Summer Camp 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 2020).
Our Roots & Boots Program will be offered for 10 weeks during 2020 and will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm. We will be offering Seasonal Camps during the week of August 17-21 but space will be limited.
Camp 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 extended camp care.
See information on our Country Kids Program if you are registering for 7 or more weeks of camp during 2020 season. If registered in the Country Kids Program, campers can attend the Barnyard Bunch Before & Aftercare Extended Camp Program for no additional cost.
This program is not currently being offered.
Whether in the barnyard, farm field, garden, forest or art barn, the activities for our Roots and Boots Program are inspired by the wonders of nature and the joys of discovery. 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.
Dates and Themes for Roots & Boots (Ages 5 & 6)
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!
The Great Switcheroo
Mr. McGregor's Garden
Good Brown Earth
Adventures of Granny Smith
Summer Camp Program for children ages 5 & 6
Five full day program only
Roots & Boots (Ages 5 & 6)
Roots & Boots
Descriptions for 2020 Roots & Boots Sessions
In this “eggciting” session, campers will meet and greet the barnyard animals and work together to solve the case of the missing egg!
The Great Switcheroo
During this silly session, campers will discover what happens when the calves get bored and decide to explore what it would like to be other animals on the farm.
Among the berry cool farm-based activities this week, campers will wash wool, learn about blueberries, and make a homemade play dough berry pie. A berry special treat will round out our session!
July 2 Creek Critters
Ducks and frogs will be our focus this week as we explore the creek and its critters. Activities will include visiting the frog pond, playing water games and painting with watercolors.
When the sheep go on strike, our little farmers will explore what plants and other animals make fibers. We will celebrate the sheep’s first day back at work with a sheep picnic!
Mr. McGregor’s Garden
Based upon the Russian Folktale, campers will head to the production garden in search of the “colossal carrot.” They will also discover which barnyard animals like carrots and participate in Mr. McGregor’s Scavenger Hunt.
Learning about the connections between bees and our food will be the focus this week. Campers will receive a honey gold treat after competing in the Bumblebee Games.
Inspired by the book written by Lisa Moser, campers will learn about the life cycle of watermelons and discover why this juicy fruit could be called Juice Pumpkins. A watermelon themed party will round out our week on the farm.
Good Brown Earth
Inspired by the book written by Kathy Henderson, campers will discover how dirt makes our lunch. Farm-based activities will include digging potatoes and helping in the market stand.
Adventures of Granny Smith
This week campers will learn about the life cycle of an apple tree. Among the many farm-based activities we will visit the apple trees, make apple sauce and create apple boats.
Roots & Boots 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 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 ($240 per weekly session) ~ gives us the nutrients to blossom
SOW THE SEED ($220 per weekly session) ~ helps plant the seeds of community
Includes one snack per day
The charge for the four day session June 29 - July 2 will be pro-rated to $175.00 and is due at time of registration. Farm Camp is closed on July 3rd, 2020 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. Although we strive to make every request for Taproot Scholarship possible, we are limited with our funds, and may not be able to accommodate every request particularly if request is for multiple sessions, 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, 2020. See Policy and Procedures for more details. If you are registering for multiple sessions and this causes a financial difficulty, please contact our administrative office to discuss other payment arrangements.
Our summer camp offers programs for four age groups and 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 (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 will be together for special presentations and large group activities.
If you are interested in registering your child(ren) ages 5 - 13 for 7 weeks or more during the 2020 summer season, please see our HCFC Country Kids Programfor program details and discounted rates. Country Kid Program is not available for our Little Seed campers.
2020 ROOTS & BOOTS SUMMER PROGRAM
Roots & Boots Program is designed for young campers who are ready for the rotational activities provided in our 5 full day camp. Children who are used to daycare/school setting or are preparing to enter kindergarten will enjoy the daily rhythm and curriculum provided in the social setting of this program. This camp is for children with a level of self-care skills who will thrive with a bit more freedom of activity choice during free play time. Learning is woven throughout our schedule with theme-based activities. In this program "downtime" in the late afternoon is provided in an outdoor setting featuring themed-based stories.
Roots & Boots Schedule (Ages 5 & 6)
8:30-9:15 Flexible drop off, gathering at outdoor classroom
9:15-9:30 Morning Circle
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 Lunch from home
1:00 - 2:30 Free Play
2:30 - 3:00 Story-time/Down-time
3:00 - 3:15 Snack provided by farm
3:15 - 3:30 Cleanup and Dismissal
HERITAGE CREEK FARM CAMP