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OFF-THE-GRID SUMMER CAMP

RED SPRUCE GROVE

GIRLS AND GENDER NON-BINARY
AGES 11-14

LIFE IN THE WILD

Strong Hands, Strong Hearts

Red Spruce Grove Camp encourages our youth to live off-grid, unplugged from modern distractions as they explore the wonders of nature, living close to the land.
 
Immersed in a small wilderness community, campers learn valuable life skills as they enjoy the power of community. Campers learn to cook over an open fire, creating nutritious meals. They build shelters, learn ax and knife safety and other wilderness-living skills. Amid the knot tying and blueberry picking, campers learn resilience and self-reliance. They delight in living without clocks and more in tune with circadian rhythms.
 
In the wilderness, youth learn from each other with ample time to reflect on their surroundings. Campers thrill in sharing their stories and creating skits and songs about their exploits at summer camp! 
 
This is a very close knit community - small yet mighty, lacking for nothing not found in the Grove!
RED SPRUCE GROVE CAMP DIRECTOR
Tori Heller

Seeing campers connect to the land, and one another, has been my biggest delight as the director of Red Spruce Grove since 2019. Exploring wilderness and homesteading skills in our close-knit community leads to some amazing projects each year, such as the beautiful Red Spruce Grove quilt created in 2021. This summer we’ll be taking on longer overnight adventures and continuing to dive into new projects.

Facilitating transformative nature connection through intentional community has been my passion for the last eight years that I’ve worked in outdoor education programs across the country. In my first summer at Farm & Wilderness in 2017, I knew immediately Red Spruce Grove was a program I wanted to be involved in. Farm & Wilderness brings a unique lens of equity to the wilderness experience and I love working at a place where girls and non-binary youth can step into their own power!

Tori
RED SPRUCE GROVE
Dates
EXPLORE A TIME FOR ADVENTURE
Session 1 June 29th - July 22nd
Session 2 July 24th - August 14th
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Cabin Life

Red Spruce Grove campers are placed in groups based on age, interests, and prior experience with one staff member per four kids living in a canvas, one pole structure with a wooden platform.

The tents are cozy at night, glowing from candlelight. In this wilderness space, our youth learn from their surroundings and each other.

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What Our Families Say

"There is wonder within me. My mind, body, past, and future aren’t my enemy anymore."
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Explore Life At Red Spruce Grove Camp

Every day there are new activities to challenge our campers as they explore the excitement and wonder of what it’s like to live in the natural world without cell phones or even watches.

Mornings begin with a circle to share gratitude for the natural world, and then chores to welcome in the day – feeding the chickens, watering the garden, and collecting and splitting firewood. After breakfast and some time for music and singing (raucous or reflective, depending on how we’re feeling!), everyone sits together in a silent meeting. This is a time for our campers to embrace the simplicity of sitting quietly in self-reflection close to nature, in our special spot in the blueberry field. Afterwards, campers begin a fun filled, educational day immersed in a dynamic wilderness classroom. Mornings consist of Guilds, where campers can focus on one topic such as wild edibles or fiber arts, or other focused projects. Through skill-building, exploration, and play, campers can easily fall in love with the simplicity of wild places.

Afternoons are filled with projects or learning a special skill. After lunch and rest hour, campers choose their afternoon activities. From improving tracking skills or starting a fire using friction, to picking blueberries on a nearby mountain top, the wilderness provides the perfect school. There is so much room for this unique group of campers to dedicate time to how they want to work and grow and lead.

Evening is a time for gathering in community. Our campers enjoy a filling meal, such as hearty chili and fresh corn bread before gathering for an all-camp activity. This is a chance to burn off some energy before dusk. As the evening winds down, it’s off to sleep in a canvas structure as the stars glimmer in the fresh night air.

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