NEW to 2022!! We now have a mini bus and are excited to explore more of Fort Collins’ natural areas and parks. Many more adventures await!
Join us for a summer of fun!!
Remember those lazy days of summer? Time spent outside, running around with friends; no screens, phones, or organized sports to constantly be taking away from our much needed downtime.
Our Nature Camp is designed for children 7 – 12 years of age who have completed 1st grade. It’s a fully outdoor program, allowing them the opportunity to reconnect with nature, friends, and themselves after a busy year in school.
There will be crafting galore to keep creativity engaged, hands busy, and to add a bit focus and good work to their day. The summer will be broken up into crafting blocks where children will acquire new skills, or continue building on previously learned skills.
Crafting blocks may include:
- Jewelry making
What will a typical day look like?
Children will gather at Spring Park with drop off between 8:00-9:00am. After everyone has arrived, we’ll gather for a morning circle to greet the day. We’ll then head off to a different location where we’ll explore, play, craft, relax, and connect.
Days may include:
- Arts & Crafts
- Group games
- Snack time
- Picnic lunch
- Tree climbing
- Nature hunts
- Playground play
- Survival skills
This is how my child should spend the summer!!
How do I enroll?
Complete the enrollment interest form below! Enrollment priority is given to River Song alumni and siblings of current children. Registration opens in January of each year. (Rates are below)
2022 Tuition & Fees
Our 10-week summer camp program dates are May 31st – August 5th, 2022. All full-summer enrollees will be able to schedule 1 week of vacation, tuition free. 10% sibling discount.
Rates below are full summer/half summer
- 5 full days (M-F) ~ $2,550/$1,285
- 5 half days (M-F) ~ $1,760/$891
- 3 full days (M-W) ~ $1,726/$874
- 3 half days (M-W) ~ $1,193/$607
- 2 full days (Th/F) ~ $1,204/$612
- 2 half days (Th/F) ~ $832/$427
There is a one-time material fee of $100/child for 5 days and $75 for 2/3 days. This fee is paid upon enrollment as a deposit and is non-refundable should your plans change.
Billing for full summer tuition may be paid at once or 1/2 in June and 1/2 in July. Half-summer tuition will be due at the beginning of the 5-week session.
*What if I will be late dropping off my child?
If you have to drop off late, please coordinate in advance with the camp counselors to determine location based on anticipated time of arrival.
*What will my child need to bring each day?
All campers will be responsible for bringing a backpack, containing:
- Healthy, hearty lunch (packed with ice packs, if necessary)
- Afternoon snack for full day children
- Water shoes, towel, bathing suit on water play days
- Towel or small blanket for meal & craft times
- Filled water bottle
- Sun hat
- Rain Gear (on days rain is forecasted)
- Recommended: a small daypack for short hikes to hold snacks & water bottles
*What are some benefits of having a bus?
The bus will not only allow us to travel to various locations, but it has a couple other great perks as well:
- Storage for all our crafting materials and supplies
- Ability for children to leave heavier bags in the bus while we take only what we need for short hikes and adventures
- Shelter from inclement weather should it come on quickly
- Ability to bring large water coolers for children to refill their bottles from throughout the day
*What is the materials fee for?
Many of the natural materials we use can be somewhat costly. The materials fee will help offset the extra costs of crafts/projects the children will be creating over the summer. Each camper will also be given a bag, which will include: journal, pencils (colored & regular), scissors, crafting supplies, etc. These bags are theirs to take home at the end of the summer.
*How will I know where my child is each day?
A schedule will be sent home at the beginning of each month. The camp counselors will alert parents to any changes at daily drop off.
*Will there be enough seats on the bus for all campers?
The bus will only hold 13 children and 2 counselors (including the driver). As we are licensed for up to 20 children per day, volunteer drivers will be needed each morning to get us to the location of the day. Last summer, we averaged 15-18 kids per day due to family vacations.
River Song Nature Camp is willing to offer a discount on tuition for those who are able to commit to driving at least 1 morning per week (subs may be found for illness/vacation). Preference will be given to those with larger vehicles that will accommodate more children. Volunteer drivers must complete all required paperwork for insurance purposes, including submission of their driving record dating back 5 years.
*Can my child bring their cell phone in case of an emergency?
We ask families to keep their electronics at home. River Song Nature Camp, just like River Song Waldorf School, strives to be tech-free. Children need this time to unplug to be present in the moments. All counselors will have cell phones for use in an emergency or if a child needs to contact a parent.
*What will you do for bathrooms when out and about all day?
Most parks have public restrooms available for use. When the camp is at the forest or willow tree, we will have a portable composting toilet with privacy tent to be used for immediate bathroom needs. Otherwise, a counselor will take a group of children to use the restroom at River Song Waldorf School.
*How will the children be protected from the hot Colorado sun?
We will have portable shade tents with us for use when trees do not provide enough coverage. Many parks also have shelters for use. All children will need to have appropriate sun hats and apply sunscreen often. We will try and have water play days multiple times per week to help cool off on hot days.
*What happens if it rains?
Rainy days during the summer are not common, so will not be a big concern for us. The sun shades will double for rain protection when needed. Many parks also have shelters for use. We ask that children have rain gear since we’ll still be running around outside. In the event of extreme weather, children will be transported to River Song and parents will be alerted to come for immediate pick up.