Summer 2021 Dates will be posted January 18th. Registration opens January 19th.
We are already looking forward to our 2021 summer camps! COVID-19 continues to be an ever-present reality, but our mission of fostering wellness and belonging through farming remains unchanged. Our general COVID Protocols and Refund Policy are listed below.
All camps run Monday through Friday 9AM-3PM. Early Drop Off is available at 8:00AM.
SUMMER 2021 DATES
|Farm & Garden Ages 5-11 and||Crew Ages 10+|
|Counselors in Training Ages 12+|
|June 14-18||Clay||Working the Land|
|June 21-25||Aquatic Adventures||Homesteading|
|June 28-July 2||Forest||Farming|
|July 12-16||Craft and Construct||Plant and Animal Care|
|July 19-23||Animal Interpreters||Reap What You Sow|
|July 26-30||Clay||Working the Land|
|Aug 2-6||Aquatic Adventures||Homesteading|
|Aug 9-13||Animal Interpreters||Farming|
|Aug 16-20||Craft and Construct||Animal Care|
|Aug 23-27||Forest||Reap What You Sow|
FARM AND GARDEN CAMP FOR 5-11 YEAR OLDS
Farm and Garden Camp is our longest running program. We provide children with exposure to nature, interaction with animals, the freedom to learn and grow from experiences and time and space to breathe deep. We are committed to their participation in the stewardship of animals, farm, gardens, and wild spaces. We build our programs around their love of nature and animals, their capacity for kindness, their competence in work, and their right to belong. Mornings are spent working with animals and in the garden. During the afternoon, we focus on our weekly theme while providing plenty of time for play and exploration.
We embark on a week-long process of turning earth into artifacts. We harvest clay from the farm, enjoying the satisfying experience of getting knee deep in the mud and clay! We prepare the clay through cleaning and wedging and then begin creating our own sculptures and pottery. Campers learn primitive clay firing techniques by baking their creations in a fire pit. We wrap up our week by painting our completed projects.
This is a week of deepening our relationships with the many wild and domestic animals that live on the farm. We may not share the same language, but we can begin to observe how animals communicate with us through expression, posture, noises, and body language. As farmers, we know the joy and value of slowing down and listening to what our animals are telling us.
Aquatic Adventures Week
This week we focus our down time on our waterways– there are plenty of them! During the heat of summer, we find relief near ponds, marshes, sprinklers, and Lake Champlain. Relax in the shade while crafting with aquatic plants or get wet and muddy catching and observing frogs and other aquatic creatures. Don’t forget to bring an extra change of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Parents might consider keeping garbage bags and extra towels in the trunk this week. If we’re being completely honest, it doesn’t hurt do this every week!
Craft and Construct Week
This week is dedicated to hands-on building. We teach carpentry basics such as measuring, sawing, hammering nails, and driving screws. In addition to carpentry, we will be working with fiber and building looms. We encourage campers to use natural materials to create their own crafts or to join us in larger carpentry projects on the farm. We’ve built everything from boats to bug houses to giant garden looms!
The forest is a lovely place to spend summer hours in the shade and offers endless materials for building forts and designing fairy houses and villages. Campers will learn basic whittling skills, sharpen their plant and animal identification skills, climb trees, and explore the natural world. We may even try our hand at some tracking, and learn some survival skills! We find we learn something new every time we return to the woods.
COUNCELORS IN TRAINING FOR AGES 12 AND UP
Campers 12 years and up who enjoy working with their younger peers are invited to join us as CITs (Counselors in Training).
This is a great opportunity for young people who would like to get more involved with childcare opportunities (i.e. babysitting connections, mentor experience, work references). It’s also a great way for them to share their love of the farm with younger kids! You need not have been a camper to become a CIT, but those who are not familiar with the farm are invited to visit beforehand to get a sense of the land and the expectations of Farm Camp.
CIT training/orientation days for youths new to our farm or the program are available… These events are intended to give us a chance to share logistics, philosophies, and expectations with incoming CITs.
$225/week for CITs
Contact Michaela@newvillagefarm.com with questions.
CREW CAMPS FOR AGES 10 AND UP
Crew Camp is a fairly new addition to our line up designed to serve kids who love farm work. We are looking here for the kids who turn to us at game times and ask if there are more chores or if the animals need anything. This camp is led by farm employees who need to get things done in their day and are happy to have kids join them in that effort. Don’t get us wrong, we have fun doing work, but it’s important to note that though we take breaks and may end up engaging in activities for no reason other than our own enrichment/enjoyment, the focus here is on serving the farm. Some kids are born ready and willing to work like this, others grow into it, and some will never enjoy it and shouldn’t be registered to participate in this camp.
It’s very difficult to determine the weekly focus in advance. Our schedule is dependent mainly on Mother Nature. We do strive however to keep things varied and engaging.
Camp costs: $225/week for Crew Camp Members. Includes a vegetable share at the end of week, lots of time with an experienced farmer, skill building in activities like milking, fencing, gardening, halter training, carpentry, etc. We rarely make exceptions to the age limit for kids we think will be a good fit for this program. If your child has come to camp here before, or you have questions, we are happy to talk to you about whether we think your child would enjoy the program.
We believe that remaining outdoors, social distancing, and masks are our best allies for creating a safe environment. Masks are required by all staff and campers. We do allow for mask breaks when we are adequately distanced and outdoors. Otherwise, masks are required to be worn over the mouth and nose.
We ask that parents:
perform health and temperature checks before coming to camp each day.
keep children home if they have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID within the previous 14 days.
respect all quarantine guidelines currently recommended around out of state travel.
We perform health checks of children each morning as they arrive. This includes taking temperatures with no touch thermometers and monitoring for symptoms. Children exhibiting symptoms are sent home. Please remain on the premises until your child’s health check is complete.
We will continue limiting camp sizes according to CDC guidelines and Vermont State Regulations.
Currently, we do not intend to run aftercare programs.
We use a tote system rather than a cubby system to avoid congregating during events such as putting on sunscreen/bug spray, changing into different gear, and getting out our lunch boxes.
To promote social distancing, our circle is painted with 7 ft distant seating markers, we have swim toys with handles 6+ feet apart and have spaced large painted rocks 8 feet apart in all our lunch locations.
We find ourselves in everchanging times, and as always strive to respond to the needs of our community as they unfold. We will keep you informed if any of our protocols evolve or change to meet the moment.
We are offering the option to withdraw from our summer programs before May 15th with a non-refundable fee of $50 or a credit for the full amount applied to future programming. You may also withdraw after May 15th with a non-refundable $100 fee or a credit for the full amount minus $50 dollar processing fee applied to future programming.