Sample Daily Schedule
During a typical day at The Woods Project summer wilderness camps, you will be involved non-stop in outdoor activities. You will sleep in a bunkhouse with students from your school as well as other schools who partner with us. The bunkhouse has comfortable bunks, space for storage, a restroom and shower. You will awaken early and enjoy breakfast in the camp dining room. Then, your group of 10-12 students will spend the day with a teacher from one of our partner schools and a wilderness education leader from one of our partner organizations. After packing a sandwich to bring with you for lunch, you will depart with your group for a day of exploration. Depending on which camp you attend, you may climb to a lake surrounded by snow, study mountain goats or tree species in the area, take part in a technical climbing experience or many other similar activities. Each day will be different; however, all of the activities will be OUT IN NATURE. You will probably walk two to ten miles in the course of a typical day, studying the flora and fauna around you and enjoying the fresh air. You will also participate in various games and exercises to heighten your wilderness skills.
Generally, you will return to camp at approximately 4:30. You will have some free time to write letters, visit with camp friends, do laundry, keep a journal, or play soccer or other sports. After dinner in the dining room, you will then be involved in a nighttime program at the camp that might relate to what you did during the day or a game of some sort. Lights out is typically around 10 pm-- we wake with the sun and go to bed with the sun.
Many will participate in an intensive weeklong backpack trip. Backpackers will hike in groups of 10 to 12 students and two to three adult leaders. On average, you will hike 5-8 miles per day with a 35 pound backpack that carries everything you will need for the duration of the trip. Each night you will be in a different campsite and will cook all of your meals and do all of the other tasks required for your group to be successful in the woods. You will learn wilderness skills and how to co-exist with bears and other wild animals. You will likely have at least one snowball fight and see things you’ve never seen before. You will sleep in a tent with one to three other students, some of whom may become lifelong friends. All of your equipment and food is provided by The Woods Project.
Fall and spring activities will help prepare you for your summer adventure. On those weekend trips, you will sample the activities and outdoor environment you will encounter at summer camps.