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 Atlatl today.
Young men and masculine-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
Pronounced “aht-lat,” Atlatl provides an energetic, social and creative time for emerging adolescent youth. Each month the child will be met with opportunities to strengthen their bodies, learn and develop skills and have new and fun experiences with young adult mentors, mature men and other young men and masculine-identifying youth their age.
Through wilderness skills and group challenges, youth develop empowered self-reliance as well as the ability to serve as part of a team. Nature serves as a powerful teacher of bravery, interconnected relationship, inner-resilience, and inspiration. Tracking, stalking, friction fire, tool-making, bird language, shelter-building, story, song, and more are tools to create caring and awake young adults.
At Atlatl we mix guided play-based learning with structured skill-building activities to help youth develop into capable, empowered, young men, supported by their connections to nature, self, peers and mentors.
Our activities include a wide variety of team-building games, which require young men and masculine-identifying 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.
Atlatl will meet one Saturday per month beginning in the fall with an overnight in the spring.
We will be sharpening our wilderness skills and deepening our connection to nature through guided activities such as:
The name Atlatl (aht-lat) comes from the Aztec language meaning extended arm. Though Cortez and his men called them estólica (spear-throwers) and feared them for their ability to puncture their chain mail and cotton armor.
The oldest version of the Atlatl tool was used over 30,000 years ago to hunt mammoths, and is still a used today by the people of New Guinea and the Australian Aborigines. Other modern day uses of the Atlatl include spear throwing for sport, with awards for both distance and accuracy. The farthest recorded throw was around 850 feet.
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.