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Forest Day Camp

July 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am - August 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm


Join us for a week of forest adventure, life skill learning and outdoor fun at Forest Day Camp!  We will cover the essential order of forest life skills – shelter, water, fire, and food. The camp will also tap into our potential to connect with nature deeply. We will practice awareness through games that use all of our senses, and we will delve into “Jedi” and scout training and work on expanding our awareness potential and become truly connected. Experience the fun and powerful learning that happens when working with a team of experienced mentors.

Camp runs from 9 am to 3 pm.

Expanded age range! Now welcoming ages 7-13.

Tuition is $250. Second sibling discounted 10%; third+ discounted 20%. For discount codes when enrolling multiple children, email marnie@whidbeyinstitute.org.

On Friday afternoon, parents are invited to join for the final hour to share in our fun and learning.


About the mentors

Nancye spent her childhood roaming the forests and beaches of beautiful Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest. Raising two children in New York City, Nancye realized how difficult is is for city kids to have that nature immersion experience she enjoyed as a child. In 2008 Nancye attended Coyote Tracks summer camp with her family. The wilderness living skills taught there helped her feel deeply re-connected and re-awakened to nature. Since then she has taken many other wilderness skills programs (including at Tracker School and Art of Mentoring) and has redirected her life towards sharing the skills, especially with kids in New York City.  Previously, Nancye worked for Japanese television for many years and appreciates how that work experience has come in handy when organizing Earth Skills program logistics and communicating with people. Nancye greatly appreciates the enthusiasm and passion of all of the children and families she has shared the skills with, and treasures what she has learned from them.  Nancye is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Ian Mackinnon first learned about wilderness survival in New Jersey, at Tom Browns Tracker School in 2003, and after taking several courses, went onto intern at the school in 2008.  Since then he has worked as an instructor for a non-profit organization called Children of the Earth Foundation, also based in NJ, which specializes in teaching wilderness skills to children.  Ian grew up in rural Connecticut, and has had a strong affinity with the woods, fields, and streams there since he was a child.  He sees wilderness survival as a great way for children and adults to interact with, and eventually become more in tune with the natural world.

What to Bring

Each day of camp, please bring:

* Backpack
* Nutritious lunch and snack
* Sunscreen/Hat
* Water bottle (no glass please)
* Wear clothes that can get dirty (long pants are best as nettles and mosquitos abound)
* Closed toe shoes
* Rain gear if rain threatens (rain pants, rain jacket, boots)
* A change of clothes, including dry socks and a change of shoes, just in case

You may bring these in a bag labeled with your name, to leave at camp during the week and to be replenished as needed.

What to Leave at Home

* Sugary snacks, drinks or candy
* Glass bottles
* Cell phones, iPods, or any electronic devices
* Matches or lighters
* Weapons of any kind (slingshots, water guns, etc.)

Register here


July 31, 2017 @ 9:00 am
August 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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