YOUTH SESSIONS

In light of our changing times and COVID-19's effect on our programming at Buffalo Cove, we have placed our energy and intentions towards creating a summer program that we can run safely within the limitations that the virus might place upon us in the coming months.  You’ll notice that we have designed all sessions to be small (8-10 campers) so that we can always provide adequate physical distancing and limited exposure within our program pod.  We will also be asking families to take a “community minded” approach as you prepare for your camp session and do not place your camper in any high exposure situations prior to arriving at camp (there will be more details sent upon registration outlining our precautions and our requests to families to keep our community as safe as possible). Our hope is that we will be able to run the sessions even if there are statewide restrictions in place.

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

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

  • We will not be able to offer refunds on the sessions if there is a camper cancellation within 12 weeks of the session’s start date.

  • If Buffalo Cove has to cancel the session for COVID-19-related issues, we will refund your money.

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

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Session 1: On the Homestead

Session Details

- June 5 – 10, 2021

- 6-day session

- 10-person limit

- Ages 12-16

- Tuition: $750

 

Session Description

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 woodworking, basketry, medicine making, homestead animals, cooking over the fire, leathercraft, wildcrafting, gardening, traditional archery, and much more!  Come join us for spell and leave full of knowledge and skill in the “old ways!”

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

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.

Session 2: Wilderness Survival & Earth Skills

Session Details

- June 13 – 19, 2021

- 7-day session

- 10-person limit

- Ages 12-16

- Tuition: $800

 

Session Description

This session takes place in our Base Camp focused on the skills, techniques, strategies and knowledge of how to survive in the natural world.  We will learn both modern survival methods as well as dive into some ancient skills of living with the earth.  You can expect to gain in depth knowledge (through lessons and practice) in firecraft, sheltercraft, bladecraft, wild foods, survival water, and much more!  We will work up to a practical immersion experience to put our skills to the test!

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

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.

Session 3: Woodland Immersion Experience

Session Details

- June 25 – 30, 2021

- 6-day session

- 8-person limit

- Ages 12-15

- Tuition: $750

 

Session Description

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 national forest.  We will make our home with what we carry in on our backs.  The goal is to just live simply in a basic base camp in the woods, making accoutrements from the natural world, exploring our beautiful surroundings, fishing in the streams, 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!

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

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.

Session 4: Outdoor Adventure Camp

Session Details

- July 5 – 12, 2021

- 8-day session

- 8-person limit

- Ages 14-17

- Tuition: $1,000

 

Session Description

Spend your days as part of a roving team, exploring the wonders of the natural world through 3 days of backpacking through the mountains and 3 days on the river in canoes.  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 fire; learn to gather safe drinking water from your surroundings; learn the skills to safely and meaningfully adventure in the backcountry; work as a team and fluidly move through each day afield!

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

Session 5: Explorers Camp (younger)

Session Details

- July 16 – 21, 2021

- 6-day session

- 10-person limit

- Ages 8-10

- Tuition: $700

 

Session Description

 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, wood working, and lots more!  This session will take place in our Buffalo Cove Base Camp. 

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

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.

Session 6: Explorers Camp (older)

Session Details

- July 25 – 30, 2021

- 6-day session

- 10-person limit

- Ages 10-12

- Tuition: $700

 

Session Description

 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, wood working, and lots more!  This session will take place in our Buffalo Cove Base Camp. 

Registration Information

Register for Youth Sessions here.

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.