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Twin Eagles Wilderness School
Late summer is upon us! Blackberries and rose hips are almost ripe, the landscape is very dry, squirrels are already starting to gather up cones, and everyone seems to be busy getting in one last summer gathering or camping trip before autumn sets in. Here at Twin Eagles, we're celebrating a phenomenal summer camp season and getting ready for all of our school year programs coming soon. Take a look!
eNewsletter - August 2018
- Autumn Youth Programs - Registration Now Open!!
- Summer Camps 2018 Review
Autumn Youth Programs
Twin Eagles Monthly Youth Programs
For kids ages 6 - 13 · Spokane, WA
One Sunday per month · October - May
We are pleased to be bringing traditional ecological knowledge to the Spokane community on a monthly basis! Kids have a rare opportunity to slow down to nature's pace and experience themselves in a community of passionate nature based learners through activities such as fire by friction, local species interrelations, songs, animal tracking, group challenges, wild edible & medicinal plants, natural shelter building, storytelling, sensory awareness and much, much more. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Monthly Youth Programs!
Weekend Teen Wilderness Programs
Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous
For teens ages 13 - 18 · Locations throughout the Inland Northwest
Weekends run Friday evening through Sunday Afternoon
Autumn, Winter, & Spring Sessions
Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous offers awesome experiences to teens throughout the Inland Northwest and beyond to sink deep roots to the earth through wilderness skills while soaring high through full-on group adventures. Teens learn leadership by working together as well as applying their sensitivities through ancient earth based skills and crafts. This is a powerful opportunity for teens to encounter the wild around them. As well, teens have a chance to touch their own inner wildness by giving unique voice to their inner selves amongst a community of peers and mentors.
Autumn Session: The Way of The Scout
Winter Session: TBA
Spring Session: TBA
Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Seasonal Teen Rendezvous!
Teen Mentor-In-Training Program
For teens ages 13 and older · Sandpoint, ID & Spokane, WA
Twin Eagles Mentor in Training (MIT) program is an incredible opportunity for teens to step forward into becoming authentic nature based mentors. Twin Eagles MITs receive guidance from Twin Eagles' seasoned adult staff to move into a mentoring role with Twin Eagles Youth Program students, thereby experiencing themselves as powerful role models and leaders. It is a rare opportunity to be mentored into their greater potential as they experience the joy of mentoring others into a deep relationship with the earth. The MIT Program runs alongside all of our Youth Programs, so teens are able to select which one(s) they wish to participate in. Click here to learn more about Twin Eagles Mentor in Training Program!
Summer Camps 2018 Review
Twin Eagles Wilderness Adventure Summer Camps were a huge success this year! It is hard to believe that two and half months have gone by so quick, yet filled with so many timeless moments of connection. In the end, we had 251 kids participate in 12 week long summer camps, supported by 25 staff! Wow!!
Nature Adventurers Day Camps were some of my favorite camps of the summer. We ran one of these day camps in both Sandpoint and Spokane each, and they were chock full of beautiful moments of nature connection. Think catching crayfish in the river, climbing trees, spotting hidden nests of quail, plovers, flycatchers, & robins, finding hidden fawns in the tall grasses, playing TONS of fun nature games (that secretly connect the kids even deeper to the land), and making real connections with plants and trees through natural crafts, foods, and medicines, just to name a few. This journey of exploring natural mysteries is in many ways the heart of what we do here at Twin Eagles, as we guide the kids (and ourselves) to experience the truth that we are nature.
Wilderness Survival Day Camps are always our most popular camps. This summer we ran five of these camps, two each in Sandpoint & Spokane, plus one is Coeur d'Alene! We just have SO MUCH Fun at these camps! I mean, who wouldn't love building warm and dry natural shelters, making fire by friction by flint and steel (yes, it really does work!), harvesting clean drinking water from wild places, digging & eating wild roots, berries, leaves, flowers, & bugs, as well as learning primitive hunting methods like rabbit sticks and simple traps and snares. These camps put us in direct relationship with our basic needs as humans, and are thus incredibly empowering and liberating.
