FOX WALKERS

TEEN RITES OF PASSAGE

BAY AREA 2020

OAKLAND* EL CERRITO* RICHMOND* DALY CITY* REdWOOD CITY* SUNNYVALE* SANTA CRUZ

Learn to navigate the world with awareness, mindfulness, and confidence. Through wilderness survival and traditional skills education, young adults work together in community and as individuals to achieve goals beyond what they can imagine.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Grades 9-12

Becoming an adult has always been a trying process and can be overwhelming for teens who are not prepared to enter independence with confidence. This extracurricular school year program meets once per month on weekends

 

Students will take on projects such as blacksmithing knives, making their own bows, and making traditional backpacks. Each month they will accompany a small team of instructors on camping trips where they will learn skills like knife safety, making fire by friction, archery, animal tracking, bird language, invisibility, awareness, shelter building, game processing (optional), hide tanning, and campfire cooking. Each student will be asked to act in the best interests of the group by contributing their effort towards helpfulness, respect, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

 

The motto of this group is, "I am because we are." We encourage both individual expression and team work as we learn to live together as a village. The program is marked at intervals during the year with rites of passage meant to show them where they have been, where they are now, and what they can work towards in the future. Each student is encouraged to push themselves to learn and, as they return each year, help teach the younger students therein becoming elders in the village.

 

We teach that there is joy in responsibility and reward in applying hard work to difficult tasks. Our mentors honor each students process of learning to become an adult and respect that experience as highly individual. Our curriculum is designed as self directed learning, meaning we foster the strengths we see in students as they work to accomplish each goal they set for themselves. Fox Walkers is a truly unique mentoring experience unlike anything you will find in other extracurriculars. Join this fun, creative, and empowering program now!

2020/2021 Overview

East Bay

El Cerrito, Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland

After School and Weekends

$350 per month or $3000 per year

Internships and Scholarships available for qualifying students

Students have access to all our scheduled teen after school classes, where they will participate in project and craft based education. These classes take a slightly deeper look at traditional and alternative living skills. Students may also take short field trips to local regional parks, museums, or farms to learn about specific skills. Here is a brief list of potential projects and lessons:

  • Knife safety/Carving

  • Fire Making/ Friction Fire

  • Archery

  • Bow Making

  • Blacksmithing

  • Leather Working

  • Sewing

  • Natural Dyes

  • Food Preservation/ Fermentation

  • Gardening

  • Raising animals for food

  • Bike Repair/Maintenance

  • Local Plant ID

  • Simple Woodworking

  • Knife Making

  • Hide Tanning

  • Basket Weaving

  • Environmental Science/Ecology

  • Stone Tool Making

  • Wildcraft/Bushcraft

  • Bird Language

  • Animal Tracking

Students will also accompany instructors one weekend per month on camping or day trips to national or state run wilderness areas or one of our educational campsites at farms or nature connection centers near the bay. On these trips students will learn the skills necessary for basic camping, backpacking, and wilderness survival.

Greater Bay Area

Richmond, El Cerrito, Berkeley, Oakland, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Daly City, Redwood City, Sunnyvale

Weekends Only

$250 per month or $2000 per year

Internships and Scholarships available for qualifying students

Students will also accompany instructors one weekend per month on camping or day trips to national or state run wilderness areas or one of our educational campsites at farms or nature connection centers near the bay. On these trips students will learn the skills necessary for basic camping, backpacking, and wilderness survival. Here's a brief list of possible skills:

  • Knife safety/Carving

  • Fire Making/ Friction Fire

  • Archery

  • Shelter Building

  • Animal Tracking

  • Stealth and Camo

  • Axe and Saw use

  • Bird Language

  • Forest Ecology

  • Wild Plant ID

  • Campfire Cooking

Fox Walkers + Afterschool 2020/2021
Tue, Sep 01
San Francisco Bay Area
Sep 01, 7:00 PM
San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Teens learn to prepare for adulthood by learning to navigate the world around them with awareness, mindfulness, and confidence. Through wilderness survival and traditional skills education, young adults work together in community and as individuals to achieve goals beyond what they can imagine.
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Fox Walkers Weekends Only 2020/2021
Tue, Sep 01
San Francisco Bay Area
Sep 01, 7:00 PM
San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Teens learn to prepare for adulthood by learning to navigate the world around them with awareness, mindfulness, and confidence. Through wilderness survival and traditional skills education, young adults work together in community and as individuals to achieve goals beyond what they can imagine.
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BOWS is a queer owned and operated business. We welcome students of all race, nationality, sex, gender, religion, sexual preference, relationship style, age, and ability. Nature is for everyone.

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Established November 2017

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