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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
COST FOR CIT 8 WEEK PROGRAM $600
Space is extremely limited. To apply, follow this link.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.