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4 – 12 years old
Fun and learning come alive at Phillies Bridge Farm Camp again in 2019!
Phillies Bridge Farm STEAM Summer Camp offers an experience that combines the peaceful and grounding feeling of being on a farm with educational and creative play. Our goal is to help children from all walks of life understand the importance of sustainable life practices while building and developing their own sense of character.
Each session will combine STEAM elements (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) with an emphasis on fun, farming, and learning. The children will have ample opportunity to play in the gardens and work with the animals on a daily basis. Their farm experience will be supplemented by an exploration into how we do the things we do at Phillies Bridge with hands-on crafts and experiments.
You do not have to be a science buff to enjoy STEAM camp, as our activities are generally as creative as they are scientific, and much of our day at camp is spent exploring the farm, including our discovery garden with edible herbs, flowers, and berries, our education garden (a mini version of the working Phillies Bridge CSA), and our 1.5 mile nature trail that winds through the wooded 60 acres of protected land that is part of PBFP.
Camps are open to ages 4-12. Children are grouped by age for a portion of the day and also come together as a whole for community activities and games. We have a low ratio of one camp counselor for seven campers, and oftentimes it is less. This ensures your child gets all the attention he or she needs.
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2019 Summer Sessions run from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Session 1 – Down to Earth
Week 1 July 1st – 5th $280 (Four-day week as July 4th is a holiday) FULL!
Week 2 July 8th – 12th $350 FULL!
During this first session of the season we will be exploring a mix of chemistry and earth science as we get our hands dirty and learn about the ground that supports and sustains our farming practices. We will be measuring the garden beds and planting seeds, we will make an earth battery, grow our own crystals, find and identify rocks, learn about composting and soil composition, paper mache and mosaic art crafts, and much, much more!
Session 2 – Up With the Chickens
Week 3 July 15th – 19th $350 FULL!
Week 4 July 22nd – 26th $350 FULL!
In this session our focus will be an exploration of the animals on the farm as well some of the wildlife at Phillies Bridge, from birds, to bugs, to amphibians! We will explore different breeds of chickens and goats and learn about how our animals contribute to our farm. With experiments, games, and presentations from different animal experts, this session is sure to be a hit with your animal enthusiast!
Session 3 – Green Fingers
Week 5 July 29th – Aug 2nd $350 FULL!
Week 6 Aug. 5th – 9th $350 FULL!
As we start growing our fall crop, this session features an in-depth look at our plants and what it takes to keep them safe from pests and alive through harsh growing conditions. We will be exploring some super cool science experiments involving hydroponic growing and seed sprouting, different breeds of plants and genetics, as well as exploring how plants can sustain us and our community. Each child will start their own seedlings to bring home and this sessions boasts loads of fun artwork from pokeberry ink to flower pressing!
Our last session of the season will be a culmination of all we learned throughout the summer as we explore the kinds of energy that keep a farm moving, from sunlight to wind to water and how our animals and plants take part in energy processes. Pinwheels, circuitry, and solar cooking are a few examples of the fun projects and art we will explore during this session!
Please note: Although we do our best to follow our themed schedule, our camp activities are based on the availability of the farm, crops, and supplies. Certain activities may need to be updated or changed due to weather conditions beyond our control, and therefore are not guaranteed.Payment and Refund Policy
Full payment or a $150 non-refundable and non-transferable deposit per child is required to hold a spot for your child(ren). The balance of the camp tuition is due by June 1st, 2019. Refunds are available (less a $150 non-refundable non-transferable fee per child) for registration cancellations up to 30 days before the first day of your child’s camp session. For cancellation with less than 30 days notice, no refund or credit will be provided. We have established this refund policy in order to ensure that we can cover the costs of our programs, fill all available camper slots, and hire the appropriate number of staff based on the number of program participants. A $35 registration fee is added to your total upon registration.
- Sibling Discount: Families who register more than one child receive $25 off their total registration fee.
- CSA Shareholder Discount: Families who are shareholders for the 2019 growing season receive $25 off their total registration fee.
Phillies Bridge Farm Project strives to make our education programs financially accessible to all families. We are able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships. To inquire about or apply for a 2019 camp Scholarship click here and fill out the form.
The camp scholarship fund is supported, in part, through the Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation and Stewart’s Shop Foundation grants.
To make a dedicated donation or set-up a named scholarship fund please email firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you!
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Below are some of our 2018 memories.