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Grow. Work. Play. Celebrate.
At Farm in the Garden Camp, we nurture the seeds of stewardship by connecting children to our food system, environment, and to one another.
Farm in the Garden Camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to engage in purposeful play in an energizing and kind garden community. Their time in the garden will be spent caring for the plants and animals that sustain us and making good use of the harvest. They will plant seedlings, make cheese, collect eggs, bake quiches from scratch, and walk goats among many other hands-on, exciting farm and garden activities. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to be part of a community that is committed to educating and inspiring others. We hope to see you this summer!
About Farm in the Garden Camp
Open to children 5-14 years old
Sign up for one or multiple weeks
Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.
A maximum of 28 campers per session
1:3 staff to camper ratio
Some of the things we do at Farm Camp
Care for sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens
Pull carrots, dig potatoes
Extract honey from the beehive
Sing songs and hear stories
Cook and eat snacks from food that we grow ourselves
Sell homemade treats, and hand-harvested flowers and vegetables at the Thursday Family Farm Stand
Bake pizza in a cob oven for our Friday Farm Feast celebration
Make new friends!
A typical day at Farm in the Garden Camp
9:00 Campers Arrive
9:15 Opening Circle with the whole camp community
9:30 Farm animal and garden chores
10:15 Activity I (in age groups)
11:15 Activity II (in age groups)
1:00 Story under the Grandfather Tree
1:30 Choice Time Activities (mixed age groups)
2:45 Closing Circle of Thanks
3:00 Campers leave for the day
Campers spend the first part of their day in age groups. In the afternoon, campers get to choose an activity based on interest and spend time with campers of all ages, like siblings, cousins, and other friends.
Planters (ages 5-7)
Planters learn the foundations of farming and gardening through hands on activities, like planting and transplanting seedlings. They ease into animal care by meeting our smallest animals first, and work their way up to activities including walking our goats and brushing our llama. Planters also begin their culinary journey, learning to connect final products, like quiches and cheese, to their natural origins through hands on cooking activities.
Harvesters (ages 8-10)
Harvesters expand their culinary and agricultural know-how. They hone their herbal palette by harvesting, tasting, and cooking with herbs. They spend time caring for our animals, learning about their fibers and creating needle-felting art. They also begin taking on leadership roles in helping to organize and run our Thursday Family Farm Stand.
Farmers (ages 11-14)
Farmers dig deep into leadership with team building games and culinary, craft and garden related projects. They also visit the honey bees in their hives and compete in a friendly Farm Camp “Chopped” cooking challenge.
2019 Session Dates
(1) July 1 - 3 (NO CAMP July 4 & 5)
A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to register a camper.
* Session one is a short week, running only Monday, July 1 - Wednesday, July 3.
Financial Aid in the form of “Camperships” is available. Applications for Camperships are included in the Health Forms, which are accessible after registering and paying a $100 deposit. Camperships will be awarded to those who apply before April 26, 2019. Applications received after April 26, 2019 will be awarded if funds remain available. For any questions regarding financial aid, please call or email Melvin Jenkins, Camp Director or call 413-931-3194.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
The $100 deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable.
After June 1, tuition paid above the registration deposit will only be refunded if BBG is able to fill the cancelled space.
No refunds will be given within two weeks of a camp session beginning.
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Too old to be a camper, but still want to join the fun?
We are currently hiring for the following positions:
Camp Educator - All positions filled for 2019
Counselor-in-Training (CIT) (ages 15-18)