CAMP LIFE A shared experience and an individual journey!
At Camp Mákemáke the days are carefully structured with set mealtimes, bedtimes, campfires, circle times, free time and rest times. Every day the campers are presented with a series of optional activities ranging from kayaking to baking, to hiking. Our campers are 100% free to participate or they can choose to opt out and just play with their friends or chill in a hammock. Breakfast is at 8am every day and betime between 9pm to 10pm depending on the age of the campers. For some activities our campers are divided into the following groups:
Horseback riding Hiking Arts and Crafts
Cookery Team sports Archery
Kayaking Canoeing Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Tubing Drama Swimming
Harvesting blueberries Animal care & Farm chores Tractor rides
The Mákemáke Talent Show
Welcome, Midweek and Farewell Campfire ceremonies
The Mákemáke Early-bird Challenge
The Trashion Show
The Mákemáke Olympics
The Mákemáke Gala
And a few surprise events too!
Campers eat, play, sing and share as a group, but each camper's experience is unique. What our campers enjoy and remember the most are not the activities or special events, but a series of moments:
howling with laughter over a funny team game,
the sounds of crickets and frogs,
whispering and giggling in the tents at night,
linking arms while singing around a campfire,
feeding the animals,
a shared joke with a new friend,
the taste of hot blueberry pie made from the berries that they picked themselves,
the feeling of being part of something unique and special,
the first time they look up and see the Milky Way tumbling across our clear wide skies.
Click on the photos to below to get a feel for camp life!
The lazy river is a camp favourite!
A beautiful creation made by one of our older campers.
We have sixteen beautiful horses on the farm. They are used by real huasos to round up the cows.
The Camp Kitchen is all set up for chefs in training. We teach our campers to bake bread, pies, pizzas, cookies - our cooking workshop is popular.
Canoeing, SUP boarding and kayaking!
Archery is a popular activity at camp.
The food at Camp Makemake is organic. Most of it we grow ourselves. You will have the chance to see it growing in the vegetable patch at camp and to pick it fresh for your meals.
We pride ourselves on our pies and eat them hot with vanilla ice cream.
Every year our resident artist, Siski Kalla shares her expertise in a watercolour workshop for the campers.
Tie-dying is a camp classic that we enjoy each year.
Watersports are big at Camp Makemake. We also offer canoeing and SUP. We share our lake with a family of black necked swans and many other beautiful birds.
We offer a magical circus workshop once a week. Our campers love it. It is run by a well known and very talented Australian clown who is resident in Maule, Tito.
Tacataca, foosball, table soccer, table football. Call it what you like, it´s always a hit at camp!
Drama is a big part of Makemake. We put on shows of all kinds. Each camper is encouraged to participate and it does wonders for their self esteem
We pride ourselves on our beautiful books and love to see our campers enjoying them. We have books in English and in Spanish for all ages and stages.
Our campsite is surrounded by grass and we have balls of all sorts. There is always some kind of ball game happening. Football, basketball, dodgeball...
Relay races, dance offs, party games... it's all go at camp!
A STEM Challenge - In groups of three build Camp Makemake with mini marshmallows and toothpicks! We will add a lego stem challenge workshop to our 2020 program.
Slow and steady! We get out and about on the farm as much as possible with our campers.
We share snacks, stories and songs around our campfire most nights. Here the girls are enjoying hot cheese sandwiches and listening to a story.
Every afternoon the children participate in optional garden activities.
An event not to be missed!
These three boys are proudly showing off their joint creation.
We have a table tennis table and you can use it whenever you want. Last year we had a fabulous tournament.
All of our campers participate in The Makemake show and it is definitely one of the highlights of camp.
Messy creative fun. Make your own pinch pot, coil pot, piggy bank. We will teach you the basic pottery techniques and then you can experiment as you please.
Working together is one of the best things about camp.
Reading, chess, cards, drawing, board games, swinging in hammocks, relaxing in your tent, digging in the garden - you choose.
Notice how this pizza has two different sides. That´s because each side was made by a different camper. We made the base too with wholemeal flower olive oil and water.
Each morning after breakfast we meet at the Hay Circle. We sing, play games and share plans for the day. We also set up group challenges.
Layla the dog is desperate for a dip too. Happy late afternoons spent in the pool. We have a swimming session every day.
Ever tried a s´more? We make those too.
Find something red. Find something rough. Find something furry. Find something noisy. What can you find a)under a rock? b)in the bark of tree? c)under a pile of leaves?
The camp garden is set up like a kids´paradise. Any garden game you can think of we will probably have. We also play a lot of active garden games in groups.
