19 Aug

Our Next Course

Primitive Skills Family Weekend

Information and Pricing

Forest Summer Camps for Kids in 2017

You can book just one day to come and try, or multiple days, check out our special offers!

Our three amazing venues for camps are: Castleruddery Organic Farm & Shop in West Co. Wicklow; The Cuffes beautiful woodland and river in Newcastle, Co. Wicklow and the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford, a most amazing ancestral and inspiring place to host camps in.

THE CUFFES PLACE, NEWCASTLE, CO. WICKLOW

 Age: Suitable for age 5-10yrs
(Older kids up to age 14 are catered for)
Dates in JULY: Mon 10th and Tues 11th July.
Dates in AUGUST: Wed 2nd, Thu 3rd and Fri 4th August.
Time: All day-camps are 10am to 3pm.
Price: €35 pp/pd
SPECIAL OFFER: 10%  off if you book for four days, only €126!
Directions: Eircode A63 W993. Location here via Google Maps.
To Book Online & for more Info: https://goo.gl/forms/0DbEaqTG1VCO4YGu2
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IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK, CO. WEXFORD

Age: Suitable for age 5-10yrs
(Older kids up to age 14 are catered for)
Dates in JULY: Thu 13th and Fri 14th July, 2017.
Dates in AUGUST: Tues 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th August, 2017.
Time: All day-camps are 10am to 3pm.
Price: €35 pp/pd.
SPECIAL OFFER: 10% if you book for four days, only €126!
Directions: Via Google Maps.
To Book Online & for more Info: https://goo.gl/forms/WlycvB3CEqTYwb4P2

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CASTLERUDDERY ORGANIC FARM, NR. DONARD, WEST CO. WICKLOW

Age: Suitable for age 5-10yrs
(Older kids up to age 14 are catered for)
Dates in JULY: Wed 5th, Thu 6th & Fri 7th July. Mon 17th & Tue 18th July.
Dates in AUGUST:  Mon 14th, Tue 15th & Wed 16th August, 2017.
Time: All day-camps are 10am to 3pm.
Price: €30 pp/pd
SPECIAL OFFER: 10% off if you book for five days, only €135!
Directions: Location via Google Maps.
To Book Online & for more Info: https://goo.gl/forms/QPZrqbLtKOqQecJC3

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New! FAMILY BUSHCRAFT WEEKEND at the Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford.
For ages 5 yrs and up, we will cover primitive skills inlcuding heritage shelters made with locally sourced hazel, willow and reeds; spoon burning; fire-by-friction; cooking over the fire and facilitated child-led forest school activities for your children to weave in and out of. We will sit by the fire at night storytelling so bring your instruments. We are sleeping in the heritage parks Viking Settlement!!
Dates: Sat 19th and Sun 20th Aug.
Age: 5 yrs. and over
To Book Online & for more Info: https://goo.gl/forms/fxtJkyrGtD5DIafE3
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Children’s camp activities vary depending on the children themselves and what they want to do. Activities can include:
  • Nature games for group building and teamwork including blindfold and sensory games
  • Low ropes: learning two-knots and having a build-a-bridge race
  • Willow dream catchers using seasonal natural materials
  • Elder pencils: Make charcoal over the fire and use elder to make a pencil to take home
  • Storytelling around the fire while making rope with natural fibres individually
  • Making a small fire with Swedish firesteel and tinders
  • Seasonal hedgerow foraging as a group. Identify, pick and taste: Nettle pancakes, elderflower pancakes, dandelion fritters, wild salads and healing plants, whatever is in season
  • Bird language: Learn how to discern the five voices of the birds…Song/baseline, Alarm, Companion calling, Male to male aggression, Juvenile begging through teamwork, games and role play.
  • Making a bird feeder from pine cones
  • Meet a tree: learn how to connect with trees and make tree “faces” using clay
  • Den building: Make a den from debris or use knots to hang a tarp
  • And many more bushcraft and primitive skills possible, contact us for any other options you might be intertested in.
  • Whittling and knife skills, carving feather sticks, a wood flower, a tent peg
  • Make a natural candle and votive
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  • Wear long trousers and sleeves, no shorts in order to avoid getting stung.
  • Wet gear; waterproof jacket and trousers – essential!
  • Avoid cotton, esp. jeans as it gets cold when wet. Use a wicking/base layer if you have it. LIDL and ALDI often stock these.
  • A small day pack, backpack with lunch, drinks, snacks and spare socks in a plastic bag x2.
  • Wellington boots or waterproof hiking boots
  • A change of clothes in the car for when you pick them up (they may well be mucky/wet/cold)
  • Lunch and several snacks – we need sustained energy in the outdoors, please avoid sugary treats (although the odd marchmallow may find its way onto the end of a stick as a treat 🙂 Pack more food than a normal day, forest time makes you hungry.
  • A drink, a bottle of water and a hot drink in a flask is very welcome.
  • A peaked cap for the sun…or rain 🙂
  • Any medication your child needs, please inform us in advance.
  • Your place will be booked upon receipt of completed online booking form and payment, many thanks!

    IMG_3126FOR PARENTS WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER DURING KIDS CAMPS

    Parents are encouraged to volunteer during kids camps, it is as rewarding for YOU as it is for your child to be immersed in forest culture for the day and is a valuable shared experience. This includes gaining your own experience by participating, observing, assisting only when asked and helping the leader when necessary.

    See volunteer information attached under “Further reading”.

    Please email info@earthforceeducation.com if you would like to get involved.