RED SPRUCE GROVE
GIRLS AND GENDER NON-BINARY
LIFE IN THE WILD
Strong Hands, Strong Hearts
Mal Murtha joined Farm & Wilderness in May of 2022 and is stoked to bring together their love of youth empowerment, wilderness survival, and intentional community at Red Spruce Grove. With their BAs in both Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mal has gathered experience as a leader and accessible educator for youth in outdoor and not-so-outdoor spaces alike. Most recently, they worked as a Behavioral Interventionist in Essex, providing educational, behavioral, and physical assistance and supervision to students needing individualized support. Mal practices several martial arts, boulders at their local climbing gym, plays ultimate frisbee, and finds community as a member of Temple Sinai!
|Session 1||June 30 - July 20|
|Session 2||July 23 - August 13|
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.
What Our Families Say
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.
EXPERIENCE LIFE IN THE OUTDOORS
Weaving a bark basket, creating meals over an open flame, playing guitar – simple living rocks!
Red Spruce Grove campers learn a variety of new wilderness skills from wild edibles, gathering and cutting firewood for cooking, to finding their way with celestial navigation and cardinal directions. Our campers play and learn as they learn how to cook meals and run the community together.
Crafts and Music
Campers collect materials from nature and create handmade crafts to take home. From wooden spoons, clay bowls, to items fashioned from bark and roots, our youth delight in their creations! Singing is woven into every day, and we take pride in the songs we write together.
Reflections and Reverence
Campers experience life that moves with daily natural rhythms, including spaciousness to just “be” in the natural world. Daily gratitude, Silent Meeting, nature awareness activities, solos, and sharing intentions help campers tune into themselves and the earth.
Trips and Adventures
Campers participate in 24 hour solo trips where they practice their backcountry skills which fosters their independence, resilience and self confidence.
Campers learn how to build fires appropriate for cooking meals. They create amazing recipes for their meals without using appliances!
Ambition reigns with our Red Spruce Grove campers as they fell trees, raise yurts and fashion dish racks from branches. Campers learn how to build and use materials in their natural environment in creating their wilderness home.