Forest Scouts
 Overnight Program –
4 days, 3 nights
Get to know the forest in a whole new way as we wander the hills and valleys learning how to set up camp and tend to the basics of an overnight foray. Students will become familiar with many skills valuable for camping, hiking and survival while also enjoying time for swimming, playing and making tools of the trade.

The pace and level of instruction is matched to that of the group appetite for learning.

Ages: 9-11 Cost: $600

Day Program 9-3 M-F

For our young explorers we offer a one-week day camp running from 9:00am to 3:00pm. During the day we will play in the creek catching crayfish and building dams, ramble through the fields in search of berries and engage in many woodland projects, games and adventures. Here we strive to kindle a sense of wonder and appreciation for the land and all its inhabitants, including one another.

Ages: 6-9 Cost: $250

Basic Course
Overnight Program – 20 days, 19 nights

During this course, staff and students will live in a primitive camp with no running water or electricity. Tents will help to keep us warm and dry when we are not staying in student-made primitive shelters. We will learn to make fires with bow and drill which will aid us in making eating utensils as well as providing warmth while we listen to stories and work on projects around the fire.

The days are filled with lessons on numerous skills required for wilderness living; collecting and purifying water, identifying wild edible plants, learning camouflage, stalking and hunting techniques, making fire, constructing shelter and much more. But, fun is also an important element! Each morning and afternoon we will spend time at the pond or stream, working on the balance beam or just swimming around.

As the program progresses and our skills increase, we will look at the forest by night, listening for coyotes and owls as we move through the moonlit landscape. We may even stalk deer as they graze in the fields under the cover of night. Then, the three weeks of learning culminate in a twenty-four hour solo, marking the beginning of the transition to adulthood.

Ages: 11-15 Cost: $1750

Way of the Knife
Overnight Program – 5 days, 6 nights
Make your own special knife to use and bring home!! Carve a burl to fit your hand and form a sheath to fit your belt. We take these for granted, but how would you make one? It takes a little bit of skill and knowledge, but anyone can learn this skill. Made with your own hands, the creation of this diverse tool and understanding its myriad of uses is a powerful experience to bring home. Learn your knife’s many uses and capacities in and around base camp, and to put these practices into use you will discover how to build a bush camp. On top of it all, we will have a fun sleep out at the new camp! Come join us for an adventurous week of exploring the woods and streams, fishing with hand-made spears, building fires, and so much more.

Ages: 10-13 Cost: $650

 Overnight Program – 2 weeks
This two week advanced program is open to graduates of the Basic Course (or a comparable program) who have practiced their skills at home and demonstrated a high level of proficiency. This course will be physically demanding and will require complete commitment to learning the lessons, meeting the challenges, and drawing on one’s inner strength in order to succeed in attaining personal goals. New and old skills will be perfected and put into realistic, survival contexts to help us understand their place in true wilderness living. A strong emphasis is put on skills of invisibility, moving at night and stalking. Due to the specialized nature of this program it is run every other season.

Ages 14-18 Cost: $1,300

Wild Craft
Overnight Program – 2 weeks
This course is a two week advanced skills intensive open to graduates of the Basic course. Making bows, projectile points, arrows, primitive pottery, traps, stone lamps, camp amenities and various shelters are among some of the skills covered in this program. Hide tanning and advanced fire making techniques are included as well. Participants will also spend time sign tracking, stalking and occasionally venturing out at night.
Ages: 14-16 Cost: $1350

Native Trek (family friendly)
Overnight Program
This is a two-week expeditionary program covering on the trail how-to material, as well as the logistics of planning and implementing an overland trek. Packing for meals and preparing trail tucker that not only meets the needs of the body, but pleases the palate are covered as well.

Parent and child, age 12 and up

Camping Through the Seasons (family friendly)
Sept. Dec. April. July
Join us for four weekend camping trips, one in each season as we explore the skills of the naturalist. Through tracking, stalking, wildlife observation and plant work we will gain insight into the world around us and the creatures with which we share it.

Parent and child, age 6 and up

Parent-Child Ramble (family friendly)
E-mail for details
Parents, bring a youngster on our five-day low mileage ramble through the mountains. Camp games, stories, classes and personal time fill the days along with our exploratory rambling. Classes geared towards our younger participants take place while offerings tailored to the adults are underway.

Parent and child, age 6 and up

The Quest (adult)
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The vision quest is an honor to undertake and a valuable experience to all who complete it. This program takes place in two parts, an initial three-day orientation campout followed one year later by a seven-day stay during which you will make final preparations and seek your vision. The last day is spent journaling, reflecting and sharing as you ready yourself to return to modern life.

Additional Information

  • The maximum enrollment per session is sixteen.
  • We require a $200 nonrefundable deposit with your application.
  • If you have any questions please contact us.

Please make checks payable to Woodland Ways and mail or submit with application to:

Woodland Ways
PO Box 228
Philmont NY 12565

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