JULY 10-SEPTEMBER 1
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM ages 13-16
In 2016 we piloted a Counselor in Training (CIT) Program for 13-16 year olds! It was a tremendous success! Our CITs will participate in their very own week of summer camp from July 10-14. Throughout this week, CITs will work with farm camp staff and will work in the garden, will create a lasting legacy project, will meet and help our farmers, will gain wilderness experience, will participate in team building exercises and will learn how to be valuable members of the Farm Camp Staff! CITs will then assist in all aspects of Farm Camp for the rest of the summer, from July 17th through September 1st. Each CIT can take one week off during this time, if the program conflicts with summer vacations.
COST FOR CIT 8 WEEK PROGRAM $600
This week we will explore all the different kinds of animals that live at the farm: underground, at the pond, in the trees, in the barn, and on the pasture. We will look for worms, capture pond creatures, do some bird watching, and visit with the barn animals. For 10-12 year olds, this week is Outdoor Skills with a focus on animal tracking and identification while trekking around the natural habitats on our land. Participants will learn skills for survival by observing the habits of wild animals. At the end of the week we will celebrate our love for animals with our families with lots of science and art projects to take home!
This year we are offering outdoor skills for all ages! Our youngest campers will go on short discovery walks, will engage in imaginary play, and will develop collaborative skills throughout the week. 5 to 9 year olds will engage in age-appropriate hikes, and will learn basic skills for building shelters, fire safety, and more. Our oldest participants will engage in hikes every day and will engage in a variety of activities designed to help instill knowledge of and confidence in their abilities to live and be outside. Some of the skills covered will include: building shelters, fire building and safety (fire ordinance permitting), studying the weather, outdoor cooking, and much more!
JULY 31-AUGUST 4
This week we will get into the fields and do what the farmers do. From starting seedlings, to watering, to composting, to harvesting—we will do it all! When we need a break from the sun, we will learn how to preserve and prepare our harvests, we will visit the barn animals, and learn how farmers take care of animals. For 10-12 year olds, we will run a third week of outdoor skills! This week’s program will include hiking, wild foraging, cooking over an open fire, preserving, and more! Our week will end with a community Farmers’ Market to share the bounty of our weeks’ work with our families!
This week we will engage campers to explore the natural world and farming through STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. From engineering boats to weight bearing balsa wood structures, to an egg drop contest, to inventing new farm machinery, we will learn about the mechanics of nature through fun hands-on activities. We will display all of our inventions and findings at our Friday Share!
This week campers will make art, drawing from the natural world for material and inspiration. Projects may include building sculpture from recycled and natural objects and materials, making paint, temporary installations, printmaking, and much more! Our week will end with a family art opening, where we will share all of our masterpieces!
This week we will explore the freshest food that we harvest ourselves as we learn how to think like chefs--exploring various food concepts such as eating the rainbow, exploring tastes, and trying new textures. The 10-12 year olds will work with a professional chef and learn how to bring these concepts together and will learn how to balance flavors, work with various ingredients, and enhance presentation. Campers will go home with a hand-made cookbook, an open mind to fresh food, and loads of kitchen skills. On Friday, families will be invited to join us as we share the food that we made together!
AUGUST 28-SEPTEMBER 1
This week we will pick food from our fields and use our harvest to cook, taste and explore a variety of dishes that are eaten in different cultures throughout the world. Children will engage in taste tests, learn about herbs and spices, and make their own tasty snacks, drawing from the bounty of fresh produce grown at Common Ground Farm. The 10 to 12 group will work with a professional chef and will create globally inspired snacks from start to finish—harvesting vegetables, preparing them safely, and sharing their creations. Participants will go home with a hand-made cookbook and open mind to many different tastes and flavors, drawing from a variety of cultures. On Friday, families will be invited to join us as we share the food that we harvested and prepared ourselves!
Common Ground Farm is committed to providing a rich summer camp experience for everyone in our community who would like to participate in our programs, regardless of income. Sliding scale and full scholarships will become available later this spring. We now offer an option for parents to support our scholarship fund by making a contribution to sponsor a camper in need
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There are two steps to register your child for farm camp. Registration is not complete until both steps are completed:
PO BOX 148
Beacon, NY 12508
Full refund (minus $15 processing fee) may be granted if requested by 6/23/17; 50% refund is available if requested between 6/24/17 and 7/16/17. After 7/16/17, no refunds will be granted. If paying by check, send payment in full to: Common Ground Farm, PO Box 148, Beacon, NY 12508
Questions? Contact Sember Weinman, Education Director, at email@example.com.