Forest and Nature Summer Camps for Kids in 2017
Join us at the gorgeous woodland venues we get to use for lovely forest school-style camps this summer.
Our amazing venues are: Castleruddery Organic Farm & Shop in West Co. Wicklow, in the Glen of Imaal; Sabine and Larry Cuffes beautiful woodland at their inspiring land in Newcastle, Co. Wicklow and last but not least, the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford, the most amazing ancestral and inspiring place to host camps in.
Time: All day-camps are 10am to 3pm.
Age: Suitable for age 5-10yrs (Older kids up to age 14 are catered for)
You can book just one day to come and try, or multiple days, check out our special offers!
Would you like to accompany your child on the day and see what it is all about? If so, please email Ciara at email@example.com.
Directions: Eircode A63 W993. Location here via Google Maps.
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- 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
- 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!
FOR 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.