​​​​HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP 

Summer Camp Program for children ages 7-9

Barnyard Bunch Before & Aftercare Program 
This program is open to campers ages 3 - 13 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 $40/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 2019)   

Descriptions for 2018 Summer Camp Sessions

June 10-14 Farm Hands 

This session campers will learn how animals can be helpful on the farm ~ pigs can be plows, goats love to eat brush, and chickens eat bugs.  Theme-based activities include working in the gardens, making a homemade mancala “sowing” game from egg cartons and performing Jack in the Pea Stalk skit for our younger campers.   

June 17-21 Exploring the Elements 

During the solstice week campers will enjoy outdoor summer play as they explore the wonders of the earth, the movement of water and air (wind), and the warmth of sun and fire. Activities will include helping our farmers in the field and with animal chores,  playing in the creek, and making a flower pot wind chime and a fired-clay project. We will end our week with a “berry” special treat!  


June 24-28 Eggcellent Adventures 

This week campers will learn about the different types of animals that lay eggs.  Farm-based activities will include gathering eggs, making quiche muffins, and creating egg themed crafts.  During special presentation Naturalist Kelsey Frey will be introducing campers to a variety of reptiles and amphibians from around the world and through education animals Raven Ridge Wildlife Center will teach campers about wildlife in Pennsylvania.  


July 1-3 (3-day session) Pigs and Plork!
During this three-day session we will combine outdoor play with meaningful farm work ~ Plork!  Our young farmers will learn about the smartest farm animal, make a fabric pig craft, and help our farmers harvest vegetables for our veggie boxes.  On Wednesday, we will celebrate the 4th of July with a good old fashion Pignic!    

July 8-12   Cowmooflage
This week will keep our campers moooving and grooving!  Dairy cows from Tui Holstein will be our special visitors as campers learn about the origin of milk.  Other activities will include bottle feeding the calves, making cheddar buttermilk biscuits, participating in a Cowmooflage Scavenger Hunt, and creating a cow themed craft!


July 15-19  Critters and Crafts
Join us this week as we explore the animal kingdom and make creative craft critters.  Special Guest Kelsey Frey will introduce our campers to the world of mammals.  Campers will help with animal chores, make a variety of creative animal crafts, and play a game that teaches about omnivores, herbivores and carnivores (a farm camp favorite).


Kelsey Frey is a Naturalist and Environmental Educator. She is the owner of Creative Nature Works and enjoys sharing her passion of wildlife and conservation with children, families and seniors.  https://kelseyafrey.com/        

July 22-26 Let’s Bee Friends
This week our hands-on curriculum will teach campers about bees, as we explore the role pollination plays in food production. Theme-based activities will include playing collaborative group games, baking a sweet tasty treat, making a wooden flower press, and having a meadow tea party.  Campers will also learn and perform a skit called The Bee and the Goats.     


July 29 - August 2 ​Children love Chickens

J​oin us this week as we learn about our fine, feathered friends.  In the kitchen campers will grind corn for corn muffins and make crepes.  Crafts will include making a rainbow corn candle, and finger knitting a chicken.  Campers will also learn and perform The Little Red Hen skit for our younger campers. Families are invited to join us for Family Fun Night on Friday, August 2.  

August 5-9  Farm & Fiber
This session campers will learn about animal fibers.  Campers will leave about the parts of a loom through a movement game, have the opportunity to work together on a large earth loom, and create an individual fiber craft.  Other themed-based activities will include making braided bread, going on a walking field trip to Eastland Alpaca and guest  teacher Sarah Ulrich will introduce campers to the natural dyes.   

August 12-16 Caterpillars to Butterflies
This session we will put our wings to work as campers learn about the life cycle of butterflies. During Naturalist Kelsey Frey’s presentation, campers will meet live caterpillars and learn about the process of metamorphosis. Making a whimsical caterpillar craft, and making homemade applesauce will round out our activities this week.    


