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.
While nobody has ever been turned away for lack of funds, our ability to accommodate financial aid requests rests on the strength of our program enrollment and the generosity of the individuals, businesses and foundations that partner with Wild Earth to make financial aid possible.
We're in this together! Many of us are stretching ourselves to make sure that cost doesn't get in the way of anyone playing, exploring and learning in nature.
Requests for financial aid are processed alongside your registration. This enables you to reserve a space in the program while our team is reviewing aid requests. Register now and reserve your space in Artemis today.
Young women and femme-identifying youth ages 9 – 14
8 Saturdays, 1 Sat-Sun Overnight (in the Spring)
Starting in October, ending in May.
Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day:
Saturdays: Rolling drop-off time from 9-9:30am – and pickup from 3-3:30pm
Overnights: Rolling drop-off time: 9:00-9:30am Saturday – and pickup from 11-11:30am Sunday
$1,300 for 23-24 Program. Sibling discount and payment plans available. Please indicate financial aid needs when you register, we encourage families to apply for any amount of aid needed.
Due to the unusual rattlesnake activity and behavior we have observed at our land in Kerhonkson this summer, we will be taking a break from regular programming there as we create an assessment process to inform our next steps. In the meantime, we plan to relocate our Artemis, Atlatl, Awl, and Ropes youth programs to alternate sites, for the duration of the 2023-2024 program year.
Why Youth Year-Round Programs are Gender-Based
We have polled our campers and staff and have learned that during this formative time being with a group of any gender(s), masc, or femme, identifying peers is what supports them most in feeling safe, seen and celebrated.
Though these groups have different names the curriculum arcs are similar throughout. We trust all campers and families to choose the group that most supports their identity and needs.
Artemis – for femme identifying youth
Atlatl – for masc identifying youth
Awl – for any and all gender(s) identifying youth
Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require youth to flex their decision-making muscles, voice their ideas, and cultivate a plethora of leadership capacities, including awareness and sensory acuteness, self-care and care of others, quiet mind and patience, cooperation, empathy and embracing differences, puzzle solving, detecting patterns and tracking changes, and healthy assertiveness. We cultivate self-assuredness by teaching youth survival skills and the ability to make useful and beautiful crafts. Participants learn fire-by-friction, use and care of wild edibles, archery and bow-making, basketry, natural dyeing, wildlife tracking, use of natural fibers, navigation, shelter-building and other related skills.
A typical day begins with welcoming games, followed by an opening circle. We start the opening circle by sharing in gratitude and singing a song before we venture into the forest.
In the forest we play warm-up games and then settle into a focused activity. Participants work in small teams to accomplish a task, such as building a fire that is strong enough to burn brightly, untended, for five minutes. We then debrief the activity, helping youth articulate what they learned about themselves, their unique styles of facing challenges, and the natural world.
We then have lunch together, explore the woods, and play team-building games like creating a human obstacle course. In the afternoon, we do physical activities that teach intuition, agility and sensory awareness, such as having participants put on blindfolds and follow the sound of a beating-drum. As the young women and femme-identifying youth face these safe but risky-feeling challenges, we tell them about the unique leadership qualities we see emerging in each of them, helping them notice and develop these capacities.
We finish the day by holding a closing circle in the afternoon, during which youth will share stories about their day, and staff offer reflections about the growing group. At the end of the day, the team of mentors and staff debrief the day and learn more about ways they can grow further.
Artemis Activities May Include:
– Singing and music making
– Playing awesome games
– Fire building and making fire-by-friction
– Harvesting and using wild foods
– Natural dyeing
– Wildlife tracking
– Stalking and the art of camouflage
– Making natural cord and rope
– Building shelters
– Being outdoors through different seasons and weather
– Earth-based crafts
Is your teen interested in becoming a Counselor in Training at Summer Camp? Joining as a participant will fulfill volunteer time required to apply as summer camp CIT, since CIT practice time will be built in throughout the program.