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SUMMER CAMPS

Age groups 7-9, 9-12, 12-14, and 13-15

2023 SUMMER CAMPS

2023 Camp Registration is Open Now

What? Summer Camps will be mostly 5-day, Day Camps, with one 3-day Outing Day Camp, one 4-day Craft Day Camp, and one Teen Backpacking Camp that includes an overnight trip. Camps focus on naturalist skills, survival skills, nature connection through projects and play, and outdoor leadership. See each week's info described below or Click on the registration links on individual camp weeks to learn more about specific camps!

What makes Nighthawk Camps unique? Small groups. Education. Community. We are a small organization who places the utmost importance on an educational experience. Yes, there will be play, fun, games, and activities along the way, but lifelong learning is our priority. So, if kids are keen on learning skills and are passionate about learning more about their natural surroundings, this is the camp for them! In addition, our camps will consist of only one or two small trail groups per week, with a 1:5 teacher: student ratio at all times. This is different from many Camps who run weeks with hundreds of kids, all split into 14-student trail groups. We believe small groups provide for an enhanced sense of awareness and community in kids. It also allows us to better tailor camps to the needs and interests of the students and families in attendance. 

Where? Parks and public lands in the greater Bend area. Camp locations include Tumalo State Park, our permitted Bureau of Land Management tract off of Alfalfa Market Road (about 7 minutes' drive East of Costco), and some camps shuttle students by van to local Forest Service locations for day trips. Drop-off locations will vary on some camp Weeks! We'll be at the same park or natural area many days of the week, with outing drop-off days one or two of those days. This is primarily because some public lands are better for some of our camp activities than others, and some allow some of our camp activities, while others do not. (ex: Drop-off at Tumalo SP on M,T, W, Th, and Drop-off at Alfalfa Mkt Rd location on F). Please review your camp location carefully. If interested in the Teen Backpacking Week or the Teen Outing Camp, see its' description for location details. For general location info, look here!

When? M-F. Drop-off 8:45-9, Pickup 3-3:15.

Most camps are 5-Day sets of Day Camp experiences, with the exception of the week of July 4th (3-day day camp), the August Forest Crafting Camp (4-day day camp), and the Teen Backpacking Week ( includes 1 overnight).

2023 Options:

  • June 19-23: Teen Backpacking and Surthrival (Ages 13-15) Alfalfa Mkt Rd & Transport to overnight location 

  • June 26-30: Archery and Projectiles (Ages 9-12) Alfalfa Market Rd Camp (FULL)

  • July 5-7: Teen Outing Camp (Ages 12-14) Alfalfa Mkt Rd and Transport to 3 Outing Locations 

  • July 17-21: Naturalist and Survival (Ages 9-12) Alfalfa Mkt Rd & 2 Outing Days @ Tumalo SP (FULL)

  • July 24-28: Girls' Nature Crafts and Team Building (Ages 9-12) Alfalfa Mkt Rd & 2 Outing Days @ Tumalo SP 

  • July 31-August 4: Archery + Projectiles + Survival (Ages 9-12) Alfalfa Mkt Rd Camp (FULL)

  • August 7-11: Nature Connection Day Camp (Ages 7-9) Tumalo SP & Outing Day @ Alfalfa Mkt Rd Camp (FULL)

  • August 21-24: Forest Crafternoons! Nature Skills and Crafts (Ages 9-12) Alfalfa Mkt Rd Camp & Outing Day @ Tumalo SP 

Who?

  • 7-9 year olds (Going into 2nd-4th grades)

  • 9-12 year olds (Going into 4th-6th grades), including a 9-12 y.o. Girls' Camp week

  • 12-14 year olds (Middle School)

  • 13-15 year olds (Middle and High School)

*Please follow age range suggestions for your camp week. We understand that grade ranges may vary for some individuals. We do not typically accept younger students into camp weeks unless they're experienced with our curriculum and have prior approval. Within one year older is allowed, as long as they understand the age range and that the camp will be geared mainly towards that age group. Please reach out to chelsea@nighthawknaturalistschool.com if needed for individual student needs and considerations.