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Summer Camp

Summer Camp Intro

Summer Camp registration is now open! Check out all our camps below!

 

Cottonwood Camp

For ages 6 to 12.

Cottonwood 1: June 19–23 Still time to sign up before Monday!
Cottonwood 2: June 26–30 (This camp is currently full; e-mail us to be added to the wait list.)
Cottonwood 3: July 3–7 
Cottonwood 4: July 24–28 (This camp is currently full; e-mail us to be added to the wait list.)
Cottonwood in Berkshire County: July 31–August 4 (This camp is currently full; e-mail us to be added to the wait list.)
Cottonwood 5: August 21–25 

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Tuition: 
$325 ($365 for Berkshire County week); 10% off when you register for multiple weeks
Cottonwood Camp I for ages 6 to 12.
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Cottonwood Camp Discount: You receive a 10% discount when you register two or more children for Cottonwood Camp at the same time, or when you register one child for two or more weeks of Cottonwood Camp at the same time. The discount will be automatically applied when you check out.

This week lies at the heart and soul of Flying Deer. It's an exciting day camp for children who love to spend time outdoors with friends, learning about the forest and all its valuable teachings: mysterious animal tracks, delicious edible plants, curious insects, shelter, primitive fire-making, and other wilderness skills, not to mention fun songs, games, and stories!

We begin and end our day all together with morning and afternoon circles in the Flying Deer tipi, and spend our days adventuring in age-based groups. Each day will feature a different aspect of nature and wilderness skills. The various interests of each group, along with discoveries and inspiration during the week, will influence the areas of focus and emerging themes from week to week. 

For kids aged 10 to 12, our oldest age-based group offers a step up in connection to self, community, and the earth. They'll work on more advanced naturalist and survival skills while taking a step toward leadership and role modeling. 

Cottonwood Camp in Berkshire County takes place at North Plain Farm (formerly Project Native) on Route 41 in Housatonic, Massachusetts. 

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list—make sure to choose the right week! 

Katydid Camp

For ages 4 and 5.

Katydid 1: June 19–23
Katydid 2: August 21–25 - This camp is full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–1:00 pm

Tuition: 
$225
Katydid Camp for the littlest nature lovers.
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Flying Deer Homeschool Program in New Lebanon, NY: Wooly Bears

All the fun of Cottonwood Camp in a nurturing, rhythmic week. Children take part in a story-filled adventure exploring the abundant joy and wonder of the outdoors! We'll focus on creating comfort, fostering knowledge, and building self-reliance in nature. 

My daughter changed, grew, and became so much stronger through her week with you. She became so much more capable and able to take care of herself and be herself. She is brave! It was a miraculous change. I can see how much you have helped her on her path.
—Parent of a Katydid participant

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list—make sure to choose the right week!

Red-Tail Hawk Overnight Adventure

This camp is currently full; e-mail us to be added to the wait list.

For ages 10 to 14.

July 10–14 (five days, four nights)

Tuition: 
$625
Red-Tail Hawk Overnight Adventure for ages 10 to 14.
Canoe Camp.

Soar into a weeklong immersion of Flying Deer culture, camping for five days and four nights as we take adventure, fun, and friendship to the next level! Campers make the forest their home as we ...

  • Practice leatherworking and make bone tools
  • Learn bowdrill and other fire-making methods
  • Concoct delicious meals using steam pits and other primitive cooking techniques
  • Stalk the nighttime forest in scouting games
  • Play "Leopards and Wolves"—Capture the Flag with a Flying Deer twist
  • Take Jedi Training ... and much more!

This camp is appropriate for nature-loving children who are emotionally prepared for an exciting week away from home. 

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Camp Sherwood

This camp is full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

For ages 13 to 16.

July 17–21 (five days, four nights)

Tuition: 
$650
Camp Sherwood for ages 13 to 16.

Enter the shadowy world of the scout, where we merge mind and body with the forest and learn to see without being seen. After undergoing a fun, challenging test to join Robin Hood’s merry forest ruffians, we’ll embark on a weeklong series of unforgettable adventures to dangerous lands as we set traps, seek gold, solve riddles, and save our friends.

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Enchanted Forest

For ages 6 to 9.

July 17–21

Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm

Tuition: 
$395
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A living story that unfolds among the natural wonders of the woods! We will use pine cones, moss, sticks, stones, and other foraged materials to create a tiny village for the forest’s magical beings to call their home. But what will happen when a mysterious force brings our little village to life, causing the forest to fill with faeries, wizards, ogres, elves, dragons, and other enchanted creatures? Join us for our adventures in the Enchanted Forest, and find out!

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Adirondack Canoe Expedition

This program is now full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

For ages 14 to 18.

August 7–12 (six days, five nights)

Tuition: 
$750
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Paddle your way through the wilderness, making and breaking camp each day to the sound of loons, sleeping under the stars, and immersing yourself in the tranquility of the waters. Learn the skills necessary to make life comfortable miles away from civilization. This is a journey in the wild with an emphasis on practical skills and having a great time! Fishing included as an optional food-gathering activity!

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list. 

Wolf Camp

This camp is full; please e-mail us to be added to the waiting list.

For ages 11 to 13.

August 7–11

One day of day camp (9:00 am–3:00 pm) followed by a four-day, three-night backpacking trip. 

Tuition: 
$600
Flying Deer Wolf Camp

A small group of campers led by experienced instructors begin with one day of day camp, building our community and developing the knowledge and skills necessary for the journey ahead. On Tuesday morning, we trek into the mountains, where we climb summits, eat and laugh around campfires, and enjoy the freedom that backpacking provides.

Download the Welcome Letter with schedule, directions, and supplies list.