Since 1986, Ekone has been a home to children in the summertime. At Ekone, campers experience being an important member of an inclusive community, in relationship and service to a place. We believe that this experience is fundamental to our human nature, transformative for those who experience it, and essential to creating a viable, vibrant future on Earth.
And fun! If there's anything Ekone is known for, it's finding the fun in everything.
Days at camp are spent almost entirely outside, with a community of 25-30 children aged 8-18, and a crew of 10-15 staff and mentors aged 16-80. Together, we engage in play, work, skill-building, and activities designed to connect us to nature, each other, and ourselves. We learn to listen closely to the birds. We stalk the deer at the pond. We create art from found objects. We run wild through the woods. We shed some of the busy-ness of modern life and remember how to make our own fun.
We also care for the needs of our place and community, taking responsibility for ourselves and our shared experience. We cook meals, clean up after them, tend the garden, feed the animals, buck hay, haul firewood, and engage in conservation projects on the land. We learn to listen to each other, speak our truth with kindness, and create the kind of community we want to live in.
And we simply enjoy life on the ranch. Campers sleep in the rustic A-frame bunkhouse or under the stars. Our wholesome, delicious meals are cooked from scratch, and most of our produce is from Ekone's own garden. We take a break from screens, mirrors, makeup, competition, and drama. We swim in the pond, swing on the rope swings, catch frogs, and build forts.
This year we will be providing both Family Camps and some overnight camps for teens. Family Camps will provide day-camp style activities during the day for kids, with shared family meals and plenty of time together as well.