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At Arcadia Farm Camp, campers joyfully discover where their food comes from through hands-on farming, cooking, and eating experiences.
“I really like the farm. It’s just so natural and clean and you really get a chance to experience wildlife while still being with humanity.” – Farm Camper, age 9
Arcadia Farm Camp is all about farming, food, and fun.
Farm - Campers learn about daily farm life. From morning chores like watering, harvesting, and collecting eggs to planting seeds and tilling garden beds, kids get to be the farmers at Arcadia Farm Camp.
Food - Campers explore the delicious world of sustainable food through activities like chef demos, taste tests, and hands-on preparation of simple dishes and snacks. Plus, all of the veggies come straight from the Farm!
Fun - At Arcadia Farm Camp, kids have fun! We combine learning and play in a safe, interactive outdoor environment. Each day includes free time in the Groundhog Garden and Natural Play Space, as well as active, educational games led by experienced staff.
“This was a wonderful, enriching experience and met both my goals and my daughter's in terms of introducing her to the basics of farming and reinforcing the pleasures of healthy eating.” – Farm Camp Parent
Each session has its own focused theme. The theme guides our educational activities and allows campers to explore these farm and food topics more in depth. Our themed activities will differ from previous years save the ones Farm Campers raved about. We keep it fresh, like our veggies!
Week 1, July 7-11: Young Farmers - Does your child like to get dirty? Do they enjoy getting their hands in the soil to help grow something delicious? Then send your budding farmer to Farm Camp this week. We’ll learn how to grow healthy food--from seed to harvest--and practice sustainable farming practices - no chemicals, lots of bug squishing! Young Farmers also care for our chickens and worms.
Week 2, July 14-18: Seasonal Eaters - Campers experience the joys and benefits of local food and understand what grows in our region in each season -- when it tastes the best, and is most available. We’ll harvest and taste sustainably grown varieties of vegetables, and make comparisons to conventional crops (sustainably grown wins every time!). Campers prepare delicious snacks using Arcadia Farm produce and complete the circle of seasonal eating!
Week 3, July 21-25: Farm Creatures - Your little animal lover or budding environmentalist will want to join us this week. Campers will learn about all of the fascinating creatures that play a role in our farm ecosystem: pests, pollinators, worms, chickens, fungi, birds, and more. We’ll also investigate how caring for the environment affects the health of the farm ecosystem.
Week 4, July 28-Aug 1: Small Chefs - Calling all cooks! Campers will spend the week harvesting, washing, grating, peeling, chopping, mixing, seasoning and best of all - tasting! Our Small Chefs learn to become comfortable with following recipes and using kitchen utensils. They will focus on preparing different varieties of dishes that feature produce from Arcadia Farm and practice their food preparation techniques while doing so!
Along with the themes, all sessions include farming, food, and fun. All Farm Campers, no matter the week, interact with the chickens, learn to care for the vegetables, enjoy independent play time guided by their interests, and much more.
Through these interactive, cooperative, and empowering activities, we aim to create the next generation of sustainable farmers, chefs, and eaters.
“I was so impressed at the organization, the level of enthusiasm of the counselors, the creativity of the program, and just how engaged my child was with the Camp. It was a fabulous experience and you hit a home run!” –Farm Camp Parent
6-11 years old. Arcadia Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of camp and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2014.
10:00-10:30am: Active Play time: independent play and games led by Counselors
10:30-12:00pm: Morning themed activities
12:00: Lunch and Camper’s choice guided play
1:00-2:45pm: Afternoon themed activities
2:45-3:00pm: Closing Circle
2:50-3:10 pm: Check-out
Round trip Transportation is available from Old Town Alexandria for an additional fee of $100. Drop-off will be from 8:00-8:15am and pick-up will be from 4:15-4:30pm. There will be a Farm Camp Counselor dedicated to transportation who looks after the campers during this process. The Counselor will do check in/out, ride along on transportation, and be available for questions from Parents.
This service is provided to assist those Farm Camp Parents seeking an extended day. Rather than our normal hours of 9am-3pm, this extends the day from 8am-4:30pm. The precise location for drop-off and pick-up will be posted prior to May 31, 2014.
Registration for Arcadia Farm Camp is completed online. For a complete list of fees camp fees and special offerings, please see the Fees and Discounts page.
Registration Opens: January 31, 2014
Early Bird Registration: sign up by March 1, 2014
Regular Registration: sign up between March 2 and June 1, 2014.
If you are registering prior to June 1, 2014, a $100 non-refundable per week/per child deposit is required at time of registration. All remaining balances are due on or before June 30, 2014. If for any reason a change to your child(ren)'s registration (i.e. withdrawal, session change, addition of transportation) is necessary, you can make alterations to your registration online by using the login information you created at registration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the questions we often get are covered on our FAQ page. Visit this page for more in depth information about the workings of Farm Camp. Here are a few examples:
What makes Arcadia Farm Camp unique?
Can I get a refund if my camper decides not to come?
What are the facilities?
What’s the deal with the weekly themes?
Can I visit the Arcadia Farm prior to my camper’s week at Farm Camp?
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