Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver

 
 

STEAM is not just an acronym (heck, we went through all of the letters twice and still had to use "m" a couple more times...).  It is the whistling kettle on the old woodstove.  It is the evapotranspiration that draws water from the ground through the roots and out through the leaves of the maple tree.  It is the boiling down of the sap to its sweet essence.  It was used to drive the engines of the industrial revolution.  It is the mist that hangs around the mountains after a rain and the latent energy that is released when it condenses on the ground.  It is the gathering clouds of a thunderstorm about to break.  It is the intensity and vibrancy of youth being allowed to burst forth and it is a sign of a life fully lived. 

STEAM summer camps are intended to engage young minds and bodies with the natural world and with each other in creative and exciting opportunities to learn, develop skills and have fun in a supportive community.

We are not a geeky academic camp, nor are we a guts-and-glory adventure camp, but we do have aspects of both of these things as we push teens to discover their own passions, push their limits and make connections to friends they will have for years to come.

We will climb mountains and we will sing songs.

We will write raps and pound on hot iron.

We’ll learn to cook over an open fire and navigate the starry night sky over our heads.

We will tell about our passions and jump into rivers.

But, most of all, we will learn to listen to each other’s stories and to look at the world through each other’s eyes.

Whether we are learning to build a pizza oven, paddle a canoe or how the human reproductive system works, campers will have the opportunity to let their unique brilliance shine while gaining an appreciation for the strengths of their peers.