HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP
Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 1/2 - 9)
Forest and Farm Friends Schedule (Ages 5 ½ - 9)
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 - 9 and 9-12 for 7 weeks or more during the 2015 season, please see our HCFC Country Kids Programfor program details and discounted rates.
Family Fun Night on the Farm for our Farm & Forest Friend and Sowers & Growers Programs will be held on Friday, July 21st and August 18th. Family members and loved ones are invited to join us for a night of food, fun, and friendship on the farm.
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 ($250 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 ($205 per weekly session) ~ helps plant the seeds of community
Includes one snack per day
The shortened week of July 4th (3 day session) will be prorated to:
Share the Harvest $150/session
Nourish the Crop $140/session
Sow the Seed $125/session
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. Balance due (based upon your sliding price scale selection) is due on or before the first day of the camp session. See Policy and Procedures for more details.
Our summer camp program will offer 10 themed weeks for campers ages 5 ½ -9. The first week is June 12-16 and our final camp week is August 14-18. Sessions for campers ages 5 ½ -9 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.
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 playing together on the farm.
Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 1/2 -9)
Our summer camp offers programs for three age groups: ages 3-6, ages 5 ½-9, 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 3-6), Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 ½ - 9) 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.
All sessions for our 5 1/2 - 9 year old camps are filled to capacity and are registration is closed for the 2017 summer season. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please email us at www.heritagecreekfarmcamp.com
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 2017)
Summer Camp Dates and Themes for Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 5 ½ -9)
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!
June 12 – 16 Three Sisters in a Mound - SESSION FULL
June 19 – 23 Jack on the Farm - SESSION FULL
June 26 – 30 The Adventures of Woolbur - SESSION FULL
No camp July 3 & 4
July 5 – 7 Artic Blast! - SESSION FULL
July 10 – 14 Kids love Critters - SESSION FULL
July 17 – 21 Arts on the Farm (Friday Family Fun Night - Art Gallery) - SESSION FULL
July 24 – 28 Lending a Hand at the Stand - SESSION FULL
July 31 – August 4 Do Bees Drink Meadow Tea? - SESSION FULL
August 7 – 11 Chicks and Salsa - SESSION FULL
August 14 -18 Applesauce Rap (Friday Family Fun Night) - SESSION FULL
June 12 - 16 Three Sisters in a Mound - REGISTRATION CLOSED
The Indigenous Legend of the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash) and a song written by Joanna Shenandoah will guide our farming activities this week. These “inseparable sisters” will teach us about the growing patterns of vegetables and demonstrate how plants, when grown together, can help each other thrive. Other farm-based activities will include grinding corn to make a tasty treat and using wheeled hoes and seeders to plant our corn crop. A pencil holder will be our “corny” craft.
June 19 – 23 Jack on the Farm - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Jack, a popular fairytale character, will be our common thread this week as we plant jack-o-lanterns and carry pails of water to the garden. Group games will encourage all to be “nimble and quick”. After helping in the garden, our hardworking campers will earn a wooden nickel as depicted in the tale Lazy Jack. The coin can be exchanged for a free “Jack” from our fall pumpkin patch. Next week we will help Jack plant “magic” beans in our Three Sister’s Garden.
June 26 – 30 The Adventures of Woolbur - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Learning about plant and animal fibers is the focus this week. Woolbur written by Leslie Helakoski will be one of many educational resources that will illustrate the origin and usage of fibers. As a special activity we will take a walking field trip to Eastland Alpaca (our neighbors). Farm-based activities will include learning fun facts about sheep, washing wool and making an artistic project that is as unique as ewe and me!
No camp - July 3 & 4
July 5-7 (3 day session W-F) Arctic Blast! - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Join polar bear and penguin as we learn about the polar ice caps and discover how climate changes are affecting our arctic friends. To beat the heat this week, campers will make sponge balls, play fun water games, and enjoy “cool” afternoon snacks. Our artistic project will be snow flakes made with water color paint and salt. Cold Paws, Warm Heart by Madeleine Floyd and Kumak’s House by Michael Bania will be among the many educational resources that will teach our campers valuable lesson about hearth, home and heart!
July 10 – 14 Kids love Critters (SESSION FULL) - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Animals, domestic and wild, will be the stars of the show this week as we explore the animal kingdom and learn how to care for our animal friends. Our guest presenter from Raven Ridge Wildlife Center will be bringing education animals to teach campers about their mission of rehabilitating injured wildlife. Cooperative games, animal songs and stories, along with an animal pignic will enhance our wild adventures.
July 17 – 21 Arts on the Farm (SESSION FULL) - REGISTRATION CLOSED
This week, our activities will weave arts with the study of animals. Artistic projects will include sculpting an animal from clay, and making animal prints. Campers will use their hands and heart to make beautiful works of art! An art book written by Ed Emberley will guide our campers as they learn to draw animals. The “owl be watching you” art project will highlight the most striking part of an owl – its eyes!
Family Fun Night for our campers ages 5 ½ - 9 and 9 - 12 will be held on Friday, July 21 beginning at 4:30 pm. Our budding artists will proudly display their projects at our first annual ART GALLERY. While at the farm, please stop by the Children’s Garden to see the progress on our mosaics created on the new concrete raised beds. Community Potluck will be at 5:30 pm.
July 24 – 28 Lend a Hand at the Stand - REGISTRATION CLOSED
Our farm-based curriculum this session will teach about the different edible parts of plants as we use fun games to introduce a variety of vegetables and talk about the importance of eating this food group each day. Other activities include planting seeds for our fall crops, and making a tasty vegetable treat to eat. The culmination of our veggie theme will be to harvest, wash, sort, bundle, and weigh the vegetables as we lend a helping hand at the Market Stand on Friday.
July 31 – August 4 Do Bees Drink Meadow Tea? - REGISTRATION CLOSED
While exploring this silly question, campers will learn about the origin of honey, see the connection between the plant and animal kingdom, and enjoy a cup of iced meadow tea. Activities will include dressing up like a beekeeper and learning about honeybees and their various jobs inside the hive. At our Summer Carnival on Friday, campers will learn to juggle and balance a variety of things! Our week would not bee complete without baking a sweet treat to eat!
August 7 – 11 Chicks and Salsa (SESSION FULL) - REGISTRATION CLOSED
One things for sure….from beginning to end, this session is sure to be eggstraordinary! The focus of this session is to see “poultry in motion” and learn eggcellent facts about chickens. An activity called “dress up a chicken” will teach the anatomy of these feathered friends. Inspired by the book Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds, campers will help harvest tomatoes and make yummy salsa. A rhythmic verse will create humor around the “chickens getting into the tomatoes.”
August 14 -18 Applesauce Rap - REGISTRATION CLOSED
During this session we will follow the journey of an apple from pip, tree, bud, flower to fruit. Campers will visit the apple tree, make and taste homemade apple sauce, play apple games, and make apple prints. A simple botany activity will teach that many commonly known “vegetables” are actually botanically classified as fruit because of the way they grow. Our craft will be inspired by the dilemma of Hedgehog in the book Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell.