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Wilderness Skills/Classical Japanese Sword

Duke School Camps - Building E

Monday, June 16, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
Building E Duke School 3716 Erwin Rd. DurhamNC  27705
Monday, June 16, 2014 - Friday, June 20, 2014
Building E Duke School 3716 Erwin Rd. DurhamNC  27705

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What's Included

Campers will spend mornings learning the key basics for common survival situations. Both modern and primitive techniques will be covered so that campers are prepared for a variety of hypothetical situations, from getting lost on a hike for a day to true survival situations with limited equipment. Camp sessions will cover a wide variety of both hands-on experience and theory, such as the “survival priorities” of shelter, water, fire, and food. In addition to tangible survival knowledge, this camp offers an incredible experience in thinking outside the box, improvising and adapting according to situational factors, leadership experience, and a chance to simply be outside and play in the woods! In the afternoons campers will learn the ancient art of samurai sword fighting. Kenjutsu, or sword fighting skills, provide students with an exciting opportunity to train in a traditional form while gaining discipline, physical stamina, and knowledge of ancient, historical sword fighting techniques. All techniques will be taught utilizing ActionFlex foam swords and protective headgear, which allow students to train in a SAFE, energetic and high-intensity environment. In addition to the traditional forms and techniques, students will learn about the historical and cultural influences of the Samurai and Ninja in ancient Japan, and will also learn about sword theory and safety. Camp sessions are led by Hardee Merritt, who is a lead instructor of the North Carolina branch of the Earth Connection School of Wilderness Survival as well as the senior instructor and owner of the Chapel Hill Quest Center. Director: Hardee Merritt and staff from Chapel Hill Quest Center

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Duke School is a nonprofit independent project-based preschool-eighth grade school in Durham, North Carolina. Duke School is committed to engaging in the continuing public dialogue to improve education for all young people, and was one of only a handful of schools around the country to be featured in the 1999 HBO production Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales. It was also featured in the PBS series "Raising Young Children" and was chosen by the state of North Carolina as a model preschool. Duke School serves as a leading educational institution both within the "Triangle" and wider educational community; its teaching methods continue as a model for both public and other independent schools, and its unique child-centered, project-based integrated curriculum continues to adapt to serve a variety of learning styles.

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