Summer Camps

About Mary’s Land Farm Summer Camp

The goal of our summer camp program is growth in Practical Life Skills.  This is done in an atmosphere of great human respect for each other — campers and counselors.  We create a fun and wholesome learning experience all summer long that we hope will nurture lifelong friendships.

There are two different age groups for summer camps: Juniors (Age 7-10) and Seniors (Age 11-13)

There are Life skills Morning Electives planned for each morning.  The Afternoon Activity is filled with group fun and games of all types!

Life skill Morning Electives:

Wilderness Survival: Learn the basic skills in order to survive in nature.  Learn how to build a shelter to keep dry and warm, build a fire, and scavenge for food and water without getting sick!  Learn which plants are safe for eating and which are very dangerous!

Horse Care: Learn how to take care of horses and ponies.  What does a horse need to stay alive and healthy.  How does their digestive system work.  How do you train a horse.  What are the 12 horse games that will help you grow closer to a horse?  How do you properly clean a horse?

Raising Chickens for Meat Or Eggs:  Learn to be a chicken farmer.  Care for baby peeps.  Learn what they need to grow healthy.  Learn how genetics lead to meat chickens vs egg layers.  Learn the parts of chicken anatomy.  Get hands on experience collecting eggs and moving broiler hens.

Nature Exploration and Preservation:  Help raise seedlings and plants on our permaculture farm. Explore the streams and wetlands and the creatures they contain.  Work on environmental conservation tasks on the farm.

Fruit to Food: Learn how to process a variety of fruits into dehydrated snacks like fruit roll-ups, jams, jellies, and canned items.  Join in blind taste-test competitions.

Farm to Food: Churn butter, grind grain, and create great salsa and sauces!  Participate in making many different farm products into real edible organic food!

First Aid: Learn the three P’s of first aid. Preserve Life. Prevent Injury. Promote Recovery.  Review the materials in a small First Aid box. Talk about Circulation, Airway and Breathing.

Soil and Water Conservation: Learn what soil is and how it is formed and why erosion is bad.  Participate in conservation practices.  Understand the hydrologic cycle.

Personal Fitness: Learn fun exercise routines for physical fitness.  Learn how to eat healthy by eating healthy food that tastes great!  Practice the habits of good nutrition.

Farm Machinery: Obtain hands on training with some large farm machinery.  Learn about tractor safety from inside and outside a tractor.

Insect Studying: Gather and study as many bugs as possible from the wet and dry parts of the farm.  Understand the life cycle of bugs and their contribution to the natural habitat.

Children’s Theater: Work with actors to perform the annual summer play on the farm.  You’ll develop acting skills while having a great time.

Woodwork: Learn how to build a chair with wood that is from the farm.

Wood Carving: Learn how to carve small objects from wood harvested from the farm.

We look forward to providing a safe, entertaining, and educational environment for young people — the future of this great planet we live on!

Daily Schedule

7:30-9:00AM BeforeCare Open

9:00AM Arrival of Summer Campers

9:15AM Morning Announcements, Schedules

9:30AM - Noon  Lifeskill Morning Electives

Noon - Lunch Break

1PM - 3PM  Afternoon Activity

3:00PM - 5:00PM Aftercare

There is a 2:10 counselor to camper ratio and there are  supervisors with CPR training and education degrees on staff.

The price is $295 for one camper, and $500 for two or more campers in one family. We offer before and after care if needed for an extra $75 a week. Payment is due at registration and there is a 75% refund if cancellation 2 weeks before the start of a session, and 50% refund  1 week before. No refund if cancellation is within a week of the camp start. If you sign up for all 7 weeks of sessions, you get a 1-week session discount.

Every camp day is filled with Morning Electives designed for fun and learning. Electives include turning fruit into rollups, baking competition, exploring nature, conserving nature, raising farm animals, constructing with Legos, and reenacting Colonial and Medieval times.

Afternoon Activities include active games as well as board games or other chill time activities based on the campers preference.  For example, one group can play Capture the Flag while another group can pull minnows out of the stream, and another can play Settlers of Catan.  We will have shirt painting, arts and crafts, treasure hunts, and farm chores, like feeding chickens and combing and walking the horses.

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Week 1: June 17-21, 2019
Week 2: June 24-28, 2019
Week 3: July 8-12, 2019
Week 4: July 15-19, 2019 
Week 5: July 22-26, 2019
Week 6: July 29 – August 2, 2019
Week 7: August 5-9, 2019