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Pono Grown Farm 

& Nature Camp

for 5 – 7 year olds on 15-acres in Makawao  

Nature Connection

Our program is designed to weave the skills of nature connection into fun daily activities such as scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, craft projects, gentle gardening, experiential learning games, exercises to engage our senses, direct observation, on-farm hikes, mindfulness moments, water play, stories, and music time with songs to express our gratitude.    

The outdoor “classroom” provides countless teachable moments of wonder and connection in the natural word.  Each week centers on a different nature theme, which gives focus to the books we read as well as the activities and projects we do.   

Camp days are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
from 9 am – 3 pm.   

Space is limited by our small group size as we have at least one counselor for every six campers.  

Camp pricing varies based on the number of weeks enrolled, and is outlined below.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your space in each week of camp.

Sign up for one week or all ten!  Either way the kids will have a blast and learn a lot about themselves and the natural world too!

Sample Daily Schedule

Week’s Theme: SEEDS

9 am    Sign-in and Gathering Game

9:15     Opening Circle & Welcome Song

9:30     Music Time                                                

9:45     Snack & bathroom break

10 am  Hike to Gnome Tree 

10:15  Sensory Awareness Game

10:45  A Seed’s Journey Obstacle Course

11:30  Lunchtime

11:45  Chillaxation & bathroom break

12 pm Storytime: Miss Maple’s Seeds 

12:30 pm   Seed Discovery Lab

1:15    Seed Processing for Seed Paper

1:45    bathroom break

2 pm  Snack time

2:15   Seed Sprouting Dance

2:30  Expanding Senses Exercise

2:45  Closing Circle & Farewell Song

3 pm Sign Out/Departure Time 

2021 Camp Staff

All our staff have passed extensive background checks and have experience working with young children.  Our lead counselors are are certified in CPR and first aid.

Arista Mayo

Arista Mayo

Lead Counselor June 8 - Aug 6

Biochemistry grad with a love for storytelling, imagination-building, and all things nature.  Experienced with kids as assistant Waldorf teacher, craft director, master of games, and assistant counselor for our 2020 summer camp.

Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller

Assistant Counselor June 8 - Aug 6, and Lead Counselor Aug 10 - 13

Journalism major with a love for sports, yoga, singing/guitar, and environmental ethics.  N.O.L.S. grad, elementary student tutor/mentor, former camp counselor for kiddos with special needs.         

Shannon Boon

Shannon Boon

Assistant Counselor Aug 10 - 13

 

Holistic health nut with a love of plants, the outdoors, and all things music. Experienced summer camp counselor, ropes course leader, beloved nanny, and bringer of FUN!

 

Nature

Nature

June 8 - Aug 13 and beyond

Best teacher of all!  
Master of teachable moments.
Bringer of wonder and awe.
Reminder of the interconnectedness
of all life.  

Counselors in Training

Counselors in Training

June 8 - Aug 13

We are so fortunate to work with two lovely teenage junior counselors (one per week) who offer wonderful support with our campers, while honing their leadership skills throughout the summer.            

Danielle Ryan

Danielle Ryan

Camp Coordinator

Long-time Maui resident, mother, wellness advocate, Ayurvedic counselor, and N.O.L.S. trained outdoor educator with 17 years of experience creating and leading nature-based camps for adults, kids, and teens.

 

2021 Camp Dates 

Week 1:  June 8 – 11  TREES 

Week 2:  June 15 – 18   WATER 

Week 3:  June 22-25  SUN/SKY 

Week 4:  June 29 – July 2  FLOWERS 

Week 5:  July 6 – 9  POLLINATORS 

Week 6:  July 13 – 16  SOIL  

Week 7:  July 20 – 23  SEEDS 

Week 8:  July 27 – 30  CREATURES 

Week 9:  Aug 3 – 6  OCEAN

Week 10:  Aug 10 – 13  ECOLOGY

 

 

2021 Camp Pricing

all 10 weeks

all 10 weeks

$200/week

8 or 9 weeks

8 or 9 weeks

$220/week

6 or 7 weeks

6 or 7 weeks

$240/week 

4 or 5 weeks

4 or 5 weeks

$260/week

2 or 3 weeks

2 or 3 weeks

$280/week 

1 week

1 week

$300/week 

Why Choose Us?