​Kelsey Frey is a Naturalist and Environmental Educator. She is the owner of Creative Nature Works and enjoys sharing her passion of wildlife and conservation with children, families and seniors.  https://kelseyafrey.com/


* 4-H Lancaster County will be providing educational activities during the following Tuesday mornings ~ June 11 & 25, July 16 & 23, August 6 & 13 

Farm & Forest Friends 

If you are interested in registering your child(ren) ages 5-13 for 7 weeks or more during the 2019 summer season, please see our HCFC Country Kids Programfor program details and discounted rates.  Our Country Kids Program is not available for the Little Seed Program.  

2019 Summer Camp Dates and Themes for Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 7-9) 
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 10-14 Farm Hands 
June 17-21
 Exploring the Elements 
June 24-28 Eggcellent Adventures  

July 1-3 (3 day session)  Pigs & Plork! 
July 8-12 Cowmooflage!   

July 15-19 Critters & Crafts 

July 22-26 Let's Bee Friends 

July 29- August 2  Children love Chickens 

August 5-9 Farm & Fiber 

August 12-16 Caterpillars to Butterflies 

Our Farm & Forest Friends Program is being offered for 10 weeks during 2019 and operates 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 2019 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, gardens, or art barn, activities for this group are inspired by the wonders of nature and the joys of discovery.  Our daily schedule will give campers a sampling of life on a farm as they explore, and learn about the world around them.    


​This program is now designed for a slightly older age group and will provide lots of hands-on activities that will teach a wider variety of agriculture and environmental topics. The Farm & Forest curriculum will engage returning campers and spark the interest of new campers through combining purposeful work with creative activities. Teaching cooperation and teamwork are at the heart of this program as campers learn about the plant and animal kingdoms, make new friends and develop life skills.   

​​Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 7-9)

Our summer camp offers programs for four age groups:  ages 3-5 1/2, ages 5 & 6, ages 7-9, and ages 10-13.  Our daily schedules are designed to support the developmental needs of the growing child from early childhood through early adolescence. We believe our 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),  Roots & Boots (Ages 5 & 6). Farm & Forest Friends (Ages 7-9) and Sowers & Growers (Ages 10-13) 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 7-13 can intermingle during meals and free play time and will be together for special presentations and large group activities.  

                         

NEW THIS YEAR......

  • In addition to doing veggie boxes this year we will be expanding our self serve Market Stand. Our campers will have even more opportunities to be involved in farming experiences this summer!  
  • Campers will take over operation of our Children’s Garden as we turn it into a space that is dedicated to education and exploration. 
  • Special guest teachers including Patti Van Brederode from 4-H of Lancaster County and Naturalist Kelsey Frey will be providing educational activities related to the weekly theme topics.
  • Reader’s Theater will provide opportunities throughout the summer for campers to learn and perform simple skits for other camp groups.
  • Afternoon Cooperative activities will give the campers time to work together on the farm, practice their skits, play epic group games (EGGs) or do community service projects.
  • Sometimes our Farm & Forest campers will be helping to provide activities for our campers ages 5 & 6 in the Roots and Boots Program, and other times they will be combined for group activities with our campers in the Sowers & Growers Program.   




Online registration for 2019 programs is now OPEN. From time to time we will be shutting down our online forms to update our rosters.  If the form says "private" please check back later. 

2019  FARM & FOREST PROGRAM

Forest and Farm Friends Schedule (Ages 7-9)
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       Afternoon Cooperative 
3:00 - 3:15       Snack
3:15 - 3:30       Cleanup and Dismissal  

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 ($255 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 ($215 per weekly session) ~ helps plant the seeds of community
Includes one snack per day 


The charge for the three day session on July 1-3 will be pro-rated to $135.00 and payment is due at time or registration.  Farm Camp is closed on July 4 & 5 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.  Taproot Scholarship funding is limited.  We will make every effort to grant requests for our Taproot Scholarship Program, but we may not be able to accommodate all requests particularly if applying for funding for multiple weeks, and/or multiple campers.  


​A $85.00 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 1, 2019.  See Policy and Procedures for more details.