My daughter Attie has attended Bonna Wieler's "Touching the Earth and Arts Camp" at her property in Strafford for the last five or six years. She has always LOVED these camps. Bonna's land has a wonderful mix of different environments, and she arranges a wide variety of creative and fun activities involving art, nature, and ecology, and making good use of the land. Bonna is also a wonderful trip leader and encourages every child to have fun, test their limits, and do their best, as well as respecting the natural environment. We are so glad we found Bonna and her wonderful summer camp adventures.
Touching the Earth & Arts Camp: 2013
Our unique approach to creating memorable summer camp experiences for children and adults focuses on finding our place in the natural environment and developing our relationship with our environment through the creation of art using natural materials. For more than 16 years, we have worked with children and families in the Upper Valley to create summer camp experieces that last a lifetime.
Session 1: June 24-28 (Ages 9-14)
Based at our home campsite in S. Strafford, VT, this camp focuses on fiber arts and other natural arts, outdoor exploration, and gentle waters kayaking adventures with instruction. Campers may participate in one overnight primitive camping/kayaking trip on the Connecticut River. There is a possibility, depending on the preferences of the children who sign up, that we may go to Groton State Park for one or two nights. Kayaking gear and group camping gear is provided, along with individual camping gear as needed. Transportation can be arranged from the Hanover area to camp in S. Strafford.
Session 2: August 12-16 (Ages 13-20, Leadership Training Session)
Natural Arts and 5-day camping kayak trip along the Maine Island Trail, ME. Visit the trail guide and let us know which portion you would like to paddle. Working with Outdoor Leadership Trainers of America, we will hone our leadership skills while learning ocean travel skills and camping on the Maine Island Trail. Prior paddling experience required.
Session 3: August 19-23 (Ages 7-14)
Kayaking instruction, outdoors skills, and natural arts camp with a 3-day trip to Groton State Forest, Kettle Pond Campground, VT.
Our goals are to provide a small group outdoor experience, and: respect the environment, respect each other, increase environmental awareness explore our surroundings, explore natural arts enhance our awareness of the connections between ourselves and our environment. Camps will focus on personal growth and responsibility through adventure, outdoor skills, Leave No Trace ethics, team building activities, hiking and map-reading, kayaking. Please download our day camp gear and overnight camp gear guides so that you bring everything you need to camp.
9 am to 4:30 pm, with some overnights
- $600 with overnight(s), with $25 pre-registration fee
- $500 day camp, with $25 pre-registration fee
- Some camperships are available
- Transportation can be arranged from Hanover
- Carpooling is encouraged
Registration and Waiver:
To register, please download our registration form and release of liability waiver, complete the forms and return them to:
Touching the Earth and Arts
attn: Bonna Wieler
107 Miller Pond Rd
Thetford Center, VT 05075