Primitive Skills

In this uniquely challenging camp, participants will:

  1. Sail daily on Lake Tahoe
  2. Blacksmith with expert craftsman
  3. Orienteer with compass
  4. Archery using compound bow and arrows 

On crystal blue Lake Tahoe, campers will sail with Tahoe Summer Camps partner, Tahoe Sailing School (TSS). The TSS fleet of Pico Lasers are durable, fast and can accommodate multiple sailors. Campers will learn how to read weather and wind, boat basics, points of sail, knot tying and self-rescue and race techniques. Returning campers will learn more advanced race tactics and sail techniques, and sail in more trying conditions.  

On land, campers will learn to blacksmith using hammers, anvils and the camp forge, which heats metal to 1000+ degrees Fahrenheit. Blacksmithing is a labor-intensive practice that requires safety, patience, planning and teamwork. Campers will work together to create usable works of art.

When not sailing or blacksmithing campers will also enjoy archery, exploration and free-play games.

Camp Details

Ages: 7 years old – 13 years old.

  • Note: Camp is split into a younger and older group. Here’s a rough breakdown; Group A  – 7 to 10 year olds. Group B – 11 to 13 year olds.

Times: 9:00am – 3:00pm each day.

Where: Base camp and camp check in is, Tahoe Expedition Academy Lower School Campus located at 8651 Speckled Ave., Kings Beach, CA 96143. Sailing will launch from Tahoe Vista beaches.

What to Bring: For the best possible camp experience, please ensure your child comes prepared with a backpack, sunscreen (applied), lunch, snack, water bottle, bathing suit, change of clothes for blacksmithing, closed toed shoes and a great attitude!


  • Note, Blacksmithing requires that participants wear pants and close toed shoes, if your child doesn’t bring these to camp they will not smith. Synthetic shirts and pants are prohibited as this material melts to skin.


Final Products: Campers will bring finished metal works and woodcarvings home, along with new knowhow, experiences and friendships.

Capacity: This camp is limited to 18 participants.

Cost: $450

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Primitive Skills

Week 1

06/12/2017 – 06/15/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 2

06/19/2017 – 06/22/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 3

06/26/2017 – 06/29/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 4

07/10/2017 – 07/13/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 5

07/17/2017 – 07/20/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 6

07/24/2017 – 07/27/2017

Primitive Skills

Week 7

08/07/2017 – 08/10/2017