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Like the older age group camps, these are also directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center. Participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, and basic wilderness skills like shelter building. For this age level, Native storytelling is a major component as well as Native and nature based arts and crafts projects. Kids learn several Native games which promote cooperation, teambuilding, awareness, patience, turn-taking, and confidence.
Winter Wilderness Adventure & Storytelling Camps (Ages 6-7, Three Days)
Spring Wilderness Adventure Day & Storytelling Camps (Ages 6-7, Three Days)
Summer Wilderness Adventure Day & Storytelling Camps (Ages 6-7, Five Days, Three Sessions)
>> Camps & Adventures
Directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center, participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, basic to advanced wilderness skills from shelter building and land navigation to bow and hand-drill fires as well as take part in Native American storytelling, arts, crafts and games.
Spring Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Four Days)
Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Four Days)
Summer Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 8-9, 10-13, Five Days, Three Sessions)
Jr Pathfinders Wilderness Training (Ages 10-12, 3 Day Overnight Camp)
Adirondack Pathfinders Wilderness Training (Ages 12-16, 5 Day OVERNIGHT CAMP)
Martial Arts Camp (Ages 8-12, Four Days)
Along with being staffed by expert wilderness staff, Ndakinna camps play host to a variety of special guest including some of the Northeast's best Native American storytellers and folkartists. Most camps take place at the Marion F. Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve in Greenfield Center, New York with plenty of forest to explore as well as a full-scale Native American elm-bark covered wigwam. Through the various activities participants will gain a greater respect and understanding for the Natural World as well as the Northeast's rich Native American history. 2-6 day camps covering each skill and activity in greater detail. Most camps are limited to 20-30 participants each, divided by age levels, and each age level builds upon the last. See Ndakinna Education Center Events Calendar for complete descriptions.
>> Nature Studies & Wilderness Challenge Programs
Nature Studies programs focus on the study of the flora, fauna and land features of the Nature Preserve connected to the Ndakinna Education Center. Students will learn through a variety of hands-on activities (journaling, CyberTracker data collection, radio telemetry, plaster casting of animal tracks, etc.).
The Wilderness Challenge program includes a variety of team-based outdoor wilderness skills. Through hands-on experience and interactive games, participants will learn and apply orienteering, shelter building, firemaking, and other skills.
>> Family Wilderness Days
Families with young kids (ages 5 and up) are invited to come and participate in nature and Native-based outdoor activities as well as arts and crafts (parents must attend with their children).. Activities may include, shelter building, animal tracking, making mobiles, Native pictographs, plaster casts, nature scrapbooks, and more. Each session is different – check the Events Calendar for more info.
>> Family Wilderness Camp
done for years check the Events Calendar for more info.
Run like one of our popular wilderness camps, family participants take part in the same activies our kids have for years. Sharing in the experience of learning such skills as shelter making, animal tracking, Native American games and more. Each session is different – check the Events Calendar for more info.