YOUTH SESSIONS

In 2021, we fell in love with the smaller-session model put into place to address the pandemic. In light of our changing times, we have placed our energy and intentions towards creating a sustainable summer program that can run safely with increased quality, meaningfulness, and depth of education. We have continued the model of small sessions (8-12 campers), as we have found this to be a magical number in the group experience: large enough to create community, but small and intimate to create safety, connection, and optimum learning!


We are doing our best to continue to provide high-quality and safe learning and growing environments at affordable rates. However, please understand that the last two years have put a considerable amount of stress on our program. We will not be getting the federal aid that was awarded to us last year, and we, like many, will be struggling to recover from the challenges of the pandemic for some time to come. On a positive note, we believe in what we do! We believe in the importance of how we do it, and we will not let the challenge bring us down or compromise the quality of programming we provide to our community.

Refund Policy: Since it is impossible to plan and budget for programs so small with the possibility for last-minute dropouts of campers due to health reasons, we have had to instate a more strict refund policy in order to protect our investment in programming and the financial future of Buffalo Cove.

  • If there is a camper cancellation prior to 12 weeks before the start date of the enrolled session, we will refund 50% of the camper tuition.

  • We will not be able to offer refunds for cancellations within 12 weeks of the start date of the enrolled session.

  • If Buffalo Cove has to cancel the session for COVID-related issues, we will refund your money


We strongly encourage families to look into “trip insurance” if they would like to secure further refund possibilities.


Registration and Discounts: Please follow the registration instructions to secure your place. Make sure to indicate which session(s) you are signing up for on your paperwork.

  • 5% discount for any multi-session camper

  • 5% discount for any multi-camper family

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Session 1 – On the Homestead (Vines, Fibers, and Stitchery)

6 days: June 11 – 16, 2022

12 participant limit. Ages 12-16. $800

Have you ever wanted to spend some time immersed in the traditional skills of the Appalachian homestead? Join us in our Base Camp valley this session, and we will dive into traditional containers (different types of basketry, leatherwork, and barkcraft), hand sewing (patches and shirts), weaving, natural dyes, and more! Come join us for a spell, and leave full of knowledge and skill in the “old ways!”

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Session 2 – The Craft of the Hunter

6 days: June 20 – 25, 2022

12 participant limit. Ages 12-16. $800

This session takes place in our Base Camp and is focused on the skills,
techniques, strategies, and knowledge of making and using traditional hunting tools. We will use 
natural materials and simple handcrafting to make ancient human tools for the hunt: atlatls, bows, blowguns, and throwing sticks. You can expect to gain in-depth knowledge (through lessons and practice) in tool use and creation, blending and flowing in the natural world, animal tracking, and the respectful “hunter's mind and heart."

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Session 3 – Woodland Immersion Experience (Life in the Leaves)

6 days: June 29 – July 4, 2022

8 participant limit. Ages 12-15. $800

This session is currently full. Please follow the steps to register for the waitlist here. If a spot in this session does not become available, your registration deposit will be refunded in full.

This session is inspired by Walt Whitman’s words, “now I see the secret of the making of the best persons. It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” This session will begin, and end, in the forest. We will make our home with what we carry in on our backs. The goal is to live simply in a basic base camp in the woods, making accouterments from the natural world, exploring our beautiful surroundings, fishing in the streams, and breathing the fresh air. We will have adventures to find “cashed” supplies that will help keep us sustained, but we will have to work together as a team!

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Session 4 – Explorers Camp (younger)

5 days. July 8 – 12, 2022

12 participant limit. Ages 8-10. $700

This session and its waitlist are currently full.

During Explorers Camp, we build a foundation for a life of self-awareness, nature appreciation, and outdoor adventure. We focus on building community and the wonderful aspects of friendships
and fun! A solid skill set is introduced around the foundational earth skills: Fire, Fiber, and Flint (the use of sharp edges). We also dive into “earthy” arts and crafts, traditional archery, woodworking, and lots more! This session will take place in our Buffalo Cove Base Camp.

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Session 5 – Outdoor Adventure Camp

8 days. July 16-23, 2022

8 participant limit per team. Ages 14-17. $1,100

Spend your days as part of a roving team, exploring the wonders of the natural world! After spending 2 days in Base Camp preparing, we'll head out on our adventures. Pick either 5 days hiking through the mountains with backpacks -OR- 5 days canoeing down our mountain rivers. You will learn the skills of backcountry travel and exploration--living by what we carry on our backs and in our boats! Make your home under your tarp or under the stars, cook your meals over a fire, learn to gather safe drinking water from your surroundings, practice the skills to safely and meaningfully adventure in the backcountry, work as a team, and fluidly move through each day afield! You will need to pick either Backpacking or Canoeing for this session--there are 8 slots available on each team.

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Session 6 – Explorers Camp (older)

6 Days. July 27 – Aug 1, 2022

12 Participant limit. Ages 10-12. $800

This session is currently full. Please follow the steps to register for the waitlist here. If a spot in this session does not become available, your registration deposit will be refunded in full.

During Explorers Camp, we build a foundation for a life of self-awareness, nature appreciation, and outdoor adventure. We focus on building community and the wonderful aspects of friendships and fun! A solid skill set is introduced around the foundational earth skills: Fire, Fiber, and Flint (the use of sharp edges). We also dive into “earthy” arts and crafts, traditional archery, woodworking, and lots more! This session will take place in our Buffalo Cove Base Camp.