Something's Movin' in the Forest!
Where: La Foret Conference and Retreat Center in Black Forest
A typical day will look like this...
Day Camp Activities
|Morning:|| Naturalist Journey|
|Afternoon:|| Creative Crafts, Active games,|
Pine Needle Baskets/Woodworking Project
We will do our best to utilize the wonderful forest setting of La Foret, with outdoor activities in the sunshine
and fresh air. However, during inclement weather we will move the activities indoors making necessary program changes.
4-Step *Registration Process
|PARENT HANDBOOK - (.pdf) All the important information you need to know about our day camp. Please read and understand our policies. Print this for future reference.|
|REGISTRATION FORM - (online) *Registration is not complete until payment is received in full. However this form will let us know your child is planning on attending.|
|PAYMENT PORTAL - (online) For your convenience you can pay the $265 day camp fee by credit card or electronic funds transfer from your checking or savings account through our secure payment portal.|
|CAMP FORMS - (.pdf) La Foret is a licensed childcare premises and requires these forms for your child's protection. All of these forms must be filled-out and turned-in by the first day of camp. Your child cannot participate until these are received.|
*Day Camp spots are on a first come, first served basis. All 4 steps must be completed before your child is considered registered.
If you need help during the registration process, please call 719-495-2743.
Movement for the Body Mind and Soul
Motion and Movement
We start our days with warm-up, stretching and strengthening. "Fitness is not about being better than someone else...it's about being better than you used to be." Movement builds self-confidence and empowers healthy generations to come. We'll practice personal exercises that empower and energize, while building confidence and inner strength. We play music movement games, try yoga moves, balance challenges, dance games, and fun fitness activities - to reinforce just how good movement and exercise is as a tribute to the heart.
Junior Naturalist Discovery
Feeling warmed-up and ready from our morning stretches, we head out on a hike into the forest - we'll spend time discovering the beautiful wooded setting of La Foret. With a 'field journal' in-hand (campers will create their journal on the first day of camp!), we collect sketches, take notes, make discoveries and observe new wonders. Our beautiful little corner-of-the-woods at La Foret is a special forest environment full of discoveries, including: and open meadow, the modified Ute trees, a running creek bed, varieties of wildflowers, the Labyrinth meditative maze, and more woodland marvels.
Swimming & Archery
Swimming and archery are both fun summertime activities - and our nature journey will next take us to La Foret's beautiful outdoor pool or the archery range. We want kids to learn both of these activities in a safe, controlled environment with professional guidance - and at La Foret, our day camp staff are certified teachers, trained professionally in both archery (NASP - National Archery in the Schools Program), and as a lifeguard and water safety instructor (WSI). Beyond being 'fun summertime activities' swimming and archery are strong tools in building self-confidence, acknowledging personal accomplishments, brain-building hand-eye-coordination, achieving inner focus, and enforcing personal discipline.
Just as important as movement is to our bodies it is also important to rest, relax and refuel. Lunch break is a time to quiet the body and eat a healthy mid-day meal. We require the children to take the full amount of time allotted to enjoy this respite...
After lunch, we will spend time creating take-home projects that hold a special meaning to campers. Our craft sessions will alternate between a tile-making craft and creating pine needle baskets. Investing thought and focus into a personal creation for campers to be proud of creates an empowering feeling of success. Using decorations they personally collect and assemble, campers will be able to take a joy and pride in these special keepsakes to bring home at the end of the week.
Pine Needle Baskets -- After collecting our own pine needles and natural decorations on our nature journey, campers will create their own personal pine-needle basket using natural supplies and Native American inspired techniques.
Tile Making -- Campers will visit the camp's beautiful "tile wall," and then create their own tiles to add their memory to the wall it or may bring home to keep. We'll use carving tools and artistic techniques to create a special image on clay, dry it, and finish by painting the tiles to complete the special masterpiece.