Youth Courses2018-12-04T02:13:05-04:00

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 17 – Aug 16 all-day Ages: 7 - 13
Voted the #1 Day Camp in Charlottesville! The Living Earth Explorers and Themed 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[...]
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day Ages: 13 - 17
We’re very excited to introduce our first Teen-Only day camp: Keepers of the Arrow. Experienced bowman Paul Cipriani leads this camp for any camper who is 13-17 and has already participated in one LES day camp. The camp will form a tight knit unit during their week at camp by starting with the basics of[...]
Jun 24 – Aug 9 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 Stepping 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 23 – Aug 10 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 30 – Jul 5 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 21 – Jul 26 all-day Ages 13+
Campers must have completed 1 year of Way of the Scout previously to be in the Advanced Scout group. This camp will take a small group of advanced campers to the next edge, adventuring and bonding as a team-unit. While first-time Scout campers are just dipping their toes in, Advanced Scout walks the edges more,[...]
Jul 21 – Jul 26 all-day Ages 12+
Way of the Scout is for campers who have been to at least one Earth Roots overnight camp, plus either a second Earth Roots or another LES overnight camp. Just once every two years, instructors from all over the country and even some from overseas come to Sugar Hollow to collaborate on our Way of[...]
Aug 5 – Aug 10 all-day Ages 11+
In this overnight camp, kids will learn to make their own flat blade hatchet and knife. We will learn to craft metal using annealed carbon steel and shaping the blades using files. After blades are finished, we will heat treat them using a primitive forge. Hardening first and quenching then tempering to soften enough so[...]

SUMMER TEEN EXPEDITIONS

WEEKLY HOMESCHOOL PROGRAMS

Jan 9 – Feb 13 all-day Ages 8+
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! Get outside and enjoy the beauty of the season with The Living Earth School.    Our homeschool programs build confidence,  competence and skills, while developing a deep sense of place.  Kate[...]
Sep 17 – Nov 19 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[...]
Sep 18 – Dec 5 all-day Ages 7+
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[...]
Sep 20 – Nov 15 all-day Ages 7+
The Living Earth School is super excited to be bringing our home school nature connection programs to the Waynesboro/Staunton/Harrisonburg area. We’ll be romping around the beautiful land of Malcoms Market Garden in Staunton, which has wide, shallow creeks to explore, ridge-top meadows of wildflowers, and forested hillsides to climb. This is an opportunity for homeschoolers[...]

ONCE A MONTH SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS

Sep 21 – Dec 8 all-day Boys Ages 7 - 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,[...]
Sep 21 – Dec 8 all-day Girls Ages 7 - 15
Our Saturday Camps keep Nature Connection alive in our students throughout the year. All programs 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[...]
Sep 28 – Dec 14 all-day Boys and Girls Ages 7 - 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[...]
Sep 29 – Dec 15 all-day Boys and Girls Ages 7 - 15
New program in Charlottesville! Give your child an important breath of fresh air during the often busy school year. These Sunday 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 will run seasonally (fall and spring) for boys and[...]

FAMILY PROGRAMS

Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 28 @ 3:00 pm 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[...]
Aug 2 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm Ages 8+ with accompanying adult
Enjoy family time while you learn earth skills. Come get your hands in gear making your own stainless steel knife with sheath, or leather bags.  Yes, you can do it all and you can use bags that you’ve made your self, or a beautiful hand crafted knife. This is for real and this is your chance[...]

RITES OF PASSAGE

Note: Moon Tribe for Girls will be offered in 2019. (See Adult page for Moon Tribe for Women offered in 2018).

May 24 – May 27 all-day Girls Ages 11 - 14
Moon Tribe is a community-supported ceremony. To donate, please email livingearthva@gmail.com. Creating A Meaningful Experience That Girls Need Grounded in Nature Empowered Within Bright Lights Shining into the World Moon Tribe for Girls is the beginning of a journey, an initiation experience to transition into young womanhood. Moon Tribe is for girls ages 11-14 years[...]

LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAMS

Dec 30 2016 @ 7:26 am – Dec 31 2020 @ 8:26 am
The Living Earth Summer Counselor In Training Program is a transformative leadership-learning opportunity for veteran campers who love LES programs.  This intensive leadership training will give them not only the skills of a great camp counselor and leader, but it will also teach them life skills for other professional pursuits. They will learn the ins[...]

PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAMS

Feb 17 2016 – Jan 31 2020 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[...]