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The Next Step In Your Adventure

Kestrel’s Summer Adventure camps are a unique experience based on nature, imagination, community, and independence. Our carefully planned days follow a storyline into wild places where we connect directly with wildlife or learn to live off what we find around us. Our activities flow together as we explore, make things, adventure, and play. We begin every morning with storytelling and community building, and our days are filled with kids being kids, making choices, and adding their voices to the story as it unfolds. We end each day at the beach if weather permits. Every day is wild, fun, imaginative, and child centered. There is always free time to be spent either focusing on a favorite new skill or just relaxing and playing. Daily group meetings nurture new friendships and encourage campers to value, care for, and learn from each other.

Our instructors are responsive, experienced, professional naturalists and educators who listen to children and understand that they learn best through opportunities to challenge themselves and use all their senses.

Note that there is no motorized transportation involved in our program day. We walk about 3/4 mile to our woodland site each day, and a little over a mile from there to the beach where we end our day (drop off is at Rockport Elementary School and pickup is at Old Garden Beach).

Financial aid is availableClick here  to download our application. Deadline to apply for financial aid is May 15.

All educational and non-academic programs, activities and employment opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, homelessness, age and/or, disability, and any other class or characteristic protected by law.

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Survival! Rockport 

* transportation available from Beverly, details below

Ages 8 to 14 (depending on session)

At Survival Rockport Camp, your group will build a primitive village in the Rockport woods, including shelters, a fire pit, a group living area, and possibly some food storage cellars and even a treasure map. You will make fires without matches and cook marshmallows over them almost every day. Most fun of all, you will do all of this while being inside a story about how we came to be in this survival situation, and you will work with new friends to create the details of the story. At the end of the week, you will have gained independence, outdoor skills, and new friends, both human and animal. Come survive and adventure with us this summer! Registration is open now.

Practice the arts of survival and community building in nature. Search for underwater discoveries. Figure out what it would take to live comfortably in the local woods. Along the way, meet new friends and learn about wildlife.


Our sites are the little traveled Gott Lane Woods, nestled in a beautiful woodland alongside several ponds and streams in Rockport, and Old Garden Beach. Alongside a merry band of intrepid explorers, you will learn how to make fires, build shelters, identify wild edibles, purify water, try to catch crabs, craft tools, and track animals. The plan for each day is decided at a morning meeting, by all of us together. You get to be the leaders as we find a way to survive and live off the land!

*New: We are now offering transportation from our Beverly office to the Survival Rockport location and back. This option will only be offered if a minimum of 3 campers sign up for transportation in any given week. A maximum of 6 campers will be transported per week.

  • Session 1 (ages 7-12): July 15-19

  • Session 2: (ages 7-12) July 22-26

  • Session 3 (For Returning Adventurers ages 10-14 only): July 29-August 2

  • Session 4 (ages 7-12) : August 5-9

  • Price: $325 per session

  • Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aftercare is available until 4:30 by prior arrangement

  • Price Includes: Survival Gear (Firesteel, whistle, orienteering compass, and bandana) and s'mores!


  • Adventures sites are Gott-Lane Woods and Old Garden Beach in Rockport

  • Drop off at Rockport Elementary School (or our Beverly office)

  • Pick up at Old Garden Beach or at Rockport Elementary School in case of rain or hazardous weather (or our Beverly office)


Week One: My Side of the Island - We are adventurers who have decided to spend a year in the forest learning to live off the land. At the end of our camp week, our job is to convince families we are so comfortable out in the woods that they will want to move into our village with us instead of taking us home.

Week Two: Wolf Camp - We have come to this remote woodland to study the relatives of wolves and figure out how we can re-introduce a wolf family to this place. We have to live like a wolf pack while we're out here, learning to move quietly, hide out, and maybe even have some group howls.

Week Three: Off the Map - While on an expedition, we accidentally wandered into a wild place that's not on any map. We found ourselves unable to find our way back, and we will need to create maps of the whole place in order to help our rescuers find us.

Week Four: Shipwrecked - After a month lost at sea, we have washed up on a little island with plenty of wild foods and fresh water and interesting wildlife. We will have to learn to thrive here. By the end of the week, we will try to make a seaworthy raft so we can rescue ourselves.



Ages 4 to 7

Now at our new location at Glen Urquhart School in Beverly! Experience the world through the eyes, ears, nose and paws of a different animal each morning. Start the morning with animal stories at our meeting circle, then begin the day's ramblings. Search the woods and wetlands for food that animal might eat, learn to move like the animal, and make a nest or a den. Follow tracks and signs, and see if we can find and observe the animals themselves!

When you register, you will be directed to the Glen Urquhart School website, where you will be asked to set up a simple account in order to complete registration.

We learn about local animals by imagining we are those animals. The morning is filled with wild explorations, games, challenges, stories, and a bit of free play. We might walk like a raccoon and learn to catch small fish, learn to be alert like deer, or hide our nests like finches. Each day holds surprise and wonder.

The Location: Glen Urquhart School is a magical place in Beverly Farms. Naturalistic and elegant, the facility is surrounded by wild places. We will wander the forests, scramble over rocks, run through the fields, and play in the stream. When we are ready for some indoor time, we can seek shelter in the greenhouse or our summer classroom.

  • Session 1: June 24-28

  • Session 2: July 8-12

  • Price: $215 per session

  • Times: 9 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Location: Glen Urquhart School, Beverly Farms

  • Full Day Option: Glen Urquhart offers a traditional day camp, and if you would like to, you can enroll in the afternoon portion. Combined with the morning Being Animals program, this will add up to a full day. Camp and aftercare can begin as early as 7:30am and extend as late as 5:30 if needed.


        To be determined

Financial aid is available. Click here to download our application. Deadline to apply for financial aid is May 15.

ThESE campS must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health


When you participate in a Kestrel Summer Adventure, here is what you can expect:

Education Our instructors are well-trained, practiced, professional educators, which means we never rely on canned or scripted summer activities. We think - and research shows - authentic learning occurs when children are encouraged to learn by doing. We create real and lasting growth through a focus on sensory awareness, imagination and systems thinking. 

Adventure The hallmark of a great adventure is that you have no idea what is going to happen next. With Kestrel your child becomes the central character in an unfolding story. Though we take great pride in thoroughly preparing for each program, we never plan the outcome, which we believe should happen naturally and spontaneously, drawing on the unique qualities of the landscape, and the particular interests, questions, and experiences of the children who participate. On a summer adventure, you learn to expect the unexpected. 

Play Playfulness is the fullest expression of our natural drive to explore, engage and connect with the world. When children freely engage in play, they learn new things, develop key social and emotional skills, feel part of a community and take on new challenges. Engaged in transformative play, children build healing relationships with the key people in their lives. No Kestrel program is complete without joy and laughter.

Community At Kestrel we make room for all kinds of learners and all kinds of personalities because we believe every child has something to contribute and every child has a role to play. Participants may arrive as a collection of individuals, but they leave as a community of friends.