Camp Manu is a children-centered survival camp based in Los Angeles.
CAMP MANU MISSION
In today’s society, the development of technology is distancing children from nature and its true meaning. They are afraid of the unknown outdoors.
Camp Manu is a fun and educational program that reconnects children with nature. Empowering them with confidence through teaching wilderness survival skills and environmental stewardship. Every child who has the Camp Manu Experience will walk away with a new understanding of how they relate with their environment.
CAMP MANU’S PURPOSE
Build future leaders with experiential learning.
Build Future Leaders: We will create strong, confident, and thoughtful lifelong environmental stewards that are conscious of their impact on this planet and move in harmony with it.
Experiential Learning: Have fun while learning how to survive and build a relationship with nature and in turn a better relationship with themselves.
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prepare for camp
Closed toe sturdy hiking boots or shoes with tread (no converse, flip flops, crocs or open-toed shoes)
Long pants with pockets (Shorts and leggings are OK, but keep in mind that exposed skin can get a sunburn, scratched from plants, etc.)
Full Cover Hat/Floppy hat
A backpack that is large enough for Lunch, extra shoes, socks, and other daily items. (PLEASE no camel packs. They leak and do not give an accurate gauge of water consumption. They cannot be refilled easily and leave no room for other items)
Water is absolutely essential.
1L Water Bottle (Nalgene Tritan) or Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle. NO, single-use water bottles, insulated or metal water bottles as they are too heavy.
Trick of the Trade: Fill water bottle 2/3 and freeze overnight. In the morning, fill to the top with water then wrap the bottle in a dish towel and use rubber bands to hold the wrap in place. This will give them cold water for almost the entire day.
Backpack Carry Items
Healthy Lunch and Water Bottle
Lightweight Wind Breaker or Jacket (optional)
Small Towel or Large Micro Fiber Towel
Water shoes on hand in the car for certain days
Bathing suit (for water days and optional as some kids like to swim in their hiking clothes)
Food and Snacks
I provide morning breakfast: Everything is organic, with gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian foods before we head out on the trails:
eg. Tuna Salad (Home Made Every Day), Dates, Cheese, Gluten Free Crackers, Apples, Cut Frozen Oranges, Grapes, Dried Fruits, Fresh Fruits, Mixed Nuts, Beef Jerky, Sunflower Butter, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter (Will not be included for those who are allergic) , Olives, Fresh Vegetables and sometimes when I can, I'll always bring something special or provide a special treat.
You must provide a healthy and filling lunch for your child. Please use containers that are light and leak free and try not to use metal lunch containers.
Nutrition is one of my teaching points. Please, no junk foods ie. pizza, chips or candy.
Emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness. Limit of one (1) zip lock bag or any other disposable plastic bag.
Part of this experience is to teach mindfulness and responsibility.
Please be advised that this is not your typical overnight camp. Basic survival skills, wilderness preparedness and safety for camping and hiking are my main focus. This is learning how to camp on absolute basic equipment.
Backpack (Ensure backpack is large enough to carry all items excluding sleeping bag)
Sleeping Bag (If you don't have one, I can provide one for you)
Warm Overnight Coat (Only if advised necessary)
Towel (I use Micro Fiber quick drying Towel)
Extra T-Shirt and Long Sleeve Shirt
Full Cover Hat
Basic Hygiene Needs (Toothpaste is harmful to wildlife. Avoid mint or candy flavored and fluoride)
Something Personal (optional)
Camping Bowl and Utensils are provided (May bring a cup if desired)