Frequently Asked Questions

As a new (or even returning) participant, you may have questions about what to expect on your first day of a program, logistics around payment for programs, and so on. You’ll find answers to the most common questions we get here. Many of the program pages have additional FAQs with questions specific to that program. If you don’t find answers to your questions on the website, feel free to send us a note.

GENERAL  |  FIELD SCHOOL  |  SUMMER CAMPS

GENERAL F.A.Q.s

Logistics

Most of our programs at Crow’s Path are run out of Rock Point in Burlington, VT. However, we also run programs at Teage’s house and on the Long Trail, Winooski River, and other natural areas. See specific page programs for details. 

Yes! There are a range of ways to get involved. 

  • Donate: (will take you to an external PayPal site). We are a 501(c)(3). Your tax-deductible financial contributions help us keep our programs affordable and accessible.
  • Volunteer: Have a skill to share? Looking to see our programs in action? Come out and volunteer with us.
  • Intern: For adults 18+ looking to expand their teaching skills and learn more about our approach to education.
  • Jobs: Check here for any current job openings. 

Conditions at our camp and on trips are rustic and our bathrooms include peeing in the woods, using the outhouse at our base camp, digging a cathole while out on excursions, or taking advantage of the port-o-lets at Rock Point’s parking lot (only occasionally will we have access to buildings).

Crow’s Path has a few rustic shelters at Rock Point. We occasionally make use of the green cabins at Rock Point, but are typically out on the land. In case of emergencies, we have access to several safe, dry indoor spaces on the property.

We can always find creative ways of playing outside whether there be wind, rain, snow, or sun. But safety is our top concern and given severe weather we will cancel. We try and give as much advance notice as possible, but forecasts can change quite quickly. We cancel programs when we see the weather as potentially dangerous. That said, 0F with no wind and blue skies can be significantly safer than 33F with rain and strong winds, and 10F can feel differnet in October versus March, so rather than rely on numbers we use our best judgement to keep us safe and happy. If you have concerns about weather leading up to one of our programs, please contact us.

We strive for a ratio of around 1 staff to every 4 kids. With interns our numbers are closer to 1 to 3.

Yes, we run a number of adult programs, including field walks, teacher trainings, college level courses, and expeditions. 

At this point we do not host field trips for schools. We do facilitate teacher trainings to equip teachers with the skills needed to run outdoor-based programs at their schools. Contact us for details. 

Registration + Payments

Registration details for each program can be found on the specific program page. 

We accept either cash or checks for our programs. We do not accept credit cards, PayPal or other online payments. Typically a non-refundable deposit is due with registration (the deposit will be cashed only after you have been accepted into the program). Specific program pages detail payment schedule for other payments for each programs.

Yes! Financial aid forms are available on the registration page for each camp. We strive to make all of our programs affordable to families and not let money be a barrier to participation. Please inquire about work trade opportunities as well. In the past we have had parents help by knitting us sweaters, taking photographs, offering help in our gardening, giving us honey, offering web support, and much more. We’re happy to take whatever help you can offer!

Be in touch early if you need to change enrollment in a program. Deposits are non-refundable, but depending on how early you cancel you may be receive a partial refund. Tuition payments are non-transferable. 

Yes! While we would love to be able to accept everyone to our programs, we often have more applicants than we can accomodate. You will be notified if you are placed on the waitlist. We will hold your check until the program begins (unless you would prefer we shred it). We offer spaces as they become available to families on the wait list. We give families 48hrs to accept or decline the spot before moving down to the next family on the list.

It’s hard to tell how many spaces will open up after a program fills. Some programs have long waitlists, while others may have shorter ones. Contact us to find about about the waitlist for a specific program.

FIELD SCHOOL F.A.Q.s

Logistics

Each family coordinates with their child’s teacher and/or principal. We are happy to connect new families with returning families to share experiences and strategies for connecting the Field School experience with their child’s academic school experience. The following documents can be helpful in showing teachers how our activities connect with state standards and class learning.

