Family, Youth and Teen Experience


Program Description:

This is a week-long adventure in learning about nature and the art of survival. You’ll experience the wonder of making fire without matches, creating a shelter that’s warm and safe, moving through the woods and silently approaching an animal. This is an amazing experience in which you’ll connect with nature in a new and powerful way. All skills are taught entirely through hands on and experiential learning techniques. This transformative experience is something treasured by the whole family.

Ages and Prerequisites: Families with children age 4-17

This program is designed for families to attend together or for youth, age 10-17, to attend without an adult. Children are divided into age group learning teams and some activities are done with the entire group. In addition to having their own adventures, adults engage in a week long workshop in the basics of “Coyote Teaching”-the methods behind what is being taught.

Students under 7 will be part of the “Coyote Pup’s” group. At this age, special care and appropriate teaching style are important. Parents will be on “call” if their child needs attention.


June 28-July 3, 2009
July 5-10, 2009
August 8-14, 2009

Camp Sheppard’s Mill, New Jersey


$1315 for first parent/child
$600 for each additional family member
$795 single youth

* Please note, fees increase by $30 if registration is not received one month prior to the start of the program.

Bridge Program:  If you will be staying for more than one week and want to remain at camp over the weekend the following fees cover from noon on Friday until the next program begins on Sunday. 
     Youth or Teen:  $70 for Bridge Program (for unaccompanied minors)
     Family:  $35 per person (includes food and camping only, no supervision or programming)

Deposit:            $200 per person attending is due at registration. 

Balance:           The balance for this program is due: 

June 28th Program: Friday, June 12th

July 5th Program: Friday, June 19th                          

August 9th Program: Friday, July 24th

 If paying by credit card, you may indicate if you’d like us to automatically charge the balance at the due date.

* Financial Assistance is available.  Click here for our Scholarship Application

Registration Deadline and Procedures

Early Registration Deadline:         One month prior to program
*Registrations are taken past the deadline, but if sufficient registration is not received by the deadline, the program will be cancelled.  This allows time for our staff as well as participants who are flying to make transportation arrangements without fear of program cancellation.  If flying in, please do not book flights until after the deadline.
Registration Procedures:
Print the registration form from the website or contact the office to receive via mail. Please make sure a separate medical information page is completed for each family member who will be attending. Submit completed application with the appropriate deposit. You will receive a confirmation including directions and equipment lists upon receipt.

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