for 8-12 year olds (July 13-17, 2020) Day Camp with Thursday night sleepover
NO CAMPS in 2020 DUE TO COVID-19
Sad Announcement regarding Spirit Hollow summer camps.
Given that we’d have to follow strigent guidelines from the State of Vermont: practice social distancing, take temperatures, have signage, constantly sanitize everything and mostly that we’d have to have all campers and staff masked for the whole day (following state guidelines), we have decided it’s not really feasible to run camps.
This makes us very sad, but we don’t really see how to do the kinds of connected, team-based camps we offer under such stringent restrictions.
Here’s a little caveat: If somehow the guidelines change in the next few weeks, we might possibly reevaluate. But for now, we have to say no camps. 😞
Boys will gather in a “tribe” to explore the woods and to learn wilderness awareness skills and primitive skills of shelter building, basic tracking and fire making. They will hike the stream, play at the waterfall, climb to the top of Grass Mountain (3100 ft), learn which plants in the woods are safe to eat, share in council and generally have a wonderful time.
Included in this week: native crafts (staff making, rope making), primitive skills, daily council, awesome games, team building, building self-esteem, drumming, journeying, and a sweat lodge.
For 8-12 year olds: This is a day camp with a Thursday night sleepover/camp out/cookout. For that night, boys should bring sleeping bags and pillows (but leave the electronics at home). Pocket knives are welcome as long as they are used with staff supervision. Lodging is in our tent cabins on bunks.
Update on Summer Programs at Spirit Hollow
Our deepest hope is that you are your loved ones continue to stay safe and have all the support you need in these hard and holy days.
As we continue to navigate these uncertain waters of virus and social distancing, no one is sure what will be open this summer and what will not.
At Spirit Hollow, we are continuing to watch the state and regional guidelines before making any decisions about canceling summer programs after June 15.
What that means is that our camps are at the moment still open for registration, as is our Wild Women Vision Quest in August. All decisions will be made within two weeks of a program.
So certainly, you can still register for these events, and if they don’t run, you will receive a full refund.
Staffed by Chris “Mowgli” Gianitti, musician, tree climber and woods lover and Ryan Long, environmental educator and teacher. These two amazing young men have been involved with Spirit Hollow camps for the last 7 years. They have largely created and crafted the curriculum together, with great enthusiasm, love and compassion. Both are gifted with kids and both know these woods extensively. Mowgli is a composer, a bassist, vocalist and teacher, and has done two vision quests here on Grass Mountain. Ryan just received his Master’s Degree in Environmental Education from Amherst College and is an educator teacher who lives in Santa Barbara, California for most of the year.
And Ryan and Mowgli will be joined again this year by the talented David Muska of Ondatra Adventures, a wilderness skills instructor, naturalist, and NYS Licensed Guide, as well as the founder of Ondatra Adventures. He has worked with many organizations throughout Northeast to provide meaningful and quality naturalist education programs for youth and adults.
Cost is $260 per camper. A myriad of crafting and art materials are provided. We provide nutritious snacks every day, dinner on Thursday night and breakfast and lunch on Friday. Send your camper daily with a packed lunch (yes, in the past, we have a provided lunches for additional fee, but we are simplifying this year). The week will culminate with a Thursday night sleepover; so your camper should bring a sleeping bag or bedding gear.
Some scholarship funds are available. Please email for an application; firstname.lastname@example.org. You can then send your payment to Spirit Hollow with your registration form or pay online here
Non-Refundable DEPOSIT REQUIRED; call Tracey at 802-447-3895 or email at email@example.com if you have questions.
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, such as primitive skills, fire starting, and wild crafting.
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, as stated above.