We believe our youngest campers are capable! With Trackers, they begin their journey with fire, knives and other Forest Craft. Teacher Kelsey shares why traditional outdoor skills prove so important to ages four, five and beyond!
Our Rovers programs are for our youngest campers: Age 4 – Grade K. They adventure out to the forest to learn outdoor skills with our expert educators. Find Rovers camps…
New for 2017 This year, programs for younger campers are available in all our Summer Day Camp locations. Now you can choose camps for Age 4 – Grade K at:
We recognize that our youngest campers crave the adventures and challenges only Trackers can offer. In all our camps for preschool and kindergarten age children, we teach real outdoor skills!
For the 3rd year in a row, Kelsey returns as our Rovers Coordinator. Kelsey has been with Trackers over 6 years. She has supervised our after school, apprenticeships, overnight camp programs, and more. She has a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education and teaching credential. Her extensive educational background and experience with Trackers Earth makes Rovers one of the Best Camps in the Known Universe.
See you outdoors,
Founder & Mom
Quite a few parents called, concerned they missed the early Summer Camp discount. This happens every year. So what made this time unique? Many felt distracted and caught up with current events. We empathize and want to do something about this. We’re extending the 10% discount through March 8.
We believe Forest Skills foster compassion, self-accountability, and long-term thinking. Values we need in today’s world.
Compassion Through tracking animals, kids discover empathy. They understand how the mouse needs shelter to survive. They also feel that the coyote is hungry, and must feed her pups.
Self-Accountability Wilderness survival teaches kids to own their choices. Nature does not build a fire for you, but the wilderness does provide us with the resources to do so. As they learn to Pay Attention to nature, children cultivate awareness, knowledge, and resiliency.
Long-Term Thinking Through proper harvesting of wild plants, kids learn to think beyond the short-sightedness found in many of our present-day “leaders”. Harvesting willow for baskets can create more abundance in the years that follow. It can also help create better habitat for wildlife, and more resources for generations beyond our lifetime. Thus true long-term thinking also means caring for the community of both the human and more-than-human world.
Of course, extending our discount won’t necessarily save the world (at least by itself). Yet it is one fun opportunity we can put out there among all the news. One message just to let you know, at Trackers Earth we are dedicated to helping parents create an awesome planet for our kids. One of compassion, self-accountability, and a common vision that cares for our future generations.
Founder & Dad
Nevertheless, we teach young women to persist… with bows and arrows, campfire and wild plants, stealth and wilderness survival. BTW, we also teach young men to be thoughtful through these same skills.
Sign up for Secret Agent Camp and your kids can help to stop an evil megalomaniac from taking over the country and destroying the world.
Age 4 – Grade K Walls? Where we’re going, we don’t need walls. Outdoor skills for our younger campers: wilderness survival, wild plants & more. Age 4 – Grade K now in all SE, NE & W locations.
We’re excited to announce our new NE Portland camp location at Rose City Park Elementary (2334 NE 57th Avenue). As part of our ongoing relationship with Portland Public Schools, we are using this site while Grant High School is under construction.
Rose City Park Elementary has excellent parking and provides walkability options for families in Northeast Portland neighborhoods. Drop-off and pick-up is behind the school at the playground, providing the opportunity to utilize its nature play area for even more outdoor activity.
Our overnight programs now offer multiple new locations through our mobile camps! New to Summer 2017, choose from six different expeditions through fantastic wilderness areas. Themes include building a 20-foot hand-crafted boat while fishing on the Oregon Coast, a two week Cascade Survival Expedition, and a trip around the San Juan Islands.
Or you can join the Tracking Through Time Traveling Roadshow, an adventure spanning seven states in the American West while learning about paleontology, archaeology, and natural history. Unlike any other, this is a journey where we track wolves and antelope, rediscover ancient cliff dwellings, and follow the trails of 190 million year old fossilized dinosaur footprints. Oh, and this camp takes place during a full solar eclipse which campers will experience while in the Casper Mountains.
Not ready to hit the road? We also still offer local residential camps at Camp Trackers Overnight Site in Sandy, Oregon.
Do you have a Trackers Kid? Enter our photo contest to win a free day of Spring Break Camp! Find the best photo(s) of your kids doing Trackers Stuff. Post on social media and tag our page @TrackersEarth. Ask friends to share. We feature the top photos in our newsletter.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Pick a super awesome photo of your kid doing “Trackers Stuff” in 2016.
