During the school year there are holidays and parent teacher conferences that elicit days off from school. We consider this an excellent opportunity for kids to get outside, learn, and have fun with us at Skyliner Lodge! The dates below represent the Bend-Lapine school district days off. Each day has a different theme.
Drop-off window is from 8:45am – 9am
Pick-up window is 3:15pm – 3:45pm
“Special Ops Survivors” – Over Half Full
Ages 6 – 11
Wildheart Special Ops Survivors know that emergencies are unpredictable. They also know that certain skills and behaviors will greatly increase one’s likelihood of surviving any disaster that arises. During our time together students will train in essential skills of survival, including shelter building, fire making, water purification, and emergency signaling. We will also cultivate the fundamental qualities of survivors, like a calm mind, an ability to make decisions, maintaining humor, and many more. Special Ops Survivors will learn to navigate the world of unpredictability while playing team games, making new friends, and preparing themselves to face the challenges of nature. If you would like to be a part of the new generation of survivors, then our Special Ops team is the place to be.
- Learn survival skills
- Practice shelter building
- Problem solve in a group setting
- Train in emergency signaling techniques
- Learn techniques to stay calm in the midst of stress
- Practice the art of decision making
“Wildheart Hobbit & Faerie Hunters” – Over Half Full
Ages 5 – 10
Nature is the perfect place to receive creative inspiration, and seek out the fantastical. During our day of Wildheart Hobbit & Faerie Hunters, we will be doing just that! We will ‘hunt’ for perfect hobbit & faerie habitat, and create houses out of plants and natural materials for them to visit and enjoy. As we unleash our creativity, we will learn the types of plants each magical creature prefers, based on the plant’s medicinal, or lack thereof, value. We will also discover what animals are friends with our hobbits & faeries based on what habitat they share. Throughout the week, we will practice hearing the language of birds, which all fantasy creatures know, so that we can decipher the messages of the winged ones. To prevent our magical friends from becoming lonely when the week is over, each student will take home a finished hobbit/faerie house to bring the magic with them. Join us for song, play, art, creativity and fun!
- Open their awareness to explore hidden faerie and hobbit habitats
- Build hobbit and faerie houses
- Activate houses with tones, potions, and chants
- Sing faerie songs
- Discover plant and animal friends of the magical forest creatures
“Halloween Witches & Wizards” – Over Half Full
Ages 6 – 11
Get ready to break out the cauldron and the spell book for our Halloween celebration! This potent time of year is celebrated in many different cultures around the world as the time when the walls between the realms are thinnest. The spirit world of our ancestors is close. The death-rebirth cycle is strongly felt. The bat, cat, spider, and owl are all symbols for this time of year. All the other birth-death-rebirth symbols such as skeletons and ghosts reflect this energy as well. On this magic-filled day we will be using local medicinal herbs, fire, photos of our ancestors, sweet treats, and pumpkins to create an eerily celebratory experience!
- Learn about the history of Halloween
- Do a cycle of the seasons fall cauldron ritual
- Identify and collect local medicinal herbs
- Play bat, cat, spider, skeleton, and ghost themed games
“Wildheart Fire Dancers” – Spaces available
Ages 5 – 10
Fire is a powerful element that has captivated the attention and demanded the respect of humans since the beginning of our time on Earth. Our ancestors relied on fire for warmth, light, making tools, cooking, purifying water, and as a gathering place to share stories and magic with each other. Truthfully, without fire there would be no human race today. The foundation of this camp is to create and maintain fires safely, as well as explore the magic and wonder of what fire can bring to our experience in nature. Fire safety is our top priority. If a child is not demonstrating the ability to be safe around fire, she/he will not be permitted to participate in fire making. Additionally, all instructors are certified in First Aid by the American Heart Association. We will be examining what is available to make a fire. Primitive and modern techniques for creating a flame, including friction fire, will be demonstrated. Once our hearth has been ignited, we will gather around the warmth to tell stories, sip on warm drinks, and experience the ancient, wonderful magic of fire.
- Learn the fundamentals of fire safety
- Experience a live friction fire demonstration
- Practice creating a tinder bundle from surrounding resources
- Experience the magic of fire with songs and storytelling
“Wildheart Dragon Riders” – Spaces available
Ages 5 – 10
Wildheart Dragon Riders are seasoned adventurers who crave accomplishing the impossible. Survival skills are essential to every rider, as unexpected events are the norm when it comes to dealing with dragons. Thus, we will spend our time fine tuning our skills of nature dependence, learning to find what we need in any situation. Of course, map skills are also high on the agenda of a Wildheart Rider, and we will develop our ability to use and create accurate maps. Our time in this study would not be complete without adventurous challenges that put our newly learned skills to the test. Be prepared to find hidden treasures and traverse diverse obstacles in the process. If your skills in earth technology will not help you, then your skills in magic must. A dragon rider often depends on the mind’s eye to complete a journey, and we will help any aspiring riders to access this most magical of tools. If adventure is your middle name, then hop on a winged reptile and meet us at Wildheart Dragon Riders.
