Community Life

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As we like to say, "Family HEART Camp is a unique community experience..."

So what is life like in this community? While specific qualities of community vary depending on the participants, staff, size of the camp and location, there are also many common threads of experience we believe create the unique flavor of a Family HEART Camp.

Read on to find out about the daily rhythm of FHC and our special community gatherings, as well as our intention for engaging conflict when it arises.


Daily Rhythm

The table shown below depicts the typical daily rhythm of community life in throughout the week of a Family HEART Camp. Please remember this is offered for orientation only, and actual camp schedules may vary from what is shown here. To learn more about Community Sourced Programming and our programming philosophy, visit the Camp Overview page.


Saturday (Arrival)


Monday - Friday

Saturday (Departure)

8 - 9:15 AM






Breakfast, Cleanup and Transition

 9:15 AM

10:00 AM

 Morning Circle

Camp Agreements

Family Agreements

Compassion Carnival (Intro to CSP)


Morning Circle including Community Sourced Programming (CSP) Marketplace



Camp Cleanup, Resource Circle and Final Closing Ceremony


10:00 AM

12:30 PM


Community Sourced Programming (CSP)

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Lunch and Cleanup


1:30 PM

3:00 PM

 Free Time 

Packup and Departure


3:00 PM

6:00 PM

Camp Arrival, Check-in and Getting Settled


Community Sourced Programming (CSP) and Afternoon Circle


6-7:30 PM

Dinner and Cleanup

7:30-9 PM

Opening Circle

 Evening All-Camp Activity, CSP or Free Time 

9 PM

7 AM

Quiet Time

Community Gatherings

one big circleAt Family HEART Camp, we gather as a community every day. Right after breakfast, we join together in play and fun, followed by an opportunity to dialogue about issues and situations that impact the community. We also gather at the end of the afternoon programming time to share our celebrations and mournings of the day's experiences.

We also gather on some evenings for community activities including and not limited to:

Bonfire: If you enjoy sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing together, you'll love this gathering!

Variety Show: At many camps, the grand finale of the week is the ever-popular and often raucous No Talent Required Variety Show. Over the years, this evening has featured a spontaneous drum jam and dance party, helium-inspired silliness from the staff, and even live farm animals! You won't want to miss this.

Engaging Conflict

reconciliationWe believe that conflict is a natural part of our human experience, something that will arise with many faces within our families and the community. Our intention is to relate with these situations with care and intention through restorative practices, which emphasize engaging conflict as a means to restore the relationships that can suffer harm as a result of our actions. NVC offers many practices to support us in relating with conflict with integity and care.

Near the beginning of our camp week, we will spend some time developing community agreements about how we intend to relate with each other and care for the well-being of our community. One important aspect of this process is establishing a restorative system that meets the needs of the community as a whole AND its individual members. Once this system is in place, we can relax into showing up in community with our full authenticity, trusting that we have a community practice to help us come back to each other when we lose our sense of connection.

One form of restorative practice with a direct connection to NVC is Restorative Circles, a set of practices developed by Dominic Barter. To learn more about the details of this practice, please visit the Restorative Circles website.

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