What you bring, of course, depends on the weather and the type of program. General advice is to come prepared with what you need to be comfortable spending a day outside. This looks different for everyone, but some general rules apply that will keep a good day good:

  • Snack
  • Water or something else to drink (tea on cold days)
  • Lunch
  • Warm clothes
  • Projects from previous weeks
  • Knife (optional, we sell knives, all knives must lock open)

Conditions at our camp and on trips are rustic and our bathrooms include peeing in the woods, using the outhouse at our base camp, digging a cathole while out on excursions, or taking advantage of the port-o-lets at Rock Point’s parking lot (only occasionally will we have access to buildings).

Crow’s Path has a few rustic shelters at Rock Point. We occasionally make use of the green cabins at Rock Point, but are typically out on the land. In case of emergencies, we have access to several safe, dry indoor spaces on the property.

We can always find creative ways of playing outside whether there be wind, rain, snow, or sun. But safety is our top concern and given severe weather we will cancel. We try and give as much advance notice as possible, but forecasts can change quite quickly. We cancel programs when we see the weather as potentially dangerous. That said, 0F with no wind and blue skies can be significantly safer than 33F with rain and strong winds, and 10F can feel differnet in October versus March, so rather than rely on numbers we use our best judgement to keep us safe and happy. If you have concerns about weather leading up to one of our programs, please contact us.

We strive to have balance in both gender and age in our programs and take both of these into consideration in the admissions process.

You can find full staff bios here. Our staff are highly qualified in a range of skills and all are certified Wilderness First Aid or higher.

We strive for a ratio of around 1 staff to every 4 kids. With interns our numbers are closer to 1 to 3.

The Field School runs from 9am-3pm on either Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Overnights begin at 9am and end the following day with a closing circle for families of the kiddos from 9-9:45am. 

There are 2 overnights for the Field School, one in the fall and the other in the spring (see the calendar for dates). Overnights start at 9am like a normal FS day. There is a potluck dinner for families at 5:30pm that evening, and a closing circle, also for families, after the overnight from 9-9:45am.

The Field School is located at Rock Point in Burlington, VT. To learn more about Rock Point, visit the about page.

Registration + Payments

Registration for the Field School opens for returning families in mid-May. It is opens for new families from June 15 – July 15. You can find more details on the program page. Contact us to be added to our mailing list for registration announcements in our monthly email newsletter.

We accept either cash or checks. We do not accept credit cards, PayPal or other online payments. A $200 non-refundable deposit is due with registration (the deposit is cashed only after you have been accepted into the program.). You can pay quarterly, by the semester, or upfront. The payment schedule is as follows:

  • August 1: First quarter, semester, or full amount payment due
  • November 1: Second quarter payment due
  • January 15: Third quarter, second semester payment due
  • April 1: Final quarter payment due

Yes! Financial aid forms are available on the registration page for each camp. We strive to make all of our programs affordable to families and not let money be a barrier to participation. Please inquire about work trade opportunities as well. In the past we have had parents help by knitting us sweaters, taking photographs, offering help in our gardening, giving us honey, offering web support, and much more. We’re happy to take whatever help you can offer!

Be in touch early if you need to change enrollment in a program. Deposits are non-refundable, but depending on how early you cancel you may be receive a partial refund. Tuition payments are non-transferable. 

Yes! While we would love to be able to accept everyone to our programs, we often have more applicants than we can accomodate. You will be notified if you are placed on the waitlist. We will hold your check until the program begins (unless you would prefer we shred it). We offer spaces as they become available to families on the wait list. We give families 48hrs to accept or decline the spot before moving down to the next family on the list.

While we typically have a long waitlist for the Field School (25-50), we often have a few spots open up during the year and can bring new kiddos in. 

SUMMER CAMP F.A.Q.s

Logistics

What you bring, of course, depends on the weather and the type of program. General advice is to come prepared with what you need to be comfortable spending a day outside. This looks different for everyone, but some general rules apply that will keep a good day good:

  • Snack
  • Water or something else to drink (we will always have jugs of water for refills)
  • Lunch
  • Swimming suit + Towel
  • Projects to work on
  • Bugs spray and sunscreen (though we will always have both of these on hand)
  • Knife with a locking blade (knives are optional, and we do offer Mora knives for $15)

Conditions at our camp and on trips are rustic and our bathrooms include peeing in the woods, using the outhouse at our base camp, digging a cathole while out on excursions, or taking advantage of the port-o-lets at Rock Point’s parking lot (only occasionally will we have access to buildings and should not be counted on).

