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Farm in the Garden Camp

2020 Registration

Update, April 2020:
We are cautiously hopeful that Farm Camp will continue to run this year and are closely monitoring the virus and adjusting our policies accordingly. In the case that BBG must cancel camp, registration fees will be refunded. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Camp Director Sam Ross at sross@berkshirebotanical.org (413 931-3194) if you have any questions. 

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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.

Camp Philosophy

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.

  • Early drop-off and late pick-up options available

  • 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

  • 10:00 Snack

  • 10:15 Activity I (in age groups)

  • 11:15 Activity II (in age groups)

  • 12:15 Lunch

  • 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


Group Descriptions

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 Bake Off cooking challenge.

Leaders-in-Training (LIT) (ages 15-18)
LITs support educators in guiding campers through daily farm, garden, and craft activities. LITs are required to commit to a minimum of 2 sessions of the summer and are paid a stipend for being in the program. To learn more about being a LIT or to apply, fill out and submit the LIT application form.

Leaders-in-training Information and Application


2020 Summer Dates

(1) June 29 - July 3
(2) July 6 - 10
(3) July 13 - 17
(4) July 20 - 24
(5) July 27 - 31
(6) August 3 - 7
(7) August 10 - 14

2020 Tuition

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to register a camper. 

  Member Non-Member
All Summer Sessions $380 $415

Financial Aid

Financial Aid in the form of “Camperships” is available to families who demonstrate a financial need. Applications for Camperships are included in the Health Forms, which are accessible after registering and paying a $100 deposit. Camperships for summer sessions will be awarded beginning on April 15, 2020. Applications received those dates will be awarded if funds remain available. For any questions regarding financial aid, please call or email bstone@berkshirebotanical.org or call 413-354-8410.

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.

Registration

Wednesday, January 15: Pre-registration for BBG Members and returning camp families (Click here to become a member and sign up early!)

Wednesday, January 29: Registration open to everyone

A note to members: Select your session of choice at full-price. In a later step, you will be provided a coupon code in order to activate the member prices detailed above.

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Registraion Instructions

2020 Camper/Parent Handbook


Too old to be a camper, but still want to join the fun?

Visit the Berkshire Botanical Employment page to view open staff positions. You may also contact the Chris Wellens at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org.

 

 

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Open Daily 9AM to 5PM

May 1st through Columbus Day
Here in beautiful Stockbridge, MA

Members
Free
Adults
$15
Seniors
$14
Students
$12
Under 12
Free

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