General Info

Overview

How many of us wonder if we could have been really great at some type of craft or skill, given an earlier start? Sherwood Forest Summer Camp attendees have the rare opportunity to try their hands at many crafts and skills that are no longer widely taught. Maybe your child is a natural with a bow? Or perhaps they are made for the stage, but never had a chance to be in a play before. It is amazing what new things a child can learn when you take away the distractions of modern technology and put them in a room with a skilled teacher. All of our hands-on activities take place in our 23-acre medieval village. Campers will be transported back in time to a world of knights, ladies, and a simpler way of life. Campers will work with their hands to create useful tools and learn skills that were essential to daily living in the Renaissance. No modern entertainment devices will be available. Every member of our team, whether a paid staff member or a volunteer, undergoes a strict screening and application process, and is required to participate in First Aid and CPR trainings. Our nurse is on site 24/7 and our pool is monitored closely by a skilled lifeguard. Meals are prepared by food industry professionals. We are fully state certified.

Curriculum

We generally offer 10-12 classes per session, along the lines of Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Archery, Swordplay, Theatre, Pottery, Candle Making, Falconry, and Herb Lore. To keep the curriculum fresh, we may swap out some classes from session to session and year to year.  Visit our Curriculum page for more specific examples of classes that have been offered in the past.  Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes classes are swapped out at the last moment.  We do our best to make sure any substitutions are even more amazing than the class they are replacing!

Sword PlayFalconryBlacksmithingArchery

Accommodations

We are excited to be able to offer campers the opportunity to sleep inside Sherwood’s Great Hall, a medieval castle.  (Imagine your camper’s excitement when you tell them they get to sleep in a castle?) It will be a dormitory setting, with girls and boys sleeping separately.

Schedule

In 2014 we will have 3 sessions of 6 nights each (drop off Sunday, pick up Saturday).  If campers are attending multiple sessions consecutively, they can stay with us on that “bridge” Saturday night and enjoy extra-special activities at no extra charge!  (We’ll do their laundry for no additional charge, too)

  • Session I  – Jul 6-12
  • Session II – Jul 13-19
  • Session III – Jul 20-26

Campers will wake and eat breakfast by 8:00am and go to bed by 10:00pm. During their 14 hour day they will attend four to five classes, and will have fun participating in group activities. Each day they will enjoy 3 healthy, delicious meals, several healthy snacks, have time to cool off in the pool, have a nap if desired, and will shower before bed.

Meals

We offer a healthy, kid friendly menu with options to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.   Our catering is performed by Como Ristorante Italiano, which has a solid history serving patrons at Sherwood Forest Faire since its inception (2010) and also Summer Camp kiddos since its inception (2012).  The food industry professionals at Como’s can accommodate any dietary restrictions.

Want to Know More?

Booking

  • We will accept a maximum of 80 campers per session: ten in the 7-9 age bracket and a total of 70 in the remaining age brackets.
  • Visit our Applications page to download the application and for instructions about how to pay tuition.

Tuition

Tuition per child per week: $795

Discounts

$50 discount for each of the following:

  • paying tuition in full and completing all registration paperwork by December 31 (Note: there is a reduced discount of $25 for doing so by March 31st, if you miss the first deadline)
  • each sibling after the first, if attending together
  • each week after the first, if a camper attends consecutive weeks
  • discounts are additive
In Falconry Class with Master Kevin, campers learn the basics of how to tie falconers' knots, they learn about various birds' habits and requirements, and if they exhibit appropriate caution and patience they even get to hold a falcon!

In Falconry Class with Master Kevin, campers learn the basics of how to tie falconers’ knots, they learn about various birds’ habits and requirements, and if they exhibit appropriate caution and patience they even get to hold a falcon!

 

On the day shown, campers are learning how to make a Treasure Candle.  They select items such as semi-precious stones and trinkets to place at various places in their candle as it cools; these items will then be rediscovered as the candle burns.

On the day shown, campers are learning how to make a Treasure Candle. They select items such as semi-precious stones and trinkets to place at various places in their candle as it cools; these items will then be rediscovered as the candle burns.

Master Braider Andrea teaches basic techniques to campers who are new to braiding, and challenges any who possess a modicum of experience with advanced lessons.

Master Braider Andrea teaches basic techniques to campers who are new to braiding, and challenges any who possess a modicum of experience with advanced lessons.

 

Campers collaborate to put together a performance for their parents on their departure day.  They work hard at rehearsal, often focusing on techniques such as projection and self-immersion.

Campers collaborate to put together a performance for their parents on their departure day. They work hard at rehearsal, often focusing on techniques such as projection and self-immersion.

In Herb Lore with Uilliam MacArtuir, campers roam the village and stop to learn the properties of various plants, especially the ones that are dangerous.  Here and there they even have an opportunity to taste edibles.

In Herb Lore with Uilliam MacArtuir, campers roam the village and stop to learn the properties of various plants, especially the ones that are dangerous. Here and there they even have an opportunity to taste edibles.

Blacksmithing with Master Tiger and Mistress Erin is not for the faint of heart!  Utmost care is taken to train campers in safety measures before they are allowed to strike red-hot iron and form it into useful objects.

Blacksmithing with Master Tiger and Mistress Erin is not for the faint of heart! Utmost care is taken to train campers in safety measures before they are allowed to strike red-hot iron and form it into useful objects.

Each evening after dinner Campers engage in a special activity.  Pictured here is a Poi lesson given by Master Thom Thumb.

Each evening after dinner Campers engage in a special activity. Pictured here is a Poi lesson given by Master Thom Thumb.

In Pottery with Master Steward, campers learn how to form and decorate a clay mug which they can then utilize at the glorious feast on their final night.

In Pottery with Master Steward, campers learn how to form and decorate a clay mug which they can then utilize at the glorious feast on their final night.

In Music class with Master Roy, campers learn the basics of rhythm and listening to each other, as well as learning to be less self-conscious in front of each other.

In Music class with Master Roy, campers learn the basics of rhythm and listening to each other, as well as learning to be less self-conscious in front of each other.

2013 Summer Camp Closing Performance

Sea Dragons (age 7-9) Perform

2013 Summer Camp Closing Performance

Knights (age 10-12) Perform

2013 Summer Camp Closing Performance

Druids (age 13-15) Perform