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Kids Nature and Survival Camp

Child and Instructor building fire*4-Day Camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains
*Basic Survival Skills: Shelter, Water, Fire, Food
*Expert Instructors – minimum 10 years of experience
*Set your own custom camp date

Set your kids imagination and adventurous spirits free as they learn about the natural environment and the important skills of survival. Shelter, water, fire, and food. No matter what your child’s background is, from never having camped before, to the most experienced nature enthusiast, they’ll have a BLAST at this camp. Set among the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 1 mile from downtown Boulder Creek, our 4-Day Nature & Wilderness Survival Camp is a great way to keep your kids busy this summer while making sure they learn important (and life-saving) skills. Activities range from basic nature/environmental education such as plant identification and animal tracking/study, to true survival skills. Kids will gain confidence and comfort in being outdoors, while having a great time and staying active.

*4-Day Camp: $395

This program may be booked year-round for either kids or teens on a private/custom basis. We also offer 1 public kids camp date (ages 8.5 – 11) each summer. For summer 2021 that date is July 19-22. Please select the “Details” tab above to learn more

The camp will run for 5 hours each day; 9am-2pm (timing is flexible for a custom camp bookings). Our trained instructors – expert survivalists and naturalists – are excited to share these ancient skills with your child.

Learning these timeless traditions, such as native shelter building and fire-by-friction, helps to build self-esteem and awareness from knowing YOU CAN SURVIVE! This class is 100% hands-on and very active. Everything your kids learn, they will do – no indoor classrooms or long lectures. This is a great opportunity to pull your kids and teens away from the television, computer, and electronic devices, and get them excited about the wilderness. Each day will center around one of the 4 main necessities of survival: SHELTER (day 1), WATER (day 2), FIRE (day 3), and FOOD (day 4). There will be multiple activities each of those days around the main topic.

In short: this camp is about getting back to the earth, learning how our ancestors lived in harmony with our planet, and experiencing nature to its fullest. There is something here for every child – come with an open mind and be ready to have fun!

Dates Offered:

-We offer 1 public camp date each summer for ages 8.5 – 11. For 2021, that date is July 19-22 (9am-2pm each day). To book a child between the ages of 8.5 and 11 for the that date, please click the REGISTER NOW link below.

-We also book custom/private camp dates for both kids and teens camps year-round. To discuss a private camp booking, please click the INQUIRE NOW button below.

Age Requirements:
Our public camp date is appropriate for kids ages 8.5-11; when putting together your own group of kids for a custom camp date, we can operate for any age (8-18) but recommend keeping all kids within 3-4 years of each other (for example: 9-12 year olds, or 12-15 year olds, etc).  We run a different curriculum for teens than younger children.

Teens that are interested in survival may also enroll in our regular teen/adult courses (Intro Survival Course and Immersion Overnight).

Directions? Details?
-Camp is held in the beautiful redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains at the Boulder Creek Scout Reservation (click the FAQ link below for directions). Exact address/directions, maps, recommended packing lists, and other details will all be provided upon registration.
-Parents must drop their child off at 9am at the camp, and pick them up at 2pm. There is also an option to get a shuttle ride to-and-from downtown Santa Cruz for $160 total ($40 per day for the 4-day camp). Shuttle will depart from the Whole Foods / RiteAid parking lot on Soquel Ave at 8am each day and return between 2:30-3pm (depending on traffic).
-At this time we do not have shuttle service from the Silicon Valley side of the hill, but we do work to help organize carpools from the Los Gatos/Saratoga/Campbell area each year for interested parents.

Santa Cruz Mtns: Frequently Asked Questions

Your child’s camp includes:
5 hours per day of activities (with a lunch break) – all materials and tools are included. Kids must bring their own snacks/lunch.

Your packing list:
We provide all the equipment for your kids survival adventure! Just make sure they come prepared with clothing to spend a day in the outdoors, lunch, snacks, & water.

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