Overnight Camps

Taking it to the next level. Our overnight summer camp experiences feature beautiful camp facilities, gourmet organic food, and a healthy dose of personal challenge for preteens and teens.

  • Inspiring wilderness setting
  • Comfortable cabin and yurt accommodations
  • Gourmet local and organic food
  • Adventurous and challenging skills
  • Epic night games

COVID-19 Uncertainty

We believe, based on our conversations with public health professionals, that we will be able to offer an overnight camp experience in 2021 similar to what we have in the past, although some modifications may be necessary for the health and safety of all. 

If, as a result of public health restrictions, we are unable to offer an overnight camp experience, any already-enrolled students will be automatically transferred to a day-camp version of their respective camp (Big Bear Village, Camp Artemis, Etc) to be held Monday-Friday of the same week that their overnight camp was scheduled. We expect that the cost of such a program would be less than the overnight version of camp and families will automatically be refunded the difference. At that time each family will be offered the option to instead cancel and receive a full refund if they so choose. 

Preparing For Camp

Join us once a week for outdoor exploration and adventure in our Coyote Kids! after-school nature camp. Students are guided by our highly trained instructors through games, skills trainings & experiences which nurture their connection with the earth. Every semester we focus on one of our four nature learning pathways, and every semester is unique, year after year. 

Scholarships

Join us once a week for outdoor exploration and adventure in our Coyote Kids! after-school nature camp. Students are guided by our highly trained instructors through games, skills trainings & experiences which nurture their connection with the earth. Every semester we focus on one of our four nature learning pathways, and every semester is unique, year after year. 

CoMFORTABLE & Awe-inspiring Location

Big Bear Camp

Big Bear Camp is one of our favorite places in Oregon. This 40 acre property sits in the heart of the Coast Range. Miller Creek passes through the property and during the winter serves as spawning ground for native Coho Salmon. The surrounding area is entirely forested and provides an enormous buffer of natural area on all sides of the property. Big Bear camp features a beautiful, custom built, lodge with an indoor and outdoor kitchen. There are also several yurts on the property that are used to house kids during camp. You can learn more about Big Bear Camp by visiting their website.

Don’t rely on Apple Maps or Google Maps totally as they have steered people incorrectly to Big Bear in the past. Please read these directions below and you won’t get lost.

Head West on W 11th Ave/Hwy 126 toward Walton, OR. Approximately 24 miles past Bailey Hill Rd turn right on Nelson Mountain Rd in the town of Walton. After 4.4 miles take a left onto Rd 17-7-19, there will be a sign there for Big Bear Camp (and usually another sign saying Whole Earth Nature School). Follow the road about a mile to the camp at the end of the road.

Overnight Camp - Program guide

Junior Counselors (JCs) are an integral part of the success of our overnight camp programs. The JC program is designed to give our more experienced students hands on leadership experience in mentoring younger campers. Junior Counselors will get a behind the scenes perspective on what it takes to run a summer camp, will support the activities being taught, and will have the opportunity to advance their own awareness and bushcraft skills.

* Gender at camp

Whole Earth Nature School is committed to providing gender-specific camps to help students learn about their gender in a mentored space, and our gender camps serve students based on their gender regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression. We encourage families to choose the camp appropriate to their child based on the child’s gender identity or gender expression. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice and responds to modern advances in our understanding of gender identity and expression by welcoming cisgender, transgender, and non-binary kids into an environment welcoming to all.

Whole Earth Nature School staff respect a young person’s wishes to be called by a certain name and/or gender pronoun. That is why we invite all students to share their own name and preferred pronoun on the first day of the program. We recognize that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) or who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity need to know that Whole Earth Nature School is a safe space where they can be themselves and not worry about experiencing hurtful treatment from others.