As the parent of two boys, and the former teacher of lots of hyper young men, I believe boys need a certain set of experiences that they no longer receive in our culture. Boys need to learn to take risks within a safe container of apprenticeship. They need to learn real skills that are truly useful. Boys need to feel like they have accomplished something "dangerous" outside of a video game.
This year we welcome counselor Patrick Gibson, outdoorsman and father of two children. He will lead the boys in one of the three rotation called Into the Woods Survival. Alison Buehler will be teaching Survivor Games, and outdoorsman Jonah Holland will rejoin us this year to teach Primitive Skills.
Ages: Entering 1st grade - Entering 7th grade (Campers will be split into three groups by age)
Drop Off and Pick UP: Camp begins at 9am. Campers may be dropped off at 8:45 and must be taken home no later than 3:10pm so we can get ready for the next day.
Swimming: From 2-3pm each day, Campers may swim with a chaperone. Parents may agree to partner, but no more than 3 campers to each chaperone.
* If you cannot provide a chaperone for your child from 2-3 for swimming please do not sign up. We no longer feel comfortable telling a child they have to sit out.
We Believe kids need to get outside and learn to be confident in nature. We also believe each child contributes to the well-being of the camp family. We make it a priority for each child to find friendship, courage, and the love of adventure!
8:45-9am Drop off and put lunch and extra clothes away.
9-9:30 Big Group
9:30-10:30 Rotation 1
11:00-12:00 Rotation 2
1-1:50 Rotation 3
1:50 Change for swimming
2-3pm Chaperoned swimming
*** This year we have a strict number limit on campers for each camp. We have discovered that 8 children in each group is our limit. More than that cheats our campers. If you want a space, please reserve your spot early. No exceptions this year, sorry!
Parent Comments from Past Camps
Your camp was awesome!! It was full of learning skills and made every thing seem adventurous and excitingly fun. Your camp made them use their creativity and skills to work together to make things using the outdoors. Anders cannot wait to see what will happen this summer in camp! . Thank you! - Rosie Oppedal
Last year was our first experience with camp, and my boys have been talking about it all year long. It was a wonderful week of giving them the chance to try new things, get dirty and explore their curiosity and creativity outdoors. We can't wait to come back this year! - Haley Higgenbotham
Dangerous Camp for Boys was everything I hoped it would be for my boys. The adventures experienced during camp helped each develop confidence as they tried new things. Both truly believe they could survive in the wilderness now! This mama is just happy the Homestead has programs to keep our youth engaged with nature and the dying art of outside play. - Cat Walker