|Summer Camp FAQ|
What is Summer Day Camp like?
We believe in encouraging kids to learn by doing - even our youngest children help to care for the animals daily!
Campers belong to a "crew" with nine other campers and their counselor. Together with thier crew, campers help with chores, different ones every day so that they get to care for all of the animals over the course of the week. After chores campers travel on their "explorations." Each morning the crews head out to a different area of the farm for an open exploration of that particular niche on the farm. These explorations include the meadow, the marsh, the coastline, the forest and the market garden. The goal is simply to look and see what they find. Our counselors make the most of all the teachable moments that arise from these explorations.
After a breif morning snack, campers are told of all the activities which are being offered and are asked to choose theirs. These activities change every day and there's always a tough decision to be made. A sample activity period might include the following offerings: blueberry harvesting and making jam, making goat milk ice cream, a forest hike, canoeing the marsh, tide pool taxonomy, and Farm Machinery 101.
After morning activity period we have lunch, then we head out for a second activity, also chosen by the camper.
Our days are full and we end the day tired and a little dirty (we try to clean up a little before parents come pick their campers up). Each day is different, each week is unique. Our talented and experienced staff ensure a fun, safe learning enviroment where each day is an exciting new adventure.
This sounds great! How do I sign my camper up?
Once you are ready to sign up for camp, you can click here to register online. You can pay in full today, or pay a 15% deposit. Paying in full is easiest as it keeps our administrative costs down and saves you time.
What is your payment policy?
• In order to keep our price and administrative costs down payment at time of registration is preferred. A non-refundable deposit of 15% your total balance is due at time of registration, and will be applied towards camp costs.
• Full payment is due by May 15th or at the time of registration if after May 15th. We reserve the right to cancel camp reservations not paid after May 15th.
• Refunds are given for cancellations made before May 15th, less the initial deposit. There are no refunds for cancellations made after May 15th.
• Tuition will not be refunded for campers who leave camp for behavioral reasons.
What kind of scholarships are available?
We are lucky enough to be able to provide several need-based scholarships for campers. If interested, please download our Scholarship Application. If you wish to donate to the scholarship fund, please call us at 207-865-4469 x106. Thank you!
Does the Farm offer Extended Care?
We are happy to offer Before and After Care for parents whose work schedule won't allow for the 8:15 - 8:30am drop off and/or 4:00pm pick up. However, we do not offer After Care for the Peapods AM program.
Before Care is from 7:30am to 8:30am and costs $20 per week.
After Care is from 4pm to 5:30pm, and costs $30 per week.
When is Camp?
We offer weekly sessions (Monday through Friday) from June 23 - August 29th, 2014.
Many parents ask if camp changes from week to week. The simple answer is "yes" - though we figure that camp is between 30% and 40% the same from week to week: the animals need to be fed every day, and cooking in the kitchen is always fun. That being said, we can learn things every time we care for animals, hike in the woods, or explore the shore and our counselors are always offering different activities to help us learn in new and exciting ways.
While particular activities will occur in the same places, and while we may play some of the same games, we like to switch things up each week! This is especially true over the course of the summer as the animals get older (week old chicks are three inches tall, but two month old birds are full grown!). The same is true as the garden grows (we plant in June but harvest and cook with produce throughout July and August).
Who can come to Summer Camp at Wolfe's Neck Farm?
Our camp is tailored to four age-specific groups: Peapods, Seedlings, Farm Kids, and Farmward Bound.
What is the Farm's EIN Number?