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Elementary

Options for 1-5th Grade:

Experiential education and problem-solving through Environmental Science & Farm-Based exploration

Approx. times 9am-3pm

Session 1 begins the week of August 31st or September 7th

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Middle

Options for 6th-8th grade.

Skill building, STEAM enrichment, and social opportunities on the river, trail & farm.

Approx. times 9am-3pm

Session 1 begins the week of August 31st or September 7th

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High Schoolers

Options for 9th-12th grade

Applied learning through experiential education focused on math, physics, engineering skills.

Approx. times 9am-3pm

Session 1 begins the week of August 31st or September 7th

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“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn” – Confucius.

Extra-Curricular Programs

13 students : 2 staff per group
$1,260 – $1,440 (for 1 day/wk for 12 weeks)

Transportation: + $240/student for 12 weeks
(Cabin John & Guy Mason)

Lunch: +$10/day (Farm location only)
(Details for this option will be available at a later date)     

*Register here!*

If your desired program is full, please email [email protected] to be placed on our wait list.

Extra-Curricular Programs Fall 2020

NEW! Thursday & Friday After School Programs coming soon!

Calleva is excited to offer Extra-Curricular programs this Fall for students who are being homeschooled.

At Calleva, we understand the value of hands-on, real-life learning in the outdoors. For over 25 years, we have been providing outdoor adventure education to students from hundreds of schools in the DMV. This fall, we want to adapt these programs to meet the needs of our local families.

Our staff are well-trained educators with years of experience teaching students of all ages outdoors. Many of them have backgrounds in the traditional classroom setting, some even holding degrees in education.

Initially, we are offering a combination of science and agricultural education plus multidisciplinary academic units of study for younger students. All programs are focused on experiential education and problem-solving.

Especially in these unprecedented times, we know how crucial it is to get kids away from their screens and technology. Now more than ever, kids need to be doing something physical and fun in the great outdoors with their peers.

We are offering some of our well-loved outdoor adventure programming for each age range once a week. These activities include but are not limited to horsemanship on the farm, climbing, hiking local trails, and paddling the Potomac River.

Calleva Extracurricular is the perfect way to unplug and recharge each week!

For more information on what we are currently doing at our outdoor adventure camp during the pandemic, click here. These policies will be updated in the near future to reflect our new programs.

TRANSPORT: Please note – students may be riding the bus to and from their activity with students from other groups. They will sit one student per seat and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Siblings will be permitted to sit next to each other. Bus windows will be down whenever possible.

We plan to be learning outside for 100% of the time, weather permitting. In the case of severe weather, we have various large barns and shops on the farm which can be used for shelter or as temporary learning areas. If away from the farm, the group will shelter in their bus or under a pavilion. Students will be required to wear masks if sheltering or engaging in activities indoors.

*Scroll down for Refunds and Cancellation Policy

General Program Overview:

Students must be enrolled for the full fall semester, which runs 12 weeks from Monday, August 31st or Tuesday, Sept 8/Wednesday Sept 9 to the week of November 23rd. No drop ins.

Elementary Options for K-5th Grade: 

  • MONDAY: Art and Nature Days* 
  • NEW! MONDAY: Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (students must be aged 6 by September 2020 to participate)
  • TUESDAY: Environmental Science & Farm-Based Agricultural*
  • WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Adventures (All grades together – students must be aged 6 by September 2020 to participate) 

*Divided into two groups K-2/3-5. 

Middle School Options for 6-8th Grade:

  • TUESDAY: Outdoor Adventures
  • NEW! WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Adventures (combined with HS students) 
  • WEDNESDAY: Practical Technology & Engineering projects (combined with HS students) 

High School Options for 9-12th Grade:

  • NEW! WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Adventures (combined with MS students) 
  • NEW! WEDNESDAY: Practical Technology & Engineering projects (combined with MS students) 

We do not currently have the support staff to meet the needs of children that would need an IEP/require an aid if they were in school. We are looking towards being able to grow the program in this way in the future.

Calleva is NOT a private school or homeschool ‘co-op’. Our programs are offered as enrichment education for homeschooling families. 

Elementary K-5th Grade programs:

Mixed grade group (13 max/8 min students)

See also Farm & Forest Cubs for Kindergarten age students half day option.

