Primitive Pursuits Featured


615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY, 14850
607-272-2292 X195
Contact Name
John Chilkotowsky
John Chilkotowsky
Not ACA Accredited
Not CCA Accredited
Camp Type: Overnight Camp, Coed, Camp in NY, Adventure Camp, Day Camp, Leadership/Community
Experience a week of immersive nature-based skills training, inspiring challenges, and outrageously fun activities under the guidance of seasoned wilderness instructors.

Our camps are designed to build confidence, friendships and outdoor skills – and offer some of the most positive formative experiences in a young person’s life. Overnight Camps are a perfect opportunity for kids to safely put their skills to the test. What your kids learn with us are truly helpful life skills that will travel with them far beyond the camp experience.
Building Relationships

Increasingly, the only adults in a child’s life are their parents and teachers. At Overnight Camp kids have the opportunity to form a true friendship with an adult who sees your child as a learner and builder of things, ideas and choices. This kind of mentoring relationship allows kids to learn and grow and we believe it is an essential part of a healthy learning community.
Increased Self-Reliance

Camp builds resilience and pushes kids out of their comfort zone as they get to take appropriate risks, make judgment calls on their own and experiment with what works and what doesn’t. Overnight Camp is a safe first step toward self-reliance and independence. If they struggled with the discomfort of homesickness, long hikes, insect stings, and shoes filled with mud, they know that they got through it — either on their own or with support from their friends and instructors.
Digital Detox

Overnight Camp with Primitive Pursuits is a tech break kids and teens today desperately need from the daily digital realm. The chance to unplug, connect with new friends and with the natural world allows for direct experiences that bring insights and inspirations. These friendships and kinship bonds with nature often stay with kids long after they leave summer camp.
Registration Details

Ages 11-15
1pm Sunday - 11am Friday
6 days/5 nights
$675, includes all meals and camping
Location – Arnot Forest, Van Etten, NY

*This program was made possible by a grant from the Tompkins County Tourism Program