Day Camps — Summer 2019
Read on to find our what we’re about, our curriculum, itinerary, 2019 summer day camp schedule and fees, and our camp gear list. Please contact us today if you have any more questions!
Into the Woods Day Camps are all about getting your child to wander through nature as a naturalist, observing the world around them and recording their findings. Our group of 20 kids will be divided into two groups of ten based on age, but while both groups report to their own trail guides, both groups hike together through the day. Our camps are exclusively outdoors-we do not have a facility we meet at; instead, camp takes place in one of the natural parks in and around Anchorage.
Each session will take place in one of two locations: the Abbott Community Park trail head to the Hillside trail system, or Kincaid Park. Parents will drop campers off in the morning at the pavilion by the trail head at Abbott Loop Community Park, where they will pick them up at the end of the day; likewise, at Kincaid, parents will drop their children off and pick them up at the pavilion next to the playground behind the main chalet.
For example, if your child’s session is the Hillside trail system, we will meet in the morning at Hillside Trail Head on Hillside dr. We will start there, and hike toward the BLM tract trail head on Elmore Road, where you will come for pick-up between 5 and 6 pm.
Below is a general list of what comprised a typical day in our day camps. Once you register, we will send you the itinerary, gear list, and topics for the specific week you selected via email.
Curriculum and and Itinerary
Each session has two components that will inform each day in nature: science and outdoors skills. While each session has a new science theme, every session will cover the essential outdoors skills that will strengthen your child’s abilities to be responsible and safe in nature.
Some of our science topics include: mammals of Alaska, ecosystems, insects, food chain, trees and vegetation of Alaska.
Our outdoors safety skills are: map reading and route finding, building shelter, filtering water, signs of hypothermia, signs of dehydration, and many more.
The Day Camp Itinerary will vary from week-to-week, but it generally follows the itinerary below:
7:30 to 9:00 am: Early drop off. Kids will play games, make art, have a snack.
9:00 to 9:30 am: Circle up. Discuss science topic of the day, trail route, safety briefing, and introduce outdoors education skill of the day.
9:30 to 10:00 am: Journal time: each camper journals their questions of the day, the hypothesis for what they might see or experience concerning the science topic, and all the questions they may have.
10:00 to 11:00 am: Start hiking.
11:00 am to 12:00 pm: stop for snack
12:00 to 1:00 pm: Journal time. Record observations in journal.
1:00 to 2:00 pm: Resume hiking
2:00 to 2:30 pm: stop for snack
2:30 to 3:30 pm: outdoors skills training.
3:00 to 5:00 pm: hike to pick-up point, snack and journal along the way. Kids finish their journal science topic of the day, writing their answer or theory regarding the questions from the beginning of the day.
5:00 to 6:00 pm: pick up, snack, games, art while kids wait.
Safety is paramount.
Safety is of utmost importance to us. In the unlikely event that an adult or student requires urgent care, our trip leaders follow policies and procedures that meet industry standards for field medicine. Our lead guides are all Wilderness First Aid Certified at a minimum; some are certified at the higher level of Wilderness First Responder. All personnel at Into the Woods, LLC have background checks and references. All guides will have appropriate radios and communication equipment. All guides will carry bear spray for bear safety and follow bear safety standards.
$300 per session
Ratio of Children to Teachers: 10:1
Openings for 20 Campers per Session
Session 1 - May 27-31
—All about bugs!
Session 2 - June 3-7
—Abbott Community Park trail head to the Hillside trail system
—Ecosystem Interplay, food chains
Session 3 - June 10-14
—Abbott Community Park trail head to the Hillside trail system
—Geology, winged creatures of Alaska
Session 4 - July 1-5
—Beach Ecosystem and Micro-climates
Summer Day Camp Gear List
We provide: whistle, compass, notebook/journal, art supplies.
Many of the items below can be found for a great price at The Hoarding Marmot, an outdoor gear consignment shop in Anchorage. They have a wide selection of name brand clothing, shoes, and backpacks for children for a fraction of retail price, in almost new condition. Stay away from cotton clothing and look for synthetic or wool clothing for your camper.
A note on cotton! Cotton absorbs moisture and cools the body down, which can be dangerous and lead to hypothermia, or at least prevent warming up, even on warm Alaska summer days. A hypothermia study lead by the military in Florida indicates that even at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the human body can become hypothermic when the skin is covered in water.
…Luckily for us, this is easy to prevent with the correct outdoor clothing-synthetic or wool materials that wick moisture away from the skin or stay warm when wet (wool), and many layers so we can take off when we get hot or pile on when we get cold. Warm, insulating layers are close to the body and waterproof and wind layers are on the outside to keep moisture and wind out and keep our body warmth in. Extra socks are important, and waterproof hiking boots or shoes recommended; children can put on dry socks when their feet get wet to prevent blisters.
Here is what your camper will need to have packed for camp:
Apparel: Hardshell Layers
● Waterproof jacket with hood
● Waterproof full-length pants
Apparel: Insulating Layers
● Mid-weight jacket, pullover or sweater (softshell, fleece, microfleece or wool)
Apparel: Base Layers
● Base layer short-sleeve top (synthetic or wool)
● Base layer long-sleeve top (synthetic or wool)
● Base layer full-length pants (synthetic or wool)
Apparel: Hats, Gloves,
● Beanie or other winter hat (synthetic or wool)
● Gloves (synthetic or wool)
● Hiking boots (leather or synthetic; waterproof; high-top)
● Hiking socks (synthetic or wool; 4 pairs)
● Light daypack
● 1-L water bottles (Nalgene, Kleen Kanteen, CamelBak, or similar; 2 bottles)
● Lip balm
● Bug repellent
● Mosquito head net
● Pens or mechanical pencils
● Bandana or buff