Campers experience a lifestyle that is simple, rugged and exciting. Helping to run the farm, the setting offers a safe, yet challenging environment for kids to discover, grow, do and make while enjoying the great outdoors.
Our days are filled with movement and fueled by good food and great fun.
Even though camp days are long and we need loads of energy, we think of food as far more than just calories. Food connects us and everything around us, and campers are intricately involved in the food we share. All campers rotate through the kitchen for designated meal prep. For 2018, we will be geared up for those kids who want to spend more time with food (for more meals, or in food-related workshops like making pesto, bread or cheese).
Much of what we eat comes from on-site. The rest we largely source from local farmers e.g. Hazzard Free, Quality Organics, Carroll's Timberedge, Breslin. Much of our bread comes from Baker Miller and most other items are from The Dill PIckle Food Co-op. Nearly everything is certified organic. It's also a meat-free camp, but we do plan on eating Impossible Burgers one night each week this summer.
We consider food as medicine and, through positive interactions throughout, including offering a wide array of tastes and textures and sharing meals together, we foster healthy relationships with food.
Campers sleep under the stars in large canvas bell tents (16.4' across) on cots in small groups (boys with boys, girls with girls). A counselor stays in each tent, with 4 or 5 campers. We contend with weather, bugs, little privacy, and the challenges of no electricity, or indoor plumbing. A character and grit-building experience that the kids love!
We take very seriously the responsibility which comes with being caretakers of your children. At Nature's Farm Camp, we foster the safety and security of our campers with a low 2.5-to-1 camper-to-staff ratio. Our community-oriented philosophy also encourages kids to look out for each other. We have first aid supplies on-site to tend to the every day mishaps of being outdoors, and the staff trained to use them. In the event of an emergency, we have procedures in place and a hospital within 15 miles.
To help keep the safety of campers in the forefront of camp operations, we use a system that provides camp health staff instant access to vital medical information and tracks allergies, medications, and illness/injury for each camper. It's a system that was designed by camp doctors and nurses and is integrated into our camper registration system.