We love Camp Roots! Thank you for providing such a fun, positive outdoor experience for my little one 🙂
Camp Roots is probably the happiest part of our kids' lives. The instructors care, the kids can be thoughtful and wild and mature and immature, and we're excited about what they get to learn.
Camp Roots!! I have to tell everyone about the outdoor preschool that my boys attend! Camp Roots is an amazing, wholesome experience for my 3 and 5 year old sons. They are immersed in nature the entire time, rain or shine and they have a ball! It's not just that they have fun exploring, building, investigating, observing, and getting out lots of healthy little boy energy. They also get the positive things from standard preschool, like making new friends, learning independence in situations away from home, and how to follow and enjoy some structure in their schedule. I especially love the mindfulness and yoga aspects of the program. Camp Roots has a small staff of very warm, caring teachers, and they are all very lovely people. I wouldn't choose any other preschool for my kids, and I'm so happy I found this program. I can't recommend it highly enough!
I was hesitant to leave my 4 year old with people I didn't know but I had been interested in the idea of outdoor school for years. My friend decided to enroll her son for the year and I heard nothing but good things. Initially, he disliked hiking but after a while, he was leading the hikes! Towards the end of the school year, I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad I did! My daughter is a free spirit and loved being able to run and play, explore and hike. After the first day, she begged me to take her out of her "indoor" preschool and bring her back to Camp Roots more often. So I did. :) After the school year was over, she was lucky to get a last minute opening to 2 weeks of summer camp. I couldn't believe that after a long day playing, she was upset when we picked her up! She was having so much fun crafting, learning hula hoop, climbing trees, swimming and hiking that she never wanted to leave! April, Margaret and Katherine do a wonderful job honoring each child and allowing them the freedom to grow into who they are meant to be. No more cookie cutter pre-cut crafts that the teachers finish for the kids. It was a breath of fresh air to no longer hear teachers telling my daughter to stop running, talk quieter and keeping her on a tight schedule. She has learned yoga, she has new friends, she is free to wander the camp area with friends, she has fun stories about her day and she comes home dirty and sleeps well. She thrives in this outdoor school environment so much so that we've decided to give homeschooling a shot and use Homeschool Roots as a way to complement her rhythm. It's a 30 minute commute for us but it's SO worth it. I couldn't provide this for her on my own. I believe that having this time away from Mom, immersed in nature, with her new tribe, figuring out who she is, is so healthy for her. Thank you Camp Roots.
What an outstanding camp. I love that my kids are outdoors all day, even in the rain. They wake up in the morning excited to go and come home inspired and tired after a full day outdoors- yay! A good mix of interesting curriculum, opportunity to meet new kids in mixed-age groups, and free-time that is less structured. Good people and well-managed. Plus I feel that this is a great value. We love Camp Roots.
We are on our 4th year in the Forest Roots program. Love the thoughtful approach to time in nature and the amazing teachers.
I was looking through all of the smugmug pictures from this year of our Forest Roots kids today. And I'm just overcome with gratitude for this program! Kids climbing trees barefoot or sitting on logs with their friends dipping their toes in the lake on an early fall day. Kids in rain gear sitting on a tarp looking through microscopes and drawing the various organisms they see in their journals. Kids splashing in giant puddles, kids covered in mud with rain dripping from their hair or rolling down their hoods with giant smiles on their faces. I love Camp Roots so much! It is the epitome of why I homeschool AND a homeschooling community for my kid that can be so hard to find. Huge thank you to our teachers for making space for our kids to thrive and for creating a culture of curiosity and kindness in this program. <3