Farm Camp 2016

“I would just like to thank you again for giving my children this experience. They made friends, tried new things, explored their artistic creativity and gained some more independence. You and your staff made this a wonderful experience for the boys. Your generosity and kindness will always be remembered. Thank you so very much!”

"Keep up the great work. Blown away!"

AT FARM CAMP, children explore our relationship to food and to nature through hands-on experiments, movement, games, and art.  Children spend time in the garden, at the pond, in the field, in the barn, and along our nature trails.   Kids will develop new skills, make new friends, and grow an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the natural environment within which we live.

Our camp instructors develop plans for the morning sessions based on the weekly themes and through different methods of exploration.  The children engage in each day’s topics through music, art, science experiments, movement, and more! 


In the afternoons, children have the ability to choose from several options that may include sprinkler time, nature hikes, group games, time exploring with our farmers, and art projects.  The last half hour of each Friday is devoted to performing, showing the art that we made, and sharing the food that we harvested and prepared together with our families.


Each group is limited to 12 children and will be led by an adult educator and a counselor.  Children bring a lunch and snack.  This will be supplemented by fresh food grown in our garden.  Campers are grouped by age: 3 and 4 year olds, 5 to 8 year olds (two groups), and 9 to 12 year olds.  All children must be fully bathroom-trained to attend Farm Camp. 


**Register by April 1st, and take $10 off for each child and each session registered! 

HALF DAY 9AM to 1PM $210—Please note, Half Day programs are offered for 3–6 year olds only.

FULL DAY 9AM to 3PM $260



**New for 2016! Counselor in Training (CIT) Program for 13-16 year olds! This year Common Ground Farm is offering a very special camp experience for teenagers! Our CITs will participate in their very own week of summer camp from July 11-15.  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 18 through September 2. Each CIT can take one week off during this time, if the program conflicts with summer vacations. 


Space is extremely limited. To apply, follow this link. 

JULY 18-22
ANIMALS for ages 3-4
ANIMALS for ages 5-8
ANIMALS IN THE WILD—Outdoor Skills for ages 9-12

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. The 9-12 group will focus their time on animal tracking and watching while trekking around the natural habitats on our farm. 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! 

JULY 25-29

This year we are offering leveled 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 8 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!  

FARMERS for ages 3-4
FARMERS for ages 5-8
FARMERS for ages 9-12

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 visit the barn animals and learn how farmers take care of animals.  The 9 to 12 group will engage in a higher-level skill building, that will include creating a garden plan, a building project, and animal husbandry. On Friday, campers will run a mini-market, and share the bounty of the season with their families!

NATURE AND ART 2-D for ages 3-4
NATURE AND ART 2-D for ages 5-8
NATURE AND ART 2-D for ages 9-12

This week the focus will be on two-dimensional art. Campers will find inspiration in a curling leaf of lettuce, the flight patterns of birds, or the sparkling pond and paint, collage, make prints, and much more!  Everyone will keep a creative journal, and will have lots of beautiful work to share at our end of the week exhibition! Each age level will work on projects specifically designed for their abilities and interests. 

AUGUST 15-19

This week campers will learn basic techniques for three-dimensional sculpture and wearable art. Participants will learn how to work with recycled and natural objects and materials, and there will be opportunities for collaborative projects and individual works to display at home as well! 

AUGUST 22-26
LOCAL FOOD for ages 3-4
LOCAL FOOD for ages 5-8
LOCAL FOOD for ages 9-12

This week we will grow, harvest, and taste the good food that grows on our farm!  We will learn some basic cooking skills and learn why it is important to eat seasonally and locally.  When we are not in the field, we will make vegetable art and visit the barn animals!  The 9 to 12 group will work with a professional chef and will create local seasonal dishes from start to finish—harvesting vegetables, preparing them safely, and eating! There will be a focus on preparing and preserving food that can be taken home and shared once the harvest is over. On Friday, family will be invited to join us as we share the food that we made for ourselves!

GLOBAL FLAVOR for ages 3-4
GLOBAL FLAVOR for ages 5-8
GLOBAL FLAVOR for ages 9-12

This week we will 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 9 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, an open mind to many different tastes and flavors, and loads of kitchen skills. On Friday, family will be invited to join us as we share the food that we harvested and prepared ourselves!

See photos of all the fun we had last year!

There are two steps to register your child for farm camp. Registration is not complete until both steps are completed:

1. Complete the on-line registration form: the link is here.

2. Payment: visit our store front to pay online or mail a check to:

    PO BOX 148
    Beacon, NY 12508

Full refund (minus $15 processing fee) may be granted if requested by 6/24/16; 50% refund is available if requested between 6/24/16 and 7/18/16. After 7/18/16, no refunds will be granted. If paying by check, send payment in full to: Common Ground Farm, PO Box 148, Beacon, NY 12508

Common Ground Farm’s day camp is located at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY and is a local and affordable summer camp option for families who live in and around the communities of Beacon, Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, and Cold Spring. 

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