Lawton Chiles

Summer Camp

Jubilee Orchards is hosting a summer camp!  

 

All 5-8 year-olds who love to climb trees, build forts, and play in the mud by the creek are invited to come and join us this summer.

There will be seven weekly sessions beginning June 21 through August 6. These weekly sessions will run Monday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Experienced naturalists trained in the principles of Forest School will be on staff to guide your child to discover and learn about the world around them.  Give your child the gift of being a kid in the woods, the way kids always grew up before our high-tech world came into being.

Learning will be child-led with adults observing the children to see where their interests lie and encouraging them without “teaching.” Forest School training also teaches staff to be extremely respectful, emotionally supportive, and able to provide guidance at a moment’s notice. 

We want your child to get the most out of their time in the woods.  We also want to work with you, as parents or guardians, to determine what you want your child’s summer camp experience to be like.  We hope to have created a sense of community by the final day of each session.

Your child will need to arrive in clothes and shoes (rubber rain boots or old sneakers) that can get wet  and muddy, have a water bottle, change of clothes and shoes, and a towel each day.

Our Summer Camp days will have some structure but will also be deliciously unpredictable.  We will gather in the mornings around the fire circle to greet each other and share personal stories.  We will spend our days by the creek where there will be a picnic table supplied with a large cooler of ice water, ice packs, and exploratory aids like butterfly nets, hand lenses, dip nets, etc. There will be a large tarp set up in case there is rain (without thunder) as some may want to stay dry. Others may want to play in the rain, and they will be welcome to do so.  

Your child will be encouraged to explore, play, make friends, build a fort, splash in the creek, climb trees, catch little frogs and swimming insects and do pretty much whatever they want. They will also be encouraged to be  always kind, courteous, and respectful, and keep  their teacher in sight.  There will be conversations about what dangers might be encountered in the woods, and how best to deal with those dangers. 

Air conditioning and a kitchen are not far away; we will retreat there to prepare and eat lunch, as well as when thunderstorms approach. The kids will actively be involved in preparing their  food in order to help them to gain confidence in life skills.  The menu will be organic and vegetarian.

When it's nearly time to go home, we'll send each child briefly into the shower to get cleaned up and have them put on their "going home" clothes.

Then we’ll gather for more songs, stories, arts & crafts, conversation, and a snack while waiting for pick up. We think your child will love spending a good part of everyday muddy and happy. 

All teachers will have Red Cross Pediatric and Adult First Aid training. 

For more information on Forest Schools:  What is Forest School? 
June 21 - August 6, Monday - Friday, 9am - 3pm

Adult to child ratio:  1:6 
Lunch and 2 snacks will be provided
Cost: $240/wk. 
To register and for questions:  Contact Karen Rose at krose@lawtonchiles.org  or 850-212-3732

  • White YouTube Icon
  • White Instagram Icon
  • w-facebook
  • Twitter Clean

12008 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32309

© 2018 by Jubilee Orchards