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BMS Coyote Summer Challenge

Inspired by our friends at the Living Earth School, we invite you to join us in the 2018 Blue Mountain School Coyote Family Summer Challenge!

We hope this challenge will inspire many wonderful moments of connection and awe for your family this summer. The natural world is full of wonder, and we want to celebrate it together! Click the poster to download your copy.

Getting Started

A family includes all the important people in a person's life. Consider including grandparents, cousins, and other extended family members as well as close friends. Kids who spend time in more than one family are encouraged to share this Challenge with each one.

Begin the Challenge by reading all the activities on the poster and talking about which ones you'd like to try. We encourage you to pick three activities from each of the quadrants. (Remember, you have all summer!) Next, hang your poster somewhere everyone can see it each day. Then get started!

Be sure to keep a record of your adventures! Some families may choose to create or puchase a journal in which to write and draw their thoughts and experiences. Others may want to glue photographs in an album or make videos together. Or maybe you have a totally different plan. It's up to you!

Share Your Experiences

Please share your family's experiences through social media by marking your posts, tweets, and instagram photos with #bmscoyotesummer. If you don't use social media, you can email photos and text to to have them posted on the school's Facebook Page. You are also welcome to send letters to BMS Coyote Summer, 470 Christiansburg Pike, Floyd VA 24091.

Win a Prize!

Families who share their experiences with us over the summer will be included in a drawing at the end of August for a family fun nature experience!

With Gratitude, We Thank...

Practicing gratitude is of special importance to us at BMS. Our emphasis on gratitude is not just about having good manners or being polite; we are believers in gratitude because we know that being grateful is linked to happiness and well being. In addition to the many "Thank Yous" we take the time to share each day at school, we have gratitude circles every Thursday and end every recess by saying, "Thank you for playing!" At BMS, modeling gratitude is serious business.

We give thanks to Living Earth School founders Hub and Kate Knott as well as Erin "Soupy" Campbell, who introduced us to the Coyote Challenge. Their program overlays broad concepts about natural daily and seasonal rhythms with detailed, nature-based activities and practices reflecting these rhythms. Our staff was deeply inspired by our weekend retreat earlier this year with Hub, Katie, and Soupy learning about Coyote Mentoring -- an approach to nature education that builds on the development of mentoring skills in adults. Our time with our Living Earth School mentors helpted to ignite our dedication to incoporating nature into nearly everything we do.

Coyote Mentoring was developed by a collaboration of several people: Jon Young, Ellen Haas, and Evan McGowan. It is inspired by and grounded in the mentoring tradition of Tom Brown, Jr., and many other elders. To learn more, check out the Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature.

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