River of Words Discovery Camp

Playful and Reflective Writing Expeditions
for ages 9-13


*Not offered in 2006*

River of Words Discovery Camp blends writing with nature exploration, literature discussions, and other activities to inspire creativity and nourish the imagination. The emphasis is on stimulating creative expression while having fun and enjoying the outdoors.

Activities may include:

· exploring the woods
· making journals
· a stream walk
· memory mapping
· storytelling games
· making natural shelters
· reading aloud
· poetry place mapping
· paper bag skits
· journal techniques
· "blind" activities
· conversation with an author
· collecting dialogue and people observations
· active group games
· discussing favorite books
· collecting natural objects
· nature-inspired art
· creating a place-based "quest"













Each day includes a rich balance of active experiences and opportunities to reflect and communicate through writing. Nature awareness and sensory activities focus campers' attention on the world around them. Writing exercises guide them to express their observations and impressions in new ways. Sharing literature opens a dialogue about the writing we love. Group games build a sense of community and are just plain fun. There are thoughtful and reflective moments, and there's also plenty of playfulness, laughing, exploring, and more.


Last year's group taking a snack break on the shore of Wrightsville Reservoir, where we spent our final day of observing, exploring, and creating.

"[My daughter] loved it—came home every evening excited about something she had done or learned, or some new idea she had had. She said she wished there were a second week"
—a 2004 parent





uncover great ideas

plunge into a story

be inspired by nature

quest for meaning

play with poetry

stretch your senses

collect images

express your ideas

awaken your imagination

wonder and wander

reflect and respond













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