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2020 Ninjas in Nature Virtual Summer Program

Ninjas in Nature Virtual Summer Camp 2020

Join us for an action-packed adventure virtual program as we combine skills of nature, awareness, high energy games, art activities and introductory arts of the ancient ninja. Participants receive a "Treasure Box" of supplies needed for the activities. Ninja Awareness Week offers the Ninjas in Nature curriculum and also provides different set of activities based on the interests and knowledge of instructors.

June 29-July 3, Mon-Fri, 10am - 2pm
(Additional session will be added if the week fills.)

Ninja Awareness Week

Ages 7-12
Instructors: Ken Clarkson, Rob Riman, and others

Description: Be prepared to "lose yourself and come to your senses!" We will turn on your "spidey senses", sensory awareness, and ninja-jedi skills through a backyard sensory awareness week. We will also teach ninja movement and agility skills. Students completing all of the training will earn a new level of rank and patch for the "Awareness Path" training for our Ninjas in Nature curriculum. New students to our NiN curriculum will receive home video training lessons in our Level 1 NiN Rank curriculum prior to the Ninjawareness week. Students completing all the skills challenges of the week will receive a certificate and patch.


This program will be led by two instructors and use a combination of Zoom instruction/preparation sessions (1 hour each, twice a day) followed by home backyard skills and awareness “missions”. The general flow will follow this routine:

  • 10 am morning Zoom session: group welcome, introductions, and first skill teaching
  • 11 am Zoom ends. Students will go outside to work on their skills (aka the morning “ninja mission”) followed by lunch on their own time
  • 1 pm afternoon Zoom: Students share experiences from morning mission. Afternoon skills instruction
  • 2 pm Zoom ends. Students go outside to complete their afternoon Zoom mission. 

Process repeats daily. 

Resources needed to participate:

  • Each student will receive a "Treasure Box" of materials needed for the week's activities, such as twine, bandana, duct tape, magnifying glass, and more. 
  • Each student will need a computer, tablet, or cell phone which has a camera, mic, and is connected to the internet.  Parents are encouraged to install the Zoom app before class begins.
  • Close-to-home access to an outdoor space that contains natural features such as trees, shrubs, grass, etc. A backyard would do fine, or a park just down the street.
  • Child must have permission to explore this outdoor space unattended for up to an hour during the class, or have an adult available to accompany them if need be.
  • Students may need a timepiece or parental help keeping track of time to arrive promptly for the Zoom calls.

Parent Role

During the “ninja missions” twice a day, if the student doesn’t have a sibling partner, they occasionally may need the assistance of a parent for a partner skills challenge (5-10 min maximum). Students will have a short list of materials needed for the week (ex. Notebook, bandana, other household objects), which parents may need to assist with gathering. This list will be provided before the week of classes.

Household Sibling Discount: A tuition discount of 10% off each registration is available when two or more children are registered for the same week. We are charging on a per screen basis. Siblings using the same screen only need to pay for one screen. 

Tuition, less a $25 registration fee, will be refunded if the request is made two weeks PRIOR to the registration deadline on June 28.

Tuition, less a $50 registration fee, and less the prorated cost of any days used in the week registered, will be refunded if the request is made ON or AFTER the registration deadline day for the week for which the registration was intended to begin. In the case of accident or illness, please contact the Umbrella office. 

Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact The Umbrella Arts Center for further information.