Nature-Based Expressive Arts Therapy Camps
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Summer 2023 Camp Dates
Week 1: Monday June 26th - Thursday June 29th
Week 2: Monday July 24th - Thursday July 27th
Location: Spriggs Farm Park
965 Bayberry Drive, Arnold, MD 21012
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday (this is a 4 day camp offering)
Ages: 6-12 (Groups split by ages 6-8 | 9-12)
Why Sign up?
This camp provides opportunities for challenging experiences and integration of skills that can’t be replicated in individual therapy settings. This unique camp is run by licensed clinicians who specialize in working with children and families. Kids have a blast, talk about this camp for months to come, and want to return year after year. They get to experience the joys of being free in nature, while also making great strides in their social and emotional growth!
About the Camp
Child-centered play therapy serves as the foundational theoretical framework for the camp. An integrative nature-based approach is used to enhance the natural drives of the body and brain towards growth. Outdoor play is a fundamental component, harnessing the multi-sensory power of nature to increase awareness, engagement, and improve social and emotional well-being. The evidence-based modalities of growth include: a cozy spot for self-regulation; bibliotherapy and narrative therapy; expressive therapies; and family play therapy. The use of integrated modalities in a group setting promotes engagement of multiple brain regions and allows for repeated neural activation. The camp also focuses on two essential elements from child-centered play therapy: structure and freedom. In this unique space, children are free to express themselves, explore, and experiment to connect to their own inner knowing. Children gain self-trust and confidence in their ability to handle their various environments, discovering their strengths and capabilities. They have the opportunity to integrate their learnings from the group by engaging in family play therapy interventions. Assessment and feedback is provided to parents throughout the group so they can continue to implement strategies at home.
What Kids Gain
Through this individual and group experience, they will develop an internal tether that allows them to feel more secure, regardless of the ever-changing external world. This is the heart of resilience. As an added bonus, they will have the opportunity to integrate this inner work socially, as they relate to and work with others in meaningful and productive ways. They will learn to respect each other, support each other, and most importantly… to bring their authentic self to the table as they develop these relationships with others.
Social Skills through Story, Art, and the Great Outdoors
A typical day at camp will start with creation of their own individual “cozy spots”, their space for self-reflection and self-regulation throughout their camp experience. Stories and story telling are weaved throughout the group experience, providing opportunities for self-expression and self-awareness.
The entire camp experience will be outdoors. Elements of nature will be all around, including as part of the artwork and obstacles that participants engage in. This experience in nature alone is so healing, as being outdoors:
Supports mindfulness, as we are immersed in the sensory experience of nature and how we feel this in our body
Builds confidence, as we have the ability to explore and master our external environment.
Encourages creativity, as nature provides so many resources and the freedom to use these resources in countless ways.
These are just a few of the many reasons that this outdoor environment is so beneficial. Children will have the gift of being IN nature all day, each day… nurturing body, mind, and soul.
Research supports the use of bibliotherapy, narrative therapy, expressive arts therapies, and nature - in addressing a wide range of mental health presentations and needs. Our use of these modalities in this camp setting is intentional, both research backed and fun!
We would love to have your child be a part of this fun and transformative journey with us. You can contact us with questions at email@example.com.
Don’t wait! Space is limited to ensure the quality and integrity of this experience for your child.