Weekend Teen Program – Survival Skills

Greenwell’s monthly, teen program gives high school teens the chance to: learn new skills that foster nature connection, gain a sense of empowerment and independence, and feel a sense of belonging by bonding during activities & fireside meals.

This program is inclusive to teens with disabilities.

Weekends start Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and run until Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

We are looking for teens who are interested in…

  • Survival and primitive skills
  • Games & activities that lead to more sensory awareness and stress reduction
  • Being inclusive
  • Outside adventures
  • Gaining confidence in the ability to feel at home in the woods and become more independent
  • Team-building
  • Being yourself and having conversations about things that matter
  • Leadership abilities
  • Noticing gifts and passions in yourself and others
  • Being challenged in ways that show how powerful you truly are
  • Sleeping under the stars or in a tent

If this list sparks your curiosity, you may be a great match for the Greenwell Foundation’s monthly, weekend teen program!

Do you have what it takes to overcome the challenges of learning new skills and camping outside during the winter months?

We think you do!

See our FAQs to find out how.

The more weekends you attend, the more likely you will gain skills that we will look for in Camp Buddies and Counselors next summer. You will also learn a variety of new activities that can feel rewarding to offer to campers. It can be very rewarding to offer these unique skills to others.

Dates & Times

September 23-24, 2017
October 21-22, 2017
November 18-19, 2017
December 16-17, 2017
February 24-25, 2018
March 17-18, 2018
April 21-22, 2018
May 19-20, 2018

What happens at our teen weekend program?

Every week we will do team building activities, awareness games and challenges, cooking around a fire together, evening stories and chats, and outdoor sleeping. The monthly themes will give you an idea about what else we will do on each particular weekend.

Typical Teen Weekend Schedule

1:00 Arrive full from lunch, Place Gear on vehicle going to tent site, Opening Circle, Welcome, Names, Schedule, Orientation, & Team-Building
1:30 Wander by the bamboo, river, beach, and forest to look for animal signs, play games, and get to know the land and each other
2:30 Tent set-up and snack
3:00 Seasonal Activity or Wild-crafting/Varies each month
5:30 Dinner & stories
7:30 Clean-up
8:00 Evening Activity/Varies each month
10:00 Bedtime
7:00 Wake-up and breakfast
8:00 Clean-up and pack
8:30 Seasonal Activity/Varies each month
10:40 Closing Circle
11:00 Goodbye until next time

Meet your instructors

Meet Julia

Meet Andrew

Want more information?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page 


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