Our Staff Orientation week has come to an anticipatory close. We’ve learned, played and connected, and have spent five days immersed in the ins and outs, nuts and bolts, and overarching purpose of The Nature Place Day Camp – connecting with ourselves, with others, and the earth! Tomorrow it all begins, another summer full of wish, wonder, and surprise.
We had a terrific time tapping trees at our maple sugaring program! The sap was flowing (the cold weather gave us a slow, steady drip), the outside fire boiling our sap provided a welcomed break from the cold, and the pairing of hot syrup on ice alongside a dill pickle was a delectable match made in maple heaven.
This song is one of these odd, beautiful things that comes out of The Nature Place Day Camp. Be sure to share it with your camper, and be prepared for them to sing along! Composing credit goes to Colin, Peter, Alex, and Snoopy.
This version comes to us from camper Brian Louis and his dad, Scott, accompanying him on guitar.
The early bird gets the worm!
We’re already planning for next summer, 2014, and as this fantastic summer ends we’re giving you the chance to plan ahead too. Signing up for 4, 5, or 6 weeks as an early bird (paying in full by October 1st) saves you 10% off our regular tuition price, and that’s a worm worth getting!
Name-gamed, workshopped, well-trained and ready!
Check out our Gear page, just in time for camp: Flashlights, whistles, hats, special-edition T-shirts, fleeces, sweatshirts…you name it. We’re super excited to be launching our newest adventure!
We have a new addition to camp this summer, geared especially toward some of our older groups. Monkey hardware is basically a portable climbing wall that uses secure rachet straps to put climbing holds up trees. Using a belaying system, climbers ascend in harnesses and helmets. We’ve just spent three days doing low and high ropes course training to prepare for this exciting addition to our summer programming. Climbing at camp will be especially practical for our oldest group, before they go climbing during week six on actual rock face in the Shawangunk Mountains!
Ed’s book, What Color is the Wind?, just got picked up by Acorn Naturalists, in our estimation the largest and most reputable supplier of all things outdoor-education related. Beyond this exciting development, they provided a great review:
“This combination field guide and journal is absolutely packed with creative ideas for enjoying nature with children ages 6-14. Distills the author’s 40 years of experience as a mentor naturalist/educator into seasonal activities geared toward encouraging a sense of wonder. Offers a refreshing, truly hands-on approach to getting children to connect with the natural world. Filled with ideas and tips for parents, naturalists, outdoor educators and camp leaders alike.”
If you don’t have one already, you can get your copy of What Color is the Wind? by visiting edsbook.org. You can also ‘like’ Ed’s book on Facebook, by visiting What Color is the Wind?‘s Facebook page.
Pesto pizza, summer ‘smores, frozen hot chocolate and more! All the recipes from this summer’s cooking program, put together by the Chef herself.