Cascadia Summer Camp

  • Vancouver, WA
  • Camp Type: Day
  • Age of Campers: 5 - 13
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 1994

This is a basic camp listing: no contact information is provided.

Week 1 June 18-22: Introduction to Montessori by Denise Campbell

Students will be introduced to various elements of the Lower Elementary classroom through work with familiar materials as well as a variety of fun, small group activities. This class is appropriate for any lower elementary student who will be new to Cascadia in the fall. 
Ages 5-8 Cost $175_____________________________________________________

Week 1 & 2 June 18-29 (a Two-Week Camp): Art in Entomology by Jean Gray & Darla Smith
A week of Art and Nature. "If you like bugs, we will have lots of fun learning everything you ever wanted to know about bugs." Activities will include making ceramic bugs and bug puppets; lots of drawing, painting and also sculpting with clay; reading and writing stories about bugs as well as bug drama production. For more information, see flyer in school foyer. 

Ages 6 and up__Cost $225/week___________________________________________________

Week 3 July 2-6: No Summer Camp This Week Due to Holiday

Week 4 July 9-13: Hiking and Adventure Camp by Roland Emetaz and Lee Huntington

This exciting outdoor adventure camp features hiking and wading and exploring a different aspect of our natural environment each day. Our students will be carrying their lunch and hiking / wading gear in a daypack as we head out to trailheads that can be accessed within a 45-minute drive of Cascadia. On the trails, we will be using field guides to identify flora and fauna that is encountered, learning about the unique natural history and cultural background of the areas that are visited, and acclimating ourselves to a comfortable walking pace. On warm days, hikes will be planned to take advantage of wading opportunities in the many creeks and streams that are encountered for cooling off and identifying macro-invertebrates and other living and non-living natural features (insects, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, rocks and minerals, wildflowers, trees, and much more). This class also features an afternoon of orienteering (understanding topographical maps, reading a compass, and plotting a course between 2 points).

All hikes are conducted with attention to the physical capabilities of the attendees, and they average about 3 miles in duration each day (with frequent stops to discuss natural history sightings, take water breaks, and explore other unique trailside features). We will be traveling in 2 passenger vans each day. Some of the planned trailheads for this program include:
-Forest Park (Wildwood Trail), Wakeena Falls Trail (Columbia Gorge), Oxbow Park (Sandy River), Upper Latourell Falls (Columbia Gorge), Hoyt Arboretum (Forest Park),Ape Cave (Mt St Helens, South), Sauvie Island (Wildlife Refuge), Herman Creek (Columbia Gorge), Bonneville Dam (from Oregon and Washington), Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and the Longhouse, Rooster Rock and nearby trailheads (Columbia Gorge), Accessible sections of the Pacific Coast Trail (near Bonneville Dam), Horsetail and Ponytail Falls loop trail (Columbia Gorge), Eagle Creek Trailheads and stream (Columbia Gorge)
**Additional destinations are also planned

Week 5 July 16-20: Fabric Crafts and Nature Camp by Amy Lilly and Denise Campbell
This week with Denise and Amy will include many craft projects. We will tye dye T shirts or pillowcases, sew a wind sock and other fun craft projects. We will also be spending a lot of time outdoors and in the green space.
Ages 6 and up_____Cost $200_____________________________________________________


Week 6 July 23-27: Creative Arts/History & Outdoor Sports by Tami O'Kinsella & Amy Lilly

For this summer camp, we will use our mornings to study the history of written language through art activities. We will begin with picture writing by mimicking some cave paintings similar to those found in Lascaux caves in southwestern France, the Altamira cave in Spain, and, more locally, Native American picture writing. We will move on to clay, similar to the Cuneiform writing developed by the Sumerians in southern Mesopotamia from 3000 to 4000 BC and later make paper while learning about Egyptian papyrus. This will get us into Hieroglyphics and opportunities to mimic some of this form of picture writing, from which it is thought that the Phoenicians developed a written language that was the basis for our alphabet today. We may have time to do some Greek and Roman letter writing with calligraphy as well. 
(FYI - The idea for this class was inspired by one of the classic Montessori "Great Lessons" entitled "The Story of Written Language.") In the afternoon, we will play outdoor cooperative and competitive games with the children, such as Musical Hoops, Popcorn, Baseball and Water Balloon Relays.

Ages 6 and up____Cost $200_______________________________________

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