Mamatoga Camp Spotlight: Ndakinna Wilderness Camps

Kid with TinderToday's Mamatoga Camp Spotlight is on the camps offered by the Ndakinna Education Center, an affiliate of the Greenfield Review Literary Center located in Greenfield Center. Ndakinna offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, principles of indigenous arts of life, team building, character development, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world. Directed by James Bruchac and facilitated by the Ndakinna Education Center, participants in these camps learn a variety of wilderness skills such as animal tracking, basic to advanced wilderness skills from shelter building and land navigation to bow and hand-drill fires as well as take part in Native American storytelling, arts, crafts and games.

PR02831074818 Jim TeachingAlong with being staffed by expert wilderness staff, Ndakinna camps play host to a variety of special guest including some of the Northeast's best Native American storytellers and folkartists. Most camps take place at the Marion F. Bruchac Memorial Nature Preserve in Greenfield Center, New York with plenty of forest to explore as well as a full-scale Native American elm-bark covered wigwam. Through the various activities participants will gain a greater respect and understanding for the Natural World as well as the Northeast's rich Native American history. 2-6 day camps covering each skill and activity in greater detail. Most camps are limited to 20 participants each, divided by age levels, each age level builds on the last. See Ndakinna Education Center Events Calendar for complete descriptions. Camps are open to both boys and girls.

992888_10151505976297032_1857141983_n 994533_10151503634137032_707039372_n 1098359_10151519734997032_76608952_nHere is some info on what they have to offer for the summer, click here for more information and to register.

Kid's Wilderness & Storytelling Camp (Ages 6-8)

7/14-18 Session 1: (Mon-Fri) - $275 (9am to 4pm) 7/21-25 Session 2:(Mon-Fri) - $275 ($525 for any two sessions) 7/28-8/1 Session 3:(Mon-Fri) - $275 ($775 for all three sessions)

Five days of outdoor fun including wilderness skills, animal tracking, Native American games, storytelling and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Taking place at the Ndakinna Education Center with miles of nature trails, Native American wigwams, and other educational exhibits. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center with 3,200 square feet of teaching space. Session 2 builds on Session 1 with plenty of new stories and activities.Session 3 builds on two. If possible, first time campers should start with session one. Returning campers can take their pick. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. $15 off for each additional immediate family member.

Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 9-11)

7/14-18 Session 1:(Monday-Friday) - $300 (9am to 4pm) 7/21-25 Session 2:(Monday-Friday) - $300 ($550 for any two sessions) 7/28-8/1 Session 3:(Monday-Friday) - $300 ($800 for all three sessions)

A full week of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Also included is a full-day of flat water kayaking. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center. Session 2 includes a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure. $20  off for each additional immediate family member.

Wilderness Adventure Day Camp (Ages 11-14)

7/14-18 Session 1:(Monday-Friday) - $300 (9am to 4pm 7/21-25 Session 2:(Monday-Friday) - $300 ($550 for any two sessions) 7/28-8/1 Session 3:(Monday-Friday) - $300 ($800 for all three sessions)

A full week of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Also included is a full-day of flatwater kayaking. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center. Session 2 includes a wealth of new skills, stories, and activities. Bring a bag lunch and dress for adventure.  $20  off for each additional immediate family member.

Jr. Pathfinders Wilderness Training [Ages 10 -12 ]

(OVERNIGHT) 8/4-6 | (Mon - Wed) $275 9:00 am (Mon) - 4:00 pm (Wed).

Run by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, This program is made for kids who want to learn some serious wilderness skills including spending at least one night in a shelter of their own construction. During these three days participants will learn both basic-advanced wilderness survival, animal tracking and awareness skills. Participants will also take part in both day and night wilderness awareness activities and Native games. Bring a bag lunch for Wednesday. Participants must provide their own camping gear.  $15 off for each additional immediate family member.

Pathfinders Wilderness Training and Adirondack Canoe Trip

[Ages 12 -16] (OVERNIGHT) 8/4-9 (Monday - Saturday) $600

Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac participants will learn a host of ancient and modern wilderness skills from the tracking of wild animals to survival skills such as shelter making, land navigation, and fire by friction. Along with plenty of hiking and off-trail exploration participants will take part in numerous basic to advanced awareness activities and games (day& night) as well as enjoy Native American Tales around the glow of the campfire. Transportation to and from the Adirondacks is provided from Ndakinna. Participants must provide their own camping gear. Space is limited - sign up now! $25 off for each additional immediate family member.

Martial Arts and Wilderness Camp [Ages 8-12]

8/12-15 (Tuesday-Friday) $225

Led by Ndakinna Director and fifth degree black belt James Bruchac and other trained staff, participants will learn the basics of kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing and self-defense. Between training sessions, participants will also enjoy Native American storytelling and wilderness activities in the surrounding nature preserve. These team-based activities and native games have a special focus on leadership and character development. The martial arts portion contains partner drills, but will no full out sparring. Camp runs Tuesday thru Friday, August 12-15 from 9:00-4:00. Cost is $225 and each participant will take home the provided Martial arts attire. Participants should bring a bag lunch and dress for the outdoors. No prior experience is required!  $15 off for each additional immediate family member.

In addition to their Summer Camps they also have some great upcoming Spring Camps, click here for more info. For more camp spotlights and info on local programs, click here for the 2014 Mamatoga Camp Guide.

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