Summer Camp 2017
The MOFGA certified organic Broadturn Farm is an authentic working farm that embodies the heritage of agriculture for children through engagement with a working landscape. Whether it be marveling at the John Deere as Farmer John rolls by or greeting the box of tiny baby chicks delivered by the mail carrier, children come home with dirty knees and great stories. The enthusiasm is infectious and sometimes children leave with a dream to farm.
Children start the day with a morning meeting and a little yoga (Those slop buckets are heavy! Even our youngest farmers need to stretch before lifting). After meeting, groups separate to take care of farm chores. The animals on the farm are fed and watered, eggs are collected and fence lines are checked. Sometimes, the wood fired oven needs to be lit for a baking project. After chore time, everyone moves in to a morning activity. A typical morning activity might include picking strawberries and grabbing a few eggs before heading to the kitchen to make strawberry shortcake. The middle of the day is met with lunch and a story. In the afternoon, there is choice time and often a trip to the stream is an option. The Silver Brook is a small tributary that runs in to the Stroudwater River. Its home to salamanders, frogs and the occasional brook trout. There also appears to be a growing population of fairies as evidenced by the heavy development of fairy houses in the region.
Come join us!
* WE ARE NOW OFFERING BEFORE- AND AFTER-CARE FOR OUR SUMMER CAMPS! EXTEND YOUR CHILD'S DAY AT THE FARM FROM 8-9 AND/OR 3-4 FOR $8/HOUR, PER CHILD. PLEASE EMAIL MEGAN FOR MORE INFO! Arrangements must be made at least 1 week in advance*
Half Day Program for ages 4 & 5
Offered All Weeks
With an eye towards the unique needs of very young children, we structure the half day program to include lots of imagination, hands on learning and play activities. Little ones love coming to camp feeding pigs, visiting the cows, collecting eggs, handling chicks and ducklings, munching veggies and strawberries in the garden, learning simple recipes, exploring the woods, building fairy houses, singing songs, listening to stories, playing games, making art, and of course… learning how to use an outhouse! Campers sign up for one week at a time.
Full Day Program for ages 6-10
Offered All Weeks
The Farm Kids Program allows campers to experience all the workings of a small, organic, working farm. Pigs, lambs, ducks, turkeys and laying hens are all part of a camper’s experience. Campers will participate in farm chores such as weeding, picking potato bugs, collecting eggs, feeding the pigs, and planting seedlings. Campers will take walks in the woods, learn about farm and forest ecology, collect salamanders and frogs, do craft projects, and learn how good local, organic farm-raised food can be through simple cooking projects. Campers play and read and dig in the dirt and come home asking for snap peas and carrots for dinner.
Full Day Program for ages 11-14
Week 4: July 10th-14th, & Week 6: July 24th-28th
Camp Overnight on Thursday night, July 13th & 27th! (add $80)
Campers try their hand at some homesteading skills; sewing, spinning, weaving, woodworking, gardening, bread baking, cooking over an open fire, pickling and making butter and cheese are just a few of the things they might learn. This week will function as a typical session, including animal chores and time to cool off at the stream, but the week will focus on learning time honored skills. Camp overnight on the farm and enjoy an evening campfire, cow milking in the morning, and seeing the sun rise over the pasture! More details to follow.
Farm to Table Week
Week 8: August 7th-13th
During Farm to Table week, campers will engage in a large plan to create a farm to table picnic to be enjoyed near the end of the week. Complete with meal planning, harvesting, cooking, and decorating the table with flowers, campers will play an active role. There will still be attention to all the regular details of farm camp day, including animal chores, games and time by the stream cooling off. Camp Pizza Party & Picnic will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 10th. More information to follow!
Sign up is limited to no more than 2 weeks to allow the opportunity for more kids to experience the farm. Thanks!
If the week you're interested in is FULL, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the waiting list.
Week 1: June 19th-23rd, PLANTING WEEK
Week 2: June 26th-30th, BERRY WEEK
Week 3: July 3rd-7th, TOOLS & TRACTORS WEEK***
Week 4: July 10th-14th, HOMESTEADING WEEK
Week 5: July 17th-21st, FLOWER WEEK
Week 6: July 24th-28th, HOMESTEADING WEEK
Week 7: July 31st-Aug. 4th, FOREST WEEK
Week 8: Aug 7th-11th, FARM-TO-TABLE WEEK
Week 9: Aug. 14th-18th, ART ON THE FARM WEEK
***Holiday Week, no camp on Monday, July 4th, reduced fees
STILL WONDERING WHICH WEEK TO CHOOSE? TAKE A LOOK AT OUR 'CAMP HIGHLIGHTS' CALENDAR BELOW FOR A GENERAL IDEA OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AT THE FARM! CLICK THE PICTURE TO ENLARGE
We are always looking for teens and adults interested in working with children (outdoors!) to aid our educators as we implement our farm-based curriculum. Our popular Junior Counselor teen program has been an integral part of our dynamic summer camp, and has led to paid positions. For more information, contact Megan. Fill out the JC application here, and read the JC Program Description here.
Full Day $250/Week
Half Day $150/Week
***Week 3, Holiday Week Fees: Full Day $200 / Half Day $120
Please send a copy of your child's current immunization records prior to the first day of camp. Send to: Broadturn Farm, 388 Broadturn Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074
Note: If we are notified of a cancellation prior to May 30th, we will issue a refund, less $25 processing fee. No refund will be made for a cancellation after this date.