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The Next Step In Your Adventure

Join us this summer for an outdoor adventure steeped in the natural world, rooted in a strong sense of community, and infused with a wild sense of play. If you like our school programs, you'll love our summer programs.

Financial aid is available. Click here  to download our application. Deadline to apply is May 15.

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Survival! Rockport 

Ages 8 to 12

Practice the arts of survival and community building in nature. Search for underwater discoveries. Figure out what it would take to live comfortably in the local woods. Along the way, meet new friends and learn about wildlife.

Our sites are the little traveled Gott Lane Woods, nestled in a beautiful woodland alongside several ponds and streams in Rockport, and Old Garden Beach. Alongside a merry band of intrepid explorers, you will learn how to make fires, build shelters, identify wild edibles, purify water, try to catch crabs, craft tools, and track animals. The plan for each day is decided at a morning meeting, by all of us together. You get to be the leaders as we find a way to survive and live off the land!

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  • Session 1: July 23-27
  • Session 2: July 30-August 3 
  • Session 3: August 6-August 10
  • Session 4: August 13-17
  • Price: $320 per session (Multisession discounts apply)
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aftercare is available until 4:30
  • Price Includes: Survival Gear (Firesteel, carabiner, orienteering compass, and bandana) and s'mores!

Location: 

  • Adventures sites are Gott-Lane Woods and Old Garden Beach in Rockport
  • Drop off at Rockport Elementary School
  • Pick up at Old Garden Beach (at Rockport Elementary School in case of rain or hazardous weather)

Session Themes

Week One July 23-27: Creature Quest: We are wildlife filmmakers lost in the woods. Choose a wild creature to follow and copy the survival skills it uses.

Survival Skills

  • Tracking

  • Sneaking up on wildlife

  • Wildlife identification

  • Surviving as your favorite animals do

  • Finding wild foods

  • Camouflaged shelters

  • Finding and using water sources

  • Fires for warmth and light

 

Week Two July 30-August 3 : Uncharted Island: Our boat broke away from its tether and drifted to an unknown place. We must survive and escape this island

Survival Skills

  • Pest proof shelters

  • Signal fires

  • Raft making

  • Water purification

  • Wildlife identification

  • Finding foods

  • Outdoor medicine

  • Desalinating and purifying water

  • Navigation

  • Tool making

 

Week Three August 6-August 10: Extreme High Tide: Rising tides separated our little piece of land and now we must build a survival village out in the woods and try to find a way back to the mainland

Survival Skills

  • Swimming

  • Raft making

  • Water purification

  • Finding foods

  • Weatherproofing your shelters

  • Desalinating water

  • Saving injured friends

  • Rainproof fires

 

Week Four August 13-17 My Side of the Island: Make a wilderness camp comfortable enough and an outdoor feast yummy enough that when your family comes to rescue you, they want to stay in the wilds with you instead

Survival Skills

  • Animal observation

  • Adventures to cliffs and ponds

  • Strong shelters using all natural items

  • Matchless fires

  • Water purification

  • Outdoor cooking

  • Hosting visitors in your own wild village

 

BEING ANIMALS

Ages 4 to 7

Now at our new location at Glen Urquhart School! Experience the world through the eyes, ears, nose and paws of a different animal each morning. Start the morning with animal stories at our meeting circle, then begin the day's ramblings. Search the woods and wetlands for food that animal might eat, learn to move like the animal, and make a nest or a den. Follow tracks and signs, and see if we can find and observe the animals themselves!

You will be directed to the Glen Urquhart School website, where you will be asked to set up a simple account in order to register.

We learn about local animals by imagining we are those animals. The morning is filled with wild explorations, games, challenges, stories, and a bit of free play. We might walk like a raccoon and learn to catch small fish, learn to be alert like deer, or hide our nests like finches. Each day holds surprise and wonder.

The Location: Glen Urquhart School is a magical place in Beverly Farms. Naturalistic and elegant, the facility is surrounded by wild places. We will wander the forests, scramble over rocks, run through the fields, and play in the stream. When we are ready for some indoor time, we can seek shelter in the greenhouse or our summer classroom.

  • Session 1: July 9-13
  • Session 2: July 16-20
  • Price: $200 per session 
  • Times: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Location: Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms
  • Full Day Option: Glen Urquhart offers a traditional day camp, and if you would like to, you can enroll in the afternoon portion. Combined with the morning Being Animals program, this will add up to a full day. Camp and aftercare can begin as early as 7:30am and extend as late as 5:30 if needed.

SESSION THEMES

        To be determined

Financial aid is available. Click here to download our application. Deadline to apply for financial aid is May 15.

ThESE campS must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health

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When you participate in a Kestrel Summer Adventure, here is what you can expect:

Education Our instructors are well-trained, practiced, professional educators, which means we never rely on canned or scripted summer activities. We think - and research shows - authentic learning occurs when children are encouraged to learn by doing. We create real and lasting growth through a focus on sensory awareness, imagination and systems thinking. 

Adventure The hallmark of a great adventure is that you have no idea what is going to happen next. With Kestrel your child becomes the central character in an unfolding story. Though we take great pride in thoroughly preparing for each program, we never plan the outcome, which we believe should happen naturally and spontaneously, drawing on the unique qualities of the landscape, and the particular interests, questions, and experiences of the children who participate. On a summer adventure, you learn to expect the unexpected. 

Play Playfulness is the fullest expression of our natural drive to explore, engage and connect with the world. When children freely engage in play, they learn new things, develop key social and emotional skills, feel part of a community and take on new challenges. Engaged in transformative play, children build healing relationships with the key people in their lives. No Kestrel program is complete without joy and laughter.

Community At Kestrel we make room for all kinds of learners and all kinds of personalities because we believe every child has something to contribute and every child has a role to play. Participants may arrive as a collection of individuals, but they leave as a community of friends.