Frequently asked questions
What is Camp Wildling?
Camp Wildling is everything you loved about sleepaway camp as a kid with the perfect grown up vibe. Through a variety of conscientiously-curated participatory workshops, thoughtful and engaging evening activities, Camp Wildling is an opportunity to awaken your curiosity, revel in your authenticity, and connect to vibrant sense of wholeness.
What kind of programming is offered at Camp Wildling?
Camp Wildling boasts a diverse selection of classes and experiences to encourage deep, authentic interaction with others through a creative, engaging approach. Throughout the camp experience, you’ll choose from interactive offerings like yoga, meditation, hiking, group sharing, arts+crafts, and more.
Am I required to participate in anything?
The best part about camp is that you get to do suits you best. Want to check out as many classes as possible? We've so many to choose from. Want to hang out in an inner tube by the river all day? That sounds AMAZING! Wanna wander the forest by yourself to reconnect with your inner wildling? We can't wait to hear about it when you get back. Bottom line, this is your camp and you get to create your own experience.
Where is Camp Wildling held?
Camp Wildling is held at the beautiful Mound Ridge Retreat Center located in the Upper Meramec region of the Missouri Ozarks. The closest city is Rolla, which is about a half hour from camp. It's a four hour drive from Kansas City and a two hour drive from St Louis.
Can I come alone?
Absolutely! The energy at Camp Wildling is our unfolding co-creation. Our dearest intention is to create a vibrant space that fosters a deep sense of community, openness, and exploration. The beauty of sleepaway camp is that it coaxes us out of our comfort zones and routines, and brings us into this beautiful shared space where we just get to be ourselves. Rooting in your authenticity is the gateway to true connection with others. Camp Wildling offers endless opportunities to connect with yourself, community, and nature.
How many campers will there be?
We'll have to get back to you on this. Since we are still living with the pandemic, we may have to adapt our guestlist. Under ideal circumstances, camp can welcome up to 100 campers. However, during our August 2020 season we limited our guests to just under 30 to allow for social distancing. We will update this question once we get a little closer to June.
When does camp start and end?
June: For first time attendees, Camp Wildling registration begins at 12 PM on Thursday, June 10th and ends with closing ceremony at 9:30 AM on Sunday, June 13th.
Can I arrive late or leave early?
We hope that you'll be able to be with us for the entire experience but we understand that may not be possible. While we can't change our prices, you're welcome to join the party a little late or sneak out early. Please be sure to let us know when to expect you so we can have everything ready for you.
Should I bring bedding and towels?
Due to the COVID situation, bedding is not provided. Please bring your own bedding (comforter/sleeping bag, sheets, pillows, etc.) and your own towels.
Is there WIFI and cellphone service?
Kind of. There are some WIFI hotspots located in the main camp but service can be spotty. Cell service is availale at main camp as well. WIFI is not available in the cabins, tent camping area by the river, or glamping platforms. If you need to have consistent WIFI and cellphone service, this probably isn't the experience for you. Our camp is located deep in the forest on a remote and ancient mountain.
What about the pool and the river?
The pool is the perfect size for swimming with friends or hanging out poolside. We're considering offering Aqua Yoga in 2021.
Can I bring my kids or pets?
Is there going to be alcohol?
We will not be providing alcohol at camp. We're okay if you enjoy responsibly and thoughtfully as long as you are respectful and clean up after yourself. We don't want to find leftovers from your evening adventures littered around the pool and river. Alcohol is not permitted in any of the workshops. This is not a party camp or a place to get trashed and numb, quite the opposite. Camp was created to be a mindful experience that evokes true presence and deep inner connection.
Can I smoke cigarettes at camp?
Smoking is permitted outdoors but be cool. Don't smoke in the workshops, events or near groups of people. Clean up your butts and litter.
Do I need a certain level of physical fitness to participate at camp?
While some activities are more physically-oriented than others, there is something for everyone, and we will work to make all activities accessible to the full range of participants. Go for the activities that speak to your heart, while participating at a level that feels appropriate for your personal health and fitness.
Is my ticket transferable? Is it refundable?
Do you need volunteers?
Yes! If you’ve got killer skills and camp spirit to spare, we’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what you have to offer.
Are you hiring teachers?
We are now accepting requests to teach classes at camp for the 2021 season.
Who's behind Camp Wildling?
Camp Wildling is Kelly Cirone's dream come true. You can find out more about Kelly here.
Is Camp Wildling religiously affiliated?
We are not a Christian camp. The retreat center itself is run by a lovely Christian non-profit that respects people on all paths. Camp is an evolving co-creation of all its diverse attendees. You might bow before the altar of nature, the moon and stars, the deep forest and the sun during our time together. You will learn Hindu philosophy if you choose to attend our amazing yoga classes. You will experience Buddhist dharma talks if you come to meditation. You might spend time in prayer and reverence in the beautiful outdoor chapel, if your faith moves you to do so. Camp asks you to come as you are, follow your wide open heart, and dive into the depths that beckon you.