The central question of much of my playtime --- it's still a central question, in fact, but now I'm asking how to do it in an ecologically harmonious way in my own life --- is, "how did people live?" How did they find food? how did they make shelter and clothing for themselves? how did they use trees to make baskets? how did they have fun? How?
Years later I discovered that other people are also interested in these questions, on the same practical, hands on way that I am.
The first gathering I found is called Rabbitstick. It's held in south east Idaho every September, and believe me, once my kids get to be big enough again I'll be taking them every year. It was the most fun, most practical summer camp experience I've ever had.
Check it out: www.backtracks.net
Rabbitstick is in September, but if you are keen for a FEBRUARY break from the dull weather you might be having, head to ARIZONA for Rabbitstick's counterpart, WINTERCOUNT.