Health Department
As of June 14, there are no COVID-19 restrictions or requirements for Vermont’s child care or out of school programs.
With Vermont’s high vaccination rates and low number COVID-19 cases, it’s safe for most Vermonters to return to the activities they did before the pandemic. Our high vaccination rates mean the vast majority of Vermonters are protected from the virus, and keep the virus from spreading to others.
Because a COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available for children under 12 years old, there are a large number of unvaccinated people at schools, child care and summer camps. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated people when inside, throughout the summer. This is the recommendation of the Vermont Department of Health. There are other ways to protect children and families from COVID-19 infection, such as staying home when you’re sick, and frequent hand washing. Learn more about why, how and when to do these things.
PLEASE ALSO SEE THE CDC RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW:
In addition to Vermont Health Department guidelines, we are also following the CDC suggested actions.
The health and safety of our campers and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible. We are:
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. cleaning and disinfecting objects if they are shared (e.g., art supplies, sports equipment, toys, and games)
- Keeping campers in small groups and spacing them out by prioritizing outdoor activities
- Limiting the number of items that are shared or touched between campers and staff by keeping a camper’s belongings separated from others and by having campers bring their own lunch, water bottle, utensils and snacks daily
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices [encouraging washing their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, monitoring campers to make sure they are washing their hands, providing campers with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when they don’t have easy access to soap and water, encouraging children to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits around the camp facility]
- Requesting that unvaccinated staff and campers wear a cloth face covering when in close quarters
- If a child does get sick at camp, we have identified an area where they can rest, be watched after, and safely isolate from others. We will communicate with parents or caretakers directly and, if necessary, arrange for the child to be taken to a healthcare facility for care.
We ask that you help us protect the health of campers this summer. Anyone who is sick or was sick with COVID-19 or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days— including staff, campers, and families— should not come to camp. Be on the lookout for symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell. Call your doctor if you think you or a family member is sick.
If you have a specific question about this plan or COVID-19, please contact Tracey Forest for more information. You can also find more information about COVID-19 at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus or on CDC’s website for youth and summer camps (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/summer-camps.html).