Stay Wild Youth Camps Indianapolis

Youth Programs

Types of Camps

We offer year-round day camps for homeschool students along with after school camps, winter/fall/spring break camps, and our very popular summer camps. Our camps are right in the heart of Indianapolis, Indiana in Rocky Ripple, just near Butler University.

Age Ranges
  • Ages 6-8: Flying Squirrels
  • Ages 8-12: Coyote Scouts
  • Ages 12 and up: Warrior Scouts
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  • Naturalist Routines
  • Animal Tracking
  • Primitive Shelter
  • Natural Hazards and Survival
  • Fire by Friction
  • Advanced Bird Language
  • Woodcraft
  • Stalking & Camouflage
  • Physical Fitness
  • Aid-less Navigation
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Edible and Medicinal Plant dentification
  • Storytelling
  • Community Building

Our kids and teen programs offer unique and comprehensive outdoor learning experiences. Through games, stories, adventure hikes and exercises, children are brought into a completely new relationship with their environment.

Freedom to wander and explore our bioregion with master naturalists as guides provides an ideal backdrop for discovery in nature. Lesson plans are woven into the background of each day, learning key nature and survival skills through guided exploration, games, teamwork and mentoring. They will come home tired, dirty (yep) and filled with stories and enthusiasm that will inspire the entire family.

What To Bring:

  • Suitable clothes and shoes for inclement weather
  • Water container
  • Sun Screen
  • Snacks
  • Lunch (for day camps)
  • Wilderness Journal (if applicable)

The process of modernization could be summed up as an increase in technological complexity and a decrease in nature connection. The net result for the individual is imbalance mentally, physically and emotionally and imbalance culturally through societal discord. The benefits of even a short walk in the woods are well documented, the benefits of adapting quality nature connection routines is even greater and the benefits of community supported and facilitated nature based rights of passage are greater still. We started White Pine to help individuals and families. We are a part of a cultural evolution in understanding health.

Our programs have proven very effective for adults with addiction and trauma and children with learning needs. However we are not clinical therapists. If you or your child is suffering from severe depression or suicidal thoughts we highly recommend some of the incredible resources in the wilderness therapy movement like second-nature.com or openskywilderness.com. Though some of our staff have years of experience in comprehensive wilderness therapy, White Pine is not equipped to treat or manage severe mental illness.

Our Educational Model

  • Connector.

    Nature as our Classroom

    Through targeted games, stories and skills children are brought into a completely new relationship with their environment. With nature as our classroom we teach in the tradition of the ‘invisible school’.

  • Connector.

    Mentoring Model

    We mentor our youth in complex aboriginal technologies like tracking, trapping, wild foraging, herbalism, bird language and movement. Freedom to wander and explore with master naturalists as guides provides an ideal mentoring environment. Our teaching style is based on the ancient techniques of traditional cultures the world over. Through the process of inspiration, experimentation, questioning and reflecting, students discover their gifts and ‘medicine’. When these gifts are celebrated by our community the lineage of nature connection is maintained.

  • Connector.

    Connecting with our Environment

    Our mission at White Pine Wilderness Academy is to address “Nature Deficit Disorder.” (Richard Louv) Through immersion into our curriculum of the sacred order students develop empowering relationships with Fire, Shelter, Water and Food. With the support of our peers and community we are able to restore our lost relationship with nature.

All Kids and Teen Camps

Summer Camps
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Summer Camps


All Summer Camps

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Event Venue Date Description
Coyote Scouts 8-12 Yr Old Summer Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • July 24, 2017 9:00 am

Summer Camps at White Pine are awesome. Complete nature immersion, primitive skills, expert naturalist training and advanced aboriginal technology make up our ‘curriculum’. Storytelling, wandering, awareness training, scouting, and games fill our days with adventure, mystery and fun. We extend a hand for your child to form a deep and lasting connection to the natural Read More

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Warrior Scout Teen Summer Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • July 24, 2017 9:00 am

