05 Jul

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Forest and Nature Summer Camps for Kids in 2017

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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 info@earthforceeducation.com.

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THE CUFFES PLACE, NEWCASTLE, CO. WICKLOW
Dates in JULY: Mon 10th and Tues 11th July.
Dates in AUGUST: Wed 2nd, Thu 3rd and Fri 4th August.
Price: €35 pp/pd
SPECIAL OFFER: 10% 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
Dates in JULY: Thu 13th and Fri 14th July, 2017.
Dates in AUGUST: Tues 8th, 9th, 10th & 11th August, 2017.
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
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.
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! Amazing Family Overnight Camp at the Irish National Heritage Park, Co. Wexford.
Traditional crafts will inlcude heritage shelters made with locally sourced hazel, willow and reeds; spoon burning; fire-by-friction; cooking over the fire and child-led forest school activities for children to weave in and out. We will sit by the fire at night storytelling and bring your instruments before sleeping in the parks Viking Settlement!!
Dates: Sat 19th and Sun 20th Aug.
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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  • 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.

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