Crow’s Path has a few rustic shelters at Rock Point. We occasionally make use of the green cabins at Rock Point, but are typically out on the land. In case of emergencies, we have access to several safe, dry indoor spaces on the property.

We can always find creative ways of playing outside whether there be wind, rain, snow, or sun. But safety is our top concern and given severe weather we will cancel. We try and give as much advance notice as possible, but forecasts can change quite quickly. We cancel programs when we see the weather as potentially dangerous. That said, 0F with no wind and blue skies can be significantly safer than 33F with rain and strong winds, and 10F can feel differnet in October versus March, so rather than rely on numbers we use our best judgement to keep us safe and happy. If you have concerns about weather leading up to one of our programs, please contact us.

We strive to have balance in both gender and age in our programs and take both of these into consideration in the admissions process.

We strive for a ratio of around 1 staff to every 5 kids. With interns our numbers are closer to 1 to 4.

Different programs run at different times. Most of our summer camps run from 9am-3:30pm. See specific program’s page for details.

We do not offer care after camp. Pick up is at 3:30pm for most camps (check camp page for specifics). Our staff time at the end of the day is valuable, so please be on time. The first time you are late to pick up we will send you a reminder. After that, there is a $20 fee if you are less than 20 minutes late. After that there is a $40 fee. 

All of our summer camps meet at Rock Point. You can find directions here. If you are in the CP Adventurers program we will send out details before camp if there is an alternative pick-up location.

All staff are at least 18 years old and are wilderness first aid or wilderness first responder certified. 

Yes! All lead staff are certified lifeguards. and any water activity is supervised by a lifeguard.

Every camp has ample time for swimming! Each camp has its own theme, so check out the descriptions of the different camps to see what specific activities your child will engage with. Each camp has multiple staff that offer different activities each day so you kid will always have a choice and not every kid will do every activity that week. There is plenty of overlap between weeks, so don’t despair if your kid wants to carve but isn’t signed up for Whittler’s Wharf. 

No! While we have knives for sale, we provide tools for each activity we lead. We take knife safety very seriously and create a safe, controlled environment for kids to learn how to use these tools safely. If you are concerned about knife safety, please read our Safety Release form or contact us to learn more about our knife safety protocols.  

Yes! If you are over 18, we have lots of opportunities for being involved in our programs. For volunteers, we ask that if you want to visit once you have to visit twice. We want for staff and participants to get to know the adults that come out to visit. While internships are unpaid. Internships are ideal for people interested in learning more about nature connection work and who can . Interns often receive credit through their colleges. Contact us to find out how to get involved.

Registration + Payments

Registration for summer camps opens in the first couple weeks in February. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Contact us to be added to our mailing list for registration announcements in our monthly email newsletter.

We accept either cash or checks. We do not accept credit cards, PayPal or other online payments (since these take a percentage). A non-refundable deposit for each camp is due with registration, the remainder is due June 1st. 

Yes! Financial aid forms are available on the registration page for each camp. We strive to make all of our programs affordable to families and not let money be a barrier to participation. Please inquire about work trade opportunities as well. In the past we have had parents help by knitting us sweaters, taking photographs, offering help in our gardening, giving us honey, offering web support, and much more. We’re happy to take whatever help you can offer!

Details coming soon…

It’s hard to tell how many spaces will open up after a program fills. Some programs have long waitlists, while others may have shorter ones.

Yes! While we would love to be able to accept everyone to our programs, we often have more applicants than we can accomodate. You will be notified if you are placed on the waitlist. We will hold your check until the program begins (unless you would prefer we shred it). We offer spaces as they become available to families on the wait list. We give families 48hrs to accept or decline the spot before moving down to the next family on the list.