In a Child’s Path Farm School in Boring, OR is offering summer camps to children aged 3 to 6 this summer with a main focus on the farm and a variety of minor focuses each week. The camps are structured in a way that the learning ties together. For example, if a child attends camp for three consecutive weeks, the learning will not seem staggered; it will flow respectfully in a way that a child will learn best. On the other hand if a child attends only one week or a week each month their learning will flow nicely as well. We will meet at camp starting each new week with a song that is relevant to our subject of learning along with open ended activities at different stations. The yard that the campers work in when they arrive each morning is comprised of six flower beds, a jungle gym, a large sand box, a play house, a rock wall and tons of room to run! After breakfast we could be found anywhere on the eight acres.
A Day at Camp
Campers start each day by helping with morning chores, such as collecting eggs, cleaning stalls and feeding. By keeping the numbers small we are able to give each child the opportunity to learn how to handle different types of animals. Children learn how to interact and relate to the animals, developing trust and their own self confidence. After the farm work the children will spend up to 4 hours focusing on whatever minor focus they would like from eggs, chicks and chickens to making strawberry jam. We will have gardening incorporated into each week. Each child will be given their own journal when they arrive their first day at camp along with their own equipment for the week’s activities. The last hour of camp will be spent wrapping up the day in review and journaling our experiences. Afterward we will enjoy lunch together.
Children of all ages love being on our farm. We provide children with an opportunity to:
• Have fun in a safe, supportive environment
• Participate in a working farm
• Learn about the natural environment through play and exploration
• Develop a love of nature
• Feel a connection to the earth and a desire to care for it
2017 Camp Schedule
Week 1: June 5 – June 9
Week 2: June 12 – June 16
Week 3: June 19 – June 23
Week 4: June 26 – June 30
*Week 5: July 3 – July 7
Week 6: July 10 – July 14
Week 7: July 31 – August 4
Week 8: August 7 – Aug.11
Week 9: August 14 – Aug. 18
Week 10: August 21 – Aug. 25
Week 11: August 28 – September 1
*This is a shorter week due to a closure for Independence Day. Price will be adjusted accordingly.
All camps are Monday through Friday from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm.
All camps have a minimum and a maximum enrollment.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all campers.
A $60 deposit is due at the time of sign up.
Remaining fees are due in full two weeks prior to the beginning of camp.
Download the 2017 Camp Registration and USDA forms
Down on the Farm
While at In a Child’s Path Farm Camp, the camp kids will be learning about farm animals and how to provide care for them. The children will be given the opportunity to learn hands on about horses through learning how to properly groom them, feed them and everything else that falls under the spectrum of caring for horses, chickens, ducks and the many other animals on our farm. Campers start each day by helping with morning chores, such as collecting eggs, cleaning stalls and feeding. By keeping the numbers small we are able to give each child the opportunity to learn how to handle different types of animals. Children learn how to interact and relate to the animals, developing trust and their own self confidence. Children will be given time and interaction with all parts of our working farm. Each day’s focus will be determined by the unique group of campers and could range from the life cycle of a chicken to making strawberry jam.
The children will direct our learning each day, however here are some examples of things that we might focus on in a given day or week:
• Horses • Chickens • Ducks • Goats • Gardening • Strawberry Jam • Pond Life
Art will be Available Daily
One thing that nearly every child enjoys doing is art. Whether it’s painting, gluing, piecing together a collage or clay, children love art! This is why every day at our camp we will have stations devoted to creating artwork. The children will have access to both the suggested art for the day as well as any art supplies they may request.
“No one has been able to define or synthesize that precarious, splendid, and perhaps untidy instant when the creative process begins. This is what the uniqueness of the artist is all about. The transcendent right of artists is the right to create even though they may not always know what they are doing.” – Norman Cousins
Registration with payment is due one week prior to the first day of camp. If it is nearing the week of camp you are interested in and you have not registered yet, please call us to check availability.