Summer Camp 2014
"I wanted to just thank you and the counselors for giving my kids a great experience! During their week at farm camp they were very excited to tell about all the fun they had, as well as what they learned. I see that the program helped them just appreciate where food comes from!!'
"I just wanted to take a quick moment to let you know how much my child enjoyed summer camp at the farm. We did a few camps and it was BY FAR her favorite! The camp was wonderfully run and she had so much fun. My only regret was not signing her up for longer! The staff was absolutely wonderful and outstanding with the kids. My child couldn't wait to come home every day and tell me all the things that they did that day. And I must make a specific mention for tractor tag, which quite possibly is the best game ever! I’m afraid all I can do is gush, my only request would be to run the camp for longer than 4 weeks as we would be happy to send her there next year for the whole summer! This really was an excellent program. Thanks again and we look forward to signing her up again next year."
AT FARM CAMP, children explore their relationship to food and to nature through hands-on experiments, movement, games, and art. Children will spend time in the garden, at the pond, in the field, in the barn, and along our nature trails. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of how food is grown—from the soil, to the crops, to the animals. Through a variety of experiences, kids will develop an appreciation of the complexity of the natural environment within which we live. There will also be lots of time for tractor tag, sprinklers, and other fun games to keep cool under the summer sun!
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.
HALF DAY 9AM to 1PM -- $190
(Please note, Half Day programs are for 4–6 year olds only)
FULL DAY 9AM to 3PM -- $240
Friends of Common Ground Farm take $10 off per session registered
***Early Bird Special--register before April 1st and receive $10 off for each session registered***
JUNE 30-JULY 4
Ages 4 to 8
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 about some of the ways that diet affects our health. When we are not in the field, we will make vegetable art, visit the barn animals, and do fruit theatrics! On July 4th, family will be invited to join us as we share the food that we harvested and cooked ourselves!
JULY 7-JULY 11
Ages 4 to 8
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 about animal husbandry. We will also make farm art and play tractor tag!
JULY 14-JULY 18
Animals Big and Small
Ages 4 to 8
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. At the end of the week we will celebrate with animalympics and lots of art projects to take home!
JULY 21-JULY 25
Earth, Air, Water, and Fire
Ages 4 to 8
Participants will explore the four basic elements while having a whole lot of fun! We will dig in the dirt while learning about soil. We will play in the water while exploring its various properties. We will study the sky and learn about the air. We will round out the week with a campfire at the fire circle (fire ordinance permitting) and share all our elemental art and food that we created throughout the week!
JULY 28-AUGUST 1
Ages 7 to 12
Participants will engage in a variety of activities designed to help install 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), animal tracking, studying the weather, outdoor cooking, and much more!
AUGUST 4-AUGUST 8
Ages 7 to 12
Participants will engage in a variety of skill-building activities that will empower them to become more self-sufficient. They will learn how to grow food, will learn how to cook and prepare the food that is harvested, and will even learn some skills for making their own clothing. The week will culminate in a community celebration that the participants will prepare for their families.
AUGUST 11-AUGUST 15
Nature and Art
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!
Common Ground Farm’s day camp 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.