Soulshine Farm Summer Camp

Thank you for a wonderful camp season 2019!

Information for 2020 Camp Season

will be posted on February 1st, 2020

 

Summer Farm Camp runs in weekly sessions during the Summer,

Monday thru Thursday each week from 9am-12:15pm daily.

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.

Camper Ages: We are a state licensed camp for children ages 4-12.

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

Mentors: Former campers ages 13-14 may apply and interview for a mentor position.See Mentor Program

 

 
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staff

Camp is run by farm owners/residents - “Farmer Brad” and Julie Swenson –(Certified Teacher, School Administrator, certified social worker, and Yoga Instructor), along with professional artists, musicians, certified teachers and/or aides, and mentors.

group size

There is a limit of 30 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.

 

Daily Schedule

Each morning staff members complete preparations and morning chores. The Staff then gathers to share a meditation time just before the children arrive. Children arrive and gather by the gate, and at 9:00 am we begin our day with the children. We share a “get to know you” activity and then enlist their input for setting the day’s intentions. We offer some awakening yoga poses and discussing the plans for the day. We tend to morning chores, and then the children start off to their first activity. Typically, there are three or four, 30-45 minute activities each day. Some days there are more full group activities depending on what Special Events are planned. Children will participate in a different mix of activities each day.

Program Highlights


Farm Chores

Nature

science

Tinker Time

  • Participate in Farm Chores

  • Plant, tend, and harvest the vegetable/herb/flower gardens

  • Access the Science Box (Field guides, magnifying glasses, stone testing activities and more.)

  • Explore Trail Blazing

  • Care for the chickens, sheep, alpacas (Following 4H guidelines)

  • Design and build farm improvements

  • Learn about and building bee hives and harvesting honey

  • Explore the pond and stream

  • Participate in Treasure Hunts and Nature Hikes

During both Farm Chores, and Independent Tinker Time – We will be presenting problems that need a solution, and/or children will identify problems in need of solutions.  Individually, and in groups, children will work on problem solving using research, measuring drawings, planning (some trial and error) and creating/building. Some things we’ve done in the past include: designing and building a new sheep door (sheep can get out/alpacas can’t get it), designing a bucket holder so that alpacas can’t overturn their water bucket, building a bridge for the alpacas, building raised garden beds, repairing fencing, planting trees.


Children's yoga

Each morning in our opening circle, we set our intentions for the day and offer some grounding poses. Children will participate in one or two small group yoga classes where they will discuss the theme of the day and then learn asanas (poses), breathing, and relaxation methods through stories, songs, and games (age appropriate.) Throughout the week, campers participate in full group yoga activities as well.


Fine arts / crafts

Each week, a new theme and an artist will be introduced and a project completed. Past projects have including fiber arts (dyeing and felting wool), sewing, mixed media, outdoor painting and drawing, wood building, jewelry making, clay, stone carving. Some weeks, we’ll be joined by a professional artist demonstrating their work.


music

Children will participate in making music with trained musicians and professional visiting musicians. We hold a music circle each week, including drum circle, and/or chimes, shakers, and other percussion instruments, voice, and found objects for experimenting with sound.


Children will participate in creative field games, cooperative challenges, and will be taught games from Colonial times and from World cultures.

Field games


Cooking

Each year is different- we look to engage children in reading and following recipes, measuring, chopping, and mixing. For example, last summer, we made butter from cream (and then added our own honey), baked individual loaves of bread, healthy muffins, cookies, and more.  We make popsicles with fruit, and create other snacks from the farm – egg/veggie bake with our eggs and veggies the children pick from the garden, along with squash chips, and 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

Each year the children participate in some type of community service effort while at camp. This year’s community service project is in the works and details will be posted once finalized.


snack time

Around 10:15 am children gather for hand washing, snack time/water break, and are reminded to use the restroom. (Note: Water and restrooms are available at all times.) A healthy snack is provided, and there are always apples, bananas, or other choices if a child does not like our snack of the day. Most children do not bring a additional snack or drink from home, but children are welcome to bring a healthy, low waste snack. We practice low waste living, and ask that campers who bring snack, use reusable containers. (Snacks with nuts are prohibited, bags are checked upon arrival.)

Camp Schedule 2019

Session Dates Days Time Price
1 Jun 24-27 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
2 Jul 1-3 Mon-Wed 9am-12:15pm $135/child
3 Jul 8-11 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
4 Jul 15-18 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
5 Jul 22-25 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
6 Jul 29-Aug 1 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
7 Aug 5-8 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
8 Aug 12-15 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child
9 Aug 19-22 Mon-Thu 9am-12:15pm $180/child

How to Register

  1. Click the Registration Button 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.”

    We are state licensed and must follow state guidelines for our monitoring. *Registration 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 you have it. Send registration with check made out to “Soulshine Farm”

  6. Registrations can be postmarked beginning March 1st and MAILED to Soulshine Farm, 54 Park Ave. Randolph, NJ 07869

  7. Confirmations will be emailed weekly on Fridays

    We are a small program with limited spots. In an effort to be fair to all interested in attending:

We do not accept drop off applications. Registration is by Mail only. 

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

We do not hold spots over the phone.

The only way to register is to follow steps above. Thank you for respecting the system in place !

Cost

$180 per camper / per session

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. Each year we contribute a portion of the profits from our farm store and other farm programs to be able to offer 10% of our camp spots for scholarship.

 


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Drop-Off & Pick Up Instructions

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What to Wear and What to Bring