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Arts Outside Camp

~service through art in nature~

2022 Arts Outside Camp details

July 3-8

Ages: 8 years+

Capacity: 16 campers

Tuition: $900 (base rate), $1,200 (restoration rate)

Session Info

Perfect for those campers who just can’t get enough of the Ekone craft area, this session will challenge the hands and the creative spirit, as campers interact with a wide variety of material to create beautiful works of art, form, and function.


We’ll spend time on the land finding inspiration and natural materials for our craft projects, and campers will also work with weaving and sewing projects, collage, block printing, and nature-based art, and maybe even create a mural together!

Sample schedule for Art Camp:

7.00 am:  Rise and shine to greet another beautiful day!

7.30 am:  Set-up crew heads down to the kitchen to help prepare breakfast, feeding crew heads to the barn to feed the animals, and the garden crew harvests some delicious veggies…or maybe some strawberries?!

8.00 am:  Breakfast time at the Yummy Tummy Café!  After breakfast, the clean-up and dishes crews help to tidy the kitchen so we can move on to morning activities.

9.00 am:  Morning Circle, where we all meet to do some stretching and talk about activities for the day

9.30 am – 12.00 pm:  Could vary from time out on the land getting inspired, sketching or painting to beginning a new project such as a mural, weaving, sewing or collage

12.00 pm:  Gather the set-up crew to help get lunch ready

12.30 pm:   Lunch time!

1.30 pm – 3.00 pm:  Ahhh, it’s Siesta time.  Cool off with a swim in the pond, write letters home, read a book, work on a craft project, or take a nap to rest up for some more exciting activities in the afternoon.

3.00 pm – 5.30 pm:  Either time to continue a project from the morning or earlier in the week, take a hike down to the canyon pools for a swim or have a visit from a local artist.

5.30 pm:  Set-up crew heads down to the kitchen

6.00 pm:  Dinner time!  After dinner is a little free time; a great chance to play on the rope swings, work on crafts or watch the beginning of the sunset.

7.00 pm – 8.30 pm:  Time for some evening games, council, or possibly a walk to the canyon

8.30 pm: Head up to the bunkhouse and start brushing teeth and finding pajamas.  After everyone is ready, we’ll read some stories, or maybe do some stargazing outside.

9.30 pm:  Zzzzzz…better get some rest, it’s going to be another awesome day tomorrow.  Sweet dreams!​

**Note that Art Campers will not ride horses, but will enjoy all the other facets of Ekone Magic! And there could be time with horses for artistic inspiration**

If you haven’t already, please visit our main About Camp  page

to get a feel for our camp philosophy, history and the scope the Ekone Summer Camp program

Please visit our Apply Here! page for information about applying for a space in summer camp and a link to our registration system.

Lead Staff for Arts Outside Camp

Caitlin Jones


Caitlin is excellent at making lists, keeping everyone organized, and nurturing Ekone Magic at camp.

Now our Camp Director, Caitlin has been coming to Ekone summer camps since she was 8 years old, and has grown into a strong and compassionate leader.  She has ridden horses most of her life, and believes them to be some of the most wise and loving of all animals (especially Ekone horses).  One of the things she loves most about Ekone is being able to ‘get back to basics’ and work with nature rather than against it.  She is holds a degree in Social Work from New York University in New York City.

Caitlin says Ekone is a second home for her, somewhere she always feels welcome.  Some of her favorite summer Ekone activities?  “Helping campers improve their riding, throwing bales of hay, and seeing billions of stars every night!”

Evelyn Kent


Evelyn first came to Ekone with her cousins and grandma when she was 8 years old and fell in love with the ranch. Since then she has made many valiant but failed efforts to never leave, as a camper, volunteer, and now as a staff member. Evelyn loves to do all the things from cooking, playing music, working with horses, and everything in between. She loves the friends and sense of self she has found at Ekone and hopes as a staff member she inspires and gives the same love and care to others. Evelyn is from Portland Oregon and attends Macalester College in St. Paul Minnesota. Their fav camp activities are writing silly camp songs, becoming friends with the horses, working in the garden, and stargazing.

Alyssa Eckert


Alyssa is our resident Craft Queen and a loving goat mama.

Alyssa has been coming to camp for the past four years. She never got the opportunity to come as a camper, but is now making up for lost time! Alyssa loves to explore the relationship between arts & crafts and the natural world with the kids, and to wander in the woods learning about the different plants and critters in the area. 

When not at Ekone, Alyssa spends her time pursuing her own art, playing with her plants and exploring a new found love for cooking. Her favorite Ekone activity: Evenings milking the goats!

Kayla Kawalec


Kayla loves doing ALL OF THE THINGS!

Complete chance and pure intuition led Kayla to Ekone in the summer of 2021. She arrived as the garden intern on the record-shattering hottest weekend in the NW and hasn’t been able to keep her cool about how much she loves the ranch since! After staying on through the wildly fun and busy summer ’21 season she’s back again to get a dose of that Ekone magic everyone’s always talking about.

Kayla received her dual BS/BA degrees in telecommunications and sociology from the University of Florida in 2016, and hasn’t done anything remotely related since! She’ll be happy to share one (or all) of her tales of adventure over a meal at the YT, but loves more than anything hearing and collecting stories from everyone else who pops up throughout the summer. In fact, her absolute favorite part of Ekone is all of the amazing people it attracts and the stories they have to share.

It’s hard to say where the most likely place to find Kayla on the ranch is. She’s been known to go on early morning runs with Julia, get into all of the mischief with Adela, sing along out of tune to the Moon Song, hold meetings of the Tender Hearts Weeding Society in the garden with Michelle, Shampoothie in the bath house, stroll to Mizar’s Bluff with Caitlin, or maybe dig a grave in her spare time!

Check out the slideshow for Craft Camp 2018!

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