Join Fianna for a week of wild games, skills, stories and challenges. Our fun-packed summer camps will offer a different adventure every day, supporting curiosity and connection, guiding young people into a sense of belonging, understanding and empathy with the forests and beaches of our home.
Each camp is a week long, running from from Mon-Fri.
Campers will spend some of the day in a multi-age group, and some of it in smaller groups (ages 4-6, and ages 7-12). They will learn (without even realizing!) about responsible harvesting, medicinal and food plants, natural materials, wild crafting, navigation, tracking and stalking, bird language, ancestral heritage and local ecology. With strong core routines of play, gratitude, circle sharing, singing, and storytelling, we cultivate a nature-connected, community-minded group culture, grounded in relationships of respect and reciprocity.
Our programs are based on the 8 Shields “Coyote Mentoring” approach which was developed by Jon Young at the Wilderness Awareness School. This approach formalized the child-led, experiential schooling methods apparent in nature-based cultures. The 8 Shields model focuses on connection: cultivating children’s curiosity and innate wisdom, guiding them into personal and collective learning experiences that reveal their gifts and support their development towards healthy maturity and wholeness.
9am-3pm (ages 8-12)
9am-1pm (ages 4-7)
$185 (4-6 yr olds)
$275 (7-12 yr olds)
This program is run in collaboration with the Gabriola Rec Society. Registration will open soon.