Program Overview

This program is sure to challenge your child’s survival instincts and imagination!  Stranded on a “deserted island,” children are provided with only the bare essentials to create their own little world in the woods. Each day is filled with adventure and excitement as the week unfolds! Programs may vary based on location
Castaways - TimberNook Northwest Indiana
Program Details:

Children are on a quest to survive and thrive after being “Shipwrecked” on a deserted island. During this TimberNook Castaways week, kids will construct shelters, design treasure maps, participate in survival challenges, build tools with materials that wash up on shore, and entertain themselves in creative ways using only what is available to them on their island!! This week is the ultimate adventure designed to inspire ingenuity, creativity, planning skills, and teamwork.

Hand tools will be available for use on some days. Tool safety will be discussed, and children will be monitored closely and guided as needed.

Please read this information carefully prior to registering your child.

This nature program is for children ages 7-12, but the ages may be flexible to accommodate siblings- please send us an email prior to registration if this is an issue for you. This summer camp runs 9am-3pm. 

Our program is inclusive; we are a safe place for children and families of all abilities, backgrounds, and belief systems. Children are required to bring their own food; families will be notified of allergies prior to camp.

        COVID procedures

  • Children sanitize and wash hands frequently
  • Parents asked to screen for covid daily
  • Counselors self-screen for covid daily
  • frequent cleaning of bathroom
  • masks not required outdoors. This may change depending on fluctuating regulations.
  • some activities/materials modified
  • REFUND POLICY- In the event that we have to close due to lockdown, you will be offered a 90% refund or 100% credit.  Credit is ONLY issued in the event that TimberNook Northwest Indiana has to cancel the program. If a child has to miss a class for any reason there will be no refunds.

When deciding if summer camp will be a good fit for your child, please take the following into consideration:

  • We maintain a 6:1 child/adult ratio where the role of the adult is to step back and tune in.  TimberNook staff maintains visual contact with children, but may be out of arm’s reach. Counselors allow children the opportunity to build conflict resolution skills and sense of independence, stepping in when safety is a factor.
  • Children maintain visual contact of a TimberNook counselor, stay within the designated boundaries of our site, and manage their needs (such as eating, drinking fluids, and using the restroom). Please no children in diapers.
  • We understand that children are individuals and sometimes have varying abilities and unique needs. If your child requires additional support, please contact us to make a plan prior to registering.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. If you are having difficulty with registration or payment, please try a different browser (chrome is the suggested browser) and clear your cookies/cache. If this program is full, email to be added to the waitlist:

[email protected]

An email will go out the week prior to camp with more details about what to expect.

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TimberNook Northwest Indiana

Castaways – TimberNook Northwest Indiana

May 30 - Jun 3

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ages: 7 - 12


Gabis Arboretum: 450 W 100N Valparaiso, In 46365


Instructor:

Timbernook Certified Provider Team Member

Jenni Csenar

Timbernook Certified Provider Team Member

Stacey Stasko

Timbernook Certified Provider Team Member

Erin Crews

Timbernook Certified Provider Team Member

Kylee Ann Martin


Capacity: 19 (0 spots left)

Email [email protected] or call 305-304-8344 with questions and inquiries.

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