  • MONDAY Art & Nature Days*: Different themes will be explored through a variety of ‘Arts’ – visual, language, creative, movement (and possibly culinary!) Students will hike farm trails to find natural objects to create unique works of art as well as learning to identify common flora and fauna in our forest environment. Incorporating aspects of our popular Farm and Forest Cubs program, but differentiated for older elementary age students. 
  • TUESDAY Environmental Science & Farm-Based Agricultural*: Divided into three, four-day units of study; Life Processes & Living Things (Animals and Plants), Water and Energy. Sessions will be based on outdoor experiential learning.
  • WEDNESDAY Elementary Outdoor Adventures: Choose ONE of four options which includes one or two different outdoor activities
    • Option A: Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (12 week program) Cost: $1,440 per 12 week session
    • Option B: Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
    • Option C: Climb/Hike (first 6 sessions) & Challenge Course/Archery (second 6 sessions)
    • Option D: Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Challenge Course/Archery (second 6 sessions)

All Outdoor Adventure Activities may use a bus to ‘shuttle’ students from one location to another. Students will sit one per seat and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Siblings will be permitted to sit next to each other. Bus windows will be down whenever possible. 

*Divided into two groups K-2/3-5.

Middle School 6-8th Grade Programs.

Mixed grade group (13 students)

  • TUESDAY Outdoor Adventures: Min 8 student sign up to run
  • Choose ONE of the options which includes one or two different outdoor activities 
    • Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (12 week program) **Cost: $1,440 per 12 week session
    • Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Challenge Course/Archery (second 6 sessions)
  • WEDNESDAY Outdoor Adventures: (Combined group with HS students) Min 8 student sign up 
    • Choose ONE of the four options which includes one or two different outdoor activities
      • Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
      • Mountain Biking (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
      • Climb/Hike (first 6 sessions) & Mountain Biking (second 6 sessions)
  • WEDNESDAY Practical Technology & Engineering – ‘Real-life’ Problem-Based Learning. (Combined group with HS students)

Possible Example Projects:

    • GO-KART BUILD: Students will get hands-on experience while building a Go Cart – incorporating design, mechanics art, technology, and welding skills. (Additional fee approx. $1500 for Shop/parts if the student chooses to keep Go-Kart at the end of the semester)
    • BOAT BUILDING: incorporating skills of computer-aided boat design, mold creation and build, fiberglassing (with close supervision), art, woodwork. (Additional fee approx. +$1500 for Shop/parts only if the student chooses to keep boat at the end of the semester)
    • STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION POULTRY HOUSE: One of our amazingly renewable resources at the farm, is also an incredible insulator! Students learn to build with straw bales, and are constructing a new home that is warm in winter and cool in summer for our turkeys! These environmentally friendly buildings are loads of fun while you stack the walls and pack the cracks before encasing the straw in an adobe style coating. We will be constructing using simple techniques and tools, and loads of TEAMWORK!

All Outdoor Adventure Activities may use a bus to ‘shuttle’ students from one location to another. Students will sit one per seat and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Siblings will be permitted to sit next to each other. Bus windows will be down whenever possible. 

High School 9-12th Grade Programs.

Mixed grade group (13 students)

  • WEDNESDAY Practical Technology & Engineering – ‘Real-life’ Problem-Based Learning. (Combined group with MS students)

Possible Example Projects:

    • GO-KART BUILD: Students will get hands-on experience while building a Go Cart – incorporating design, mechanics art, technology, and welding skills. (Additional fee approx. $1500 for Shop/parts if the student chooses to keep Go-Kart at the end of the semester)
    • BOAT BUILDING: incorporating skills of computer-aided boat design, mold creation and build, fiberglassing (with close supervision), art, woodwork. (Additional fee approx. +$1500 for Shop/parts only if the student chooses to keep boat at the end of the semester)
    • STRAW BALE CONSTRUCTION POULTRY HOUSE: One of our amazingly renewable resources at the farm, is also an incredible insulator! Students learn to build with straw bales, and are constructing a new home that is warm in winter and cool in summer for our turkeys! These environmentally friendly buildings are loads of fun while you stack the walls and pack the cracks before encasing the straw in an adobe style coating. We will be constructing using simple techniques and tools, and loads of TEAMWORK!
  • WEDNESDAY Outdoor Adventures: (Combined group with MS students) Min 8 student sign up 
  • Choose ONE option which includes one or two different outdoor activities 
    • Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
    • Mountain Biking (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
    • Climb/Hike (first 6 sessions) & Mountain Biking (second 6 sessions)

All Outdoor Adventure Activities may use a bus to ‘shuttle’ students from one location to another. Students will sit one per seat and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Siblings will be permitted to sit next to each other. Bus windows will be down whenever possible.

 

 

 

Outdoor Adventures At Calleva – ALL AGES

Calleva’s roots are dug deep in the outdoor adventure world and we believe there is no better place to do these activities than right in our very own backyard.  We use local State and National Parks as our locations for our outdoor adventure activities.  Although we offer a variety of activities, these experiences are build on shared themes and principles: adventure, teamwork, and — of course — FUN!  In all of our programs, Calleva follows the “challenge by choice” model and students will be pushed to stretch themselves in a safe environment. We understand that there is often a huge range of experience levels and abilities within each group so our programs are designed to accommodate everyone.

