Youth Programs

FAQs Kids Camps

Does my kid need camping experience?

No, we take all levels of experience whether they love to camp or have been stuck to the TV. There is good reason for this – the natural world is how we learn to learn. So, kids take to it quickly and are frankly far better prepared than any adult to get started down the path of outdoor and naturalist education. The fun communal aspect of our classes allow kids to go right past their comfort zone and before you know it, kids who never want to go outside are lighting fires, tracking animals, and throwing tomahawks.

Do you hold classes in winter?

Yes, our Day Camps and After-School Camps run from August to May. Our Summer Camps run from June to August and our overnight camps run year round.

One of the keys of being a naturalist is learning to relate to your environment in all seasons. We instill this philosophy in our youth outdoor education programs.

Can my teen attend an adult workshop?

Yes, teenagers may be considered on a case-to-case basis. We ask that any teenage participant be comfortable and capable in working in an adult atmosphere.

What should we bring to camp?

Lunch, water, a backpack, and multiple layers of clothing for dynamic weather. We are usually outside for most of the day so be prepared. In the summertime that means a good pair of strap on sandals, bug spray, sunscreen, a hat, and light cotton clothes. In the winter you’ll want to bundle up. Muck or Boggs is a good brand of boot. Scarves are great. Our favorite single item for the winter is probably insulated Carhartt bibs. A good thermal base layer is also great in the colder months.

What is your teaching philosophy?

White Pine Wilderness Academy is an aboriginal technologies school at it’s core. Children will learn about the philosophies, traditions and craft from a variety of ancient cultures. We see the skills of wilderness survival as completely intertwined with the peoples who developed these technologies and arts. We will tell stories from a specific culture that connects a lesson to a skill they are learning, and play games that help develop the awareness, physical strength and attention skills needed to be a naturalist and practitioner of the survival arts. Adults who have an interest in primitive skills are encouraged to incorporate the same activities into their practice. Please contact us if you have more questions!

Is each class different or will by child be doing the same thing next time?

We love to cover our core routines. However, with nature as your classroom each day is filled with new adventures that change our course.

Our Core routines revolve around shelter, fire, water, and food. We work on focus skills such as carving, fire building, and foraging. Awareness skills we cover include sit spot, bird language, and tracking. We cover wandering skills including navigation and reading the forest, as well as research and academic work like journaling and taxonomy.