Bushcraft Ecology Ages 12-16


Bushcraft Ecology (Ages 12-16)

$245

Week 1: (Ages 12-14) July 22nd-26th
Week 2: (Ages 14-16) August 19th-23rd

These campers will delight in learning survival skills such as one-match fire making, shelter building, rope making with natural fibers, and tracking animals. Touching on plant and tree identification, campers will learn the edible and medicinal properties of local plants. Our camp will include cooking over an open fire, and playing games that help develop the children’s senses and awareness to bring them closer to nature. Campers will also make natural crafts such as birch bark baskets, perform basic whittling and woodcarving. The experience also includes an overnight camp with activities such as meal preparation, s’mores, a forest night hike and stargazing. (see below for more details…)

Thursday – Overnight 

Leading up to and during the 30 hrs excursion we intend to work on specific skills with the campers. They are; how and what to pack for an overnight excursion, leaving no trace, basic personal and group safety protocols, navigation with map and compass, camp site selection, safe water collection, fire safety, outdoor cooking, nighttime ecology, owl calling, naked eye astronomy and wildlife observation. Many of these skills we already include in our current teaching, however for most of our campers it will be their first opportunity to test their abilities and learn first hand new skills in a practical setting.

Registration

Registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will be accepted until each session is full, at which time a waiting list will be available.

Camps run Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, regardless of the weather.

If you have any questions about our summer camps or registering your child, please contact Daniel Mcrae by email: danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org or by phone: (902)651-2575


favicon 16x16Location

Each session runs Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 3:00pm, rain or shine. We use our very own Nature Centre, located on the Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead property, as a home base for all of our outdoor activities. Located just 20 minutes east of Charlottetown, the Macphail Woods Nature Centre has a variety of teaching spaces and is surrounded by 140 acres of forest and field. Winding through the property are four trails, a stream and one of the province’s finest remaining examples of our native Acadian forest.

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favicon 16x16What to Bring

• All campers need to bring a substantial lunch and snack to camp daily. Please use reusable containers.

• Campers should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. Please pack a change of clothes daily as well as a bathing suit!

• All campers must wear closed-toed shoes to camp. Sandals may be packed as back up but are not acceptable for all camp activities.

• Every camper needs a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and a hat, bug hat or bug spray and . Please remember to label everything.

favicon 16x16Cancellations and Refunds

All campers are to be prepaid. However, refunds are accepted up until 2 weeks before the camp date. You will receive a full refund up until a month before the camp date. Half the camp cost will be refunded if you cancel between a month and 2 week before the camp. If you would like to cancel within  two weeks of the camp no refund will be issued.

favicon 16x16Financial Assistance

We also offer financial assistance to those kids who would like to come but may not be able to afford registration. Please contact us to find out more: (902)651-2575 or danielmcrae@macphailwoods.org


Upcoming Events

Apr
21
Sun
7:30 pm Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl
Apr
27
Sat
7:30 pm Owl Prowl
Owl Prowl
Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Come join the Macphail Woods Ecological Forestry Project in celebrating the wonderful world of owls at one of this year’s Owl Prowls. To meet the growing interest in these fascinating birds, there will be Owl
May
4
Sat
2:00 pm Landscaping with Native Plants
Landscaping with Native Plants
May 4 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Want to spend less time cutting grass and more time enjoying the beautiful plants around your home? This workshop introduces a variety of hardy native plants to attract wildlife and beautify your yard.
May
11
Sat
8:00 am Birds and Breakfast
Birds and Breakfast
May 11 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The Macphail Homestead will be open at 7am to serve a free “early bird” breakfast. Join other birders beside the fireplace in the Great Room for at hot beverage and breakfast treats to start your
May
18
Sat
10:00 am Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Pruning Trees and Shrubs
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Participants will practice pruning on a variety of plants in the nursery, arboretum and woodlands. Please bring along any of your favourite pruning tools. Workshop will include a slide show and demonstration of proper pruning

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