Anyone up for a game of darts?
We use worms to make beautiful nutrient rich soil. All of our scraps go to our worms. Here we are visiting the worm farm and learning about the process of organic farming.
Each year we have The Great Boat Race. These lolly stick boats are made in pairs and then are tested for strength, durability, design, originality and speed.
Which team can fill up their bucket with water first from another bucket using only a sponge. We play lots of games like this.
Here we are meeting the mayor of Pelarco on a trip to our local village. We tried churrascas, ate icecream in the plaza, posted a letter at the post office and sang live on the local radio!
We care deeply about nature. This photo was taken during a nature scavenger hunt.
Here we are all trying to step over a rope at exactly the same time. It is not as easy as it looks.
This group of girls decided to do some yoga in their free time.
We are working in small groups here to create different objects with our bodies. This is a blinking eyeball!
We painted rocks with special messages or funny faces to take home as a reminder of the fun we had at camp.
The kids are racing to reach their donut. We play lots of old fashioned party games like this one at Camp Makemake.
The farm is full of life. Animals are everywhere.
Water games are key on our hot summer afternoons. This is part of a relay race.
The beauty of an organic farm is that you can eat the blueberries straight from the bushes.
An afternoon of field games. Lots of flour involved!
There is a circle of stones in the woods in our camp where we gather to reflect, tell stories, talk about plans for our day, share jokes, do riddles, play games and sing songs.
Design your own banana split!
There is plenty of opportunity to learn about how and why things work the way they do on our organic farm. Here the campers are looking at our worms.
Cookies, hot chocolate and cards one evening. We have just invested in lots of new card games. Have you played Sushi go!, Slamwich or Rat a tat Cat? They are all great fun.
A ridiculously funny and exhausting team game. We play lots of funny games like this. Every tried pool noodle hockey?
Check out the two cheeky sisters sharing a secret when their eyes should have been shut!
During your time at Camp Makemake you will explore our entire farm. It is huge! We even have a haunted house.
Fun in the afternoon sun.
Creativity in the fresh air.
The farm is filled with hiking trails. This trail passes by a huge an ancient quillay tree.
This group of children were busy planning a city with rocks, leaves and dirt.
Everyone loves the food at Camp Makemake! We're passionate about good food and know what campers like and what is good for them too. We source local food and use organic vegetables from our garden.
We have a large high energy breakfast every day. Fruit, natural yoghurt, a choice of cereal, bread and a range of spreads. Each day we make a special breakfast item like pancakes, waffles, crepes, blueberry muffins, scrambled eggs or french toast.
Mid-morning snack is watermelon, peaches, blueberries and other fruit.
Lunch is the main meal of the day. Our delicious and nutritious kid friendly menu should please even the fussiest of eaters. Fresh salad is always be part of the menu. We serve all of the vegetables separately so you can choose your favourites. There are large bowls full of fresh crisp lettuce, summer tomatoes drizzled in olive oil, cucumbers chopped up and dressed with lemon, grated carrot etc.
Afternoon snack is different every day, for example make your own ice-cream sundaes.
Every day we have a scrumptious farmhouse dinner featuring many family favourites such as fajitas, pasta, etc.
We love baking and cookies are our speciality - ever tried a snickerdoodle, a chocolate crinkle or a jam diagonal?
Our campers participate in the preparation of some of the food and also help with setting and clearing the table. All meals are prepared in the farmhouse kitchen.
Meals are a special experience at Camp Makemake. They are a time for us to share and enjoy each others' company. We always start our meals with a song.
Ask if you need a special diet as we can cater to most requests. We have a no peanut policy at camp.
The Farmhouse Kitchen
The Mákemáke Organic Farm
Camp Makemake is set on a sustainable family farm. We have been growing blueberries for over a decade. Recently we planted blackberries and apples. We keep cows, sheep, horses, donkeys and pigs. We make organic apple cider and blueberry vinegar.
We care profoundly about the future of our planet and are doing everything in our power to make sure it is a beautiful one and this includes sharing our farming with our campers. We hope our campers return home with a greater appreciation of the effort, energy and care that goes into producing the food that reaches their tables.
Click here to visit our farm website: www.makemakefarm.com
The health and educational benefits of spending a week or more on a farm for children are countless. There is so much to explore and so many unexpected treasures to be found.
At camp our campers :
learn where their food comes from
meet real huasos and horse ride with them
learn about organic farming
taste honey from our hives
visit our worm farm
feed the pigs
visit the sheep and donkeys
ride the horses
learn from the farmer
climb on haystacks
pick veggies for their meals