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 Farmer’s Market 101
June 19 – 23 The Art of Learning New Things
June 26 – 30 Rope & String
July 5-7 River Splash
July 24 – 28 Hot Potato
July 31 – August 4 Tea Cup & Carnival
August 7 – 11 Once Upon a Medieval Time

August 14 – 18 …..Happily Ever After  

June 12 – 16 Farmer’s Market 101

This week our basket will be filled to brim and overflowing with activities focused on a Farmer’s Market. In the field, we will use wheel hoes and seeders to plant our corn crop. We will put hammer and nails to work as we build a small outdoor market stand. Needles and thread will lead the way as we sew veggies made from felt. On Friday we will harvest, wash, bundle, and weigh produce for our first summer Market Stand. The Indigenous Legend of the Three Sisters will be the topic of our Conversation Soup.  

June 19 – 23 The Art of Learning New Things
This week is all about encouraging our campers to try their hand at new skills. The art of agriculture will be experienced as we plant our pumpkin patch. The culinary arts will be highlighted as we use blueberries to “jam” in the kitchen. Our budding artists will use recycling glass to make a mosaic in our Children’s Garden which will be an ongoing project this summer. Those interested in theatre arts can study and perform a simple skit based upon the tale of Lazy Jack. This humorous tale will illustrate why it is always good advice to use common sense when trying new things.  

June 26 – 30 Rope & String
This week our activities will be interwoven with the study of rope and string.  In the field, campers will learn about vertical growing and use their tying skills to make bean teepees. A three day string art project will teach drawing, woodworking skills and eye-hand coordination as we use crochet thread and nails to create beautiful work of art. Paracord will be the medium we will use to make a handy, dandy water bottle holder. Our environmentally-friendly craft will be to make rope from recycled plastic bags.  

No camp July 3 & 4 

July 5 – 7 River Splash (3 day session)
During this session we will focus on the vital resource of water and the environmental impact of pollution on our water source. Our “In the field” discussion will include rain water harvesting and the use of irrigation in agriculture. The “bulkhead” of our learning will be taught by staff at Shank’s Mare as we explore the Susquehanna River in kayaks and learn about the river’s habitat, ecology and history. This week we will also make water “ballistics” – sponge balls and water blasters for our water play day on Friday. Cool afternoon snacks will help us beat the heat this week!   

July 10 – 14 Creative Critters
There will be plenty of farmtastic adventures this week as we explore the animal kingdom and learn how to care for the animals that live at HCFC. Campers will also take a walking field trip to our neighbor’s farm to get up close and personal with the critters at Eastland Alpacas. Raven Ridge Wildlife Center will be “in the house” to teach us about their mission of rehabilitating injured wildlife. Campers will also have the opportunity to either create an artistic animal project or express themselves through words by writing a short story about their favorite animal.   

July 17 – 21 The Element of Art
Artisan Patti Van Brederode will once again be leading our art-themed camp week. This earth-based art session will focus on the elements – earth, air, fire and water.  Each day we will explore a different element as we learn about various principles of art - form, shape, color, line, texture, contrast, value, composition and balance. Among the many artistic activities, campers will make forest faces on our trees from mud and bring color the world during our tye dye day! 

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 Hot Potato
This week potatoes will be our focus as our “budding” scientists and our “up and rising” performers take center stage. Botany will come to life in a “sweet potato on your window sill” take home project. Physics in motion will be demonstrated by our potato cannon. Our potato battery project will highlight the power of this popular veggie. For our campers interested in learning the art of puppetry, they can work with our puppet troupe to perform the story of THE ENORMOUS POTATO. This week is sure to be a “mashing” success as we round out the week digging potatoes and playing group games.     

July 31 – August 4 – Tea Cup and Carnival  
This week will be filled with a variety of activities as we prepare for a carnival at the end of the week. Our main artistic project will be glazing a ceramic tea cup.  As part of the tea theme, we will harvest mints from the garden, dry the leaves in the dehydrator and make homemade tea bags. During the environmental lesson we will visit the beehive as our beekeeper teaches about the origin of honey.  For a mid-week balancing act, campers will have the option to make a wooden balance board or practice circus activities such as juggling, spinning and balancing various objects.  