2. Post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
3. Tag us (Trackers Earth) in your post.
4. Add hashtag #TrackersKids2017
5. Spread the word! If you know a kid who does Trackers Stuff, even if they haven’t attended a camp, they are eligible to win as well!
1. The kid in the photo must belong to you.
2. The kid must be doing “Tracker Stuff.”
3. Enter as many times as you like!
Contest ends February 7, 2017 at midnight.
Winners announced February 10, 2017 in the evening via Facebook, Instagram, and newsletter.
Winners of the “Kids Who Trackers,” Photo Contest will receive one free day of 2017 Spring Break Camp (non-transferable to other programs)!
“Trackers Stuff” includes; hiking, tracking, whittling, ceramics, blacksmithing, foraging, gathering, basket weaving, hunting, fishing, kayaking, archery, playing Vikings & Valkyries, Pirates, Ninjas, Wizards, etc. “Trackers Stuff” qualifications will be at the discretion of the photo contest judges at Trackers Earth.
By participating in this contest, you are giving Trackers Earth permission to use submitted photos on our website and on our social media accounts.
At Trackers we have much to be thankful for.
You, all the families who support us, are at the top of our list.
We wanted to share a short film about our family and 1-day at Trackers camp.
Stories from each week of Summer Camp:
“The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner, now I am the master.” - Darth Vadar to Obi Wan Kenobi
Kids can teach parents. They go out into the world and discover skills to bring home. We smile when parents tell us how campers share their newfound knowledge with their families. It empowers them to feel Truly Helpful. Children have an innate desire to contribute to the well-being of their community. We can cultivate this through camp.
Wilderness Survival Camps
The various camps Owen has done are quite different but none are like Trackers. He loves the adventure and outdoor skills learned. At home, he teaches us how to make fire and carve wood. We appreciate the enthusiasm of the counselors and his excitement for each day. - Jake, Parents
Mary loved both of the counselors in her group and left excited about her new-found fire making skills. We are going camping this weekend and just need to bring one match, maybe two. - Kathleen, Parent
Wizards Academy Camps
Every day has been an adventure for her. She’s learning skills that excite and challenge her. She is teaching me that I need to say “be careful less” and giving me another model for letting her challenge herself safely. - Leila, Parent
Zoey had such a wonderful experience today. We heard her excited stories about the portal, the river and her hike and her cool adventures. She is teaching us how to hand crochet, the secret handshake and we love her excitement. Thank you for her wonderful day. - Mary, Parent
Farm & Wild Craft Camps
Sam is having a great time. He was using his homemade salve on the way home and telling all it’s uses. - Karen, Parent
It is always difficult to find a camp that excites all 3 of my kids but Trackers delivers! My kids come home full of stories, new experiences, knowledge and enthusiasm. My daughter and I walked the dog in the open space this week and she let me know the tree we were passing was a black oak (a fact she learned at Trackers). I get the feeling you combine real learning about nature and survival with games and stories that spark imagination and excitement. Thanks! - Naomi, Parent
Stories from each week of Summer Camp:
Many of the skills we teach are inspiring: wilderness survival, farm life, blacksmithing and fishing. We recognize these fantastic possibilities bring kids to our camps. When you get into it, these skills can sometimes turn out to be more difficult than first imagined. Yet our instructors collaborate with kids to step-up. And that’s where the true magic happens. Discovering the power of resilience and gaining confidence in their capability to learn teaches kids to explore and live a great life.
Farm & Wild Craft Camps
Maya was thrilled she got to milk a goat today. She said, “It’s much harder than it looks to get the milk to come out.” She’s really enjoyed every day of camp, her leader (Skye) is fantastic, and she’s learning a lot & making new friends! -Marci, Parent
The instructors for, Apprenticeship of the Blade, have an enormous amount of skill and knowledge about how to forge blades and they understand how to communicate it to their students. It was refreshing to find a camp that offered such wonderful instructors. Often, teenagers share very little information, not so with this class, our teenager would share his completed pieces and the knowledge that went into it. So, thank you, it is so great to hear him speak with enthusiasm instead of sarcasm. -Karen, Parent
Wilderness Survival Camps
Sebastian is normally a kiddo who doesn’t like to get dirty or wet. You can imagine my delight when I came to pick him and he was covered in charcoal “camouflage” after spending a good portion of his day out in the rain and had a blast! All he talks about is all the cool things he does including shooting “real arrows like the big kids.” Thanks for making it a super fun week for him. It’s worth the drive -Kimberly, Parent
Claire has really loved this camp. I went in to wake her yesterday and she was sobbing in her sleep. I was worried and held her while she woke up to tell me she was having a dream that she couldn’t go to zombie camp that day. Good job guys! -Robin, Parent
Editor’s Note The evil opinions of the megalomaniac dictator and scientist, The Evil Dr. Dice does not necessarily reflect the views of Trackers Earth. We are contractually obliged to let him write three blogs a year in exchange for being a guest instructor at our Evil Secret Agent Academy Camp. Luckily, he is not a legitimate threat to the free-thinking world as our good Secret Agent Academy Camp foils his awkwardly Rube Goldbergian schemes of world domination.
