Farm Camp 2018

Farm Camp exceeded our expectations in every possible way!

I love the outdoor time and the way that art, science, and nature are incorporated into the programming.

Our son loved camp from the very first day. He was engaged and enjoyed himself for all seven weeks.

My son learned a lot, got really dirty, and had a lot of fun.

He was shining. He was so happy. Made me really appreciate the effect of spending time outdoors with nature. 

We cannot say enough positive things about our child’s experience at Farm Camp. We know he had fun because he came home happy *every* *single* *day*. We loved knowing that he was spending his summer outside and getting so much fresh air. We loved the wide variety of topics that were explored and the many methods that were used. The Farm Camp experience was perfect preparation for him to begin pre-k this fall, which he has adjusted to effortlessly. We cannot wait to sign up for Farm Camp 2018!

 
At Farm Camp, children explore our relationship to food and to nature through hands-on experiments, movement, games, and art. Campers spend time in the garden, at the pond, in the field, in the barn, and along our nature trails. Kids 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, using different methods of exploration. Our campers engage in each week’s themes through direct engagement, scaffolded to their age level--we cook, we sing, we make art, we build experiments, we move our bodies, we play games, and so much more! 
 
In the afternoons, children choose from several options that may include sprinkler time, nature hikes, group games, pond time, cooking, 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 a professional 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 and 6 year olds, 7 to 8 year olds, and 9 to 12 year olds. All children must be fully bathroom-trained to attend Farm Camp. 
 
HALF DAY 9AM to 1PM for 3–6 year olds only: $230 
FULL DAY 9AM to 3PM: $280 
BEFORE CARE 8AM to 9AM $25 
AFTER CARE 3PM to 5:30PM $55
 

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


Farm Camp Scholarships

Thanks to a very generous grant from the Dyson Foundation we are thrilled to announce that we are able to offer 21 full scholarship camper slots and two full scholarship CIT slots, in addition to seven sliding scale scholarships.  Please note that all scholarship applicants must also complete a Farm Camp Registration Form or CIT application. Paper registration forms are available by request. Acceptance to Farm Camp's scholarship programs is not guaranteed until you receive notification confirming your spot from Common Ground Farm. 

 

Full Scholarships include one week of full day summer camp, before and after care if needed, meals if needed, transportation if needed for families traveling more than 5 miles, and U-Pick. Applications are available both online and as a PDF or hardcopy. Please contact Sember at sember@commongroundfarm.org to have a printed application mailed to you. Full Scholarships are provided to families who are able to demonstrate significant financial need. Adult caregivers of full scholarship recipients agree to participate in a phone interview prior to acceptance and agree to complete a survey after the camp program is complete. 

 

Sliding Scale Scholarships cover 50% of Farm Camp tuition. Eligible families for this scholarship are able to demonstrate that full tuition presents a hardship, but are able to cover half the cost of a week of summer camp. Interested families must complete the Sliding Scale Scholarship Application. Families will be notified of scholarship awards over email, with directions on registration once their application has been processed. 


COUNSELOR IN TRAINING PROGRAM ages 13-16 
July 9-August 31
 
2018 will be our third year offering a Counselor in Training (CIT) Program for 13-16 year olds! Our CITs will participate in their very own week of summer camp training from July 9-13. Throughout this week, CITs will:
  • Train with the farm camp staff on wilderness, culinary, and art skills
  • Learn gardening skills and work in the garden
  • Design an independent project to work on throughout the summer
  • Meet and work with our farmers
  • Participate in team building exercises
  • 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 16th through August 31st. Each CIT can take one week off during this time, if the program conflicts with summer vacations. 

COST FOR CIT 8 WEEK PROGRAM $600

Space is extremely limited. To apply, follow this link


NATURE MADE ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
NATURE MADE ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
NATURE MADE ages 7-8 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
NATURE MADE ages 9-12 with guest instructor Pam Koeber-Diebboll
July 16th-July 20th

This week we will work with the materials that we find in nature as we paint, draw, build, and craft our way through the week! Younger campers will explore natural materials while digging in the dirt, building with clay, stacking sticks and stones, and getting dirty each day! Older campers will learn how to mix their own paints using natural pigments, create collages and make prints with natural materials, and work with natural dyes and wool. Our week will end with a family art opening, where we will share all of our masterpieces!


