Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Get wild at the Mountain School

Gardening, crafts and wilderness skills

Express Staff Writer

The Mountain School on Mustang Lane in Bellevue offers six weeks of exciting specialty camps for young people 4 to 12 years old in 2012.

Kids will get a genuine agricultural, arts and crafts and wilderness experience. Each camp includes elements of art, the farm and garden along with its specific focus.

The children have time to explore a beautiful farm setting, spend time with bunnies, goats and miniature horses, work in organic gardens and enjoy age-appropriate waterways and nature trails.

The indoor environment at the Waldorf--inspired school includes a greenhouse, art room and kitchen for cooking the bounty from the farm. You'll also find a garden, hand-made and natural fiber toys and crafting materials and a cozy story corner.

Mountain School camps run from July 9 to Aug. 16 and cost from $140 to $288. Financial aid for summer camps is available through The Campfire Foundation.

l "Circus Arts Camp" (activities and times vary by age) engages kids in stilt-making, juggling, clown make-up, balancing challenges, and scavenger hunts.

l "Art/Farm and Wilderness" camp for 6-8 year olds introduces kids to flute and percussion, storytelling, sculpture, painting, drawing, poetry writing, gardening & animal care, wilderness games and trips to the river.

Campers enjoy an exuberant week of bountiful artistic activities, garden and farm animal work, and wilderness games and exploration.

l "Garden Camp" brings kids into the garden to harvest helpful herbs and flowers, nibble the earthly delights, enjoy cool refreshing teas, collect seeds, and commune with critters of the compost.

l "World of Felting" camp teaches wool roving to create colorful felted balls, cat toys or felted flower pins. Kids can also learn wet and needle felting methods and take home sweet gifts for their families.

l The popular "Primitive Wilderness" camps are offered for select age groups throughout the summer. The weeks of Wilderness Skills Camps include fishing, building shelters, survival skills, swimming and hiking.

l "Woodworking" camp engages kids in a community project for the farm or garden as well as individual projects. Past years students made their own tool boxes, signs for the garden, treasure boxes, a working go-cart and a beautiful farm stand that the students used to display and sell fresh fruits and vegetables from the school's organic garden. All materials fees are included in price.

All camps begin at 9 am. Visit the Web site at for Summer Camp applications, or call 788-3170.

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