Greetings from Camp Stomping Ground!
Stomping Ground is a resident camp in central New York, that values autonomy, self-concept, and community. We say yes to kids where no one else would, and we engage with campers at an unprecedented level to keep them safe, both physically and emotionally. By employing cutting edge child development theory and a (literally) world class staff, we offer an intentionally designed summer camp experience that will not only quiet the voices telling your children that they need to be someone other than who they are – it will make him explode with creativity, kindness, and the knowledge that anything is possible.
We start from the idea that kids aren’t so different from grown ups. That in a safe loving community, kids know best how to spend their time. We believe that every member of our community has a right to feel safe, physically and emotionally. And that people are happiest living in a free and trusting community. We believe that kids learn best through making decisions, not by following directions. Every decision we make at camp stems from these ideas.
WE ARE PREPARING KIDS FOR
The first day that they wake up and there's no one around to tell them what to do. By helping campers learn to develop and trust their own inner voice, we have seen that they can learn to understand that their power comes from within. When kids understand that they are to be trusted, that they are capable, and that they can be loved for exactly who they are, they can approach the world in a totally different way than if they've had their entire lives pre-planned for them.
James: We launched Stomping Ground as a one week pilot program last year, and since then, have expanded to three weeks of sleep-away camp. And really, the Stomping Ground has been a dream we've been working on for some time. Our founders have all run sleepaway camps professionally for many years, but never in a way that truly honored the autonomy of children until now. In the past year, we've had the pleasure to work with inspirational mentors like Dr. Peter Gray, connect with Free Schools and Sudbury Schools across the North East, and even speak at unschooling conferences about the beauty of helping kids to use freedom wisely at summer camp. It's been a whirlwind of a year, and we're glad to be back!
This weekend, Camp Stomping Ground is generously offering the following gift to ONE lucky SouleMama reader:
A week of camp!
The normal cost of camp starts at $400 (though we allow families to pay different amounts based on what they can afford), and we offer 1 week sessions starting July 10th and ending July 29th. All travel to camp must be paid for by the winner.
In addition, Camp Stomping Ground is offering all SouleMama readers a free Stomping Ground hoodie when they register for camp! Enter Coupon Code soulemama at checkout. This deal ends on May 9th!
To enter today's giveaway, leave a comment below (one entry per person, please). Comments will close by 9 am EST on Monday. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced in this post shortly after.