Pioneer Camp: Natural Exploration & Survival


Wilderness explorers are the quintessential pioneers. The courage, confidence, and competency required in order to study and venture out to explore uncharted territories is second to none. The Natural Exploration & Survival camp will serve to strengthen all three of those c’s in each boy.

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” Henry David Thoreau’s line reminds us how nature can shape us. When we take on a good hike or launch a canoe out into a river, we are learning how to step into the wilderness around us. We are letting the great outdoors be our guide to growing in competency and wonder. Add Mr. Houde as your instructor and at the end of this week of camp, you will be more than just a wilderness explorer, you will be a true pioneer.

Activities include:

  • canoeing on the Charles River
  • orienteering
  • hiking
  • fire building
  • hearing stories of great explorers from the past like Earnest Shackleton and Lewis & Clark
  • whittling
  • shelter building

“Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

“To be brave cheerily, to be patient with a glad heart, to stand the agonies of thirst with laughter and song, to walk beside death for months and never be sad – that’s the spirit that makes courage worth having.” Earnest Shackleton



Ticket TypePriceSpaces
Non-Sparhawk Family$525.00
Sparhawk Family$475.00
Reservation ticket: Non-Sparhawk Family
$100 reservation; remaining $425 due in May
Reservation ticket: Sparhawk Family
$100 reservation; remaining $375 due in May

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