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Elementary

Options for K-5th Grade:

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

FALL 2020 Session August – November
WINTER 2021 Session February – March

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Middle

Options for 6th-8th grade.

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

FALL 2020 Session August – November

Watch this space for details of late Spring programs 2021!

High Schoolers

Options for 9th-12th grade

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

FALL 2020 Session August – November

Watch this space for details of late Spring programs 2021!

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

WINTER Extra-Curricular Programs

February – March 2021
Days: Tuesday & Wednesdays from 9am-2pm

Ratio:12 students & 2 staff per group
Specific Dates:
Feb
2&3, 9&10, 16&17, 23&24. March 2&3, 9&10, 16&17, 23& 24

Cost: $800 (for 1 day/wk for 8 weeks)

Equestrian: $960 (for 1 day/wk for 8 weeks)
Day: Wednesday from 9am-2pm
Ratio:
10 students & 3 staff per group

Transportation: + $160/student for 8 weeks
(Glen Echo Park & Guy Mason)

APPROXIMATE Bus times: Guy Mason 8.10am & 2.50pm/ Glen Echo 8.30am & 2.30pm

Registration for winter opens TUESDAY OCT 20 at 10am! CLICK HERE

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

Extra-Curricular Programs Fall & Winter 2020

After School Winter Programs – see our NEW page!

Calleva is excited to offer Extra-Curricular programs this Fall & Winter 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.

We are offering a combination of Science, Art & Agricultural Education and Outdoor Adventures. 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 this Fall. 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.

Social Distancing: We know how much safer it is to be outside than inside, but we also know we cannot eliminate all the risks. This Fall & Winter, we are continuing to follow extensive advice from the CDC and American Camp Association joint guidance (Field Guide for Camps), which recommends groups (of up to 15 – including staff) can operate at low risk outside in a ‘cohort’ model, like a family or household. According to their guidance, this applied to a day camps as well as overnight camps in conjunction with other daily health checks. While our staff constantly remind children to keep their distance from each other (discouraging physical contact), they will not be required to keep a strict 6 ft physical distance from each other or wear masks when engaged in physical activities.

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 Winter Program Overview:

Students must be enrolled for the full semester, which runs 8 weeks from Tuesday/Wednesday, February 2nd/3rd through March. No drop ins.

Elementary Outdoor Adventures: K-5th Grade. Groups will be divided by age

 – TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 9-2pm. UPDATE: PROGRAMS ARE NOW FULL

All programs based on Calleva farm (or short drivable distance from farm). Activities will include:*

  • Wilderness exploration (shelter & fire building)
  • Challenge course
  • Climbing and hiking at Sugarloaf mountain or other areas within 45 mins drive from farm
  • Env Science, Agriculture inc farm animals, Arts & nature
  • Inside activities such as indoor climbing wall

*All winter land activities will be chosen by the instructor each week to suit the age/interest level of the group and weather conditions.

Elementary/Middle Equestrian: 1-8th Grade

 – WEDNESDAY ONLY 9-2pm. UPDATE: EQUESTRIAN PROGRAMS ARE NOW FULL

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. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: As with every Calleva program, we will be outdoors in all weather. 
  • Children should be ready to spend their entire program/day out in the cold, damp Mid-Atlantic winter weather. 
  • They MUST arrive dressed for the outdoors, in suitable layers, footwear (waterproof winter boots), winter outerwear, gloves, hats, etc. 
  • Our covered but “open air” barns provide shelter from precipitation but they are NOT heated. We will warm up around outdoor campfires whenever possible. 
  • Despite proper clothing and these other “warming” measures, there will be times when groups will need to warm up INDOORS. This means we will utilize a few heated rooms — small alcoves in our barns with electric heating — where we may retreat for some indoor activities. Children and adults will be wearing masks at all times when in these areas, but we do not have additional measures such as spaced out tables or air filtration systems in place. 

Refunds, Cancellations & Staying Safe

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 14 days before your program 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 or a credit towards a future Calleva program. 

