Welcome to the Camp Caravan website! Today, Camp Caravan is a center for working together with the ideas of G. I. Gurdjieff and J. G. Bennett, and future home to the new building of The Village School, a vibrant nature-based independent school serving children Pre-K through sixth grade. For forty years, Camp Caravan was the site of a remarkable summer camp and community for children with special needs, founded by Ed McCarty in 1947, and alumni gather to honor the history and support Camp Caravan as a continuing educational and cultural community in the region.
Camp Caravan as an educational campus
The Village School, our independent school for children preschool through sixth grade is moving to Camp Caravan, moving us closer to our dream of an educational campus serving all ages. The new Village School building project commences this spring, with the aim of moving September 2017. We thank you for helping to make it a reality.
Thomas de Hartmann collaborated with G.I. Gurdjieff to create the Movements music and the sacred music for solo piano. Less known is his extraordinary body of classical music. Under the umbrella of the education mission of the MREC, this Project aims to bring that music back to public awareness. Elan Sicroff, pianist and artistic director, began to develop the Project in 2006. In 2010 Sicroff met Gert-Jan Blom, artistic producer for the Metropole Orkestra in the Netherlands. Together they embarked on a five-year project recording a large body of music representative of the scope of de Hartmann's work. In the spring of 2016, they will release a set of seven CDs, including vocal and chamber music and works for solo piano. The recording phase of the Project was funded primarily through private MREC donations. The next phase includes public outreach and education in the form of recitals and lecture/recitals. View www.sicroff.com for Project details.
Today, Camp Caravan is a place for working together with the Fourth Way approach. We aim to build a new world—starting with ourselves—and invite participation from all. Whether you have many years of Work experience, are completely new to the ideas, or you wish to experience a more vivid presence within yourself, with others, and with a higher reality, we welcome your interest and participation.
In the late 1800’s, Camp Caravan was a large inn, famous for its view of Mt. Monadnock. After it burned to the ground in 1906, it was rebuilt as a girls’ high school, run by the Lemon family. In 1946, the Caravan Society purchased the property as a place for a summer camp for handicapped, impoverished, and special needs children from the Boston area, with Ed McCarty from Somerville, Massachusetts as the head. Camp Caravan for Children opened in 1947. Children rode the trains out from Boston and stayed for 3-6 weeks. Many alumni of the camp describe the experience as one of the great positive forming experiences of their lives. The camp closed in 1985 and was derelict until purchased by Millers River Educational Cooperative (MREC) in 1998.
The school’s mission is to create an educational model for children in rural areas, based on the principle that a direct connection to nature can be a lifeline for children, connecting them to their essential selves and awakening a sense of meaning in their lives. The school serves children pre-K through sixth grade.