Days deep in the wild woods just for young people - 12/13/14/15 year olds. Games, crafts, exploring, campfire discussions and outdoor cooking. Together we will build a NEW camp, away from the main adults camp, a place that is just for this group.
The longer and deeper aim of this group is to help each young person build or find their connection with nature, place, with themselves and each other. We will support them to work towards an overnight solo time that marks a step into becoming an adult, when each young person is ready; a rite of passage.
We will develop activities with the young people as the sessions progress, and we will guide and hold a safe space. This winter/spring/early summer we are going start to make our own camp, learn about how to care for the woods through practical activities and explore beyond the wider woods into new areas. We will be foraging, crafting, playing and having group discussions. We will explore what it means to be alive at this time.
2022 dates to December
Sept 17th , Oct 22nd, Nov 12th, Dec 10th
Please bring a packed lunch. We will cook an afternoon 'snack' which will get more adventurous as the young people learn to cook on the fire.
Book here We are now planning the dates through to December, with a solo experience planned for early October. This is a step towards a rite-of-passage, a growing into the teenage years that marks the first steps into adulthood. As hormones flood our young ones bodies, the experience of being I nature, with peers, guides and elders, will help them to be-come more themselves and stay rooted in these tough times.
What to Expect
Each session will roughly have this structure: Circle/group time to discuss the plan of the session Making/crafting/ activity Lunch - please bring a packed lunch Games & play More crafting Campfire cooking for afternoon snack Circle/Group time
The kinds of activities we will do ....
Saw & knife-work, clay pots or creatures, willow weaving, putting up tarps and learning knots, fire-making, sound making, body movement, laying trails, tracking and finding wildlife, learning about nature and how our relationships with it can positively impact on climate issues.
Sessions go ahead in all weathers, apart from very high winds and lightening storms. Please come prepared for rain, heat, cold and sun... If you'd like to book onto a day click here
Sessions are lead by Sarah Churchill and Jenny Archard, with other helpers.