Owl Campers Find New Ways to Connect with the Land

Owl Campers Find New Ways to Connect with the Land


Owl Campers join Camp Leader Richard "Mapache" in song, sitting inside a traditional tipi that they raised themselves.

This year, Owl Campers joined together to raise a traditional tipi near the organic garden. The tipi was designated is as a safe place, a place for sharing stories and leaving your troubles just outside the door. 

Campers gathered inside the tipi for morning circle and songs when the weather was chilly.  The cozy, communal enclosure made for some of the most enjoyable, heartfelt, extended song circles in Owl Camp history. Apprentices (older campers taking on leadership roles) gathered small groups of younger campers inside the tipi for brief, nature-based "lessons," and kept their audiences spellbound. Two very energetic young campers, Kevin Kingsnake and Daniel Duck disappeared for a short while during free time one day.  They were found in the tipi, respectfully and attentively fixing and adding fresh flowers to the cardinal direction altar in the middle of the circle.  


Owl Camp offers a safe space where youth are 
encouraged to try on new ideas and take part in new experiences.  Within the tipi, campers were introduced to a sense of reverence, a respect for quiet and ancient tradition. Kevin Kingsnake and Daniel Duck took these concepts to heart.  

As Owl Campers work together to construct a tipi, to build a traditional, ceremonial drum, as they learn the basics of navigating a canoe or splash in creek swimming holes shared by steelhead fry, as they camp out for the first time alongside youth from all walks of life, they are building a connection to land that will only grow deeper in the years to come.

With the gracious support of the following donors, this year LandPaths raised $20,113 for Owl Camp tuition and transportation scholarships – exceeding our goal of $20,000! With those funds we provided 48 tuition scholarships to Owl Camp (nearly 40% of our camper body!) and a daily van service from Roseland each week for those campers most in need.  We extend our gratitude to these donors for their help in ensuring that Owl Camp remains an opportunity available to ALL SONOMA COUNTY children year after year, regardless of socio-economic hurdles, and that our camper body is a true reflection of everyone who lives here in Sonoma County. 

Many thanks to the following 2014 Owl Camp Donors: 

A special thanks to William H. Hurt Foundation and Amy's kitchen for their generous donations!  We'd also like to thank

Calpine Corporation, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club, WLW Investment Trust, Jedd Parker, Alicia Nourse, Amy Booth, Andrea Record, Annette Musson, Arlene Weis, Clair Buck Werner, Craig Meltzner, Dante Benedetti, Forrest Jang, Gretchen Braren, James R. Greene, Jennifer Greene, Joan Hackeling, John W. Knight, Dan Nuebel, Lee McCarthy-Smith, Craig Anderson, Meg Porter Alexander, Marc Alexander, Margaret Hamill, Meg Beeler, Thomas Tersch, Jane M. Witkowski, Mirin Lew, Patricia Butler, Paula Hackeling, Richard Radcliffe, Sue Kavinoky, Rose Frances, Sophia hicks, Spring Maxfield, Steve Meacham, Steve Harper, Theresa Kelley, Tracy Mattson, Barbara Smoak, Donna Greer, Karen Thompson, Lee Hackeling, Abigail Zoger,& many anonymous donors!

 

 

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