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

Jul
27
Sat
10:00 am Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Tracking the Mammals of PEI
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Come on out and learn about the native and introduced mammals found on PEI, as well as a brief look at some of the mammals we’ve lost. After a brief slideshow, we’ll head off to
Aug
17
Sat
1:00 pm Volunteer Afternoon
Volunteer Afternoon
Aug 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Come out and help with our work on our Native Plant Arboretum. We’ll have lots of tools and compost and mulch, and a variety of native shrubs, wildflowers and ferns to plant. This is already
Aug
25
Sun
2:00 pm Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Fourth Annual Festival of Forests
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Our Fourth Annual Festival of Forests will be a family-friendly event, with children’s activities, guided walks, food and micro-workshops. This will be a great opportunity to explore the wonders of the Acadian Forest.
Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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