Paddlesports (Elementary, Middle & High): First 6 weeks of Semester

Drop off location: Rileys Lock 

Water sports are an integral part of our culture at Calleva. Through a combination of kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, rafting, and duckie-ing (inflatable kayaks), students will progress to become comfortable and confident paddling in a wide range of river conditions. They will learn skills including paddle strokes, balancing, and recovering a boat/board while navigating basic whitewater. On top of all the paddle techniques, campers will learn about river reading and water hydrology to gain an understanding of ferries, peel outs, and eddies. During these water adventures, we’ll play games, tackle daily challenges, and have a lot of fun!

Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (Elementary, Middle):

Drop off location: Calleva Farm, Dickerson

During each full day at the barn, groups will focus on both unmounted activities and specific riding skills. Students will improve their riding skills during the group lesson where our instructors teach a range of skills from basic to more advanced. Unmounted activities will include learning about different horse-related topics such as horse management and natural horsemanship subjects as well as hands-on tasks/chores that are part of being on a horse farm. The group will complete all tasks involved in riding such as catching horses, grooming, tacking, and after-riding duties. In addition, students may have opportunities to help care for injured horses and learn the basics of vaulting (gymnastics on the horse).

This unique program has the added component of students learning French conversation skills with our Horse Program Director and native French speaker, Tess De Smedt! The end goal will be able to listen and converse in French for a full lesson by week 12.

Cost: $1,440 per 12 week session 

Climbing & Hiking (Elementary, Middle & High):

Drop off location: Carderock (climb location may be Carderock, Great Falls or Sugarloaf)

Communication and partnership are the foundations of rock climbing. Students will need to work together, communicate & problem solve, encouraging each other both on and off the rock wall. Each session, the Instructor will set up a range of different climbs and/or rappels for the group. Staff will use a variety of games to teach climbing technical skills and knots. Climbing campers will have the opportunity to learn how to belay (with a backup) to further ingrain the sense of partnership between the belayer and climber. Rock Climbing is a great activity to help campers challenge themselves on what they think they can overcome. Calleva staff use the “challenge by choice” model, encouraging the whole group to support each other in gaining confidence in rock climbing and life skills.

All Outdoor Adventure Activities may use a bus to ‘shuttle’ students from one location to another. Students will sit one per seat and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Siblings will be permitted to sit next to each other. Bus windows will be down whenever possible.

Challenge Course & Archery (Elementary): 

Drop off location: Calleva Farm, Dickerson MD

Our staff will encourage students to push themselves both individually and as a group to foster growth in a supportive setting. Our challenge course has low elements, where students walk along cables, on top of boards, and through obstacles all close to the ground.  These elements challenge the group in communication, problem solving, teamwork, creative thinking, and cohesion. We also have high elements up in the trees that involve students being belayed on ropes, swinging through the air, and sliding down cables.  The high elements focus more on individual growth and breaking through comfort zones with the support of their classmates. Calleva follows a “challenge by choice” model and our elements are designed in a way for everyone to be successful, encouraging/pushing each participant to the edge of their comfort zone.

The very heart of archery is learning a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at putting arrows in the middle of the target. When archers make mistakes, they are taught that the solution is to analyze their steps and focus on improving one thing at a time. This is a great recipe for success on the archery field, in the classroom, and in life.

Biking (High School only):

Drop off location: South Germantown Rec.Park

Escape the noise of life at the trailhead and pedal into the forest with the Mountain Biking. Students will spend each day exploring local off-road trail systems. The group will hit the trails in search of hills to climb, logs to ride over, and downhills to flow. Along the way, we will learn riding techniques, bike maintenance, trail etiquette, biker safety, and have tons of fun! Bikers will be encouraged to progress at their own pace and be supported by the rest of the team. We will be mountain biking over rough, and sometimes steep, terrain with many obstacles such as rocks and roots.

Refunds and Cancellations

In the case of cancellation on the part of Calleva or the client (including mandated closures due to Coronavirus), you will be offered a pro-rated refund minus 10% non-refundable registration fee per transaction, or you can choose to keep the pro-rated remaining amount with Calleva as credit towards a future program. 

The nonrefundable portion of your tuition helps Calleva to cover admin and COVID cleaning protocols in addition to credit card processing fees.

Any medical related refund requests will be considered on an individual basis.

If you cancel on or after August 17th (which is two weeks before our start date) you are obligated to pay for your child(ren’s) spot in the semester.

If Calleva cancels one or more sessions due to a positive case within the group, we will offer parents the option of a refund for up to 2 weeks worth of sessions (paid at the end of November) or a credit towards a future Calleva program.