Mayapple Summer Camp 2022

  • Due to high demand, The Mayapple School is moving to a lottery system for summer camp enrollment. To enter the lottery, please send in one application per child by March 11, 2022. Any additional spots remaining after March 11 will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All campers must be fully self toileting, the correct age for the camp, and have no medical or behavioral issues that would prevent full participation in The Mayapple School’s summer camps.
  • A number of scholarship spots are reserved for children from families who demonstrate financial need at the discretion of The Mayapple School Board.
  • All camps are drop off camps (parents do not stay with children).
  • While no two camps are alike, all Mayapple School camps are designed to foster connection to the land and a sense of belonging. Through farm experiences, adventuring and exploration, or creative projects, our nature-rich camps renew campers’ love and excitement for the outdoors. All camps are outdoor camps.

COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures are currently in effect at The Mayapple School, and include: 

  • Physically distanced, properly masked, drop off and pick up of children. Temperature taking, health, and contact questionnaire during drop off. 
  • Proper mask wearing by all children and adults while both indoors and outdoors (with few exceptions, including during heavy rain and while eating) whenever within 6 feet of another. 
  • COVID-19 risk mitigation procedures will be updated as the changing situation requires, and policies will be sent before summer camp begins. 

Refund Policy:

  • Refund requests made more than 6 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to a 10% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made 4-6 weeks prior to the start date of camp are subject to 30% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made with 2-4 weeks notice prior to the start date of camp are subject to a 50% fee per session of camp.
  • Refund requests made with less than 2 weeks of prior notice given are subject to a 80% fee per session of camp.
  • No refunds are given for “no shows” at camp and/or communication on the first day of camp or later.

Scholarship Application:

Please find out your family’s income as a percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) here . Limited scholarships are available and generally adhere to the following parameters:

  • 0 – 185% of the FPL (full scholarship).
  • 186 – 205% of the FPL (greatly reduced fee scholarship)
  • 206 – 225% of the FPL (partially reduced fee scholarship)

You will receive a decision about your scholarship award within 6 weeks of your application. Please email Jenna Booth at themayappleschool@gmail.com if you have questions about scholarships.

Camps at a Glance:

Dates and Times of CampNameAges of
Campers
Full CostInstructors

Saturday, June 18
9 am – 4 pm
Printmaking Workshop
at The Mayapple School
8 – 12$60Melissa West
Celeste Luna

June 20 – 24
8:45 am – 12 pm  
Fairies and Gnomes
at The Mayapple School
3 – 6$135Elizabeth Ferguson
Erika Reid

June 27 – 30
(Monday – Thursday)
9 am – 2:30 pm
Animal Adventures
3 days at The Mayapple School,
2 days at Price Park
5 – 8$170Celeste Luna
Erika Reid

July 11 – 15
8:45 am – 3:45 pm  
Outdoor Engineers
3 days at The Mayapple School,
2 days at Pandapas Pond
7 – 10$260Melissa West
Celeste Luna  

July 25 – 28
(Monday – Thursday)
8:45 am – 1 pm  
Keffer Dairy Camp
at Keffer Dairy
(Sinking Creek Valley, Craig County)
4- 7$135Ashton Keffer
Melissa West

August 1 – 5
8:45 am – 12 pm  
Little Explorers
at The Mayapple School
3 – 6$135 Melissa West
Elizabeth Ferguson

Continue for descriptions of all camps.

Printmaking Workshop

This one day workshop will introduce young artists to a variety of printmaking forms, which may include gel plate mono printing, screen printing, and block printing. We will use nature forms and images to inspire and create our works. When we’re not making art, we’ll participate in activities that energize our bodies and hone visual skills. Prints will not be ready to go home with campers and will need to be picked up at a later date. Campers should bring one snack and one lunch with them.

Fairies and Gnomes: Nature Fantasy Camp

The natural world glimmers with magic and fantasy at this summer camp where it’s all about fairies and gnomes! Children will participates in themed read alouds, storytelling, and dramatic play. We’ll also play with size and scale as we make maps of fairyland and build gnome houses. We’ll mix up magic potions, work in the garden, and create art while exploring The Mayapple School’s outdoor classroom and woodland area. This outdoor camp is held rain or shine. Campers should bring their own snack.

Keffer Dairy Farm Camp

Experience life on a working dairy in the Sinking Creek Valley of Craig County at the Keffer Dairy, a three-generation farm. Campers will learn about farm animals and crops, insect pollinators, and farm machines from experienced farmers and educators. We’ll take tractor wagon rides, make ice cream, and play games, too! This year, Keffer Dairy will offer early drop off for one day (date TBD) at 8 am so campers can see the milking process. This outdoor camp is held rain or shine. Campers should bring their own snack.

Animal Adventures

Each day, campers will inhabit the world of a different animal through dramatic play and games that hone special animal skills. Our adventures will straddle the line between appreciation of the real and delight in the imaginary as we make maps, build animal homes, and participate in art and story. We’ll hone our tracking skills as we look for and learn about animals and their signs.

This week, we’ll enjoy two days at Price Park, where we will take an aquatic lens to our animal adventures. Our field trip days to Price Park will begin and end at Price Park, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast.

This camp is held rain or shine. In cases of very heavy or all-day rain, up to 1/3 of the day may be held indoors.

Outdoor Engineers

Young architects, engineers, and makers will build structures and solve problems during five STEAM-filled days. Campers will experiment with simple machines, solve problems using unlikely materials, and practice team work. We’ll look at how fire works, experiment with the properties of water, earth, and wind. Pulleys and ramps, levers and fulcrums, robotic mice, shoes made out of newspaper, magnets, circuit boards, team building games, and a little bit of paint all have a place at this camp.

This week, we’ll enjoy two days at Pandapas Pond, where we’ll use natural building materials to add scope to our projects. Our field trip days to Pandapas Pond will begin and end at Pandapas Pond, where you will be picking up and dropping off your child. The Mayapple School does not transport children. These days will be chosen by the end of the first camp day (Monday) based on the weather forecast.

This camp is held rain or shine. In cases of very heavy or all-day rain, or for specific projects, up to 1/3 of the day may be held indoors.

Little Explorers

Young campers explore a sampling of nature and art topics through hands on experiences. This all outdoor camp takes place at The Mayapple School rain or shine. Come get muddy in The Mayapple School’s mudpit and mud pie kitchen, explore our wooded area, take part in story and song, and make new friends!