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.
Youth and Teens Ages 12+
9:30am-3:30pm Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri
$900 for the two-week session.
$150 non-refundable and non-transferrable deposit per child per session is required with registration. Sibling discounts apply. Limited financial aid available depending on enrollment and need (see registration form for details).
Wild Earth’s new home, 135 acres on Rock Haven Road, Kerhonkson
The Ropes: Wilderness Teen Camp is for youth 12+ who are interested in deepening their awareness and honing their wilderness skills. Teens will walk away from this experience with many tools in their bags (literally and metaphorically).
The Ropes: Wilderness Teen Camp will offer teens opportunities to:
Wild Earth’s Ropes: Wilderness Teen Camp makes its camp amidst 135 acres of Wild Earth’s new home! The land is high on the Shawanghunk Ridge, not far from Minnewaska State Park and features beautiful woodland, rock outcroppings and cliffs, with the Stony Kill river tumbling over waterfalls and rockslides.
“I am furthering skills that I’ll be able to use in the future.”
“The experience was empowering and helped build independence.”
“This program got our daughter out of her room! And she learned specific new skills. Being a teenager is rough these days and this is one of the few things that sparks her.”
“I recommend this program for anyone who is serious about learning about the land and the woods surrounding us, and also about yourself and the people in your community.”
“I recommend this program because getting in touch with nature is good for everyone–especially kids who are so involved with technology in this day and age.”
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.