HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP
NEW THIS YEAR......
Farm-to-Fam Veggie Boxes: We will be expanding our food production area and will be harvesting on two days this summer - Tuesdays and Fridays. In addition to our Onsite Friday Market Stand, we will have Veggie Boxes available for pickup at the farm on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 3 - 7 pm. Our campers will have even more opportunities to be involved in farming experiences this summer!
4-H coming to Farm Camp: We are pleased to announce that Patti Van Brederode, Lancaster County 4-H Program Assistant, will be a guest teacher for our Farm and Forest Program once/week this summer. She will be teaching from the Literature in the Garden Curriculum written by Junior Master Gardeners. Cloverbuds is an exciting 4-H program that offers non-competitive, age-appropriate activities geared for children ages 5-8 and covers a variety of topics including nature, animals, art, music, the environment, food, fitness, and health. 4-H programs are offered year round at a variety of locations across Lancaster County and throughout the State of Pennsylvania. For more information visit their website at: https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/lancaster/event
Please note we are still in the process of updating our website for our 2018 programs. Registration for our summer programs will be open by the end of January.
Barnyard Bunch Before & Aftercare Program
This program is open to campers ages 3 - 12 and operates Monday – Friday from 7:30 - 8:30 am and 3:30 – 6:00 pm. This program provides parents flexibility of early drop-off and late pickup from our camp program. Campers will help with afternoon animal chores, eat a late-day snack and enjoy an extended day of good old fashioned outdoor fun with their camp friends!
Parents must enroll their campers on or before the first day of the weekly session to get the weekly rate of $35/child/week. Enrollment in this program for individual days is available as space permits at a rate of $10.00/child/day. Due to the length of the day, please do your best to be prompt. If your child is pickup up after 6:00 pm, late fees will apply.
NOTE: This program is included at no additional cost for campers enrolled in our HCFC Country Kids Program (registered for a minimum of 7 weeks during summer camp 2018)
June 11-15 Chicks are Amaizing
This session is filled with eggciting adventures on the farm as campers get up close and personal with our spring chicks and explore the idea of which came first - the chicken or the egg! Other farm-based activities will include planting corn with Farmer John, gathering eggs from the coop, and creating amaizing chicken and eggs crafts.
June 18 – 22 Pigs in the Pumpkin Patch
Did you know pigs love pumpkins? Join us this session as we explore the barnyard, interact with our little pigs, and head to the field to plant our pumpkin patch. Creating mason jar Piggy banks and yarn pumpkins will be a few of our crafts, and Pig Brother written by Laura Richards will a “tail” this week! Families are invited to join us for our Fun Night on Friday, June 22.
June 25-30 Cowabunga!
During this session, Farmer Psuche from Tui Holsteins, Manheim, will show our campers how to milk a cow! Other farm-based activities will include bottle feeding our baby calves, making butter, and baking buttermilk biscuits. Cow pinch pots and cow footprint paintings will be two of our crafts this week. This session is sure to have campers saying, “cow many scoops can I have on my cone?”
This summer, we will be offering 2 shorter, two day sessions for our Farm & Forest Friends on July 2 & 3, and July 5 & 6. Farm Camp will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.
July 2 & 3 ScAdventures
Adventures during this two day session will include scavenger hunts on the farm and in the forest! Scavenger hunts are always a big hit with our campers as they work together collaboratively and learn about the plant and animal kingdom.
July 5 & 6 Sunshine & Suds
Making homemade soap, splashing in the creek, blowing bubbles, and playing a variety of water games will be some of our activities during this two day session. Campers will also have the opportunity to plant sunflowers in the field.
Session 5 July 9-13 Don on the Farm
Don on the Farm, a story written by Joe Wos, will be our inspiration this week as we learn about the various animals on our farm. This heartwarming and humorous story about Don the Duck wanting to be a rooster, will inspire campers to learn new skills and share their talents with others. Clay modeling and a fiber craft will round out our activities this week.
Session 6 July 16-20 – Tops and Bottoms
During this session, our little farmers will help harvest produce from our field and lend a hand in setting up our Market Stand. Campers will discover which vegetables grow above and below ground, and which parts of plants are edible. A clever folk tale about Onions and Garlic written by Eric Kimmel will inspire some of our other farm-based activities - braiding garlic and experimenting with dyeing with onion skins.
Session 7 July 23-27 The Art in Nature
This week, campers will learn about native plants, create several works of art from items found in nature, and learn why it is important to protect and respect our natural resources. Weslandia, written by Paul Fleischman, will encourage our campers as we explore the natural world and discover that plants can provide food, clothing, shelter and recreation. The campers’ artwork will be on display at our Family Fun Night on Friday, July 27.
July 30-August 3 Barnyard Fiesta
This Mexican themed session is based upon the book Chicks and Salsa written by Aaron Reynolds. Campers will explore the barnyard as we celebrate the bounty of our harvest and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Other activities this week will include harvesting tomatoes, making salsa, creating pull piñatas, and making egg maracas. Campers will also learn that tomatoes and other popular “vegetables” are botanically considered fruits!
August 6-10 Goats and Boats
In this session, campers will interact with our goats and learn about their playful nature. Activities will include making wooden boats and transforming apples into boats. To beat the summer heat, campers will splash in the creek with their homemade “watercrafts”. Campers will also work together to make applesauce for our snack and create candles made from beeswax and goat milk.
