Please call Julia at the office if you have ANY questions! 301-373-9775

How will I stay warm camping outside in winter weather?

If you have the appropriate (non-cotton) layers and gear from the “Packing List,” you should be cozy in your sleeping bag and tent. We can also teach you some extra stay warm tips for the super cold months. We’ll let you know about one of them now…Pour hot water into your refillable water bottle, just before bed, and snuggle it into your sleeping bag with you.


What is the Safety Plan?

  • There will be at least two supervising instructors, at all times, for up to 16 teens.
  • We will stay off of all hunting trails during hunting season.
  • Dinner and possibly dessert will be warmed over a fire; however, all meat will be precooked.
  • A fire safety plan will be in place.
  • When we use knives for our crafts, we will use a tried and true training system.
  • Absolutely no alcohol or recreational drugs will be permitted.
  • The gates will be locked at 8:00 p.m.

Who are the instructors and what are their qualifications?

Meet Julia

Meet Andrew


How will I afford this program or convince my family to invest in this program?

Let your family know…

  • You will gain independence and leadership skills that will transfer into adulthood.
  • If you do your best and make a good impression, the instructors will want to hire you as a summer camp counselor (if you will be 16 years or older next summer), or they will want to have you as a Camp Buddy (if you will be 13-15 years old next summer). You will have the ability to offer unique skills that we are wanting to teach next summer.
  • Research has found that nature connection can lead to stress reduction, better performance in school, physical health, and overall wellbeing.

Put these weekends on your holiday or birthday wish list.


Mow lawns.

Ask a retired neighbor if you can clean, landscape, or do chores for them, in exchange for money, so you can attend this unique program. They would probably enjoy hearing stories of your adventures with us.

Do dishes every day for a month or two. This is how I got the first ever Gameboy from my parents. What is a Gameboy? It is an ancient form of handheld video game. Well not ancient, but almost 30 years old.


Which meals will be provided?

  • You should arrive full from lunch on Saturday.
  • We will provide dinner on Saturday evening…and maybe even dessert.
  • We will provide instant oatmeal, hot water, and fruit on Sunday morning.
  • You will leave just before lunchtime on Sunday.
  • Snacks will be provided on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.


What will we eat on Saturday evening?

Most nights, we will have build-your-own burritos with vegetarian, gluten-free, and other options if you inform us of your special dietary needs during registration.

Sometimes we will have other special wilderness cooking projects.


Do I have to attend every weekend? 

No, however, you will get the most out of the scope and sequence if you do, since every weekend will be different. The more weekends you attend, the more likely you will gain skills that we look for in Camp Buddies and Counselors.


Will there be a bathroom?

Yes! We will have access to the office bathroom and there will be a Port-O-Potty next to our camping site.


Will we get to shower?

No, however, you will most likely be happy and dirty when it is time to go home on Sunday from all of the skills you learned and fun you had!


What do I need to pack?

Packing List


What is the mission of the monthly, weekend teen program?

We are dedicated to supporting teens in developing deep connections with the natural world, themselves, and each other in order to feel a deep sense of wellbeing, belonging, and knowing that their actions make a difference.


Please call Julia at the office if you have ANY questions! 301-373-9775