Summer Camps 2021

Youth Camps

Each summer we embark on a journey to connect more deeply to the landscape and ourselves. Epic games – Ancestral Skills – Movement – Laughter –Challenges – Friendships … it’s all a part of Laughing Coyote Summer Camp!

We are offering three Youth Day Camps this year (coed, ages 8-12). Rather than sticking to specific themes as our camps have in the past, this summer we will meld the content of Scout, Bushcraft, and Skills into our camps. Each Youth Day Camp session will offer a new set of skills, games, and activities so it will not be the same experience if your camper attends more than one week.

Registration for camps will go live at 8am on February 15th.
Camps are filled on a first come, first serve basis with our online registration.

For those of you with children under 8 years of age, our friend Liz Kriso will be running her popular camp at Fire Willow Farm. Sign up for that camp directly through her at:  swi[email protected]

Youth Day Camp Session 1:

Dates: Monday June 14 -Friday June 18
Ages: Coed ages 8-12
Times: 9am-2pm
Location: Fire Willow Farm – 10152 N 65th St., Longmont, CO 80503
Cost: $400

Youth Day Camp Session 2:

Dates: Monday June 21-Friday June 25
Ages: Coed ages 8-12
Times: 9am-2pm
Location: Fire Willow Farm – 10152 N 65th St., Longmont, CO 80503
Cost: $400

Youth Day Camp Session 3:

Dates: Monday June 28-Friday July 2
Ages: Coed ages 8-12
Times: 9am-2pm
Location: Fire Willow Farm – 10152 N 65th St., Longmont, CO 80503
Cost: $400

Big Sky Teen Expedition

Leave the high-tech, modern world behind and come immerse yourself in a transformational experience. You will connect to the natural world, other teens, and yourself as you expand your capacities and capabilities. This three-week experience will include two weeks at the Fire Willow Farm Homestead, where the tribe will come together and begin to learn the skills of outdoor living, play games, and sing songs; all in preparation for an epic survival adventure. The final week we will head to the breathtaking country around Boulder, Utah and join the world-renowned Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) for a 7-day traditional lightweight survival trek. This program is for teens who are adventurous, seeking challenges and craving an opportunity to transcend their limitations.

When: July 19-August 8 (21 days)

Cost: $3,250 (includes all food and transportation)

Who: Co-ed 14-18 year-olds

Where: Fire Willow Farm, Longmont, CO and Boulder, Utah

To receive an application, please email Gelsey and Neal at: [email protected]

This will be a physically demanding program divided into three phases.

Homestead and Foundational Skills

For the first 10 days we will develop the skills of outdoor living at Fire Willow Farm. Teens will sleep outside, cook on the fire, learn how to set up a camp, and begin to develop the skills needed for the survival portion of the trip, such as: friction fire, knife skills, and tarp shelters. Gradually throughout this phase we will begin to remove elements of gear as we transition to the light-weight, simple equipment that we will be using in the desert. Additionally, campers will participate in aspects of homestead living, such as gardening, butter making, cheese making, and meat preservation. Part of this food preparation will sustain us for the desert survival portion of the course. We will also focus on physical fitness through active games,

Travel Phase

We will get all of our gear organized and drive to Boulder, Utah to meet up with BOSS Instructors.

Desert Survival

In Boulder, Utah we will embark on a 7-day, light-weight, desert survival expedition, based on the BOSS Field Course.  Participants will learn: desert ecology & travel, fire construction, campsite selection, trail hygiene, shelter location and construction options, water location and purification, nature observation skills, basic edible & medicinal plants, and map and compass navigation. We will be eating a simple diet with limited calories. This portion will give us the opportunity to push past our perceived limitations to begin to uncover our greater potential as human beings.

Return and Celebration:

At the end of our epic adventure, parents will prepare a potluck feast to welcome back their teens. We will share a meal together, tell stories, and celebrate this great accomplishment.

Counselors in Training

Counselors in Training (CIT’s) have an opportunity to participate in camp life, as well as develop leadership skills. We expect a positive working attitude, as well as an understanding that you serve as a role model to the rest of the campers. CITs are responsible for helping with set-up, clean up, monitoring games, skills and pond-time, as well as participating in camp. Whenever possible we try to give CITs instruction in new skills, but the first responsibility is to the rest of the camp, so it is great to be working on projects while being prepared to put them down whenever needed by a camper or instructor.


If you are interested in applying to be a CIT, please contact us directly at:

[email protected]

We will then send you an application. All applications are due by April 1st

Want to learn more?

Please feel free to send over any questions: we love sharing our educational philosophy, programs, and skills. And we hope to see you around the farm in Boulder County’s beautiful Colorado landscape.

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