August 13 -17 Farmer Brown Balances Work and Play
Inspired by the antics of Farmer Brown in a book series by Teri Sloan, campers learn how to be witty and wise as we “plerk” (play and work) on the farm. Campers will harvest produce from our field and setup our market stand. Staff from the Circus School of Lancaster will be on the farm on Friday teaching circus arts skills that promote balance, coordination, teamwork and gross motor skills. Family Fun Night will be held on Friday, August 17.
2018 SUMMER PROGRAMS
Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 1/2 - 8)
Forest and Farm Friends Schedule (Ages 5 ½ -8)
8:30-9:15 Flexible drop off, gathering at outdoor classroom
9:15-9:30 Morning Meeting
9:30-10:30 First Activity
10:30-11:30 Lunchbox snack and free play
11:30-12:30 Second Activity
12:30 - 1:00 Snunch
1:00 - 2:30 Free Play
2:30 - 3:00 Storytime/Rest
3:00 - 3:15 Snack
3:15 - 3:30 Closing Gathering/Golden Moments/Cleanup
If you are interested in registering your child(ren) ages 5 ½ - 8 and 9-12 for 7 weeks or more during the 2018 summer season, please see our HCFC Country Kids Programfor program details and discounted rates.
2018 Summer Camp Dates and Themes for Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 ½ -8)
Each farm camp session is different and our weekly themes are interwoven with activities that are a regular part of the HCFC schedule: artistic endeavors, environmental lessons, community-building activities, gardening, animal care-taking, water play, nature exploration, and good old fashion fun!
This summer we will be offering two farm camp days prior to the start of our regular camp season and two camp days at the end of our season, too. We call it phase in/phase out days for parents needing childcare options or those looking for a single day farm camp experience.
June 7 & 8 Farm Camp Days (Single Day Registration)
June 11-15 Chicks are Amaizing
June 18-22 Pigs in the Pumpkin Patch
June 25-30 Cowabunga
July 2&3 ScAdventures (2 day session)
July 5&6 Sunshine and Suds (2 day session)
July 9-13 Don on the Farm
July 16-20 – Tops and Bottoms
July 23-27 The Art in Nature
July 30-August 3 Barnyard Fiesta
August 6-10 Goats and Boats
August 13-17 Farmer Brown Balances Work and Play
August 20 & 21 Farm Camp Days (Single Day Registration)
Farm & Forest Friends Costs
Heritage Creek Farm Camp is passionate about offering a camp experience to as many students as possible.
Our Sliding Price Scale and Taproot Scholarship Program are how we make this achievable We have a Sliding Price Scale and ask that families pay at the highest level that is comfortable for their budget.
SHARE THE HARVEST ($260 per weekly session) ~ sustains our program and helps our camp grow
NOURISH THE CROP ($235 per weekly session) ~ gives us the nutrients to blossom
SOW THE SEED ($210 per weekly session) ~ helps plant the seeds of community
Includes one snack per day
The charge for Pre-season and Post season Farm Camp Day will be $45/day and payment is due at time of registration. These farm camp days are single day registration and are being held on June 7 & 8, August 20 & 21.
The charge for the two 2 day sessions will be $90/session and payment is due at time of registration. These 2 day sessions are being offered on July 2 & 3, and July 5 & 6. Farm Camp is closed on Wednesday, July 4th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with their families.
If your family is unable to pay at the SOW THE SEED rate, please see details for our TAPROOT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM which allows families to volunteer time on the farm in exchange for a reduction in session fees.
A $75.00 deposit/camper/session is required at time of registration. The Remaining Balance (based upon your sliding price scale selection) is due in full by May 15, 2018. See Policy and Procedures for more details.
Our summer camp program will operate for 10 weeks for campers ages 5 ½ - 8. The first week is June 11-15 and our final camp week is August 13-17. We will also have 2 pre-season farm camp days and 2 post-season farm camp days. Sessions for campers ages 5 ½ - 8 operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm.
Before and after care (7:30 – 8:30 am and 3:30 – 6 pm) is available at an additional cost. Please see our Barnyard Bunch Program for more details regarding before and after care.
See information on our Country Kids Program if you are registering for 7 or more weeks of camp during 2017 season. If registered in the Country Kids Program, campers can attend the Barnyard Bunch Before & Aftercare for no additional cost.
Whether in the barnyard, farm field, forest or art barn, activities for this group are inspired by the wonders of nature and the joys of discovery and our daily schedule allows plenty of time for outdoor play and exploration. Through group activities and imaginary adventures, which focus on our weekly themes, we will encourage a yearning for learning while working and playing together on the farm.
Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 1/2 -8)
Our summer camp offers programs for three age groups: ages 3-5 1/2, ages 5 ½-8, and ages 9-12. Our daily schedules are designed to support the developmental needs of the growing child from early childhood through early adolescence. We believe multi-age camps provide the habitat for children to grow, develop a more enriching sense of community, instill the virtue of compassion and serve the needs of all of our campers regardless of age, and skill level.
Our summer programs Little Seeds (Ages 3-5 1/2), Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 ½ - 8) and Sowers & Growers (Ages 9-12) operate independently within our camp facility. The age groups have different rotating activities to focus on age-appropriate skills and educational learning opportunities. Campers ages 5 ½ - 12 can intermingle during meals and free play time and will be together for special presentations and large group activities.