Tender Tracks Summer Nature Adventure Camps has been in business since the summer of 1996. It is a camp designed for children ages six and up. For one week the children are given the opportunity, through play and adventure, to explore, taste, touch, smell, hear, see and sense the many wonders of our natural world.
leading through listening
Each group is unique and has their own nature that the Guide reads. Through this reading is where a lot of the focus for the camp comes from. The Guide has a “bag of tricks” filled with nature games, resources and possibilities to pull out at any time and, at the same time, the camp is led by the children’s interests. By exploring, playing, adventuring and being together in nature in this way, deeper connections to the natural world are experienced. Some concrete descriptions of what might take place:
- Blind fold walks and blind fold awareness games. (Can you see what game is taking place in the photo?)
- Working with knives to make walking sticks, bows and arrows and tools. (Knives provided and safety techniques taught.)
- Camouflage games to enhance blending in with the environment, connection to the wild life and touching the earth at a deeper level
- Walking barefoot to enhance sensitivity to the natural world
- Fire making skills: Can you make a one-match fire?
- Finding and eating wild edibles
- Tracking animals
- Silent walks
- Observation games
- Creek walking
- First aid kits made
These are just a very, very few of the things that can take place.
creating camp together
The children always choose jobs to make the camp a more unified experience and as a way of taking ownership of their adventure/experience. Some of the jobs are:
- Guardians of the People: They make sure they know where the group is at all times and decide which direction the group should adventure for that day.
- Guardians of Safety: They carry first aid kits and are like the First Responder to any of the injuries that might take place.
- Guardians of Direction: They learn ways to keep track of where we are and how to get back to our original location.
- Guardians of the Earth: They carry an Earth Bag which all trash found is put into. All students gather trash but the Guardians carry the bag and are the most mindful of our Earth.
Many local and natural areas will be visited and explored. We are deeply blessed by the rich and alive natural places to roam in this bay area. For a specific list of places feel free to call for more info.
How Camps Are Arranged
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THIS: Camps are arranged by an organizing parent(s) who get 8 children together of similar age or group of friends or relatives. Sibling camps can also be created as well as overnights. These camps are a co-creation between parents, staff as a way of creating aspects of being a working “village.”
DATES FOR SUMMER CAMPS 2019:
Tender Tracks is taking a Sabbatical this Summer and will be returning in 2020.
Please contact us next January 2020 for the Summer Camp schedule.
You will all be missed this summer and we wish you the very best of adventures upon this Earth that you can have!!
If you are interested in organizing a camp please, contact Wendolyn Bird at around January 1st. These camps fill quickly.
Once the Organizer signs up for a camp slot there is a $150 non-refundable deposit to hold your space. This deposit however is absorbed into the organizer’s tuition if the camp becomes a go.
Within two weeks the full payment via pay pal must paid and the full roster must be sent to:
60 Pastori Avenue #35
Fairfax, CA 94930
Roster includes: Parents’ names, Childrens’ name, Date of Birth, email, phone number and DATE OF CAMP
Monies paid via Pay Pal friends and family: Wendolyn Bird.
If this does not take place the camp slot is forfeited.
Please note: Once a participant signs up THERE ARE NO REFUNDS unless a suitable replacement is found. The “suitable replacement” is to be determined predominantly by the Camp Organizer. The camp must have 8 children to make a camp a go and/or the full camp tuition. The Camp Organizer receives $45 off of their investment.
Day Camp Tuition and Times:
9am to 2pm Monday through Friday
9 am 1st day to – 5 pm last day
$675 per camper
Drop off and Pick up: Back side of Peri Park Fairfax. Specialty camps TBD.
Re-Cap & Final Registration Steps
- $150 due at time of sign up
- $45 off of tuition to the Camp Organizer
- Roster and full tuition due two weeks after confirmation of $150 sent. Full tuition MUST be paid in one amount.
- Parents pay the organizer their tuition at time of sign up.
- Camp forms include: Emergency forms, Medical Release Forms, Liability Waiver. All three forms can be found on the Required Forms page. Please disregard anything else on this page for registration.
- Please note: All camp forms are due no later than
- A photo is required on all emergency forms + camp date written at the top of the Emergency Form.
- There are no refunds unless a suitable replacement is found. Replacement is found by the Camp Organizer.
Please note: if forms are not received by May 1, late fees will begin to accrue at $25/week. If not received within one month of May 1, the camp slot will be forfeited along with the tuition.
(Camps that are filled can sometimes become available, so if you wish to be on a waiting list to organize a camp, please fill out the wait list form and/or email )
Please call Director Wendolyn Bird @ 415-419-5274 for further details, if you are interested in this type of camp for your child.
All Monies sent via Pay Pal friends and family: Wendolyn Bird