Summer Camp 2021 - All Weeks are FULL
Summer Camp for youth grade 1 and up!


Sassafras Summer Camp is open!

  • Six weeks from July 5 – Aug 13, 2021.

  • Each camp runs Monday through Friday, from 9am–3pm

  • Weekly alternating themes.

  • For youth grade 1and up, i.e. youth having completed Kindergarten this past year.


As in the past, Sassafras offers Repair Funding Awards for BIPOC families as a means of repair, without making assumptions on wealth distribution. Sassafras offers Financial Aid for all. Given the current economic challenges for many families, we are making great efforts to keep our funding stocked. 

  • We have a substantial waitlist as of April 27.
  • We give preference to BIPOC youth.
  • To waitlist a youth, email with name and age of youth and weeks of your choice.

What's different this year, due to the pandemic?

  1. We are planning to operate at 66% of or regular Summer Camp capacity.

  2. Youth will be in small, consistent groups or pods of approximately 6 participants - no more than 6 families represented - with consistent staff mentors in each group.

  3. Groups will be spread out on the land and have their own locations, with various  handwashing stations. 

  4. Sassafras will not offer water weeks, this year, as this poses too many challenges with transportation. As usual, we will go to the beach once a week.

  5. Sassafras will not offer any shuttle transportation! 


Summer Camp & Covid Guidelines are here 

and are subject to change. 

Summer Camp & Covid Guidelines in a nutshell:

  • All registration forms, waivers and payments need to be completed online before the end of April.

  • Quarantine after travel.

  • Do not come to camp if you or your family members experience symptoms.

  • Inform us immediately if that is the case or you suspect a covid case.

  • Only participants, staff and volunteers are allowed on the land. This year we have to say no to parents, grandparents and family and there will be no Friday closing circles.

  • Clear, swift and timely drop off and pick up strategies are a must,  everyone will go immediately to their respective group locations. 

  • Physical distancing as much as possible, no hugging, no touching, no food sharing, no contact in games, etc.

  • Masks are not required outside when we are able to physically distance. Anyone choosing to wear a mask will be fully supported.

  • Masks are worn when inside the tipi, or when in close quarters due to a weather or other emergency (under a tarp, helping a distressed camper, etc…)

  • Your Summer Camp registration is complete after submitting your registration form and accompanying payment or other financial obligation.

  • Financial Aid Fund and spread payment applicants will receive an electronic invoice upon registration, that will be due immediately or as stated.

  • Repair Fund participants will not be invoiced.

  • Our preferred payment method is by credit card (sent via PayPal and you can pay via credit card). We also accept checks in the mail (please do not drop checks or registration forms off at our home).

  • Payment in full is due at registration, unless you request a spread payment plan.

  • Spread payment plans can be requested by anyone (regardless of requesting Financial Aid or not) and please use the "Register with Funding" form, as this form will not require payment in full at the end.

  • All payments are due before the end of April (except for spread payment plans). None or late payment can result in forfeiting your space.

  • For our cancellation policy please refer to our FAQ tab.

Repair Fund

Sassafras Repair Fund covers tuition for Indigenous/ Wampanoag participants, and BIPOC families or households. This fund is intended to make some form of reparations for the injustices of the past and present, we do not make assumptions about access to wealth. BIPOC families can choose to pay if preferred, or donate to Sassafras via the donation button below. For registration, please use the "Register with Funding" form.


Financial Aid Fund

Note that Sassafras has not turned anyone away for lack of funds since we started in 2005. If you want to apply, please fill out the "Registration with Funding" form AND a brief Financial Aid Application form. We ask you to consider if you can afforest a payment plan for payment in full.

All participants receiving funding have a 75% attendance requirement.


Thank you and we look forward to a safe and fun filled summer!

The Sassafras Team

Week 1: Ancestral/Survival Skills  - FULL

Our basic curriculum that teach kids about an array of ancestral (survival), earth, and naturalist skills. We celebrate the start of our summer with a good amount of games and a day at the beach. Our Teen Leadership Week for ages 12 and up runs concurrent, see below.


Dates: July 5 - 9, 2021

Times: 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $400

Week 1: Teen Leadership - FULL

"Teen" Week is for ages 12 and up and filled with outdoor experiences and activities that help young people navigate today’s world. We practice outdoor skills, and leadership conduct, and address Indigenous wisdom, climate crises, truth in history, we talk about the hazards of social media, and encourage you to dive into their passions for nature. 


Dates: July 5 - 9, 2001

Times: 9am - 3pm

Cost: $400 

Teens enrolled in this program can attend additional weeks to help out as a Teen Leader in Training. There are several options for teens, depending on prior experience with our approach and level of maturity.

  1. Attend as a Participant ($400 for the week)

  2. Attend as a first time Teen Leader in Training ($200/week or 50% of tuition)

  3. Attend as a returning Teen Leader in Training ($100/week admin costs)

  4. Apply for Summer Camp Staff as Teen Leader for ages 16 and up. 

Week 2: Fire - FULL

This week’s focus is on fire making, in addition to our basic curriculum. Fire is a favorite of kids all ages, and it contains so many valuable life lessons. We learn how to gather and harvest good fire-wood, set up a fire structure and how to tend it well in a safe way. Older kids will learn how to make fire by friction, and when ready, they carve their own bow drill set. It’s such a magic moment to light your own fire and make coal by friction!


Dates: July 12 - 16, 2021

Times: 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $400

Week 3: LandCulture - FULL

Last summer we gave our LandCulture project a big boost. This project restores the land to pre-colonial conditions () thru indigenous permaculture principals. We learn about the rich Indigenous past of human participation in ecosystems, that result in creating food sources for wildlife and people. We tend the wild as well as traditional Wampanoag 3 sister's garden.


Dates:  July 19 - 23, 2021

Times: 9am - 3pm

Cost: $400

Week 4: Nature Craft - FULL

In addition to our basic curriculum, this week’s focus is on crafting with natural materials. Get creative with materials we find on the land and make things that are useful or things to express your creative self! Carving (for older youth), basket making, cordage, drawing with pencils you make, the sky is the limit, 


Dates: July 26 - 30, 2021

Times: 9  am - 3 pm

Cost: $400  

Week 5: Harvesting  - FULL

In addition to our basic curriculum, this week's focus is on harvesting from the wild. Learn about edible plants and plant ID, how to harvest from the wild, respecting the ecosystem and Indigenous ways. Gather herbs, wild edibles, pick berries, process, and make herbal teas.


Dates: Aug 2 - 6, 2021

Times: 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $400

Sassafras Earth Education - Martha's Vin
Week 6: Nature's Language  - FULL

For this week we focus on the Language of Nature in addition to our basic curriculum. Did you know that everything talks (communicates) with each other in nature, just like we do? Stories tell that there was a time that animals could talk, perhaps we just forgot how to listen. Bird language and plant communication is something everyone can learn. Develop your intuition and connect with what's out there calling you.


Dates: Aug 9 - 13, 2021

Times: 9 am - 3 pm

Cost: $400

Sassafras Earth Education - Martha's Vin