Typical Camp Day
- Camp facilitators start greeting campers at 9 a.m. each camp day. This is an excellent time to talk with parents, ask campers about their individual lives, and settle in to camp.
- At 9:30 a.m. we gather and discuss what the Camp day will look like and get ourselves ready for our morning activities.
- At lunch, 11:00 a.m., we gather again at our picnic tables (weather provided) to eat together.
- As campers finish lunch they can transition to free time until 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., when our afternoon activities begin.
- At 2:45 p.m. we start our rotating Camp Duties (gardening, getting snack ready, sweeping, etc.) to prepare for our snack at 3:00 p.m. Snack time together is spent Harvesting, this is could mean anything from sharing our stories of the day to playing a game like Poison Dart Frog.
- Between 3:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. campers we bid farewell to campers, excited to start fresh in the morning!
Where do the camps happen?
Most of our camps take place on our 16 acre nature preserve in Price Hill (just west of downtown Cincinnati). Some of our camps for older kids (the Adventure Camps) have our preserve as a base, but then we hop in a van and explore nature areas that are in our region. Sometimes we’ll hold a week of camps at one of our partner schools (like Pleasant Ridge Montessori). ALL of our camps emphasize being outside, regardless of where we are.
In order to help provide a safe environment and a special experience for our campers, our camps are capped at around 12 campers per age group. Our camper to counselor ratios are at most 6 to 1, and are often less. Campers are never left alone and there are always at least two adults with a camp.
First, we would like to encourage you to simply move to another camp so your camper can have the experience of summer camp. However, we understand that things come up and you may need to cancel all together. To do so, please call or email us.
– If you cancel with more than 30 days till the camp start date, then you will receive a full refund
– 15-30 days until the camp start date – 50% refund
– 2 weeks prior to start of camp – NO REFUND
Our Camp Philosophy
Our education and camp philosophy is rooted around core principles present in all of our programs and activities. Stewardship, Play, Inquiry, Intention, and Nature (SPIIN). You can read more about how each of these principles might take shape during a week of camp.
The careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care
We understand that you’re trusting us with your children, to help them grow and explore, and we take that responsibility seriously. Our Camp Facilitators are first and foremost kind with our campers and each other. We want for everyone to feel comfortable enough at Imago to explore and play freely. We also want to aid our campers in becoming practicing stewards of the Earth, our home. At camp, we’ll talk about the benefits of nature, how we can care for it, and spend plenty of time outside enjoying nature! This element shows up in our 4 kind rules; Kind to self, others, equipment, and nature.
Recreational activity; especially :the spontaneous activity of children
Play is the work of humans. We play to learn and play to build community. So while we learn about and explore nature at Imago, campers will also have a lot of time playing outside. This includes anything from our legendary Camouflage Tag to free play in the camper dubbed “Stick Hotel.” We love any play that has us up and moving and utilizing our imaginations!
The seeking of information by questioning
If any one of our elements were to be the cornerstone of our summer camps, it would be inquiry. Inquiry is at the core of everything we do at Imago. Camp facilitators as well as campers are encouraged to ask as many questions as they can think of. A frequent response to many of our campers’ questions is, “I don’t know, let’s find out!” Our camp facilitators want to know who our campers are and how they can best learn about nature with us. This means we’ll take time outside of play to reflect, discuss, and share our thoughts and stories.
What one intends to do or bring about
Feeling nervous about all this play and inquiry? No worries, our camp facilitators do have a plan. Each camp’s curriculum is planned beforehand with the input and knowledge of all our camp facilitators to ensure your child is learning about nature and community in a pedagogically sound way. We just want to incorporate our campers into the planning process. For example, in our Living Wild Camp we may follow a path of inquiry and discover how to take care of caterpillars we’ve found. But never fear! We will roll that line of inquiry right into how we can build our own shelters to keep ourselves, and our new caterpillar friends, warm and dry.
The external world in its entirety
Where inquiry is our cornerstone element, nature is our dearly loved partner in Summer Camps. As much time as possible is spent outside so we can enjoy the warm weather while it’s here! We will connect to nature and our fellow animals and plants, learning about how ecosystems change and grow and how we can foster that growth as partners in nature. Nature also shows up with our play. While we explore and discover the wonder of nature, we also make sure to allow space for campers to make their own observations and discoveries.