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
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
Tuesday
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
What makes this camp unique?

This camp is an old-school adventure, allowing children to play and experience the natural world with spontaneous freedom,
under the supervison of an adult who is experienced and comfortable in nature, who understands and values supervision and
safety, but who will encourage exploration.

What is the age range for this camp?

7-14 years

What is the required gear?

SUMMER CAMP GEAR CHECKLIST PDF

-backpack
-lifejacket
-water bottle
-water shoes (not sandals)
-bathing suit
-personal medical needs
-change of clothes and sandals
-plastic bags for wet shoes and clothes
-towel
-lunch in cooler bag
-personal snacks (if allergic)
-small journal, pen

How are lunch and snacks handled?
-Please bring your own lunch
-morning and afternoon snacks provided
-hydration drink mix
-water refills
-Sun screen
-bug repellent

Where will the camps take place?

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.  

How do we make contact in case of an emergency?

Brian 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.

What kinds of activities are planned during the day?

Each day may incorporate any combination of these skills and experiences

Martial Arts (Aikido):
•  Applied self defense, practical skills in real life situations, age appropriate weapons defense (stick)
•  Verbal self-defense/assertiveness, dealing with bullies

Nature/Wilderness Survival Skills:
•  Turning "scary" into "just natural": Identifying & addressing hazards (ticks, snakes, spiders, poison ivy)
•  Nature awareness and observation skills (engaging the 5 senses)
•  Nature journaling (sketching, leaf pressing, photography)
•  Wilderness survival (clean water, shelter, one match & primitive fire making, cordage, baskets)
•  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 stealth, 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 the river, woods, rocks, floating rapids

Quiet Time:
•  Mindfulness meditation: breathing, being present, 5 senses awareness, stillness practice
•  Journaling: sketching, pressing flowers/leaves, rubbings, letterboxing stamps
•  Nature observation: practicing solitude, silence practice, awareness

Character Building and Personal Growth:
•  Perseverance: commitment, dedication, mental and physical toughness, tenacity
•  Self-Control: emotional regulation skills, relaxation skills, focus and self-discipline
•  Integrity: honesty, loyalty, reliability, honor, self-sacrifice, boundaries, respect
Tentative Schedule
Summer Camp FAQ