Youth Courses

Connect with Nature and Come Alive.  Our one of kind programs have kids connecting deeply with nature, community and self. Living Earth School Youth programs are for ages 5 – 18, and run in the summer as well as through the school year.  Below are the current courses and programs being offered.

SUMMER CAMPS

SUMMER DAY CAMPS

Jun 12 – Aug 18 all-day Ages: 7 - 12
Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Day Camps are a one-of-a-kind nature camp experience. We have been voted a favorite summer day camp for over 7 years!!  We will spend the week exploring the mountains, streams and other wild places. Campers work together in small groups learning about the natural world,[...]
Jun 26 – Aug 11 all-day Ages: 5 - 6
It is now time to have little Living Earth-lings join us for Summer Camp! Do you long to have your younger child connected and at home in the natural world?  We’ve been having parents ask for years, so here it is! Come join the Skipping Stones for fun, first-hand adventures in nature, with caring nature mentors. Our[...]

Featuring new themed day camps!! Click here to see all summer day camps.

SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Jun 18 – Aug 18 all-day Ages: 8+
Earth Roots is our foundation overnight camp, designed for both new and returning campers.  Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and nurture your connection to the earth.  We will explore the surrounding forests, swim in mountain streams, as we discover more about the magical world[...]
Jun 25 – Jun 30 all-day Ages 11+
Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow? This is for real and this is your chance to do it! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. This is a camp that has been requested over the years.  There is a limited amount of space in[...]
Jul 23 – Jul 28 all-day Ages 11+
This camp is for campers who have been to Earth Roots for 2 years. Way of the Scout is a super exciting adventure that challenges campers to grow and push their limits in healthy ways. Scout camp is never the same and each year offers new adventures for campers year after year. The Way of[...]
Jul 23 – Jul 28 all-day Ages 13+
Campers must have completed 1 year of Way of the Scout previously. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, adventuring and bonding as a team-unit.  The word is out, can you “Shadow Scout”, or would you rather just blend in to your surroundings and be unseen?  All kinds[...]
Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance[...]
Jul 30 – Aug 4 all-day Ages: 12+
This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots. In this week-long camp.  We will explore fire in depth.  We will learn to make fire with many different methods including bow-drill, hand-drill, flint and steel, fire plow and more. Fire has been a friend to many.  It is at the[...]
Aug 7 – Aug 11 all-day Ages 11+
Make your own knife and sheath and leather backpack or shoes! 1 year of Earth Roots is a prerequisite for this overnight camp. Come join in on this BRAND NEW Living Earth Camp! Soon to be a camper favorite!  Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, and a pair of[...]

SUMMER TEEN EXPEDITIONS

Jun 24 – Jun 30 all-day Ages: 13+
Come spend a magical week on a wild river in Virginia! This camp is for campers who have attended at least one year of Earth Roots.  Our special week will flow like a river. We will carry all our needs in our canoes, explore, swim, and more.  We will cover expedition planning, canoe stroke techniques, and water[...]

WEEKLY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Jan 4 – Feb 22 all-day Ages 10+
Last year, we held our first Winter Homeschool Nature Studies program, and it was a smashing success! Join us this winter for eight Wednesdays at our Afton site. If survival and living off the land is your thing, then join us for some Wintery Homeschool Adventures and put your skills to the test! Join us for:[...]
Mar 8 – May 17 all-day Ages 7 - 18
The Living Earth School offers homeschool nature studies programs in the Charlottesville and Goochland/Richmond, Virginia area. The programs are offered in the Spring and Fall for ages 7 and up. Groups will divided according to age and experience level, and will be guided by a skilled mentor. Get your homeschoolers Nature Connected, under the guided[...]
Mar 14 – May 9 all-day Ages 7+
The Living Earth School is super excited to be bringing our home school nature connection programs to the Goochland / Richmond area. This is an opportunity for homeschoolers to come together in a community setting and learn about the natural world, themselves, and each other, through earth-based mentoring. We’ve made such great connections and had[...]
Mar 16 – May 11 all-day Ages 7 - 14
The Living Earth School offers homeschool nature studies programs- now offered in the Harrisonburg, Virginia area. The programs are offered in the Spring and Fall for ages 7 – 14. Get your homeschoolers Nature Connected, under the guided care of skilled nature mentors! We have found that our outdoor classroom really makes learning real and the[...]

ONCE A MONTH SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Feb 18 – May 13 all-day Boys and Girls Ages 8 - 15
Finally we have a Living Earth School program closer to the DC area! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors! This co-ed program[...]
Feb 25 – May 20 all-day Boys Ages 8 - 15
These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors! We have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self,[...]
Feb 25 – May 20 all-day Girls Ages 8 - 15
These Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year, and are held within the caring support of our skilled Nature Mentors! We have found these programs to be an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. Come join us for deep connections with nature, community and self,[...]

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Jul 28 – Jul 30 all-day Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
This Weekend Camp is designed for families.  Have you dreamed of making and shooting your own handmade bow and arrow, let alone making one with your child? What a gift to be able to do this together and to cultivate this shared skill as a family.  This is for real and this is your chance[...]

LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

Dec 30 2016 @ 7:26 am – Dec 31 2017 @ 8:26 am
The Living Earth CIT, leadership training program is an awesome opportunity for veteran campers, who love the LES programs.  This intensive leadership training will give them the skills to not only be a great camp counselor and leader, it will teach them life skills for other professional pursuits.   They will learn the ins and outs[...]

PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS

Feb 17 2016 – Dec 30 2017 all-day
One-of-a-kind, Meaningful Adventures for your 8th Grade Graduation Trip. Check out the great synergy that we blend with Waldorf philosophy into our dynamic, heart-centered, wilderness expeditions. We can help you with your 8th grade graduation trips.   We run quality programs that are filled with fun, adventure and also honor the individual.   You will find that[...]

RITES OF PASSAGE

Note: Moon Tribe for Girls will be offered in 2017. (See Adult page for Moon Tribe for Women offered in 2016).

May 26 – May 29 all-day Girls Ages 11 - 14
Creating meaningful experiences girls need Grounded in Nature Empowered within Bright Light Shining into the World. The Moontribe is the beginning of a journey……. a passageway experience, for girls transitioning into womanhood. This weekend getaway is a rite of passage, honoring each girl for who she is and who she is becoming.The Moon Tribe is[...]