Making the transition from a careless youth to a responsible adult is difficult in any culture. Few adults live happy, connected lives filled with purpose and freedom. Without an inspiring role model many teens rebel against the process of growing up. The result is often continued conflict, disconnection, and destructive behavior. Deep connection to nature, Read More

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Flying Squirrels 6-8 Yr Old Summer Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • July 24, 2017 10:00 am

Summer Camps at White Pine are awesome. Complete nature immersion, primitive skills, expert naturalist training and advanced aboriginal technology make up our ‘curriculum’. Storytelling, wandering, awareness training, scouting, and games fill our days with adventure, mystery and fun. We extend a hand for your child to form a deep and lasting connection to the natural Read More

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Fire Tender- Mentor in Training White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • July 25, 2017 9:00 am

The Fire Tender (Mentor In Training) program is an empowering leadership development opportunity. Available for ages 14-17. Are you a Wilderness Skills Expert? No? No problem. All that is needed to be a Fire Tender is an open mind and a willingness to learn. At White Pine Wilderness Academy we mentor youth in developing deep Read More

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August Overnight Camp White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 26, 2017 12:00 pm

White Pine overnight camps are awesome! These epic adventures include night games, campfire stalks, scouting missions and all our usual curriculum of nature, skills, and movement. Overnight camps are available to only 12 Coyote or Warrior Scouts per month and are led by White Pine Founder Matt Shull along with one assistant. Campers sleep together Read More

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Day Camps
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Homeschool Day Camps & School Break Camps


All Day Camps

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Event Venue Date Description
August Homeschool Day Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 21, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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August Homeschool Day Camp - Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 22, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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August Homeschool Day Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 22, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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September Homeschool Day Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 4, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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September Homeschool Day Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 5, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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September Homeschool Day Camp - Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 5, 2017 10:00 am

White Pine Day Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are ready, Read More

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After-School Camps
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After-School Camps


All After-School Camps

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Event Venue Date Description
August After School Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 21, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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August After School Camp - Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 21, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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After School Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • August 22, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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September After School Camp - Teens White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 4, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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September After School Camp Ages 8-12 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 4, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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September After School Camp Ages 6-8 White Pine Wilderness Academy
  • September 5, 2017 4:30 pm

White Pine After School Camps are designed to fully immerse your child in our mentoring model. Your child will be trained in the skills of woodworking, tracking, bird language, naturalist routines, foraging, & plant identification, and much more. Our mentors will guide your child into an interest of the natural world and if they are Read More

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We believe it is in our DNA to develop our problem solving abilities, our physical, emotional and mental abilities in the classroom of our environment.

Camps, Classes & Workshops for Kids and Teens


Every single camp, class and workshop is a unique experience. We typically focus on one element of outdoor studies and incorporate many educational games and methods. Our primary teacher is discovery and their own curiosity. We leave plenty of time for the students to explore their interests and spend energy in play. The theme of each class is based on the season, weather, and known interests of the students. Each class could cover any or a combination of the following components:

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Nature Awareness


It’s never too early to learn the core routines of a naturalist. We teach children techniques they can practice in nature observation, awareness, and study. From learning to use field guides to finding their “sit spot” and taking daily notes in a personal journal, there are many activities that kids can take home and practice every day to satisfy their endless curiosity and deepen their relationship with nature.


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Wilderness Survival


Day by day, kids will learn and practice all primary aspects of wilderness survival. They will learn how to forage, harvest, and build tools as they begin their personal journey towards accomplishing milestone survival skill activities such as firemaking and shelter building. In the process they will explore the endless mysteries of our bioregion, play games, listen to stories and make friends.


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Education


At White Pine there is a lot of free play and plenty of games that help teach them about nature and themselves. We put a big focus in helping them incorporate and engage their senses in the full field of awareness. Games are an integral part of the mentoring and educational approach of the school, incorporating techniques used by traditional cultures from around the world.

Ethan Runnels Scholarship

The funds you contribute will be used in a scholarship created in Ethan’s name, to allow financially disadvantaged children to attend Youth/Teen Camps at White Pine Wilderness Academy. There is more information about the scholarship here.