Shambhala Sun Camp

July 13–22, 2014

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Sun Camp is an outdoor, sleep-away summer camp for children ages 10-16. Campers sleep in tents and enjoy the simple experience of waking up every day to their own world. Sun Camp is a place to have fun, make friends and learn to take responsibility for oneself and one’s world in a gentle and playful environment.

Camp consists of three interconnected programs:

Sun Camp, July 13-20: the main week-long program, for ages 10-16.
Cadet Command Workshop (CCW), July 10-13: a leadership training intensive for returning participants age 14-16 that starts three days before camp and continues throughout Sun Camp.
Rites of Warriorship (ROW), July 20-22: a rites of passage program for 16 year-olds, for the two days following camp.

Sun Camp takes place in an open field where campers take time away from their busy day-to-day lives to experience living simply in a natural environment. Campers live in tents, assist in the preparation of food and the maintenance of camp, and live with one another. Sun Camp draws on military forms, like wearing a uniform and raising flags, based on the idea that discipline and camaraderie can be used to conquer aggression and produce peace and cheerfulness. In addition, there are one or two short meditation sessions a day as well as hiking and other traditional camp activities like campfire songs, marshmallow roasting, and talent night. Camp culminates with a capture-the-flag game requiring training, discipline, teamwork, and a sense of humor. Living and practicing together in this way, cooking, eating, working and playing together, allows campers to discover themselves, their world, and each other in a unique and genuine way.

This program is held at Shambhala Mountain Center, but is not an SMC program. To register or for more information, click here.


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