Martial Arts and Nature Camp



Monday
Bryan Park
7:45 Drop Off
8:00 Orientation
8:15 Aikido
8:45 Break/Character Topic
9:00 Rubber stamp design
9:45 Break/water/snack
10:00 Aikido weapons
10:45 Scavenger hunt
11:15 Aikido
12:00 Lunch/half day pick up
1:00 Aikido Weapons
1:45 Break/water/snack
2:00 Survival Shelter
3:30 Basketry
4:00 Pickup



Required:
-backpack and full water bottle
-shoes that can be worn in the water/mud (not sandals)
-bathing suit or clothes that can be worn in water/mud
-personal medical needs (medications with directions)
-change of clothes and sandals in plastic bag
-plastic bags for wet, muddy shoes and clothes
-towel in plastic shopping bag
-lunch, personal snacks (if allergic to commons snacks)
-small journal, pen

Provided:
-morning and afternoon snacks
-water refills
-Sun screen
-bug repellent




Sensei Brian will email you a list of the
planned parks for the week, times, and
places to meet inside each park in the
morning. End of day pick up from the
same location.  Half day kids will be
picked up at 12 noon after they have
eaten lunch.






Sensei will have his phone on him at all
times.  Feel free to contact him for any
reason.  In case of emergency, a parent
will be contacted immediately to consult
prior to any medical intervention past
basic first aid.
Supplies


Some parents may not have had the wilderness experiences the camp provides, and
may have questions about safety, etc.  If you are uncomfortable or unsure about what
your child may experience, please do to not hesitate to call, Brian will be happy to talk
with you!
Emergency
804-387-2279
Schedule (Example)
Questions
Where to Meet
Wednesday
James River Park
7:45 Drop Off Pony Pasture
8:00 Aikido
8:45 Break/Character Topic
9:00 Aikido
9:45 Break
10:00 Animal Tracking
11:00 Plant & Bird Identification
11:45 Lunch/half day pick up
1:00 Aikido
1:45 Break
2:00 Nature Walk
3:30 Firemaking Demonstration
4:00 Pickup
Friday
Belle Isle Park
7:45 Drop Off Tredegar Iron Works
8:00 Aikido
8:45 Break/Character Topic
9:00 Aikido
9:45 Break
10:00 Animal Tracking
11:00 Plant & Bird Identification
11:45 Lunch/half day pick up
1:00 Aikido
1:45 Break
2:00 Letterboxing
3:30 End of camp party
4:00 Pick Up
Thursday
North Side of James
8:00 Aikido
8:45 Break/Character Topic
9:00 Aikido
9:45 Break
10:00 Animal Tracking
11:00 Plant & Bird Identification
11:45 Lunch/half-day pick up
1:00 Aikido on the river
1:45 Break
2:00 Scavenger Hunt
3:30 Plant & Bird Identification
4:00 Pickup
8:00 Aikido
8:45 Break/Character Topic
9:00 Nature Walk
9:45 Break/water/snack
10:00 Tracking/Track casting
10:45 Swamp land exploration
11:15 Aikido
12:00 Lunch/half day pick up
1:00 Aikido
1:45 Break/water/snack
2:00 Water purification
3:30 Capture the flag
4:00 Pickup
At River City Aikido our mission is to provide experiences that increase your child’s resilience and adaptability in an ever-
changing and unpredictable world, and to enable them to make ethical decisions with integrity and character.  What better
playground than our local parks to learn these life skills, where we can develop and grow through play, adventure, and
excitement?

This camp is an old-school adventure, allowing children to play and experience the world in ways that are fast disappearing
from our society, with the oversight of an adult who is experienced and comfortable in nature, who understands and values
supervision and safety, but who will encourage exploration.  Your child will return home having gotten dirty, muddy, wet, and
exhausted.  

Ages: Children must be at least 7 years old to participate.

Each day will incorporate:

Martial Arts (Aikido):
•  Applied self defense, practical skills in real life situations
•  Weapons defense: age appropriate (a stick on a playground, for example)
•  Verbal self-defense/assertiveness
•  Dealing with bullies

Nature/Wilderness Survival Skills:
•  Turning "scary" into "just natural": Identifying, recognizing, and avoiding/addressing hazards (ticks, snakes,
spiders, poison ivy)
•  Nature awareness and observation skills (engaging the 5 senses)
•  Nature journaling (sketching, leaf pressing, photography)
•  Wilderness survival (finding and preparing clean water, shelter, primitive fire making (demo by me),
cordage and basketry)
•  Plant and tree identification (usages: utilitarian, edible, medicinal)
•  Animal and bird identification (bird songs)
•  Animal and human tracking (using clues in nature to know what and who is near)
•  Stalking and movement, natural camouflage (practicing silence, stealth in the woods, ie “ninja skills”)
•  Using field guides and identification aids/apps

Adventure:
•  Scavenger hunt
•  Letterboxing/geocaching  www.letterboxing.org  www.geocaching.com
•  Games: Hide and seek/capture the flag, water balloon tag
•  Free time exploring

Character Building:
•  Perseverance: commitment, dedication, mental and physical toughness, tenacity
•  Self-Control and Self-Disciplinel: emotional regulation skills, relaxation skills, focus, body control
•  Integrity: honesty, loyalty, reliability, honor, self-sacrifice, boundaries, respect

Quiet Time:
•  Mindfulness meditation: breathing, being present, 5 senses awareness, stillness practice
•  Journaling: active awareness through writing, sketching, pressing flowers/leaves, rubbings, letterboxing stamps
•  Nature observation: practicing being alone, silence practice, awareness inventory
Register ASAP: Camps fill up