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Greetings Adventure Camp Families and friends,
First off, I'd like to thank all campers, families and staff for a wonderful summer 2022. It was truly a great summer, the best of my 6 summers at Adventure Camp. Amazing staff, amazing campers, and amazing families as always.
Now for the news I've put off far too long and I apologize for that. Unfortunately, after summer 2022 ended Boston University decided not to extend Nature's Classroom's lease any further. This essentially means that Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp will not be happening for summer 2023. BU was always excellent to Nature's Classroom and provided a lot of support through COVID but with limited programming for 2 years at the facility a decision had to be made.
I know how much this camp means to many campers, staff, and families and it means a lot to me too. Camp shaped my life as I've been a part of camp programming at various camps since I can remember. Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp was a special program on a beautiful property, but it was the quality of the community we created that made it so incredible. Having the opportunity to watch campers campers and staff grow these past 6 summers was an experience I will carry with me forever. I hope that one day I can figure out a way to re-create a version of Adventure Camp somehow, somewhere, but for this upcoming summer I've decided to take a step away from camps. These past 2 years have been extremely challenging and without getting into the gory details, I'll just say a change of pace is needed for a bit.
Currently, I'm not sure what Boston University is planning to do with the facility. I know the Friends of Sargent organization are working hard and expanding in order to help rebuild something and I'm certainly rootling for them! BU still has amazing maintenance staff at Sargent keeping everything looking good and running properly.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. There still isn't a lot of info out there as to what may be in store for the future of Sargent Center. I am now currently in Colorado working for a new Outdoor Education program and quite busy so its tough to respond very efficiently. Its been a challenge to get everything in order personally as I settle in out here for a new chapter of life. I love Nature's Classroom Adventure Camp and if there is ever a chance to rebuild I would happily support that any way possible.
I wish all campers, families, and staff the very best and thank you all again for helping to create the greatest camp community I've ever been a part of.
Matt Caliendo - Adventure Camp Director
Where Will I Go?
This is a great introduction to our Trips Program as this trip takes place on the 700 acre Sargent Camp property.
While on the trip campers will experience a combination of tent and shelter camping as they practice shelter building and primitive living skills.
What Will I Learn?
Introduction to backpacking and outdoor skills including
equipment preparation, map and compass navigation, fire building, water purification, tent camping, outdoor cooking and much more!
As your outdoor skills improve you will give up a few comforts and learn about primitive skills including friction fires, wooden backpack construction, bow making, cordage, and wild edibles you can eat using your own wooden bowl and spoon made using coals from the fire!