​August 7 – 11 Once Upon a Medieval Time…..
Thus begins our summer’s theatrical production as lead characters will discuss the storyline, and start learning lines for our August 18th performance. There are plenty of medieval-themed activities in store for those campers not wanting to participate in theatre this week.  In the woodshop, campers will sand and wood-burned a wooden sword.  We will make a simple catapult craft and create a giant, outdoor chess board. Our farm-based activities will be planting fall crops in the garden and harvesting tomatoes to make salsa.  Making backdrops for the play will round out this week as we turn back time to the days of yore….Make sure to come back next week for more! 

*Actors and actresses wanting the opportunity to take on larger speaking roles must be enrolled in sessions of August 7-11 and August 14 – 18.  Performers in supporting roles will join the theater practices during the week of August 14-18.  

August 14 – 18 ….Happily Ever After
Many hands will make light our tasks as we work simultaneously in different areas of the farm to prepare for Family Fun Night on August 18th.  Our artists will be creating costumes, building small props and designing our program for the play.  Performing artists will be busy learning their lines and when to exit stage left. Our farmers will harvest and set up our final market stand.  Some of our campers will put on a baker’s hat to learn various culinary skills while making decadent dessert fit for a king or queen to be served at the potluck. We will end our 2017 camp season with the words “they ate dessert and lived happily ever after.” 

*Actors and actresses wanting the opportunity to take on larger speaking roles must be enrolled in sessions of August 7-11 and August 14-18.  Supporting performers will join the theater practices during the week of August 14 - 18.   

Family Fun Night for our campers ages 5 ½ - 9 and 9 - 12 will be held on Friday, August 18th beginning at 4:30 pm. From 4:30 to 5:15 we will offer family activities.  Our theater production will begin at 5:30 and the Community Potluck will immediately follow.   


2017 Date & Themes for Sowers & Growers

Our summer camp program will offer 10 themed weeks for campers ages 9-12. The first week is June 12-16 and our final camp week is August 14-18.   Sessions for campers ages 9-12 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 Programfor more details regarding before and after care.   

If you are interested in registering your child(ren) 9-12 for 7 weeks or more during the 2016 season, please see our HCFC Country Kids Programfor program details and discounted rates.  

Family Fun Night on the Farm will be held on select Friday evenings. Family members and loved ones are invited to join us for a night of food, fun, and friendship on the farm.  

Through the balance of work and outdoor activities, we will engage the head, heart and hands of our campers ages 9-12.  Cultivating willpower and instilling the wisdom to work together are at the heart of the activities for this group.  Hands-on activities will teach a variety of life skills and traditional arts.  Our socially responsible and environmentally friendly lessons, based on our weekly themes, illustrate how individual actions can make a difference in our world. Campers will work hand-in-hand on the land and learn to encourage one another through the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. 

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 activities. 

NEW SUMMER 2017 is the introducing of CLUBS.....stay tuned for more details!  

Optional Clubs that will be offered:  Farming, Animals, Mosiac, Drama, Ceramics, Games (Physical and Board), Yoga/Movement, Culinary Arts, Fine Arts, Fiber Arts, Woodshop, Puppetry, Creative Writing, Sewing, Simple Science, and Environmental.  

Sowers & Growers (Ages 9-12)

Sowers and Growers Schedule (Ages 9-12)
8:30-9:00 am                    Flexible drop off by the farmhouse
9:15-9:30 am                    Morning Meeting, team building game
9:30 - 10:30 am                First Activity
10:30 - 11:30 am              Lunchbox snack and free play
11:30 am - 12:30 pm        Second activity
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm          Snunch
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm            Free Play and Projects

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm            Afternoon Snack 

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm            Cleanup and Closing Circle



Creative Critters session for July 10-14 is currently filled to capacity and we are not accepting any more registrations for this session.  

Sowers & Growers (Ages 9-12) Program 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 ask that families pay at the highest level that is comfortable for your 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 $175/session

Nourish the Crop $160/session

Sow the Seed $145/session 

This week includes a fee for a day trip to kayak the Susquehanna River lead by staff at Shank's Mare.  

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 (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.