Our financial aid philosophy is take what you need and give what you can. We recognize that there are economic hardships, and we want to be accessible to all, so we ask that you pay whatever it is that you can.
The more you can pay, the more children we are able to extend aid to. Before you request financial aid we ask families to consider if there are family members or friends who might help provide a scholarship to your family for this program.
August 12-15, 2019
Trails End Road, Kerhonkson, NY
Lane Street, Phoenicia, NY
Join a crew of intrepid High School students and Wild Earth’s stellar instructors for a 3-night, 4-day trek through the Catskills.
When it comes to transformative outdoor experiences there is one type of trip that always sticks out: the long distance trek. There are many aspects to the experience that will shift how you feel and how you respond to the world around you. Through many miles of hiking, the quiet moments of observation and reflection, and the deep bonding that one experiences as part of a team, you can’t help but be transformed.
Our route will traverse 31.2 miles of Catskill trails, including the tallest peak in the Catskills (Slide Mountain), the greatest elevation gain for a single trail (2593’ at Peekamoose Mountain), and will bring us into wild forest and wilderness lands of the Catskill Forest Preserve (America’s first wilderness).
Aside from the physical and mental challenges we will face, we will also take time to learn about the ecological and cultural history of the areas we will pass through. No doubt this will be much more than a simple walk in the woods!
Every day, we will come together as a pack to review the routes, evaluate our resources (ie: water, food, firewood), plan for meals and set up camp. We will also look at the distance we need to travel to meet our target, the current conditions and discuss how we might need to adjust our plan to ensure the safety or comfort of the group.
Those who participate in this journey will learn what it takes to cover large distances, with nothing but a well formed plan and what they can carry on their back. We look forward to sharing this journey with you and are excited to create lasting, memories with you, as you learn the skills that will prepare you for a life full of adventures.
Using multigenerational mentoring, our experienced and inspiring adult and teen instructors guide the children in engaging earth-based activities, awareness games, experiential knowledge of plants and animals, natural craft, and story and song.
Gratitude and reverence for the earth, as well as fostering a vision of community based on mutual respect and acknowledgment are modeled and encouraged.
Campers are grouped (by age) in "packs" of 8-12 children. Each pack is guided by at least three of our skilled instructors who facilitate exploration and discovery on beautiful and magical forested land. Learn more on our Summer Camp FAQ page.