Summer Farm Camp

Summer Farm Camp 2017

Some helpful info you’ll need to know before attending camp:

What to Wear and What to Bring 

Drop Off/Pick Up Instructions 

Each session is unique, based on a different theme, with a variety of activities.

Children are welcome to sign up for one or any number of sessions.

Update: We have added an afternoon session 3B July 17-20 from 1:00pm-4:15 pm

 Sessions 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 are full.   Family Camp on July 3rd and 4th is full. 

There are spots open for our Middle School and High School Special Days at the end of the summer.

To be added to our wait list, please email Julie at jswenson@soulshinefarm.com

There are changes at times and camp openings do come up, for various reasons during the summer.

Ages: Our Summer Program is designed for children ages 4-12.

(Children must turn 4 before their first day of camp, and independent in the restroom.)

Mentors: Children ages 13-14 may apply to be a mentor – see Mentor Program 2017

Group sizes: There is a limit of only 28 children/session. Some activities are done as a full group/mixed ages, and others are done in small groups of 6-8 children, divided by age group. Teacher/child ratio is 1:6 – 1:8.

Activities: Typically, each day the children will have three 45 minute activity sessions including a variety of:

Farm Time/Nature/Science Time:Children will carry out basic farm chores and be taught care of the chickens, horse, sheep and alpacas. Children will help build items for the farm – always a favorite time for the kids. We will follow a 4H curriculum for the work with the animals. Children will help in the gardens, learning about and caring for various vegetables and herbs – and sampling veggies too! We will work on various farm building projects. We will create treasure hunts and have nature appreciation activities. Campers will also have use of our “science box” with field guides, magnifying glasses, various stone testing activities, and more. They will have free time to explore the pond and stream. New: We have been working hard, expanding our use of the woods for trail creating and exploring. Children will participate in new hikes and creation of obstacle challenges this summer.

Children’s Yoga Class:  Children will discuss the theme of the day and then learn asanas (poses), breathing, and relaxation methods through stories, songs, and games. Yoga mats will be provided.

Arts, Crafts, and Music:  Children will participate in different art project and theme each week, including fiber arts (dyeing and felting wool), sewing, mixed media, outdoor painting and drawing, wood building, jewelry making, clay, stone carving, and will learn about several famous artists. As we’ve done in the past, professional artists will come to demonstrate their work. We will again be having professional musician, Mark Wood, from “Wood n Drums” in Rockaway, to run drum circles with the children. Alison Iati from Awaken Sound Health in Chester will also provide a relaxing sound program for the children with singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, and various instruments.

Field Games:  Children will participate in creative field games, cooperative challenges, and will be taught games from Colonial times and from world cultures.  NEW this year – children will help us create and will have access to a barefoot sensory path around the yoga house.

Cooking:  We have some new surprises in our cooking area, and will have a visiting professional chef here to work with the children during several weeks.  We will be using early methods to churn butter. We’ll make fresh fruit popsicles and bake cookies and muffins, roast seeds. We will also make some snacks from the farm – egg bake with our eggs and veggies the children pick from the garden, along with baked potato slices made from freshly harvested garden potatoes. We’ll try some new recipes as well.  We like to encourage to the children to try things they’ve never had before.

Community Service: Campers will participate in a community service effort each week. Some weeks we will host local Seniors from Merry Heart Assisted Living for an hour of camp fun.  Along with other opportunities not yet finalized.

We meet as a group each morning to discuss the events of the day, and set our intention for the day too.  There will be 15 minutes between activities for free play, group team building, restroom, water and snack. A variety of snacks are offered including: whatever we make in cooking, and/or organic Fruits/Veggies and homemade healthy muffins and/or granola bars/cookies, cheese and crackers will be provided at breaks. 

Staff:  Includes owners, “Farmer Brad” (also a member of Randolph Rescue Squad) and Julie Swenson –(certified teacher, administrator, certified social worker, and Yoga Instructor, also certified in First Aid/CPR), with son Gil Swenson, along with professional artists and musicians, certified teachers and/or aides.

Cost: $175 per camper / per session

Here’s how to register:

  1. Click below to open the Registration form
  2. Print the registration form page 1 (2-3 only if applicable)
  3. Fully complete Registration form page 1 (please write clearly)
  4. Fully complete Registration form page 2-3 (Only if applicable)
  5. Copy and attach child’s vaccination records (or include a note regarding vaccination exemption.) If your child was here last year and has had no new vaccines you do not need to send again, simply check line on the application, “No new vaccinations since last year.”
  6. Send registration with check made out to “Soulshine Farm”
  7. Registrations can be postmarked beginning March 1st and MAILED to Soulshine Farm, 54 Park Ave. Randolph, NJ 07869
  8. Confirmations will be mailed weekly on Fridays.

*In an effort to be fair to all, applications that are dropped off, will not be accepted or processed.  Only mailed registrations will be processed.

Registrations post marked prior to March 1st will be returned.

*Registrations sent without updated Vaccination Records or Exemption Letter will not be registered and no spot will be held until application is complete. If child has an upcoming physical prior to camp starting, just send the most current records and send in update once it is available. (We are state licensed and this info is needed for yearly state audit.)

Some scholarships are available.  If you are interested in sending your child, but the cost is challenging, due to medical issue, or extenuating circumstances please email Julie, at jswenson@soulshinefarm.com to ask about partial, or full scholarship, or to pay over time rather than all at once.

Registration Form

Session 1 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Jun 26-29
Family Camp 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m  Mon+Tue  Jul 3+4
Session 2 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Jul 10-13
Session 3 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Jul 17-20
Session 4- FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Jul 24-27
Session 5 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Jul 31-Aug 3
Session 6 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Aug 7-10
Session 7 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Aug 14-17
Session 8 – FULL 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mon-Thu Aug 21-24
Special MS 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Monday Aug 28
Special HS 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m Tuesday Aug 29

                *Soulshine Farm Camp is a NJ state approved youth camp facility.