At Medicine Bow, children learn ACCOUNTABILITY and
SELF-RELIANCE and, therefore, SELF-ESTEEM.
...and a lot about the
SUMMER CAMP SCHEDULE
Write, call or email for application
2009 Dates TBD
– Along with a lot of games and fun, this camp addresses Native
American survival skills, crafts and lore. $400
Veteran Archers’ Camp,
– For boys and girls who have attended any Medicine Bow Summer Camp
or The Art of Archery. .$400
– For boys and girls 10 and older who love the bow and arrow and
want to become better archers. $400
To Sign Up
Mail in a check made to Medicine Bow,
Ltd., 104 Medicine Bow, Dahlonega, GA, 30533. To make sure you get
into the class you want, call or email to reserve your spot.
706-864-5928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Overnight classes use Medicine
Bow’s campground, where you’ll make lasting friends around the fire.
Bring your own camping gear and food unless otherwise specified. If
you are not up for camping, local accommodations are available in
Dahlonega. I can help you with phone numbers for those places.
Payment & Refund Policy
Each class is filled by
first-come-first-served receipt of check (made payable to Medicine
Bow, Ltd.). Then a letter of information and directions is mailed to
student. A check received after a class fills (usually 13 students)
is returned in full. A cancellation 7 full days before class also
returned in full. A cancellation made 4 full days before class, 50%
returned or 60% applied to future workshop.
Our agenda of adventure and education includes some of all the varied aspects of Indian
survival, including: plant lore, crafts, games, hikes, camping skills, tomahawk, spear,
rabbit stick and knife throwing (strictly supervised for safety), archery, Native American
sports, Indian sign language, story-telling, naming ceremony, stalking, wild foods,
plant medicines, safe knife use and lots of engaging intellectual games around the fire
(one fixture at camp is a dictionary).
Archery has become so popular here in the regular camp sessions that, by request, I
have started offering summer camps dedicated just to that skill and adventure.
Pardon the boast, but there is no archery program like this one. I pour my 25 years
of experience into the best instruction I have yet experienced in any other camp or
school. But this serious teaching is balanced by games of adventure, quickness, and
discretion such as were practiced in Native American communities as well as in Sherwood
There will be tournaments galore, woods roving, and lessons in the 4 types of shots:
direct, lob, clout, and at moving targets - all of which had their places in the
practicalities of history.
Medicine Bow is a primitive experience, Monday 10 AM through Friday 2PM, for boys and
girls 10 years and older who seek an overnight wilderness camp unlike other modern camps.
We live in the forest
35 acres wedged into the Chattahoochee National
Forest. One building, Medicine Bow Lodge, serves us for extended rainy
periods. Our tools are stick, stone, creek, plants, fire, and knife - and a lot of
well-made bows and arrows. We tell time by sun and moon. Our music is wind,
creek, whip-poor-will, and coyote. Our philosophy: Look and listen to the Earth.
Be mindful of your path. Live it fully. Then teach it.
Medicine Bow addresses honor, skills, and reverence toward life and all gifts of the
Earth. We all share in cooking, water-toting, fire duty, and clean-up and take pride
in self-sufficiency. I believe most campers leave here with an elevated self-esteem
and a new sense of family. Friendships will be made for a lifetime. The exception would be
a seriously homesick child who really did not want to come. The happiest camper is the one
self-motivated to come.
I believe in the balance of fun, adventure, learning, responsibility, and giving a camper
the freedom to succeed or fail in a project - to acquire knowledge experiencially - while
guided by a helping hand. My assistant and I strive for quality, not quantity. We
accept only 13 campers.
I am a naturalist and Indian survival specialist, but Nature is their ultimate teacher.
I continue to learn all I can, side by side with the kids. I believe in the
if I am to believe in the future.
As in all outdoor experiences, there are risks. Wasps, snakes, accidents are potentials
here just as they are around your home. We do our best to prevent these things before they
happen. We learn to move through the woods safely.
Since Medicine Bow is a low-adventure summer camp ( as compared to rock-climbing,
whitewater, caving, etc. ) there has never been a serious accident. My home is ¼ mile
from camp. From there a hospital lies 10 miles away.
Though I am not a hunter, I am not an anti-hunter. I understand the atavistic call.
I do, however, disapprove of the way many "sportspersons" go about the hunt.
Therefore, two aspects of archery that we will deal with are safety and ethics. Hunting is
a personal choice that is heaped with responsibility. While I will not presume to tell the
camper what to choose, I would hope to influence his/her way should the camper choose to
hunt later in life. It should go without saying, there will be no hunting at camp.
If you would like to
talk more about Medicine Bow, give me a call at
e-mail by clicking here.
- Mark Warren - Director Medicine Bow Ltd.
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533