The snow covered Saturday was just the kind of day our instructors and Atlatl boys hope for all year. The cold and the snow ignites our survival instincts and gets us working together to keep warm, while also awakening our sense of play!
Without further ado, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy the story of our day from this past Saturday’s Atlatl Boys program for 9-14 year old boys. :-)
Our morning started out with a riveting multi-layered story by Tyler about tending all night fires. After our story it was time for choice based activities! The boys went tracking, had an epic snow battle, and made a giant “utility fire” for burning wooden bowls with coals.
During the snow battle opposing teams had to protect and tend their fires while attackers tried to put their fires out using snow balls. The game was two full hours of fun and respectful mayhem!
Check out some photos from our time in the woods!
Dustin began his wilderness journey playing with his sister and other neighborhood kids in the “woods” (an acre of marshy land deemed too wet for development) near his suburban Long Island childhood home. After focusing his studies on political science, and philosophy at SUNY New Paltz, he began to take in interest in local food and ecology while working at local farms and wineries. In Fall, 2011 he was introduced to Wild Earth by his friend Thomas Meli, and began attending the Dawn Song Village Program. He has since worked at Kestrel Camp. Dustin has also staffed programs for White Pine Programs in Maine and Coyote Club Wildlife Education Programs in New Hampshire. He has a passion for bird language, harvesting edible plants, and sharing stories of deep nature connection. He received a permaculture design certification through Green Phoenix Permaculture and has been to two New England Bird Language Intensives with White Pine Programs, as an attendant and staff facilitator. More about Dustin's work.