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Youth & Adult Programs


Since 1924 we have offered skills and experiences that create life-long connections with nature.

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Youth & Adult Programs


Since 1924 we have offered skills and experiences that create life-long connections with nature.

Youth

WE OFFER PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-17 throughout the Year

2017 Summer programs begin July 9th and end Aug 18th. School year programs run weekends and holidays.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
— Albert Einstein

Click for Waubanong Summer Camp Basics

Sunshine Camp Ages 3-5 

Sliding scale $300+* per week.

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

If you believe that children belong outside, and that the tools of imagination are what build a happy childhood, then welcome to our wooded world. Spontaneous play, exploration, cooperative problem solving, and moments of wonder are what we witness each day in our all-outdoor year-round nature immersion programs for our youngest participants.

Nature is the teacher. We are mentors and facilitators, helping young children connect with their bodies, the elements of nature and each other within a safe explorative space in the outdoors.

We help young children connect with nature and each other, while exploring a safe space in the outdoors. Each day at Sunshine Camp kids discover the wonders in the woods around our camp, sing songs, and share stories. They use natural materials, such as clay, rock-paint, bark, and leaves to create works of woodland art.

Our forest playground includes trails to explore, forts to build and play inside and puddles in which to stomp and splash. Sunshine Camp runs Monday – Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please bring water, snacks, and a bag lunch each day. 

Before and aftercare available please inquire.

Woodland Camp Ages 6-8 (**Changed for 2017 has 1 overnight option**)

Sliding scale $300+* per week.

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

Woodland Camp is our foundational primer for camping, safety and discovery. Are you ready for an epic adventure? Built your own fire? Made a home to keep you dry? Or ever carved wood?  We’ll cook on fires, harvest wild edibles, make rope, tie knots and learn many other essential skills. We’ll also play our favorite outdoor games for a healthy dose of unmatched fun. Day campers are welcome to stay for our Thursday night closing campfire, which runs until 8:45pm. Campers are assigned to a cabin in order to become acquainted with “camp life”, and feel just as connected to camp as our overnight campers. Day campers should plan to bring a bathing suit and towel each day. They also should bring one blanket and pillow to use on their bunk during rest hour. Our Woodland Camp runs Monday – Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please bring water, snacks, and a bag lunch each day. 

Before and aftercare available please inquire.

Foragers Camp Ages 9-11 (**Changed for 2017 to only 1 overnight option**)

Sliding scale $350+* per week including Thursday overnight. 

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

Forager Camp is all about honing wilderness skills.  We’ll cook on fires, harvest wild edibles, make rope, tie knots, navigate in the wilderness, and learn many other essential skills. We’ll also play our favorite outdoor games for a healthy dose of unmatched fun. Foragers are encouraged to stay for our Thursday night closing campfire at 8:45pm and wilderness campout. Foragers will have time during the week to build their shelter for the campout Thursday night. Campers should plan to bring a bathing suit and towel each day. 

If staying overnight on Thursday campers will have a bunk set up in a regular cabin group so that the transition is seamless for them that night.  Foragers Camp runs Monday – Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  Please bring water, snacks, and a bag lunch each day.  Please email us with any questions about this program info@campwaubanong.com.

FOREST OVERNIGHT CAMP Ages 10-12
Ready to sleep under the stars? 

Sliding scale $475+* per week.

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

Join us for a week of thriving and surviving at Forest Camp.  Become the eyes and ears of the forest as you learn confidence through the skills of the scout.  Discover how to blend into the landscape through the arts of camouflage, navigation without compass or map, and stealthy movement.  Together with your fellow adventurers you will build fire from friction, make and use natural tools, identify and harvest edible plants, cook over open fires, sleep in a rain-proof shelter you build yourself, and more!  

In addition, Forest Campers will potentially swim, play capture the flag, pick wild raspberries & blackberries, play music, tend the camp garden, build wilderness shelters, or tend to camp homestead animals during free time.  Forest camp inspires youths natural discovery, cooperation, responsibility, and independence. 

Campers spend their week sleeping in our Adirondak shelters and/or the forest surrounding our main campus with up to eight other campers. Our girls and boys sleeping shelters are located on opposite ends of camp. The week for traditional overnight campers begins with drop-off at 4:00PM on Sunday, and lasts through pick-up at 4:30PM on the following Friday. 

Check out a Sample Overnight Schedule

Wilderness Overnight Camp Ages 12-16

Sliding scale $525+* per week.

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

Wilderness Overnight campers experience immersive nature-based skills training, inspiring challenges, and outrageously fun activities under the guidance of seasoned wilderness instructors.

Wilderness Overnight Camp offers week long sessions for boys and girls 12-16 who are looking to develop leadership skills. This program challenges teens to step out of their comfort zone, meet new people, and discover their own ability to lead and inspire themselves and others.  Mountain Camp is designed to build confidence, friendships and outdoor skills - and offer some of the most positive formative experiences in a young person's life. Overnight Camps are a perfect opportunity for kids to safely put their skills to the test. What your kids learn with us are truly helpful life skills that will travel with them far beyond the camp experience. 

Campers spend their week sleeping in homemade shelters in the forest surrounding our main campus with up to eight other campers. Our girls and boys sleeping shelters are located on opposite ends of camp. The week for Wilderness Overnight Camp begins with drop-off at 4:00PM on Sunday, and lasts through pick-up at 4:30PM on Friday. 

L.I.T. Leaders In Training "Fisher Cat" Ages 15-17

Sliding scale $525+* per week.

