Summer Camp Ages 6-11
Summer Camp 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19
Hello Camp Roots Families,
Unfortunately with the unknowns that lie ahead of us during the pandemic, we do not see a way forward for our Camp Roots Forest school summer camp. We have searched for paths and even spent some time on them and on every path we keep coming back to the same spot. We do not know enough about this virus and that saving lives and being a part of the solution comes before our mission to have children learning and connecting in the outdoors.
We are beyond grateful for all of you! All of you brought summers full of free play, friendships and adventures to your children and that will always be a part of them. We will miss all of the children so much and look forward to the day we can all be in parks playing freely again. Until then we wish you and your family wellness, safety, compassion, joy, and so much love.
In gratitude, The Camp Roots Forest School Staff
Camp Roots is currently closed. For information on a similar program, also located at St. Edward State Park, please visit:
Each day of Summer Camp is full of forest play, hiking, crafting, yoga, games, nature study, and exploration. Each week also includes time spent swimming at the lake, self-defense and growth mindset curriculum, mindfulness, and a lot of free choice. Our campers play a lot, learn a lot, and make lasting connections, all 100% outdoors.
Camp Roots is our original summer camp, set in the East Ball Field Field (the big field to the left as you drive into the park) at Saint Edward State Park. With a large, open field for field games; shaded tables for legos, art, and board games; and a forest area filled with sticks for fort building; Camp Roots is the perfect place for active and creative kids to spend their summer. Camp Roots 2019 is directed by Katherine Hales.
Camp Salal is the more secluded sister-camp of Camp Roots. Camp Salal is set in the Orchard (near the playground) at Saint Edward State Park. A shaded, green space with easy access to trails and fields, the Orchard is the perfect summer oasis. Camp Salal is filled with opportunities for arts and crafts, legos, chess, fort building, field games, and nature exploration.
Sprouting Roots (4-5)
Sprouting Roots Summer Camp offers forest play, hiking, art, yoga and mindfulness, games, nature study, and exploration. We are 100% outdoors. Immersed in the nature of Saint Edward State Park, children will explore their environment while having fun and making friends, all with the support and guidance of our loving teachers.
Offering Camps Weeks 1,2 & 6
Alternate Location for Inclement weather and smoke from wildfires
For our 2020 Summer Camp season if we have to close as advised by the National Weather Service for inclement weather or smoke from wildfires we will move our camp to a nearby indoor location. Guardians will be notified of our closure as soon as possible and will be given the address of our alternate location. Our location is 3 miles from Saint Edward State Park.
Our 2020 Themes
Week 1: July 6-10 Birds & Raptors
Look up! This week is all about the birds and raptors that call our park home. We will learn the basics of bird watching, explore the special adaptations that help birds and raptors survive, and find out ways we can help protect these amazing animals.
Week 2: July 13-17 Survival Skills: Shelters, Knots, and Fire
What would you do if you were lost in the wilderness? This week is all about survival and being prepared for an emergency. Campers will learn principles of survival and explore how to make basic shelters, tie useful knots, and build a fire.
Week 3: July 20-24 Survival Skills: Navigation and Foraging
Do you know how to find your way without GPS? What can you eat if you get hungry in the woods? This week, campers will practice using maps and compasses as navigation tools and will learn what to do if they get lost. They will also learn which local plants are edible or beneficial, and which could be harmful!
Week 4: July 27-31 Junior Ranger Week
During our Junior Ranger Week, the children participate in fun, interactive educational and stewardship projects, explore park trails, learn about local flora and fauna, and complete a Washington State Parks Junior Ranger booklet. At the end of Junior Ranger Week, each child receives a Junior Ranger badge from our very own Saint Edward State Park Rangers!
Week 5: August 3-7 Drama Week
Get ready to put on a show! During Drama Week, Camp Roots campers will play drama games, create costumes, memorize lines, and practice being bold and expressive. Groups will work together to put on a nature-themed play, which will be performed for Camp Salal at the end of the week.
Week 6: August 10-14 Nature Art
This week, campers will explore color, shape, and texture as they create art in and of nature. We will play with different art concepts and techniques, closely observe the beauty of the world around us, and use natural materials to create both permanent and ephemeral art projects.
Is your child ready for camp?: Link to readiness checklist
PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR RETURNING FAMILIES RUNS JANUARY 25TH-29TH, 2020
OPEN REGISTRATION FOR NEW FAMILIES BEGINS FEBRUARY 1, 2020
We operate 2 camps at Saint Edward State Park: Camp Roots and Camp Salal. Themes, curricula and pricing are the same for the 2 camps. Camp Roots and Camp Salal are each limited to 40 campers per week.
*We conditionally accept 5-year-old siblings and those children with outdoor experience. *
Tuition and Discounts
Tuition for our summer camp is $250 for the week: M-F (9am-4pm)
Sibling discount: 10%- Applies to the second sibling
Camp t-shirt provided for every camper
Monthly Payments: you may select to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit (see COVID-19 exceptions below) upon registering. The remainder of camp tuition will be due in monthly installments, to be paid in full 30 days before your child's first day of camp
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available: please contact April at email@example.com for more information.
COVID-19 Policy: If we are unable to hold camp due to COVID-19 or if you need to cancel for any reason due to COVID-19 we will refund all of the tuition paid and 75% of the deposit. See the link above for our policies.
AM (7:30am-9am): $15 per day
PM (4pm-5pm): $10 per day
AM and PM: $23 per day
For those not signed up for wrap-around care: Pick-up is between 3:55 pm and 4 pm. At 4:05 pm remaining campers will be checked into Wrap-Around Care. If your child was not pre-registered, staff will call you once your child is at Wrap-Around Care, and you will be charged the $10 fee. To respect our teacher's time-For those signed up for wrap-around care: A late fee will be assessed (per child) for pick up after 5:00 pm sharp ($3 dollars per minute for every minute past 5:00 up to 5:10 and 5:10 on it is $6 a minute). You will be invoiced and will be asked to pay the same day.
Camp Roots is free of charge for all Junior Naturalists, ages 12-17. 6 Junior Naturalists spaces are available per camp each week. To learn more and apply, please visit the Junior Naturalist Program Page.
Sample Daily Schedule
See Activities page for more details about daily/weekly activities offered
* Our nature curriculum, mindfulness, yoga, and Growth Mindset are taught during rotation time.*
7:30-9 Wrap-around Care (free choice)
9:00 Campers arrive, free choice
9:30 Whole camp meeting
9:45 Divide into teams: Name games, team building activity, go over the day’s schedule
10:30 Rotation 1: Nature Curriculum
11:15 Rotation 2: Yoga and Mindfulness
12:00 Sunscreen, Wash up for lunch by team
12:45 Free choice
2:45 Free Choice
3:30 Whole Camp Meeting (Team roll call, cheers/songs, announcements)
3:45 All campers in teams with backpacks, ready for pick up (circle games)
4:00 Pick Up
4:00-5:00 Wrap-around Care (free choice) and take-down
Nourishing food and water
Hat & Sunscreen (no spray please)
Jacket or Sweatshirt for Cooler Days
Please be sure to label all personal belongings.
No electronic items are necessary at camp.
Camp Roots is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Camp Roots is a very active camp no matter what the location or the weather. We are at camp to play and socialize outside and will do so despite rainy weather or hot temperatures.
Campers are expected to participate as they are able throughout the day and to come home tired and dirty, but with a smile.