- Receive a dragon with a particular power to ride
- Create maps in order to accomplish fantastical missions
- Learn to use a compass and read maps to search for hidden treasure
- Practice survival skills
- Cultivate mind’s eye powers to aid them in their adventures
“Wildheart Bigfoot Fanatics” – Spaces available
Ages 6 – 11
Why are Bigfoot believers and raving lunatics often mentioned in the same breath? Simple: Bigfoot believers are often CRAZY-cool people! That’s why we’ve created Wildheart Bigfoot Fanatics. If you are convinced that mysteries in the forest still exist, that humans have barely scratched the surface of who bigfoot may be, and you feel inspired to journey out and discover the truth for yourself, then you may be a CRAZY-perfect fit for this inspiring class. Bigfoot fanatics will train in the skill of tracking, as it is crucial to be able to discern typical animal and human prints from the elusive bigfoot track. They will also practice in the art of invisibility to better understand such a stealthy creature. This skill will be practiced in team games in order to test our abilities of tracking an elusive target. Finally, students will learn to navigate the delicate relationship of reciprocity between themselves and nature which is a common theme in many bigfoot experiences. Whether or not we encounter the most mysterious creature in our forests, there is sure to be a bounty of fun, stories, and laughter.
- Practice the art of tracking
- Learn camouflage techniques
- Explore the art of moving through the woods without being noticed
- Share stories of Bigfoot encounters
- Navigate the delicate relationship of reciprocity between humans and nature
“Wildheart Wizards” – Spaces available
Ages 5 – 10
Wildheart Wizards harness the energies of the animals, plants, and elements to develop their magical powers during this intensive training day. Subjects include potion making, care and study of magical creatures, intuition, and transfiguration into different local animals. Each student will create a personalized amulet that will aid them in honing their magical skills. Don’t miss this wonderful journey into the heart of winter’s magic!
- Create a unique amulet with elements and powers from the forest
- Participate in care and study of magical creatures activities
- Develop intuitive powers
- Learn the art of transfiguration into local and mythic animals
“Wildheart Middle Earth Magicians” – Spaces available
Ages 5 – 10
Middle Earth can be a treacherous world of magical spells, messy politics, unforgiving rules of survival, and mysterious dangers lurking within every forest. For our Middle Earth Magicians, this sounds like a marvelous place to call home. Why? Because Wildheart Magicians know the secrets of how to command their magical power and they are masters of compromise and negotiation. The forest and all of it’s mysteries are great allies to a Magician and they rely upon their skills of nature connection and survival to thrive in a hostile world. All of the kingdoms in Middle Earth, including the elves, trolls, hobbits, and dwarves respect their Magicians as leaders and guides. As such, we will embark upon a great journey exploring the realms of self mastery and peace. We will learn to speak with the elements of nature and form alliances with our plant, animal and mineral allies. Group challenges will test the Magician’s skill of creativity and dark forces will be battled with a peaceful passion. If all goes according to plan, and with the helping hand of fate on our side, stories of our time together will be told across the kingdom for ages to come.
- Learn wilderness survival skills
- Map the Middle Earth territories
- Practice problem solving and teamwork during group challenges
- Form alliances with local animals and plants
- Practice the art of illusion with magic tricks
“Wildheart Beaver Builders” – Spaces available
Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Ages 6 – 11
Kids will have a chance to let out their inner builder and creative architect in this exciting outdoor adventure. Shelters keep us warm, give us shade, and provide us with a temporary home outside. The basics of shelter building will be covered and actively applied as the children build a home base for their team. Through bartering and teamwork, each ‘tribe’ will be able to face the challenges of living in a dynamic community and creatively find ways to fill the needs of the whole. Children will learn the importance of living near the riparian zone, who their nearest animal and plant neighbors are, and what resources are available for use to create a comfortable village experience.
- Learn the core principles of sound shelter building
- Discover what materials are readily available in the surrounding environment
- Practice working together as a cooperative whole
- Play games that will help them become familiar with local plants and animals
“Stone Age Sculptors” – Spaces available
Friday, April 13th, 2018
Ages 6 – 11
Students will learn to look at the world with a ‘primitive eye,’ assessing what life-giving materials are available in their immediate surroundings. Stone Age humans relied upon natural technologies to secure all of life’s necessities. Their skills and tools were not only adequate for a thriving life, they were so effective that ancient peoples had ample time to create art, stories, and the cultures which came to define our species. In this class we will be calling upon the spirit of our Stone Age ancestors. Students will learn to look at the world with a ‘primitive eye,’ assessing what life-giving materials are available in their immediate surroundings. We will share stories and play games as ancient humans once did. As a capstone craft, everyone will have the chance to create a stone bead using only natural materials and Stone Age grit. This ‘primitive bling’ will be theirs to take home and show off to the modern world. If your ready to dive into the consciousness of a caveman (or woman), than join us for this wild outing!
- Learn primitive stone carving methods
- Come away with a stone necklace
- Learn about edible and medicinal plants
$57/Day Early Bird Rate Through September 12th, 2017
Payment Plans are available through our registration system. Sibling and Multi-Session Discounts Apply!