Week 1: July 29 - August 2 | 9am - 12pm
Week 2: August 5 - 9, 2019 | 9am - 12pm
See description and more registration info below.
You may email email@example.com to be put on the waitlist once quantity is out of stock, aka camp week is full.
**In 2020, there will be two, 2-week sessions available to accommodate more campers. Check back next year!
The entire two-week session will be Star Wars themed for 4K - 2nd graders, allowing kids to move up in the 'ranks' as they master yoga and mindfulness skills like Yoda. Sensory exploration at nearby parks in the great outdoors will serve as a great connection point between mindfulness and outdoor play. We will try to be outside as long as the weather permits. Luke trained in nature and so will we! Focused on learning self-regulation strategies, this week is a must for parents looking to help their 4-7 year olds be more self-aware and able to express / understand their emotions. Watch out though.... they may start reminding you to take Jedi Breaths!
Glenwood Moravian Church: Across from Wingra School
Address: 725 Gilmore Street, Madison WI 53711
**Short walking distance to UW Arboretum trails, Wingra Park and Glenway Park
After you finish payment, you'll receive an email receipt that includes the following information for you to keep on hand:
- Can I register for week 2 by itself? Week 2 will be used to build off strategies and relationships from week 1 so your child needs to have previously participated in Jedi Beginnings 2018 or participated in the Jedi Training mindfulness REACH class at Midvale Elementary School. We appreciate your understanding.
- Is this a church camp or spiritual camp? No. This is a summer camp focused on building skills in self-regulation using mindfulness, play and nature as our tools for learning and expression. We do not talk about religion or any spiritual beliefs. We do teach yoga poses to help with focus and guide some of our play, but we do not talk about yoga philosophy or Buddhism.
- What are camp hours? 9am - 12pm
- Do I need to send a yoga mat? No, we have our own mats to use when we teach yoga.
- Do you supply snack? Yes, we supply a healthy snack around 10am for campers. It is typically a fruit, vegetable, healthy grain or combination of all three. If your child has significant food allergies, we ask that you send a snack with them just in case.
- Where is Camp Begin held? Glenwood Moravian Community Church. Address: 725 Gilmore Ave, Madison WI 53711. We are thrilled about this central location because it is within walking distance to Glenwood Park, the UW-Arboretum and Wingra Park.
- Are you a non-profit organization? No. Hike & Heal Wellness, LLC is a for-profit organization. Camp Beginnings is the summer day-camp of Hike & Heal Wellness. See sales receipt for our tax ID number for childcare write-offs for taxes.
- What will my child be doing most of the day? Campers will engage in a lot of play! As a Physical Education teacher, I know that kinesthetic (movement) learning builds memory cells inside our very own muscles. In addition, these memory cells are attached to synapses in our brains that build pathways and directly contribute to how we process and receive information. Your child(ren) will engage in outdoor play for the majority of the day through meaningful games and creative art projects which promote the practices of mindfulness, yoga and leadership. This is taught age appropriately, going deeper into these practices with meaningful conversations as children age.
- Will my child only be practicing breathing and yoga poses? NO! Nature cultivates the concept of mindfulness authentically, and thus will be the vehicle for those conversations and teachable moments. Yoga will be learned through playful engagement, and yes sometimes kids will learn different breathing techniques to use at home in addition to yoga sequences that either energize or calm the body. Conversations about feelings and emotions are also extremely important ways we will be teaching leadership and mindfulness. We aim to teach the kids to learn about their own bodies and brains! All of these strategies and more will be taught with the intent to help regulate sleeping, mood, focus, behavior, and emotions among other benefits.
- Who are the instructors? Moira Farrell & Alyssa Schultz. Moira teaches K-2 Physical Education, as well as a K-1 Mindfulness REACH class coined "Jedi Training." Alyssa is a first grade DLI (dual-language immersion for Spanish speaking students) classroom teacher who utilizes mindfulness and outdoor learning into her curriculum. Both certified educators teach at Midvale Elementary School and love the opportunity to teach their passions throughout a small part of the summer. In addition to our lead teachers, Camp Beginnings utilizes Peer Mentors who range in age from 9-14 and are previous Hike and Heal Beginnings participants. They help role model positive behavior and assist the lead teachers with whatever they need.
- Are you looking for volunteers? Always! Teachers looking to bring yoga, mindfulness and outdoor learning to their students benefit from learning content and having fun. Some volunteer while their child is at camp. We are also looking for peer mentors who are older than the camper group. Tell your tweens & teens to email Moira to be considered.
- Is this a camp only for kids with special needs? No! This camp is for all children ages 4-7 years old. We get a mixture of campers who have IEPs and ones who do not. As teachers in Madison Public Schools, we feel it is important to gather as much information as we can on each camper prior to meeting them. This philosophy drives the questions on our camper information form.
- Additional Questions? Email Moira or text her at (920) 371-1289 for additional information. If you call, please leave a message and she will get back to you as soon as possible. She teaches full-time in addition to owning and operating Hike and Heal Wellness so email and texting is typically faster when seeking a response.