Farm Camp 2017

This was their favorite organized activity of the summer and they look forward to next year.

It was great. She felt loved and encouraged by her teachers/counselors. Being outdoors as much as possible is so energizing for little kids.

The kids loved it and still talk about it, and want to do it again next year!

She really enjoyed the projects. She was doing something different and creative every day.

Thank you for a wonderful summer. The counselors are so thoughtful and really put a lot of energy into everything. My daughter loved the experience.

 

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 and through different methods of exploration. Our campers engage in each week’s themes through direct engagement--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, 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 9 year olds, and 10 to 12 year olds. All children must be fully bathroom-trained to attend Farm Camp. 

 

**Register by April 1st to receive 2016 prices!** 

HALF DAY 9AM to 1PM for 3–6 year olds only: $210 through April 1st, $220 after

FULL DAY 9AM to 3PM: $260 through April 1st, $270 after

BEFORE CARE 8AM to 9AM $25 

AFTER CARE 3PM to 5PM $50

 

Thanks to a very generous grant from the Dyson Foundation we are thrilled to announce that we are able to offer 25 full scholarship camper slots and two full scholarship CIT slots, in addition to a very limited number of sliding scale slots.  Please note that all scholarship applicants must also complete a Farm Camp Registration Form. Acceptance to Farm Camp's scholarship programs is not guaranteed until you receive notification confirming your spot from Common Ground Farm. 

 

Full Scholarship Applications 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. 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. 

 

The Sliding Scale Scholarship Application form is now online. 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. 

 
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
Space is extremely limited. To apply, follow this link
 
JULY 17-21
ANIMALS ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
ANIMALS ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
ANIMALS ages 7-9 
ANIMALS IN THE WILD ages 10-12
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. 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! 
 
JULY 24-28
LIVING WILD ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LIVING WILD ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LIVING WILD ages 7-9 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LIVING WILD ages 10-12 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
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
FARMERS ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
FARMERS ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
FARMERS ages 7-9 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LIVING WILD OFF THE LAND ages 10-12
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 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! 
 
AUGUST 7-11
STEM AT THE FARM ages 3-4
STEM AT THE FARM ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
STEM AT THE FARM ages 7-9 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
STEM AT THE FARM ages 10-12
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!
 
AUGUST 14-18
NATURE AND ART ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
NATURE AND ART age 5 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
NATURE AND ART ages 6-7 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
NATURE AND ART ages 8 +
**Due to high demand for our families of 5-6 year olds, we shifted the ages for this week of camp--3-4, 5, 6-7, and 8 + please contact Sember at sember@commongroundfarm.org with any questions about this change. 
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!
 
 
AUGUST 21-25
THINK LIKE A CHEF ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
THINK LIKE A CHEF ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
THINK LIKE A CHEF ages 7-9 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
THINK LIKE A CHEF ages 10-12
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
LOCAL FOOD WITH GLOBAL FLAVOR ages 3-4 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LOCAL FOOD WITH GLOBAL FLAVOR ages 5-6 ages 5-6 is currently full! Email sember@commongroundfarm.org to be placed on the waiting list.
LOCAL FOOD WITH GLOBAL FLAVOR ages 7-9
LOCAL FOOD WITH GLOBAL FLAVOR ages 10-12
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!  
 
We know a picture is worth a thousand words. Follow this link to 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 6/23/17; 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 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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