HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP
TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (Middle School & High School Students Ages 13 and up)
Teamwork: Work together on the farm
Experience: Establish job and character references
Leadership: Grow through leadership opportunities
Learn: Learn valuable life skills
Service: Serve the community
Our Teen Leadership Program is geared for teenagers ages 13 and older and is designed to “grow” leadership skills through hands-on learning experiences. Developing a sense of compassion for others and a responsibility for caretaking the earth are integral parts of this and every program at HCFC.
Although 13 is the minimum age for our Teen Leadership Program, some teens who are 13 are not ready to take on this responsibility, particularly at the beginning of the summer. Please have a conversation with your teen before deciding which program will best serve their needs and maturity level. Some teens who are 13 would benefit from spending more time as a camper in our Sowers & Growers Program before applying for acceptance into our Teen Leadership Program.
Teenagers in this program will work with campers and our staff in ways that engage, encourage, and provide the habitat for learning and personal growth. From helping with group activities to playing imaginatively with our campers, our teen leaders are guided by the mentorship of our camp teachers and staff.
Through taking personal responsibility, teens will be given the opportunities to model the characteristics of a good leader as well as develop their individual strengths. As teenagers work with children, they learn life skills that will be useful for future employment and beyond.
In the current age of technology, teenagers with a love for nature could be considered endangered species. Through activities on the farm, teens will explore the environment, experience new opportunities, expand their horizons, and share their talents. This community service initiative combines “explorential learning”, with activities that enrich high school education.
In a nutshell, we strive to spark the enthusiasm "to know", build the willpower "to do", teach the wisdom to work together, cultivate the inner strength to take action, and create the freedom "to be."
We encourage a life-long love of learning, instill a peaceful, compassionate way of being, as core parts of a young person’s education. “Encouraging a yearning for learning while working hand-in-hand on the land” is at the heart of every program on our farm.
Specifics of the volunteer tasks:
Interact with campers, teachers, and staff
Work with the teachers and staff to lead the daily camp activities
Help with kitchen duties, animal care, gardening, crafting, and general farm maintenance
Help the farmers plant, weed, water, harvest and process vegetables
Participate in morning meetings and group activities
Help the farm camp staff supervise campers during free play times
Help with setup and cleanup of camp activities
Share your talents with the camp community
Participate in afternoon teen activities
Model collaboration, good manners, and respect for others and all living things
Work in a creative, cooperative community that responds to the needs of the group
Must be at least 13 years of age
Be hardworking and have a positive attitude
Enjoy working and playing with children in a small, diverse community
Be willing to work as a team, placing the needs of the children first
Be a good listener and a good leader
Have good communication skills and the ability to follow instructions
Be committed to peacefully working out misunderstandings and conflicts
Be patient, understanding, and flexible
Have a developed sense of compassion for the natural world and a desire to preserve, conserve, and be a good caretaker
Commit to an electronic-free policy except for in the case of emergencies
Agree to the Code of Conduct and sign the Junior Counselor Agreement that outlines expectations
All applicants must fill out an online application. New applicants will have an informal conversation with member(s) of our staff. Additionally, new TLs should independently schedule a weekday evening, or weekend morning or afternoon to spend on the farm with Farmer Cindi. This is the final step for approval into this program. Attendance at the pre-season orientation and any scheduled work days are highly recommended.
Tiered Program Participation Fee - 2019 Fees have not be set yet....check back later for details
13 year old participants
7 or more weeks -
14-17 year old participants
7 or more weeks -
As part of the participation fee, each teen will receive a HCFC teeshirt, and draw string backpack. Onsite social opportunities will be offered periodically throughout the summer. Teens will be provided with an afternoon snack each day of attendance. Occasionally, we will offer optional offsite outings for an additional cost. All teen participants are encouraged to attend our spring orientation work days. All participants will be invited to join us in September for the Appreciation Sleepover.
Participants should review the camper's packing list to make sure they are coming to camp adequately prepared to participate fully in the program. Please bring a hearty morning snack and lunch each day. Afternoon snack is provided by camp.
2019 Schedule - Participants Select Availability on the Registration form
April 19 - Good Friday Seasonal Day
April 22 - Easter Monday Seasonal Day
Teen Leadership Program Orientation Day - TBD
June 10-14 Camp Session 1
June 17-21 Camp Session 2
June 24-28 Camp Session 3
July 1-3 (3 day session) Camp Session 4 No Camp July 4 & 5
July 8-12 Camp Session 5
July 15-19 Camp Session 6
July 22-26 Camp Session 7
July 29 - August 2 Camp Session 8
August 5-9 Camp Session 9
August 12-16 Camp Session 10
August 30 Seasonal Farm Camp Day
September 20-21 Appreciation Sleepover
October 14 Seasonal Farm Camp Day
NEW ASPECT TO THIS PROGRAM FOR 2019
Developing and demonstrating leadership skills:
Teen leadership participants ages 13 and any new teen leaders will be assigned a mentor to work with on the farm. This mentor may be a farm camp staff member or an older teen leader. Our younger teen leaders may have the opportunity to participate in afternoon free play as a camper before returning to participate in afternoon collaboration projects and late day chores.
Teen Leaders ages 14+ that are on the farm for 3 or more weeks are asked to propose and lead an activity that will enhance our camper’s experience at farm camp. TLs will work with a teacher or farm camp staff to lead their activity. After leading the activity, they will write a short report about their experience.
Teen Leaders ages 15+ that are participating in Farm Camp for 6 or more weeks will take their leadership skills to the next level by completing a Special Interest Project. The project must be approved by the administrative staff, and member of the staff must serve as the project mentor. Projects can be an individual or group project and must meet one or more of the criteria ~ good for the environment, good for the farm, good for the community. We will work on group projects during the weeks of July 8-12 and August 19-23. Other dates may be selected for specific projects. After leading the activity, they will write a short report about their experience and what they learned from leading an activity. This report will also include the project criteria that was met and how this project impacted the community.
Teens ages 13+ can apply for acceptance into this program
Teen Leadership Program