Overnight Nature Camps

Earth Roots is our foundational overnight camp, designed for new and returning campers ages 9 – 17. Get back to your roots and learn the philosophy of living close to nature, wilderness survival, and how to nurture your connection to the earth. We will explore the surrounding forests and swim in wild water as we discover more about the magical world of nature.

Earth Roots will be a prerequisite for Way of the Scout coming back Summer 2025!

The Impact of Overnight Camp

There is something overnight camps offer that day programs can’t. Our Earth Roots program is where we dive more focused into the art of survival and our core practices that really build a love for the earth. These camps are the backbone of so much of what LES has to share, built to help youth develop late into their teens.

Spending time day after day sharing adventures together is where childhood memories really develop. Summer should be filled with trying new things.

During the days, we craft, explore the wild, and live the timeless good life of a summer in nature. They will make new friends as they gain confidence in both living and feeling at home in the natural world.

In the evenings, we gather around the central fire for stories of wild adventures, star gazing, laughter, and music. For meals, they cook in small groups to learn how to prepare nourishing food in an outdoor setting.

At night, campers sleep in tents, either alone or with a friend. LES overnights are a safe place where kids can try new things and discover more about who they are.

Our overnight camps will cover:

  • Tracking Wild Animals, Awareness Skills, & Games

  • Starting Fire by Friction (Without Matches)

  • Wild Food Harvesting & Preparation

  • Safe Water Gathering & Building Natural Shelters

  • Wilderness Philosophy and Natural History

  • Learning Earth Based Crafts, including Spoon & Bowl Making

  • Campfire Cooking & Swim Time

  • Team Building and Communication

“My daughter came home aglow and proud of herself. She talked about the instructors, stories, and how the thunder didn’t feel as loud—which also supports the importance of the outdoors for her and how deeply it affects her body. Thank you for exuding calm and encouraging her! Feeling so grateful for you all!”
Parent of overnight camper

“Want a wilderness experience for your children that is wholesome, filled with a wealth of insight, and love? This is the place. Thank you for taking such good care and providing such a great experience for my 12 y.o.”

C.L., parent of overnight camper

        2024 Summer Camp Schedule


Montfair Resort Farms

1: June 16 – 21

Earth Roots Overnights

2: June 23 – 28

Earth Roots Overnights

3: July 7 – 12

Earth Roots Overnights

4: July 14 – 19

Earth Roots Overnights

Details & Registration

  • Ages 9 – 17

  • Earth Roots 1: June 16 – 21 (FULL)

  • Earth Roots 2: June 23 – 28 (FULL)

  • Earth Roots 3: July 7 – 12 (FULL)

  • Earth Roots 4: July 14 – 19
  • Arrival: Sunday 2 pm

    Pick up: Friday at noon

  • Montfair Resort Farm (Crozet/White Hall)

  • $895

    Financial Assistance: We do have a growing Scholarship Fund for campers this summer thanks to generous donors! Please fill out this APPLICATION FORM to be considered for financial assistance. Scholarships are decided on a first-come first-serve basis and applicants will hear back within 3 weeks. We recommend applying before Jan 15, 2024. The application period ends March 11th, 2024.

  • All supplies will be included, other than the basic camping and clothing gear. We will send a what-to-bring list and details upon registration.
  • No Prerequisites

  • Free T-shirt included