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
Directions: Eircode A63 W993. Location here via Google Maps.
IRISH NATIONAL HERITAGE PARK, CO. WEXFORD
CASTLERUDDERY ORGANIC FARM, NR. DONARD, WEST CO. WICKLOW
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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
- 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!
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 [email protected] if you would like to get involved.