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AdventureLand Maker CampS

at Los Gatos Farms
9am - 2:45pm
(Aftercare until 5pm, Mon-Thurs)
Ages 8 to 12
 Plus Teen Leadership MIT Positions

Tribal Wisdom Academy 5-day and 4-day Adventure Day Camps: TWA Kids are makers! Campers are free to participate in our daily maker projects or may invent their own projects as well. Our campers appreciate TWA's open space, raw materials, real tools, and the support of adult mentors. TWA Kids carve wooden projects and build tree houses with hammers-n-nails in our wild forest AdventureLand! This gives children traditional social development, with safe Mentor guidance. We believe that whole-child development requires playing the "non-virtual reality games" of an authentic human childhood. Our staff guide your child in real-world body/brain/character development.

And Friday 1-day Camps (which are part of our 5-day camps) feature exciting new levels of Blacksmithing in 2018. Hammer copper and hot iron into cool stuff!

TWA school and camp founders Ben & Claire Walker have had a lifetime of careers in environmental and experiential education. And our Tribal Wisdom Academy team of Mentors are role-models of pioneer skills, safe practices, good character, mindfulness, and deep nature connection. We ensure that your child is getting a true mentorship and an authentic childhood experience, as expressed in our photos and camp videos from the past 3 summers. TWA is located in the wild woods of Los Gatos Farms.  

 Last summer's projects included Sling Shots.

Last summer's projects included Sling Shots.

  • Bow Carving
  • Blacksmithing
  • Blowgunning
  • Tomahawks
  • Fire-by-Friction
  • Real Tools
  • Power Drills
  • Treehouse Building
  • Campfires at lunch
  • Tree-to-tree Slacklines
  • Kid-made Ziplines
  • Daily Maker Projects
  • NEW 2018 projects!
  • 8 Weeks of Summer!
  Tree House building in the forest shade.

Tree House building in the forest shade.

AdventureLand Maker Camps: 
$540 Mon-Friday 5-day Camps include a $172 Friday Blacksmithing Campor book $392 Mon-Thursday 4-day Camps. 

Age 8-12, (or MIT age 12+) 
Daycamp 9am to 2:45pm

#1.  June 11-15 (FULL) 
June 18-22 (FULL) 
#3.  June 25-29
#4.  July 9-13 (80%) 
July 16-20 (90%) 
July 23-27 (Filling fast) 
#7.  July 30-Aug 3 (2 spots left) 
#8.  Aug 6-10 (90%) 

Two Weeks? If you book 2 or more weeks for your child, the great news is that we have NEW Maker Projects in 2018 that ALTERNATE between odd and even week numbers. So if you want two weeks, it is better to choose one odd & one even week. (Your choice of two weeks does not need to be consecutive).

 Kids bring a lunch for the campfire every day! Camp limit is four groups of 12 kids per week.

Kids bring a lunch for the campfire every day! Camp limit is four groups of 12 kids per week.

TEEN Mentor-in-Training Camps

The M.I.T. work/leadership training camp is for younger teens, age 12+, who have already attended TWA programs anytime during the past three years, (or who attend one week during the current summer as a regular camper before doing an MIT week). Your teen will be assigned to our adult Mentors who train them in leadership and job skills. Parents may choose any week of the summer. No application is needed, although if your teen has difficulty with his/her leadleadership responsibities, he can simply continue the week as a regular camper, (very fun too). MIT hours are 8:40am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Cost $540. Choose any week. The limit is only 3 MIT Mentorships per week. Call/text/email Claire for availability or questions. 408-898-8204 REGISTER HERE.

Or if you think that your teen wants to go to camp (and not be an MIT), your teen may sign-up as a regular 4-day or 5-day camper to focus on wilderness skills and building stuff. We will keep your teens busy with advanced building projects. 


SUMMER CAMP AFTERCARE is anytime required before 5pm, Mondays through Thursdays only. (On Fridays, all kids need to be picked up by 2:45pm). Sign-up for Aftercare on your first day of camp, or anytime that week, (please wait until your child's week of camp to sign-up): TEXT "Aftercare" to 408-898-8177 with your child's full name, and your pick up times/dates. The aftercare location is near the goat barn. The cost is $5 per each (or partial) 15-minutes. Pay by check or PayPal on Thursday, when you pick up your child. No-stress.

Tax info:
Tribal Wisdom Academy, LLC.
Camp Los Gatos
PO BOX 1086
Los Gatos, CA 95030
E.I.N. # 47-1937599

PARENT SUPPORT: Call or text Noon to 6pm during weekends, or 8:30am - 5:30pm during summer camp weekdays, or text/email anytime. 
Camp Office: 408-898-8204

The remaining summer weeks are filling fast!