Summer Day Camp Sample Schedule

Sample Schedule for Seedlings and Farm Kids at Wolfe’s Neck Farm Camp

8:30-8:45 Morning Circle-First Song
8:45-9:30 Barn Chores
9:30-10:25 Morning Exploration
10:25-10:45 Snack & Snacktime Theatre
10:45-11:00 AM Activity Choice Circle
11:00-12:30 AM Activity
12:30-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:45 Journal
1:45-2:00 PM Activity Choice Circle
2:00-3:45 PM Activity
3:45-4:00 Closing Circle-Last Song

 

Barn Chores: Chores may bring children into the chicken coop to collect eggs and fill nesting boxes with straw, it may bring them to the garden to pick vegetables and pull a few weeds, or water the raised beds. Whatever the chore for the day, it’s always a fun opportunity to interact with the animals or get dirty in the garden.

Morning Exploration: One day campers explore the forest, another the salt marsh, and the vegetable fields and shoreline are other destinations. These Morning Explorations are an opportunity for groups to go explore and investigate these unique areas of our diverse farm.

Snacktime Theatre: After Morning Exploration, all the crews reconvene for a healthy snack which we ask campers to bring in their lunch boxes while counselors take to the stage to get the kids laughing and thinking about the things they’re doing and learning at Wolfe’s Neck Farm.

Activity Period: During Activity Period each counselor offers an activity for campers to choose from, allowing campers to meet up with friends who may have been placed in other groups, and to get to know counselors other than their own.  Sometimes there are activities that are very popular, and these are often repeated a few times during the week. Certain activity periods are also set aside for all-camp activities.

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Daily Schedule for Wolfe’s Neck Farm Camp

8:30-8:45

Morning Circle-First Song

8:45-9:30

Barn Chores

9:30-10:15

Morning Exploration

10:15-10:45 Snack

Snack (and snacktime theatre!)

10:45-11:00

AM Actvity Choice Circle

11:00-12:15

AM Activity

12:15-12:45

Lunch

12:45-1:15

Journal

1:15-1:25

PM Activity Choice Circle

1:25-2:45

PM Activity

2:45-3:00

Closing Circle-Last Song

Each camper belongs to a “Crew” of their own.  These crews consist of ten campers, their “Crew Leader” (Counselors) and a Junior Counselor.  Together, crews start their day by storing their lunches and back packs in their cubbies, applying sunscreen and bug spray and making sure everyone has the necessary items for a successful day.

Each crew has a set of chores they do each day.  Every day of the week there is a different chore for each crew.  Chores may bring you into the chicken coop to collect eggs and fill nesting boxes with straw, it may bring you to the garden to pick vegetables and pull a few weeds, or water the raised beds.  Whatever the chore for the day, it’s always a fun opportunity to interact with the animals or get dirty in the garden (while snacking at the same time!).

After chores, crews travel out for their Morning Exploration.  Like chores, there is a different Exploration every morning.  One day campers explore the forest, another the salt marsh, the shore, meadow and Vegetable Fields are the other destinations.  These Morning Explorations are an opportunity for crews to go explore and investigate these unique areas of our diverse farm. 

After Morning Investigation, all the crews reconvene for a healthy snack which we ask campers to bring in their lunch boxes.  Along with a healthy snack, snack time brings Snack Time Theatre!  STT is a time when Crew Leaders, or Counselors take to the stage to combine learning and silliness to get the kids laughing and thinking about the things they’re doing and learning at Wolfe’s Neck Farm Day Camp.

During Activity Period-Each Crew Leader offers an activity which campers are able to choose from.  This means each camper has to listen to all the activities the counselors are offering and they have to make a decision about which one to choose.  This opportunity to choose an activity allows campers to meet up with friends who may have been placed in other crews, and to get to know other crew leaders than their own.  Both AM and PM activity periods use this format, though there are new activities every activity period.  Sometimes there are activities which are very popular, these are often repeated a few times during the week to ensure that all campers who wanted to participate in these activities have the opportunity to do so.  Also, each activity period offers a variety of activities to choose from.  An example of activities offered during an individual activity period could be:

Herpetology Hike-A walk in the woods turning over logs and looking along creek beds for reptiles and amphibians

Blueberry Picking and Muffin Baking-When the blueberries are in we’ll pick from the bushes and bake some tasty treats for all of camp to enjoy!

Animal Showmanship-Campers can learn skills needed to show a farm animal at fairs.  Grooming and halter-leading are a few of the skills taught in these activities.

Building Butterflies-Hunt for and identify butterflies around our garden and them head to the Haze Hut (our Arts and Crafts area) to try to replicate them with craft materials of your choice!

Eggstravaganza!-We’re always incubating eggs at the farm and studying the cycle of an egg can be very eggciting!  In this activity camper will study how hens lay eggs, the care they take for making sure they hatch and candling eggs at different stages in their development.

Making Flower Presses-Campers will learn the basics of learning to press and dry flowers, making their own presses to take home to start their own collections of preserved flowers.

Canoeing the Little River (only offered for Farm Kids)-Every Farm Kid should have the experience of paddling the Little River.  On this adventure a Certified Lifeguard will teach basic paddling skills before the campers even leave dry land.  In canoes the campers will explore the salt marsh as they work they way around the easy flowing river behind the farm house.

Certain Activity periods are also set aside for all-camp activities.  These may include a large game of Predator vs. Prey (an interactive game which demonstrated this natural relationship in nature), a Wolfe’s Neck Farm Olymics, Waterpalooza (an array of water stations to help us keep cool on a hot summer day), to name a few.