*Tuition is based on a self-determined sliding scale.

Take your skills up a notch, get valuable training, and spend an unforgettable summer forging friendships as part of a team!

LIT's live in cabins the first week and in backcountry shelters they personally build the second week. LIT's must attend camp for a minimum of two consecutive weeks. The first week is spent facilitating with Woodland Day Camp and the second week is spent in the backcountry with the Forest Overnight Camp. LIT's participate in the pre-day game plan with staff which allows teens to begin developing an awareness for both curriculum design as well as the need for improvisation, making last minute changes due to things like weather or new opportunities. LIT's participate in all aspects of camp life with their cabins (activities, meals, overnight). With the support of Instructors, LIT's will play dual roles; both as participants, practicing skills with the group, and as assistants, being called upon to lead activities. This position is highly recommended for anyone interested in becoming an Instructor in the future. LIT spots are open to anyone, although preference is given to former campers in filled weeks.

The week for LIT's begins with drop-off at 4:00PM on Sunday, and lasts through pick-up the second week at 4:30PM on Friday. 

Please email applications if possible – if sent to our postal box will take longer to process and respond.

End of Season Family Weekend

Come experience summer camp as a family!  This weekend is open to campers who spent time at Camp Waubanong during the summer to share camp with their families as well as to anyone who wants to just see what camp's all about.  We will spend the weekend connecting with nature, slowing down our pace, and learning wilderness living skills together.  Enjoy exhilarating games and new challenges together with family and new friends.  

Families will sleep together in Adirondack shelters, tents, or debris huts made by the family. 

contact us: info (at) campwaubanong.org for pricing and more details.

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Adults


We believe in a reciprocal relationship between community and skill building finding that community enriches the adoption of new skills and skills enrich community.

Adults


We believe in a reciprocal relationship between community and skill building finding that community enriches the adoption of new skills and skills enrich community.

Whether you join us for a single workshop or one of our extended skills training programs, we welcome you into our community and hope you will take what you have learned back to yours.

Ancient Skills. Good Company. Great Weekends!

Mastering the key elements needed for survival in the outdoors isn't just for wilderness instructors. Each skill we teach has a practical application but also simply shifts our perspective on how to live closer to nature. Expect to have your edges pushed and your skills tested no matter where you are in your wilderness skills journey. 


Wilderness Survival for Everyone!

If you’ve ever wished that Camp Waubanong would offer something fun and amazing for adults, this one is for you!  Come join us for a weekend in the woods, and be prepared to blow your mind with how much you can learn in two days.

There’s a lot of complexity in wilderness survival, but we’re here to break it all down for you and help you learn it one skill at a time.  These weekend courses will cover essential survival skills that make you feel more comfortable and confident in the woods and that make you feel way more connected to the natural world. The skills can also save your life, without reliance on high-tech gear.

Workshops cover:

  • Survival shelter techniques and principles of heat loss
  • Water purification strategies
  • Friction fire techniques for various environments
  • How to feed yourself and take care of yourself with wild plants
  • Basics of trapping, tracking and awareness
  • Hazards of the wilderness and safety protocols

This workshop will be 100% outdoors, and 100% experiential learning. You’ll be practicing all these skills yourself, so that you can take home the knowledge to continue learning on your own. Fun and personal growth are guaranteed.

Time: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday Date & Price TBA


Lumberjack Weekend

New this year, we invite all the men & women to come out to Camp Waubanong to help clear out some of the dead trees we have, and restock our firewood pile, which is used all throughout the year! Once we fill that we will have a separate pile that you may take wood home with you, free of charge!

Camp Waubanong Lumberjack Weekend is a retreat for adults of all ages.  So bring your dad, bring your mom, bring your brother, bring your friend. All are welcome!

After the chainsaws have been "holstered", we will have dinner available prepared by our amazing kitchen staff, followed by some relaxing activities. 

If you choose to stay overnight, you will have a breakfast provided the following morning designed specifically for Lumberjacks! It's easily the best deal we have, so we highly encourage you to take advantage of it!

Time: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday Date & Price TBA 


Men's Wilderness Weekends

Make your own fire by friction, build a shelter (from sticks or snow) that can keep you warm and dry. Build a fire in any weather and cook a delicious meals without even a pot. Create a stronger connection with the plants and animals with whom you share your corner of the earth, all the while building a community of men.


For us the Men's Weekend is the invitation to stretch ourselves, to dive into new skills, and to celebrate the community of other men on a similar journey. Come explore the natural world, and have a great time doing it! We’ll practice skills and strengthen our connections to the earth, each other, and ourselves.

Men's Weekend are open to both new and returning participants. With each new season we offer a new perspective in our natural history and skills teaching, and hopefully bring light and new perspective to a different aspect of our lives as men in the world. Each season is unique. Come learn from the land and each other as we deepen our exploration into the sacred order of survival – shelter, water, fire, food. We will create crafts from the season’s bounty while gathering wild snacks along the way.

No previous experience is necessary, simply a sense of curiosity and a desire to learn. This will be an intimate group, with no more than 10 participants. We will immerse ourselves in a different aspect of primitive skills each time, tying them all together with a shared fire and some wild foods. Each month we’ll include basic awareness practices that you can integrate into your home lives and continue on your own. You can expect fires, wanders in the woods, carving and wildcrafting, laughter, song, opportunities to stretch yourself, and an increased sense of confidence in nature connection and survival skills.

Time: 9 am – 5 pm Saturday and Sunday Date & Price TBA