About Camp Wild Heart at Thrive.

Our mission is to provide a fully Self-Directed Summer Day camp experience. Where students can learn through the freedom to choose exciting, hands on, academic and enrichment opportunities presented daily, all led by kind, respectful adults who are excited to share their skills.

Science, Art, Animals, Nature, Creativity and Good Old Fashioned Fun and Play.

They work hard all school year. Give them a summer of fun and freedom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Email ThriveChico@live.com with any additional questions or concerns.

What does a day at Camp Wild Heart look like?

9:30 to 9:50am    Campers begin to arrive/ breakfast served/ Free Choice time

9:50 to 10:45am  Free Choice Time= Campers choose between the Create room, Play room, playground and activity stations

10:45am               All campers have arrived/ Gates closed/ no more campers accepted for the day

10:45 to 11am     Morning Meeting/ Campers break into groups to set their intentions for the day and choose which Camp Instructor led activities they would like to join.

11:00 to 11:45am  Camp Instructor led activities/ Campers choose from a variety of fun, hands on activities ranging from science projects to art to group games.

11:45am to 12:30pm  Free Choice Time/ extra time for camp instructor led activities/ campers work on their "intentions"=activities or projects of their own choice

12:30 to 12:50pm   lunch served

1:00 to 1:45pm     Camp Instructor led activities including choice to go to the park/creek for the afternoon

1:45 to 3:00pm    Free Choice Time/ extra time for camp instructor led activities/ campers work on their "intentions"=activities or projects of their own choice/ water play and fun

3:00 to 3:15pm    Clean Up Time/ campers choose clean up tasks and help clean up the center/ campers return from the park

3:15pm                Earliest pick up time for some campers/ Gates open

3:15 to 4:30pm    Play room, playground and activity stations

4:30pm                Latest pick up time/ all campers picked up

What does "Self-Directed" mean?

Self-Directed means that campers get to choose their activities, goals and projects for the day/week/summer. This freedom is offered free from adult judgement or coercion. As all freedom comes with responsibility, students are held accountable for being respectful to others and the environment.

What makes Camp Wild Heart the right choice for my child?

If your child thrives in an environment where children are trusted and allowed to make their own choices. If you want to give your child a summer of fun and freedom. If you want your child to gain creative thinking and social skills. Camp Wild Heart is the place for you.

What might make Camp Wild Heart not the right choice for my child?

If your child prefers an adult directed day and has a hard time when given freedom to choose their own activites. If your child has a hard time being respectful and kind to others and the environment. Campers who display behaviors that are destructive, rude or unkind will be asked to discontinue attending.

How is Camp Wild Heart different from other summer day camp options?

Camp Wild Heart is a fully Self-Directed camp that also offers full flexibility in days of attendance. Students get to choose their activities daily and families get to choose which days to attend. Daily options are presented ranging from art and science activities to water play to park and nature walks. Students may choose from the options, some of which are adult-led, or choose a day of free play and creating. STEAM *Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math* activities are presented daily in a style that is hands on, engaging and fun. Your camper is sure to gain new knowledge and skills in a way that will leave them wanting to come back for more.


Campers are allowed some flexibility in assessing their own abilities and risk factors with the assistance and direction of our safety trained team. Campers may choose to be barefoot, climb small tress and build and play with toy weapons. All of this is within the parameters of risk assessment and camper consent. Consent is a very important piece in this type of play. Campers may only make choices that affect themselves and those wanting to play with them. For example, a student may not hit another student with their self constructed toy weapon but they may engage in play battles with other students who have chosen to play with them. We work with all the campers to guide them in making sure their actions are safe and respectful of themselves, each other and the space they are in. Campers who have a hard time making safe and respectful choices may be asked to stop attending.

Tell me more about safety procedures at Camp Wild Heart.

Everyone on the Camp Wild Heart team is fingerprinted/background cleared, CPR/First Aide certified, water safety trained and trained in safety procedures. Our team has many years of experience working with students in a variety of academic, enrichment and recreational settings and many are parents themselves. We spend the year providing classes and programs for homeschoolers and after school students and continue with a summer creating educational, fun, hands-on activities.

What about refunds?

No refunds or roll over for unused days. All days must be used the summer they are purchased. The only acceptation would be major illness or injury or if you are truly unhappy with camp. In those cases we must be alerted promptly for a refund.

How can I make payments?

We accept private payments via cash, check or credit card and third party payments such as charter funds.  If you'd like to make smaller payments weekly or monthly please contact us for details ThriveChico@live.com or 530-809-4638.


Camp Wild Heart is at
1361 Hawthorne Ave.
Chico, Ca 95926

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