Farm & Nature Camp

for ages 7 - 10 in Makawao
Camp Application

2024 Camp Dates

Week 1:  June 11 – 14

Week 2:  June 18 – 21

Week 3:  June 25 – 28

Week 4:  July 2 – 5  (yes camp on July 4!)

Week 5:  July 9 – 12

Week 6:  July 16 – 19 (FULL-join waitlist)

Week 7:  July 23 – 26

Week 8:  July 30-Aug 2

2024 Camp Pricing

1 Week:  $320

2 – 4 Weeks:  $300/week

5 – 7 Weeks:  $280/week

All 8 Weeks:  $260/week

 A non-refundable deposit of $100/week/camper is required to reserve your space.

Sign up for one week or all eight!  Either way, the kids will have a blast, learn a lot about themselves, and connect more deeply to the natural world too!

Nature Connection

Our program is designed to weave the skills of nature connection into fun daily activities such as scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, craft projects, gentle gardening, experiential learning games, exercises to engage our senses, direct observation, on-farm hikes, mindfulness moments, water play, stories, and music.

The outdoor “classroom” provides countless teachable moments of wonder and connection in the natural word.  Each week centers on a different nature-based theme.

Camp days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday  from 9 am – 3 pm. 

This year, camp serves ages 7 through 10.  We have at least one counselor per nine campers.

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2024 Camp Guides

Lisa Garrett

Lisa Garrett

Lead Counselor Weeks 1-7

Assistant lower elementary teacher at MOMI, mother, Host of Manaʻo radio show Sound is  Movement, sound healing practitioner, student of Ayurveda, as well as La ʻau Lapa ʻau, and ʻŌlelo Hawaii.

Ali Ruttenberg

Ali Ruttenberg

Assistant Counselor Weeks 1-7 & Week 8 Lead Counselor

Taught 4th grade in New Orleans, and is a substitute teacher on Maui these days. Loves to sing, play ukulele, grow food, speak Spanish, and share mindfulness practices with kids.

Lili Watkins

Lili Watkins

Assistant Counselor Weeks 1-8

Former teacher’s assistant for 2nd and 3rd grade, current photography student at VCU; loves kayaking, sports, and will be with us while  visiting family on Maui for the summer.

Peep Shippen

Peep Shippen

Assistant Counselor Week 8 and Sub

Dancer, choreographer, yogini, nanny, seamstress, and dance camp ounselor who loves art and play, and is stoked to hang with kids on the farm this summer.

Danielle Ryan

Danielle Ryan

Camp Director

Long-time Maui resident,  Ayurvedic counselor, and mom. N.O.L.S. trained outdoor educator with over two decades’ experience creating and leading nature-based camps and adventures.

Camp Info

We are an OUTDOOR camp, so please have children arrive well fed, sun-protected, and ready to play outside.  Two dedicated shade structures will serve as our camp’s home base, and we will play and explore in all types of weather.

REFUNDS & CANCELATIONS

A $100 deposit is required to hold each camper’s space PER WEEK of camp.  This deposit is non-refundable.  The remaining balance is due two weeks before your camper’s first day of camp.  In situations where we feel a child has social or emotional needs beyond our capacity, we may need to withdraw the child from camp, and in these rare cases a partial refund may be issued at our discretion for the remainder of the program.

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

Our physical (not mailing) address is 641 Olinda Road.  Please honor the group by arriving and picking up on time. Waiting for late arrivals and/or departures limits the mobility of the group, and affects everyone.  Camp begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm. We do not offer extended hours. Late pickups are subject to a fee of $10 for every 10 minutes past pickup time.   Drive slowly in the parking lot, and park mindfully so that there is plenty of space for other cars.  The camp director will sign your child(ren) in at drop off each morning, and a counselor will sign them out each afternoon at pick up. Place their gear in their designated spot on the base camp shelf, and make sure they know/recognize which bag(s) are theirs. We are often off adventuring on the farm, and are not always at base camp, so coordinating arrivals and departures at alternate times can be tricky. Please inform counselors ahead of time if you ever plan to drop off late or pick up your child early. If not, you may be on a wild goose chase to find them among the 15-acres!

FOOD & WATER  

Please pack a nutritious lunch for your child each day along with two snacks.  Also send your child with a full water bottle each morning. Water will be available for refills as needed, but having it full to start each day saves us time and energy with the group. We do not have refrigeration, so keep that in mind when packing lunches and snacks.  Also please don’t send drinks other than water with campers.

SUN & RAIN The children will be outdoors a good portion of each day, so please dress them appropriately, and apply sunscreen BEFORE camp. Counselors can assist in reapplying (especially for full day campers) but only if you send the sunscreen of your choice labeled with your child’s first name. We will also be wearing hats while in the sun, so be sure to send one, and prep your camper for hat wearing!  We hope at some point to have some rain, so even if you don’t think it will rain, send a raincoat for your child as we will venture out in all weather.

ILLNESS   If children show any signs of illness, please keep them at home (persistent cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow or green snot, fever). If children present any of these symptoms during camp, you will be contacted to pick them up immediately. We do not have the capacity to care for sick children at camp.

SAFETY To maintain a safe environment, children must be able to follow safety rules that include but are not limited to the following: (1) Stay with the group, (2) Listen to directions, (3) Play only within designated camp areas, and (4) Use kind words and gentle hands with others
.  Our lead counselors are currently certified in CPR and First Aid, they have been screened with extensive background checks through SterlingNOW, and have your children’s safety as their first priority. If children are repeatedly unable to adhere to the safety agreements, you will be contacted to pick up your child.

WHAT TO BRING & WHAT NOT Once registered, you will receive a packing list.  Please make sure campers have all items on the list with them each day.  Don’t send your child to camp with toys, devices, or other treasures. We cannot be responsible for keeping these valuables clean or safe in our outdoor setting. Mahalo!

Questions?

Text Danielle at (808) 280-0201 or

email danielle at samanawellness.com

 

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