ART FROM THE FARM ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
ART FROM THE FARM ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
ART FROM THE FARM ages 7-8 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
ART FROM THE FARM ages 9-12 with guest instructor Pam Koeber-Diebboll
July 23rd-July 29th 

This week we will explore different genres of art-making by painting what we see at the farm. From pig portraits to pastoral landscapes to still lifes of vegetables, campers will be busy noticing the world around them. Younger campers will get messy in process-oriented work while exploring materials such as collage, clay, watercolor, and more. Older campers will develop skills in creating value in drawing, color mixing and control while painting, learning how to create perspectival space and more while working with a variety of materials. Our week will end with a family art opening, where we will share all of our masterpieces!


ANIMALS ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
ANIMALS ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
ANIMALS ages 7-8 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
ANIMALS IN THE WILD ages 9-12
July 30th-August 5th

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. As we discover the various creatures that live among us, we will learn about them--their habitats, their place in the food web, and more--through hands on experiences, art making, and scientific exploration. 

For 9-12 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! 
 

LIVING WILD ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
LIVING WILD ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
LIVING WILD ages 7-8 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
LIVING WILD ages 10-12 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
August 6th-August 10th

Living Wild immerses your child in outdoor living--scaffolded for all ages! Our youngest campers will go on short discovery walks, will engage in imaginary play, will explore their surroundings through their senses, 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 hike every day and will participate in a variety of activities designed to instill confidence in their abilities to live and be outside. Some of the skills covered will include: building shelters, fire building and safety, studying the weather, outdoor cooking, and much more!  


FARMERS ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
FARMERS ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
FARMERS ages 7-8 is now full!  Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
HOMESTEADERS ages 9-12 with guest instructor Chef Katie Key
August 13th-August 19th 

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 and we will learn how farmers take care of the barn animals!

For 9-12 year olds, we will learn how to sustain ourselves from the fields and prepare for the cold weather seasons! Visiting instructor Chef Katie will lead her campers in pickling, salting, dehydrating, seed saving, and more! Our week will end with a community Farmers’ Market to share the bounty of our weeks’ work with our families! 

**New**CULTIVATE YOUR CLOTHES ages 9 to 18 after camp program with guest instructor Laura Sansone from Textile Lab
3:30 to 5:30 pm: $90
This year we are offering an after camp program that will lead youth ages 9-18 on a journey that explores the process of dying fleece and skeins of wool with plants grown on the farm, carding and spinning wool with spindles, and knitting clothing from locally sourced, hand dyed wool. Along the way, participants will learn about supply chains in the clothing industry and how clothing production relates to plant ecology and our food systems. Participants may sign up for this program in addition to Homesteaders, or may sign up for this program on its own.
 

FARM TO FORK ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
FARM TO FORK ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
FARM TO FORK ages 7-8  is now full! Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
FARM TO FORK ages 9-12 is now full! Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
August 20th-August 26th 

We will spend this week harvesting perfectly ripe veggies from our fields and then making delicious, fresh dishes to share! Campers will explore concepts such as seasonality, flavor and color balancing, use of fresh herbs, and more! There will also be time spent helping the farmers with their work weeding, composting, and harvesting.

The 9-12 year olds will work with Chef Katie and learn basic culinary skills such as working with a knife, making sauces, working with various ingredients, and presentation considerations. 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!


AMERICAN CUISINE ages 3-4 is now full and the waiting list is closed.
AMERICAN CUISINE ages 5-6 is now full and the waiting list is closed. 
AMERICAN CUISINE ages 7-8 is now full! Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
AMERICAN CUISINE ages 9-12 is now full! Please contact Sember Weinman at sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list. 
August 27th-August 31st

This week celebrates America’s diversity and connection through food! Campers will explore how their favorite dishes came to be, and how the foods of different cultures have mixed over time. Campers will harvest from our fields and create cross-cultural dishes each day. 

9-12 year olds will also explore indigenous North American foodways and will investigate the different flavor profiles brought from different immigrant populations, and how to fuse these together to create something new. On Friday, families will be invited to join us as we share the food that we made together!


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 soon. We now offer an option for parents to support our scholarship fund by making a contribution to SPONSOR A CAMPER IN NEED.  

We know a picture is worth a thousand words. Follow this link to see photos of all the fun we had in years past!

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 6/18/18; 50% refund is available if requested between 6/19/18 and 7/9/18. After 7/9/18, 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 sember@commongroundfarm.org.

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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