Skilled Staff

 

 

 

 

 

Small Groups

  

 

 

Terms & Conditions 

 

Pono Grown Farm & Nature Camp is an OUTDOOR camp, so please have children arrive well fed, sun-protected, and ready to play outside.  Two dedicated shade structures will serve as our camp’s home base, and the barn will be available for shelter as needed on stormy days, and we will explore in all types of weather.

 

REFUNDS & CANCELATIONS A $100 deposit is required to hold each camper’s space PER WEEK of camp.  This deposit is non-refundable except in the case of camp cancelation due to mandates for the COVID-19 situation extending beyond 5/31/21.  The remaining balance of camp fees is due by drop off on the first day of camp.  If attending multiple weeks, balance can be paid at once or weekly.  In situations where we feel a child has social or emotional needs beyond our capacity, we may need to withdraw the child from camp, and in these rare cases a partial refund may be issued at our discretion for the remainder of the program. 

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE Please honor the group by arriving and picking up on time.  Waiting for late arrivals and/or departures limits the mobility of the group, and affects everyone.  Camp begins at 9 am and ends at 3 pm.  We do not offer extended hours.  Late pickups are subject to a fee of $10 for every 10 minutes past pickup time.   Drive slowly in the parking lot, and park mindfully so that there is plenty of space for other cars.  The camp director will sign your child(ren) in at drop off each morning, and a counselor will sign them out each afternoon at pick up. Place their gear in their designated spot on the base camp shelf, and make sure they know/recognize which bag(s) are theirs.  We are often off adventuring on the farm, and are not always at base camp, so coordinating arrivals and departures at alternate times can be tricky.  Please inform counselors ahead of time if you ever plan to drop off late or pick up your child early.  If not, you may be on a wild goose chase to find them among the 15-acres! *see updated policy in application form for COVID drop/off pick up changes.

 

FOOD & WATER  Please pack a nutritious lunch for your child each day along with two snacks.  Also send your child with a full water bottle each morning.  Water will be available for refills as needed, but having it full to start each day saves us time and energy with the group. 

 

SUN & RAIN The children will be outdoors a good portion of each day, so please dress them appropriately, and apply sunscreen BEFORE camp.  Counselors can assist in reapplying (especially for full day campers) but only if you send the sunscreen of your choice labeled with your child’s first name. We will also be wearing hats while in the sun, so be sure to send one, and prep your camper for hat wearing!  We hope at some point to have some rain, so even if you don’t think it will rain, send a raincoat for your child as we will venture out in all weather. 

 

 ILLNESS  (Refer to extensive COVID policies).  If children show any signs of illness, please keep them at home (persistent cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, yellow or green snot, fever).  If children present any of these symptoms during camp, you will be contacted to pick them up immediately.  We do not have the capacity to care for sick children at camp. 

 

SAFETY  To maintain a safe environment, children must be able to follow safety rules that include but are not limited to the following: (1) Stay with the group, (2) Listen to directions, (3) Play only within designated camp areas, and (4) Use kind words and gentle hands with others
.  Our lead counselors are currently certified in CPR and First Aid, they have been screened with extensive background checks through SterlingNOW, and have your children’s safety as their first priority.  If children are repeatedly unable to adhere to the safety agreements, you will be contacted to pick up your child.

 

WHAT TO BRING & WHATNOT  Once registered, you will receive a packing list.  Please make sure campers have all items on the list with them each day.  Don’t send your child to camp with toys, devices, or other treasures.  We cannot be responsible for keeping these valuables clean or safe in our outdoor setting. Mahalo!

 

 

Contact Us

Physical (not mailing) Address

641 Olinda Road
Makawao, HI

Phone

(808) 280-0201

Email

danielle@samanawellness.com

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