Otter Day Camp (Youth 7-12)
Ultimate Adventure in the Summer Woods & Fields for 7-12 year olds
June 24-28, July 1-5 & 8-12, 2013
9am – 3pm
Ft. Dummer State Park in Brattleboro, VT
Sliding Scale: $185-$250 for one week,
$335-$475 for two weeks
$500-$710 for all three weeks
Actual cost is approximately $200/week
Come adventure at Ft. Dummer State Park to:
- Make fire without matches
- Solve Natural Mysteries
- Build Shelters from Natural Materials
- Cook over the Campfire
- Learn to become Invisible & Move Silently
- Make crafts from natural materials
- Pick berries
- Explore creeks
- Play nature awareness games
- Make new friends!
All this in the context of 217 acres of diverse habitat including wetland, streams, mixed hardwood forest, field, and rock quarry. Ft. Dummer State Park has several miles of marked trails. Regular animal residents on the land include white-tail deer, white-footed mice, woodland jumping mice, green frogs, woodfrogs, American toads, black racer snakes, red efts, broad-winged hawks, barred owls, wood thrushes, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, eastern cottontail rabbits and much more including the occasional black bear or bobcat passing through. Ft. Dummer also has many rock out-croppings and steep gullys that readily capture the imaginations of children and provide worthy challenges for children seeking to know themselves in relationship to the world. It is truly a magical place for children and pre-teens to deepen their relationship with nature and become at home in the world.
Bob Etzweiler returns as the Field Director and lead instructor. Bob has always loved being outdoors. Before moving to Vermont in 2006, he was program director and naturalist at a summer camp / outdoor retreat center in Pennsylvania. He loved the work, but it wasn’t exactly the focus he wanted. Upon coming to Vermont, he started doing wilderness programs similar to Otter Day Camp and found that was a good fit. He has worked for Oyase Community School since 2007 as well as offering his own Fox Walk Programs—both offered through Vermont Wilderness School He loves hunting, tanning hides, crafting, tracking and wandering. He also loves primitive cooking and wants to have a related show on the food network. Let him know if you have any connections. This will be his second year with Otter Day Camp. Bob is certified in Wilderness First Aid and CPR.
Patrick Johnson is also returning as a lead instructor to Otter Day Camp for a 3rd summer. Patrick Johnson studied painting and sculpture at the Meyers Art School at The University of Akron and he has been a professional artist for most of his life. He studied mountaineering, winter survival and white water paddling with the American Canoe Association and with Misha Golfman, co-founder of Kroka Expeditions. Patrick was both an employed and volunteer staff for Kroka Expeditions for several years and designed the logo that they continue to use today. He studied the Art of Mentoring with Mark Morey and was inspired to carve his first longbow at that time. He joined Boys to Men Mentoring and began teaching and developing wilderness programming for nearby schools including Kindle Farm Children’s Services. Recently, he attended Alan Emond’s Hunting Camp and tracking classes and he continues to study Jon Young’s Kamana Naturalist Training online. Patrick lives in Marlboro, VT where he works as an artist, teacher of wilderness skills and tutor of children for Options In Learning tutorial services. Patrick is certified in American Red Cross Wilderness & Remote First Aid and CPR.
Additional Staff to be announced.
To secure a spot send a $50 nonrefundable deposit for each week payable to "Vermont Wilderness School" (Check, Money Order, Visa or Mastercard) and a reservation form to:
Vermont Wilderness School
PO Box 2585
Brattleboro, VT 05303
Step 1: Send in a Reservation Form with Deposit
Step 2: Send in Registration Forms by June 15 (or as soon as possible before camp).
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