Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bunnies, goats and horses, oh, my

Mountain School likes kids to explore, discover and create


By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer


Mountain School campers cool off in the Big Wood River with one of the school’s miniature horses.
Photo courtesy of Mountain School

    Do your kids like exploring the great outdoors, making arts and crafts, or taking care of farm animals?
    Well, if they do, The Mountain School, a private, Waldorf school nestled in the woods just north of Bellevue, might just be their place for summer camp.
    This year, The Mountain School is offering six weeks of summer camp starting on July 8 and continuing until mid-August.
    Children in all camps are given opportunities to explore the site’s working farm, spend time with its bunnies, goats and miniature horses, walk its nature trails, and work in its organic gardens.
    The camps, which range in length from three to five days, are tailored for specific age groups for kids ages 4-12.  Each camp will include art projects and work in the school’s farm and garden along with a specific focus, such as circus arts, silk dying, woodworking or wilderness skills.  
    Younger campers, ages 4-6, will spend time with Waldorf-trained teachers enjoying games, songs, free play and flower crafting. Mornings will include farm time—collecting eggs, planting and harvesting vegetables—and afternoons will include outdoor exploration, hiking and time at the Big Wood River.
    In the school’s Art, Farm & Woodworking camps, children ages 6-8 will spend time drawing, painting, eating fresh food from the garden, caring for the animals, and learning woodworking basics as they build simple toys.
    Primitive Wilderness Camps are led by the school’s resident mountain-man, John DeLorenzo, who teaches wilderness and survival skills such as fishing, building shelters, primitive water filtration and animal tracking. Other activities may include long-range archery, finding the perfect swimming hole, spotting great-horned owls and other wildlife, primitive crafting and raft building.
    Camps will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The number of days per week depends on the child’s age.  Return transportation is available on a first-come, first-served basis in a 14-passenger van each day to McKercher Park in Hailey.
    Parents can get details and register their children online at www.themountainschool.info. For questions, email summercamp@themountainschool.info or call 788-3170.




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