Leadership & Life Skills Chart for teens looking to head to college or enter the work force

2020 Schedule - Participants Select Availability on the Program Registration  form 

April 10 - Good Friday Seasonal Day 

April 13 - Easter Monday Seasonal Day 

Teen Leadership Program Orientation Day - Date to be determined 

June 8-12 Camp Session 1

June 15-19 Camp Session 2 

June 22-26 Camp Session 3 

June 29-July 2 (4 day session) Camp Session 4 No Camp July 3

July 6-10 Camp Session 5 

July 13-17 Camp Session 6 

July 20-24 Camp Session 7 

July 27-31 Camp Session 8 

August 3-7 Camp Session 9 

August 10-14 Camp Session 10 

August 17-21 Seasonal Farm Camp Day 

September 4 Seasonal Farm Camp Day 

​September 26 Appreciation Event 

September 28 Seasonal Day - Yom Kippur 

October 9 Seasonal Farm Camp Day 

October 12 Seasonal Farm Camp Day  

"For the past three summers, farm camp has been like a second home for me.  Working with the kids, learning about the ecosystem and overall being part of a loving community has taught me not only how to be a leader, but how to be confident in my choices and to be good to people (and plants) alike.  I love Heritage Creek Farm Camp and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone." - Teen Leader

Teens ages 13+ can apply for acceptance into this program 

Teen Leadership Program 

TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (Middle School & High School Students Ages 13 and up) 

Teamwork: Work together on the farm 
Experience:  Develop work ethic and establish 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 and life 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 work together on the farm 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.    

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 their classroom 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 
Assist the teachers and staff with 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 
Play with campers during free play times

Help with setup and cleanup of camp activities 
Share your talents with the camp community
Participate in 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.  Attendance at the pre-season orientation and work days are highly recommended.    

2020 Tiered Program Participation Fee
Teen Leaders 13 – 15 year old
1 week - $50
2 weeks - $100
3 weeks - $150
4 weeks - $190    
5 weeks - $220   
6-8 weeks - $250 
9 or more weeks - $300

Teen Leaders 16+
1 week - $35
2 weeks - $70
3 weeks - $100
4-5 weeks – $125
6-10 weeks – $150 

​As part of the participation fee, each teen will receive a HCFC teeshirt, and draw string backpack. Teens will be provided with an afternoon snack each day of attendance. Occasionally, we will offer optional offsite outings for an additional cost. Onsite social opportunities will be offered periodically throughout the summer. All participants that successfully completed the program will be invited to join us in September for an Appreciation Event.  

We strive to keep participation fees as low as we can, but it does cost money to operate the leadership program. We feel the value is well worth the experiences provided. If payment in full for participation causes a financial hardship, please talk to administrator.  

​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.  

Teens should arrive no later than 8:15 am and can be picked up at 3:45 pm.  To accommodate transportation needs, TLs can arrive as early at 7:15 am and can stay at farm camp until 6 pm.  

Applications for our Teen Leadership Program will be accepted soon!  Email us for more information!