Farm Camp FAQ

2017 camp registration is open! Register here.

What is farm camp like?
Do you like to explore outside and ask questions about what you’re finding? Are you interested in learning about livestock and helping with farm chores? Are you curious about how plants grow and ways we can support them? At Wolfe’s Neck Farm we encourage learning by doing, and we invite campers to learn about agriculture and where food comes from by being a part of our working farm.

Each day begins with farm chores before groups set out for their morning exploration. With 626 acres—that includes gardens, forests, salt marshes, pastures, shoreline, and a livestock barn—there is always something new to check out and somewhere new to investigate! From there, the day looks a little different for each program—depending on their age and what’s going on around the farm.

Farm Camp days are full, and we end the day tired and a little dirty. Just like on a farm, Camp happens in cycles—while some things happen every day, each day is different and each week is unique.

For more information about each program, check out our Peapods, Seedlings, Farm Kids, Farmward Bound, Leaders-in-Training, and Junior Counselor pages.

What are micro-seasons?
We tend to think of only four seasons: summer, fall, winter, and spring. However, each season is made up of several smaller seasons, and Farm Camp has several micro-seasons that adapt to ecological changes and cycles around the farm. To learn about the different themes for each week of camp,
go to our micro-seasons page.

When is camp?
Our weekly sessions are Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm, from June 19 to August 25, 2017. Please check out our
Peapods, Seedlings, Farm Kids, Farmward Bound, Leaders-in-Training, and Junior Counselor pages for the availability of each program.

Does the farm offer extended care?
While your campers get to explore and play throughout the day, we know many of you are working. For families who need to drop off campers before 8:30am and/or pick them up after 4pm (or if your camper just wants more time at Farm Camp), we offer Before and After Care for Seedlings, Farm KidsFarmward Bound, and Leaders-in-Training.
Before Care: 7:30-8:30am – $35/week*
After Care: Pick-up by 5:30pm – $50/week*
Please Note: Please respect the needs of our staff after a long day with lots of children and make every effort to pick your camper up on time. For families signed up for after care, parents/guardians arriving for pick-up after 5:30pm will be charged a $5.00 late fee for the first 5 minutes or any portion thereof, and $5.00 for every minute after that. If you are late, we will use your late fee money to appreciate our staff and their time at the end of the camp season.
*In order to run Before Care and After Care, at least 3 campers must be registered.

Will my child be fed at camp, or should we send snacks and lunch?
Parents/Guardians provide snacks and lunch (snack only for our Peapods program) for all of the camps unless otherwise indicated. Be sure to pack an extra snack, too, if your child is signed up for after care!

What should we plan to bring for camp?

  • Extra change of clothes (pack these)
  • Warm article of clothing (sweatshirt or jacket)
  • Rain jacket
  • Boots
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Morning snack
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack (if your camper is signed up for after care)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen—we apply multiple times throughout the day!
  • Hat (best sun protection)

My child has a nut allergy. Is Wolfe’s Neck Farm a nut-free facility?
Wolfe’s Neck Farm is not a nut-free facility. While we are not nut-free, we provide a nut-free table for campers with allergies to use at snacktime and lunch. Additionally, all campers wash hands before and after lunch. Please indicate your camper’s allergy on your registration form.

My child has a friend s/he would like to attend camp with. Is it possible for them to be placed in the same group?
We do our best to honor all “buddy requests” as we know many campers enjoy farm camp in the company of peers they know! However, sometimes due to age differences, group sizes, or self-identified behavioral issues, we cannot honor buddy requests. Even if your camper is not placed in the same group as their friend, we can make sure that your camper and their buddy get to spend most of the day together. Campers are with their base group for camp-wide activities such as snack, lunch, and journal time—but for other activities, campers get to choose which group to join! As such. campers and their buddy can choose to be together for many of the day’s activities. Please indicate your camper’s buddy request on your registration form.

How do I sign my camper up?
Click here to register online! If you have any questions, please give us a call at (207) 865-4469 ext. 106 or email us at education@wolfesneckfarm.org. We cannot accept registrations by phone.

How many weeks can my child attend camp?
Pending availability, you can register your child for just one week or for the whole summer!
Please check out our Peapods, Seedlings, Farm Kids, Farmward Bound, Leaders-in-Training, and Junior Counselor pages for the availability of each program. 

Can I sign my child up for just a couple days of camp?
We are not able to split week-long sessions, as campers truly benefit from the knowledge they gain from a week at the farm.

What is your payment policy?
Before May 15th: A minimum 25% deposit is due at registration. The remaining balance and all required camp documents are due by May 15th.
After May 15th: Full payment is due at the time of registration.
Please note: Until full payment is received and all required camp documents submitted, your child’s registration is not complete and your child is not enrolled in camp.
Earlybird Discount (5%): Requires a 25% non-refundable deposit with the remaining balance and all required camp documents due by February 15th.
Cancellations: Refunds are given for cancellations made before May 15th, less a $50 cancellation fee per camper. There will be no refunds, credits, or transfers given for cancellations after May 15th or for campers who leave camp for behavioral reasons. We reserve the right to cancel camp reservations not paid in full after May 15th.
Paying in full keeps our administrative costs down and saves you time.

Are scholarships available?
We have a number of generous donors who love Farm Camp and want to provide that experience for other youth. Thanks to their gifts, we award several partial and full need-based scholarships. To apply for a scholarship, select “Submitting Scholarship Application” in the Summer Camp Deposit field when completing our Summer Camp registration form. Fill out the “Scholarship Information” section, and send us the other scholarship application materials by 4pm on Friday, April 21st, 2017. Applicants will be notified by early May.

How do I finalize my child’s camp registration?
We need the following items in order to complete your child’s registration: 

Once full payment is received and all required camp documents submitted, your child’s registration is complete! Get ready for another great camp season!

How do I get this information to you?
Please mail, fax, or email a PDF of the above forms to us as soon as you are able. You may email them to education@wolfesneckfarm.org, fax them to (207) 865-4884, or mail them to Wolfe’s Neck Farm Summer Camp, 184 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME 04032. We are unable to accept photos of any documents, and need to have updated records each year.

What is the farm’s fax number?
Our fax number is (207) 865-4884.

I need a receipt for camp payment. How can I get one?
When you complete payment online, you’ll receive an automated confirmation email that will serve as your receipt. If you completed payment and did not receive this email, please contact us at education@wolfesneckfarm.org.

What is Wolfe’s Neck Farm’s tax ID number?
Our tax ID is 22-2586116.

If you have any questions about our Farm Camp, give us a call at (207) 865-4469 ext. 106 or send an email to education@wolfesneckfarm.org.

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