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.
Girls ages 9 – 14*
*New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.
7 Saturdays, 2 Overnights
Starting in October, ending in May.
Hazardous Weather Make-Up Day:
$870. Sibling discount and payment plans available. Please inquire about financial aid.
Granite Road in Accord, NY
130+ acres of incredible forest and wilderness in Accord, NY 12404
Artemis Moon provides a place for girls to develop nourishing, intergenerational friendships with young adult mentors and mature women.
Through wilderness skills girls develop empowered self-reliance. Using creative play our instructors gently draw out the unique gifts and passions of the girls in a fun and safe social container. With our support, each girl can reveal herself to the others and build trusting, loving, friendships, helping her develop the inner-resilience, bravery, and inspiration necessary to boldly author her own life.
Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require girls 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.
Eighth graders are invited to return to Artemis for their crowning year of Artemis Moon Girls!
Returning for a final year of Artemis is a great way to continue developing your Wild Earth toolkit and an important step towards preparing for a wilderness-based rite of passage/solo experience.
Eighth graders will be given special challenges, responsibilities and opportunities to stretch themselves. If they so choose, they will help out with the youngest group in the program, where they will hone their skills as CITs. The role of each 8th grader will be customized according to her interests and goals.
Is your teen interested in becoming a CIT at Summer Camp? Joining as a participant will fulfill the volunteer time required to apply as summer camp CIT, since CIT practice time will be built in throughout the program.
New twelve to fourteen year olds will be asked to interview before being included in this program.
We cultivate self-assuredness by teaching girls survival skills and the ability to make useful and beautiful crafts. Girls learn fire-by-friction, use and care of wild edibles, primitive archery and bow-making, basketry, natural dyeing, wildlife tracking, use of natural fibers, navigation, shelter-building and other related skills.
We’ve also found that creative physical pursuits such as circus appeal to girls, and provide the kind of collaborative environment that elicits healthy risk-taking. We foster girls’ physical and creative development by teaching acro-balancing, poi (traditional Maori juggling), slack-line walking and other fun physical pursuits. We also foster self-expression and creative development through singing and song-writing, nature-journaling and drawing, storytelling and other expressive arts.
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. Girls 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 girls 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 girls 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.
Meanwhile, elders work nearby on advanced art projects and wilderness skills, such as making bows, creating large weavings and making cooking pots. When the girls arrive back at the main camp, they see and are inspired by the work of these mature women who ask them evocative questions to fuel group discussion, like “Who is a woman that you admire, and why?” The girls make crafts as they talk, such as weaving nets for holding water-bottles, or making a natural remedy like an herbal balm.
We finish the day by holding a closing circle in the afternoon, during which girls will share stories about their day, and staff offer reflections about the growing group. At the end of the day, after the girls leave, elders stay to support the program coordinator and staff as they debrief the day and learn more about ways they can grow further.
Artemis Moon Activities May Include:
– Archery/bow making
– Singing and music making
– Playing awesome games
– Making friction fire
– Harvesting and using wild foods
– Natural dyeing
– Wildlife tracking
– Juggling and poi spinning
– Processing and using natural fibers
– Stalking and the art of camouflage
– Making natural remedies
– Building shelters
– Slack-line walking
– Group and partner acrobatics
– Earth-based crafts