This is our 8th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 19th year of programming for Little Artshram. The Summer Camps will be held in a new location in our beloved Munson Woods, with Higher Grounds Trading Co. hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan….with our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore!
We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you. Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.
The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.
We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION
The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:
1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.
5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.
The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:
8:45-9:00 Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game
9:25-9:55 Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)
10:00- 11:00 “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups
11:00- 12:30 Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch
12:30-2:30 Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.
2:30 Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game
2:50 Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.
The Friday schedule will look something like this:
10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)
11:00-11:30 Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game
11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week
12:30-1:00 Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.
You’re invited, to join us and find out more about the Summer Camps, with a fun evening at a Summer Kick-off & Open House on Friday, June 22nd, 400-5:3:0 pm@ the green space just across from Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, on Red Drive in the Village of Grand Traverse Commons.
Summer Camp Schedule, three weeks to choose: