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Lasting Forest Camps and the Writers' Camps

Lasting Forest Camps are to be developed as fun places for youths of both sexes and for adults. Concentrating on nature study, woodcraft, campcraft, and outdoor skills, a variety of activities allow people to escape the typical activities and sporting events of daily life at home. Non-denominational, the camps stress character-building, healthful living, independence, and a cooperative spirit. Periods are available for creative expressions. Novosports are involved. Specialized units to enhance math and science interests and skills are available, both unified within the field programs. Extensive trail systems, boating, and horseback riding (see Stables) provide a rich camplife environment. Tent-camps widely spaced provide opportunities for hiking and backpacking between camps.

Weekend winter camping is planned.

Cooperative work with existing summer camps in the region is planned. Special periods cater to Prospectors.

See the Writers' Camps below. Links are formed with Memorials.

Concept: The Old Geezers' Place
A camp for the elderly where "to re-discover the child" is one slogan.
Skits, dancing, marbles, ball toss, bike riding, swimming, reading, "how to use the computer instruction, finding rocks in the stream, top spinning, singing, talent shows, art, songwriting, clogging, costume night, quiet times, good food, hikes, medical analyses and prescriptions for exercise and health, lasting memberships, newsletter and website and chat-room for each year, nature study and instruction, black bear and other wildlife ecology, photography, wood carving, novosports, hide-and-seek (a new binoculars game), story telling

Estimated development costs.....$100,000

Estimated 5th year profits..... $50,000

Writers' Camp

USFS photo -Records of backcountry use can assist trail managers - 1978 - Plumley et al.
A unique camp offers adult writers an unusual set of resources and programs to become successful writers or to improve as writers. The enterprise helps stabilize camp occupancy and promotes the area and its messages.

The camp provides:

Topics are trivial:

The proper format for citing web sites.

To profound (good subjects)... and in between (publ;ishing on the Internet?)

This is a fully-catered activity. Staff picks up participants at an airport or center and drives them to the camps, taking care of all baggage. Other camps or facilities for other family members (spouse or children) are available nearby and suggestions are available. This camp is an in-depth, fully concentrated, totally safe, drug-free, writing camp. There are great meals and trails for walking off frustrations (and weight). "Late snacks" are memorable. The camp does not "do sports" but concentrates on walks, quiet periods, jogging opportunities, World Ball and new sports demonstrations, and educational trips. Staff work hard on providing access for adult writers with disabilities. The great outdoors is not inaccessible. Programs are available: readings, skits, and lectures. The camp provides "conflict centers", "crisis spots", and the "hypervolume", the latter being a novel process for seeing conflicts more clearly and inventing new ones (about which to write.) A camp vocabulary game (on the computer) provides challenges, learning, fun, and "bragging rights" as scores progress during the week.

A local lore project is available for people with such interest. A 4-hour practical photography-support unit is taught. A vast "title and idea base" is available, providing a unique system to give ideas for articles, poems, etc. that match with each writer's interests or background.

This is a year-around activity with limited winter camps. It coordinates with many other enterprises of the Lasting Forests. Meaningful physical work (volunteer opportunities) other than jogging is available.

We will study the work of Fishtrap.org and seek potential relationships.

Poets and Writers Magazine will be a place to look for the competition and to advertise the camps workshop.

A valuable resource for the camp and planning for it (and for writers) is a site from Virginia Tech, primarily developed by Cheryl Ruggiero, Karen Swenson, and Randy Patton of the English Dept there.

The Southwest Virginia Writing Project if the National Writing Project is at Virginia Tech and may offer opportunities and contacts.

A comment from Lisa Norris, award-winning writer and faculty member of the English Department at Virginia Tech, who teaches English 1106 with a "People and Nature" emphasis: "The focus of your camp is different, I think, from most of the ones I know, where people mainly want to make contacts with famous writers and agents and learn something more about the craft. Your camp idea seems to be a bit more holistically oriented--very interesting."

This operation uses existing facilities. A "tent camp" may be tested for expansion for some types of writers.

Estimated development costs ....$180,000

Estimated 5th year profits......$60,000

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