Nothing is virtual about this camp, it is a hands-on adventure where we will journal on real paper, talk to other kids in person, get our hands and feet wet in wild streams, and not look at a screen of any sort the entire time.
Forest Explorers is a foundational program for young campers, both new and returning. Your child will be supported as they are introduced to overnight camping experiences and living in the outdoors. We will explore valley and summit ecosystems, catch stream critters, learn survival skills, visit swimming holes, and practice navigation skills on Spruce Knob. Together we will learn what it takes to set up camp, care for ourselves and each other, while overcoming the challenges of being away from home and making new friends.
The program will begin at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center where we will get to know each other through games and self-awareness activities. We will prepare for and execute an overnight backpacking trip in the nearby national forest. A final celebration back at the yurts will wrap up the Forest Explorers experience.
Dates & Rates
June 5 – June 10, 2022
June 12 – June 17, 2022
June 19 – June 24, 2022
Week Four (short):
July 3 – July 6, 2022
July 10 – July 15, 2022
Drop off and Pick Up Information
What Folks are Saying:
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
In this program I was able to be my own leader, which has allowed me to see the ways in which I can improve myself and the ways in which I am strong. – Summer Camper, Leadership Camp
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
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 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
We are free to have fun and learn in our own ways while still effectively accomplishing the goals of the program. – 2019 Summer Camper
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