I learned how to be strong, patient, and to have fun while hiking! – camper
Nothing is virtual about this camp, it is a hands-on adventure, real-life reset, and a prime opportunity to evaluate outlooks and priorities for the middle-school aged camper.
This program will introduce our all-male Mountain Trekkers to canoeing. The group will start and end at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center. We will start by learning the basics of canoeing and master our skills on a flatwater lake nearby. Next we will take a break to help out with a stewardship project. We will then pack up and head to a nearby river for an overnight canoeing expedition. Along the way, we’ll spend time honing our craft and trying new things; from survival skills to natural art. The week will finish off back at the yurts with amenities and meals cooked out of our kitchen.
Our single-gender camps for middle-school aged kids are designed not to exclude others but to enhance connections with their peers at a point in their lives when gender-awareness is increasing, increasingly distracting, and potentially harmful. This camp helps to strengthen their connection to their peers and deepen their understanding of why these relationships are an important aspect of their lives.
This camp builds a safe and supportive environment around your child through group-strengthening activities, evening assessments and affirmations, and increasing their understanding of the wild world around them. Within this support structure each child is able to grow more comfortable within the woods, the group and their own self. A camper will often find the confidence to spend a night in the cave or to climb higher than he thought he could.
Campers will participate in stewardship projects earning an average of 8 hours of service hours per week-long session.
I learned that it is okay to get out of your comfort zone. – camper
What Folks are Saying:
I love the freedom at this camp. It doesn’t feel like a structured camp with strict rules. We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – camper
Mountain Stewards at Experience Learning is a fantastic week-long summer camp for kids who like the outdoors (or who WILL like the outdoors after this wonderful experience!) Stewardship of our natural resources, self-reliance, leadership, and fellowship, are all integral to this program. My daughter LOVES this camp, and that makes me a happy dad. Experience Learning also has great programs for learners of all ages. I recently completed an excellent Wilderness First Aid course at their wonderful Spruce Knob Mountain Center. Check it out! – Mark Wenzler
I learned so many interesting facts about the world around us that I will definitely take with me, but I also learned how wonderful it can be to be a part of a group in which everyone gives their all and wants to have a great time no matter the challenging situations or the rainy days. – camp participant
I learned about who I am as a person and that if I look within myself I can find some of the strength and courage that I’ve felt was missing from me. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
I learned to trust myself more and not be afraid to advocate for myself. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
The staff were terrific helping us coordinate what camp would fit us best. So patient and understanding. My daughter had a wonderful week and learned so much and made memories and friends. Great experience! – Kristin Potts
Through living and working alongside all the different people that come to this camp I was able to experience many different and new ideas, perspectives, and skills that shaped me as a person. – 2019 Summer Camper
The mountain stewards camp is a wonderful, fun, confidence and skill building experience every kid should go through! – Sandy Frank