Keeping Healthy & Safe

Cleaning: As each of our programs will spend a day in a designated “zone” either at Rileys, The Farm, or our Virginia campus, there will be an overlap of area use throughout the week – but not at the same time on the same day! In order to maintain sanitary practices and create a safe environment for our students and staff, we will be following best practices on sanitation and disinfection from the ACA’s “Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance.” As things progress and change in the CDC guidance, we will continue to alter our sanitation to fit. We are excited to get your children outside & as always, do everything we can to run a safe & fun program for them.

Camper Screenings: Each camper will be required to fill out a Health Screening before attending our Fall programs. Campers will not be allowed to attend without prior pre-screening.

Staff Screenings: Our staff are following the same health screening requirements as our campers as well as signing an agreement to practice CDC-recommended hygiene while away from camp, and full COVID transparency between their household and Calleva.

Additional Waivers: Parents are required to complete and sign the Parent Check-List & COVID Disclaimer during checkout.

Medical Authorization Forms will still needed for all medications.

Policy: Please read and understand our current COVID policies regarding KEEPING STUDENT HEALTHY with expectations for both campers, families, and staff while we operate under these heightened conditions. We also encourage you to spend time understanding our Infectious Disease Policy which includes the most recent requirements from the Department of Health and American Camping Association. Any children, staff or individual of any age with underlying medical conditions that are considered to be higher-risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19, will need to have a letter from their primary physician.

General 2020 Fall 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. Start Aug 31st
  • Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (1st through 8th Grade)* Start September 14th

TUESDAY:

  • Outdoor Adventures Paddlesports & Challenge course/Archery* Starts sept 8th
  • Environmental Science & Farm-Based Agricultural. Starts Sept 8th

WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Adventures* 

*For all Outdoor Adventures students must be aged 6 by September 2020 to participate. Start Sept 9th

Middle School Options for 6-8th Grade:

  • MONDAY: Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (1st through 8th Grade) Start September 14th
  • WEDNESDAY: Outdoor Adventures (combined with HS students) Starts Sept 9th
  • WEDNESDAY: Practical Technology & Engineering projects (combined with HS students) Starts Sept 9th

High School Options for 9-12th Grade:

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

We do not currently have the support staff or specific resources to meet the needs of some children who would need an IEP/require an aid if they were in school. Please contact us to set up a discussion with one of our lead teachers to assess whether we can safely meet the special needs of your student.

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.
  • TUESDAY Outdoor Adventures: Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Challenge Course/Archery (second 6 sessions)
  • 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)
    • Option E: Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Wilderness Exploration (second 6 sessions)
    • Option F: Challenge Course/Archery (first 6 sessions)  & Climb/Hike (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)

MONDAY Outdoor Adventures: Min 8 student sign up to run

  • Equestrian Activities & French Conversation (Grades 1-8th) **Cost: $1,440 per 12 week session

WEDNESDAY Outdoor Adventures: (Combined group with HS students) Min 8 student sign up 

  • Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (second 6 sessions)
  • WEDNESDAY Practical Technology & Engineering – ‘Real-life’ Problem-Based Learning. (Combined group with HS students)

Example Projects:

    • 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. 

FALL 2020 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)

Projects will include:

    • BOAT BUILDING: incorporating skills of mold creation and build, fiberglassing (with close supervision), art, woodwork. Students will build small model kayaks out of foam, designed and build by hand using sandpaper and other tools. Their designs will  be tested on a race course built in the creek located on the farm –  the boat that wins the race will be modeled in to larger scale boat, and built in fiberglass!
      (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 
    • Paddlesports (first 6 sessions) & Climb/Hike (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.

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.

Wilderness Exploration: (Elementary): 

Drop off location: Calleva Farm, Dickerson MD

Does your camper love to explore in the woods? Are they excited to build and use the resources around them?  Activities in this program will include hiking, scavenger hunts, shelter & fire building, fishing and primitive cooking. This program is a great option for a student who is eager to learn an array of skills and make use of everything that the woods has to provide.

Biking (High School):

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.

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.