“Jules loved the experience of Nature’s Farm Camp. She had the courage to attend her first sleepaway camp without any friends joining her. She enjoyed her time without any major bouts of homesickness. She came away with an enthusiasm for cooking and for sharing everything that she learned. She continued to develop her independence and confidence. She had new social experiences and developed friendships. She developed positive, trusting bonds with staff that she loved spending time with. And most importantly, she left and came home with a big smile on her face!”
“From what I observed during our visits, and what Neeve conveyed, it seemed incredible. On our drive back to Chicago, Neeve couldn’t stop talking about her experience– from the chores, to the games, to the interactions with her fellow campers, the staff and of course, the animals. In her mind it was perfect. When I asked if she thought something could be improved, she said “more chores”…
“Thank you again for a great week at camp! Joseph really had a wonderful time and did such an amazing job for his first time away from home – it was a new adventure for all of us. He has spoken very highly of the camp, the activities, what he did and learned and of you, the camp crew, and Antiquity Oaks’ owners Deborah and Mike.”
“William had a great time at camp. I was a little concerned with his first time being away but he had absolutely no issues and only great things to say about his experience. I was really impressed with the variety of nature experiences he got – garden, forest, prairie, etc. and he loved the ability to create and explore and have freedom that our kids don’t often get in the city.
I asked William if he missed electronics while he was there and he said “no”. I asked him if he thought he could go without electronics and he said “With all that cool stuff around, I would never need electronics again.”
“Lily loved farm camp! I asked her what she enjoyed most, and she said she didn’t know. She enjoyed everything, but maybe the food! The cooking or preparing?? Both! She loved sleeping out in the tent on the prairie, and reading her book quietly at night. The biggest challenge was falling asleep the first night, but after that, it was easy because she was tired out by all the day’s activities. She wrote down every single meal, what she ate and how much she ate in her journal, and told us about all the food as we were eating dinner last night.
It was a fabulous week for her, and her biggest concern is that she won’t be able to return next year because she’ll be too old. She says, “please, please, think about having a camp for older kids.”
“Thanks so much!! I loved that after a week, when I came to pick Bella up she leisurely strolled down the long driveway in bare feet, covered in dirt with a deep sense of contentment emanating from her being. She was passed out 15 minutes into the drive home! Can’t wait for next year!”
A few comments from our follow up with camper parents in the fall:
It’s November, and Annie is still talking about gathering eggs and caring for the goats.
“I’ve noticed Robert takes more responsibility around the house, especially taking care of his younger siblings.”
“Jake has more confidence in the kitchen and takes more delight in creating meals with what’s available.”
“Isabel thinks more about food and she even helped start a food drive in our community.”