Nature Ninjas Day Camps were a total blast! We ran three of these camps, as kids were covered from head to toe in mud, charcoal, and clay for just about the entire time. We spent lost of time learning the art of natural camouflage, then playing long games of capture the flag as ninjas. We taught the kids responsible and safe stick fighting, and brought out the old teachings that ninjas were actually peacemakers first, protectors of the tribe. Real skills, real fun, real life teachings.
Overnight Camps were, once again, some of our favorite weeks of the entire year. We ran two of them, one for 10-13 year olds and another for teens. Talk about deep connection. When we all come together and actually live together full time for a week or more, something big shifts. We embrace village life, and thus embrace an embodied interconnected way of living. As far as activities, imagine all of the above, plus kids that are more capable, and NIGHTTIME! Campfire stalks, village craft nights making atl atls, cedar bark baskets, woven grass sandals, obsidian arrowheads, stone hammers, & coal burned spoons, gratitude circles, crazy fun games, tons of natural mysteries, timeless sit spots, sleeping in primitive shelters, morning runs, lots of animal encounters, and, for the teens, all night scout games that brought them into profound sensory awareness and aliveness with with the land and themselves. We reconnected with what it means to be fully human, and there were many tears when it was over, as it seemed that no one at all wanted to leave.
Our Amazing Staff were the engine behind all of these wildly successful camps! And I really do mean amazing! We had five teen Mentors-In-Training support our camps this year, including Oscar Angell, Selah Keller, Razi Schmidt, Anthony Loutensock, and Cooper Luce. These teens went above and beyond the call of duty, as they stepped into genuine responsibility as they worked to inspire campers and bring big fun. Twelve adult assistant instructors joined us this summer, including Ann Freeman, Anna Jennings, Bre Jeffery, Dave "Norseman" Williams, Gabe Crawford, Heather Ross, Jake Riley, Jason Smith, Josh Nordwick, Maya West, Rebecca Canwright, and Roxanne Rosel. These folks brought their big love for nature and people to our camps, providing huge support as they deepened in their capacity to mentor youth. Our lead instructors were the strongbacks of our summer camp culture. Jesse Hoag, Jessica Steinruek, and Andrew Twele each gave of themselves tremendously as they led group after group of kids hungry to connect with nature on a true journey of the heart and soul. Our overnight camps were blessed with delicious food prepared by Matt Wilson and Sophie DePauw. These two served amazing food as they tended the heart of our camp, our kitchen. Lastly, we'd like to honor Joshua Walters again who joined Jeannine and I (Tim) as a camp director this summer. Indeed, leadership is one of the quickest paths to self discovery. We are deeply grateful to all of these wonderful human beings who made our summer camps possible, and hope that you'll join us in appreciating them!
I'll wrap this section up by sharing a few messages we received from parents describing their kid's experience with us this summer:
"This was the single most impactful camp my son has ever been to. He not only learned meaningful wilderness survival skills but he also grew in his connection to nature, his peers and himself. He really connected with the staff and I was grateful that they modeled the character traits we are always trying to instill in our children. I highly recommend this camp!" -Jen Landis
"Our daughter had a great time at this camp! She had lots of great experiences learning about edible plants, shelter making, and making fire. She is excited to return next year!" -Julie Meltzer
"My 10 year old son just finished his first overnight camp. This program is excellent. The combination of skills, team work and mentoring is not usually found in kids programs. We are so grateful that are children are able to participate. Highly recommended." -Stephany Spencer
"My 8 year old daughter had an amazing week at the Wilderness Survival Day camp in CDA. The instructors were very knowledgeable, professional, and kind. The program is very well run and my daughter will be returning next year!" -Magen Schmidt
"My son has been to so many camps and this one was his favorite. He is still carving with his knife, talking about his camp friends and researching how to get the supplies he needs to build a fire. I will be sending him back!" -Ashlee Martinez
"I love Twin Eagles! So good for the kids. They have tons of fun and develop a deep comfort and playfulness in the natural world." -Shelby Rognstad
co-Director & co-Founder
Twin Eagles Wilderness School
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