Teen Wilderness Skills Camps Summer 2014
Teen Wilderness Skills Camp
Ages: 13 - 18
Max Enrollment: 24
Date: Only 1 secession July 6- July 27
Location: Start and End in the Santa Cruz Mountain as well as travel to Browns Valley, Lotus (American River), Jackson, and Jenny Lind
Type of Camp: Adventure, Primative, Backpacking, Survival, Accademic, Shooting Sports, Fishing, Nature, Hunter Ed, Geocaching, River Rafting
Activities: Archery (NTS), Trap, Rifle, Fly Fishing, Fly Rod Building, Fly Tying, Rappelling, Rock Climbing, River Rafting, Woodcraft, Primative Skills, Backpacking, Animal Tracking, California Fish and Wildlife Hunter Ed Training and Exam, and more
Skill Level: Begaining trough Advanced
With this camp the students will come in with various skills, skill levels, and passions. Our core staff work for WSI year round and what they teach they live. The first segment will be on private land in the Santa Cruz Mountains working on bettering the students wookcraft, tracking, archery, as well as exploring and connecting to our coastal redwood forests and beaches. The students will learn to be self-relient backpacker, cooking some of their own food, orentering, packing their backpacking, etc.
From there we head to a piece of land that abounds with plant material for use to have deep practice in indigannous/primal/survival skills. During this 9 days we will take teams of 7 to have 2 days of intensive work with and have hands on with falcons and hawks. The students will weigh, feed, and exercess falcons and hawks. The studetnts can only spend a couple days with the these birds but will get a good understanding about the work and commitment necessary to be a falconer.
We then head up to the American River to have the teens become very coheasive teams by learning and practice river rafting. We will have a 2 day river rafting camping trip that includes shooting class 3 rappids and exploring some of the most beautiful landscape in America.
Then we head into the old gold mining town of Jenny Lind to backpack deep into a cattle ranch that was formaly a Chineze tent camp during the gold mining days. Here we will explore a very different biome, pan for gold, shoot rifles and trap, deepening skills in animal tracking, orentering, survival skills, and much more.
We then head back down to Santa Cruz to have our last camp fire and share stories with the Preteens and those thoes seens that contiue on to backing
Teen and Preteen Camps Summer 2013
The 4 weeks of Teen and Preteen Camps were awesome! We started in the Santa Cruz Mountains learning the basic skills of survival. Campers learned how to pack backpacks, they hiked the trails of the redwood forest, operated backpacking stoves, made their own meals, practiced orienteering, built 5 minute shelters, studied bird language, made friction fire, sang and played the guitar, ukulele and didgeridoo, did cinematography, archery, animal tracking, tomahawk throwing, did a solo night, and heard and told great stories around the campfire. In short becoming self relient while learning how to act as a unified and connected team.
We traveled to Lotus, California, where we camped on the American River. Campers earned their hunter education cards, learned the skills to hunt with falcons and hawks, and went white water rafting all while continuing to apply primative skills. It fun weeks of swimming, singing, and studying.
The final week we were deep in the Sierra Foothills on the golden, rolling hills of a production cattle ranch on what had been part of the Jenny Lind Gold Mine. The campers shot trap, shotguns and rifles, did archery, explored creek beds, went fly fishing, found ram skulls, made friction fire, played guitar, independently built shelters, panned for gold, saw shooting stars and constantly sang songs in unison. The campers had so much fun that they started planning a reunion for next summer! We will only offer 1 session 3 weeks in length for a total of 21 campers. This will be followed by a 1 week backpacking trip for 7 campers.
Kids Day Camps
We had 2 week of Kids Day Camp with kids ages 6-11 in the mountains of Santa Cruz. The days were filled with archery, exploration, making friction fire, awareness games, catching lizards and newts, and a lot for just being a kids running, playing, laughing, and building. It was a great introduction to what we do and some have now joined us our school. Summer 2014 again we will only offer 2 weeks for 12 campers, we are currently accepting applicants if you want your child to attend do not delay.
We go where we can learn from not only people that walk the walk but live it every day.
Over the course of the year Wilderness Skills Institute participates in many special events to benefit not only our students but the greater community. Wilderness Skills Institute has a strong relationship with many of the organizers and offer our students experiences that they would otherwise be unavailable. We have selected these events because they offer our youth a broad, rich learning environment. Many of these activities are nature based, they are populated by those that live what they demonstrate, and some offer our students a venue to share their skills with others. Read for more details.