posted on Jul 06 2021
Well, it's pretty self-explanatory. It's a hike...in nature. A nature hike is a great way to form a connection with the outside world. But the mainstages nature hike offers an opportunity to teach about connection to self, using creative elements.
1. Meet outside in a nice wooded area surrounded by trees.
2. Set the plan that we should be focusing on reflection and better preparing our senses for what’s around us.
3. Campers walk through the woods in small groups or pairs depending on camp rules, and campers’ age/ability.
4. Campers follow the cards placed along the hiking path, and discuss the questions or complete the activities on each one.
5. Search for the next card to make sure that they are on the correct path.
Before you get started, you’ll have to set up your hike! This will involve pinning cards to the trees along your hike path with prompts on them. (see the next section for what might go on these cards!)
You can include as many of these things as you would like, depending on the type of hike you think will be the most successful with your group of campers. Questions are more insightful, quiet, conversation starters. Activities are fun, big, and active, and Installations are community creations with the goal of bringing campers closer to one another through creating a project together. We encourage you to use a combination of these!
For this installation, campers decorate rocks to represent someone they are missing while they are at camp. They can decorate them with things that remind them of this person, or write or paint something they like to do with this person, etc... After their rocks are decorated, the campers can decide how and where along the hike they would like to arrange the rocks, to create a living monument or art piece, representing those they can’t be with right now!
Give each camper two pieces of paper, and ask them to write down a memory of a time that someone was kind to them, and one time that they were kind to someone else. Once everyone is finished, take them to the designated spot on the hike, and have them tie their memories to the same tree. Over the course of the summer, this tree will grow full of campers’ memories and act as a reminder of the importance of kind acts.
These kinds of tree faces can be a fun way to add some silliness to your hike! Attach these to trees or rocks around the path to give campers a sense of magic and moments of discovery.
Hide Gnomes around the path, and challenge campers to find as many of them as they can while they are on their hike! Give them a piece of paper and something to write with to record which Gnomes they found and where they were. As part of the “After The Hike” activity, you can find out how many Gnomes each group found (make sure they tell you where!) and see which group found the most Gnomes.
Come together as a group at the end of the hike, and ask campers to share their experiences. The questions below are to get you started, but depending on your individual hike, you may do a variety of different things with this time! If your hike was full of activities, maybe this is a time to share any dances or movements created! If the hike was full of questions, maybe this is more of a conversation and community bonding time.
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posted on Jul 06 2021
Jessica Ashleigh Pomeroy is an NYC based director, producer, performer and teaching artist. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Arts with a Concentration in Directing from The New School for Drama. Jessica grew up in Connecticut, where she first discovered her love of theatre, a love that only grew as she got older, and that she is passionate about sharing with young people. Jessica looks to bring professional level performance training to young performers, and seeks to do just that through her training and experience as a singer, actor and director.