Greetings from the Evil Dr. Dice. Before we get started, let’s clear one thing up; a-lot of people get me confused with the whiney, mewely, hippie founder of Trackers, Tony Deis. They seem to think we’re doppelgängers. Just take a look at these pictures. I see absolutely no resemblance…
With a maniacal laugh I express my excitement to once again lead my own camp this summer, the Evil Secret Agent Academy Camp (vs Secret Agent Academy Camp). This camp is for all the evil children that never fit in to the good side of summer. While most kids were out building fairy houses from sticks, leaves, and flower-petals, my Proto-Evil Secret Agents were either kicking them over, or better yet, serving the winged-fairies foreclosure notices, evicting them, and then renting the fairy houses back at higher monthly rates than the original mortgage. Not that I’m saying bankers are Evil (though they should be proud). Seriously, no more angry letters, like when I made that “Social Media Consultants/Baristas Are Evil” faux-pas last year.
But back on topic (my therapist is helping me with my monologuing issue). I’m charged with writing my yearly review of all the other summer camps Trackers Earth is running. So here goes…
Seriously, wilderness survival skills? Where are your kids going to use those, the post-apocalypse or something? In the dystopian future where I rule, the only survival skill you’ll need is the complacency to get indoors before curfew after which my giant sentinel robots begin to patrol all neighborhood streets in the Northern Hemisphere. These androids are judge, jury, and, well, the last part we can discuss later.
Though, skills of Stealth, Archery, and Wilderness Survival may be useful when I make select teens from every region battle it out in an epic Zombie Survival Camp to soothe the seething rage of my demoralized populace. So yeah, send them to this one. They’ll need the archery skills. Also, consider Archery Adventure because somehow bow and arrow skills are more useful than the know-how to build a neutron laser! Silly. Hey, I think OMSI Science Camp has a Neutron Laser Building Camp, good on them.
Remember in the 80’s, when wondrous hyperbole came out purporting to be “research” that claimed to link Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games to evil, demonic behavior? (I know, I was excited too). Guess what, instead they found out Role-Playing games actually foster creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork (snore). And that’s exactly why the goodie-two-shoes at Trackers runs a Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) camp. They are under that deluded opinion that kids becoming a character, going on quests through the forest, and creating a village that celebrates community and camaraderie will, in one week, somehow be good for the world. Well I got news, it’s not good for the reality-altered reshaped-multi-dimensional proto-world I’ll be running… someday. BTW, they offer Day Camp & Overnight Camp options for Realms.
What, are they training a libertarian militia or something? I can respect that.
This is the ultimate flower-power lameness and shameness. Kids participate in a “village” learning “Earth living skills.” I bet all the instructors have stinky dreads, ear plugs, and are scrawny from a long-term diet of dumpster diving for New Seasons for Dave’s Killer Bread and Gogurt.
I have issues with people teaching kids to live and work together as a cooperative team. It makes them less corruptible to the forces of my shadowy media empire and Super PACS. Actually, on second thought, let those shaggy, Captain Cavemen wannabes become your child’s role models. Then, when my mutant minion forces march across the planet, your children shall seek peace and love, or whatever hippies do nowadays (snap their fingers in agreement).
Wait, what’s that you say? They also teach patterns of strategy based on nature observation and animal tracking. Essentially, how to “protect the village” with stealth and evasion skills through their goofy Rangers Guild role-playing game? That might explain why my shoelaces are constantly tied together. Ugh!
Well, I hope you appreciate this year’s reviews. I realize I didn’t get to all the camps, but they’re pretty much the same thing with different titles. I mean how is Forest Fishing unique from River Rats. Or even more egregious, Rangers Survival: Stealth & Bow from Fires, Forts & Shelters. Do you just not get to shoot bows and arrows in the latter?
Well, you know my preference, give me an awesome neutron laser any day. All hail OMSI Science Camps.
The Evil Dr. Dice
Lutras Enterprises, Total Dominator
Not the Founder of Trackers