Does this sound familiar? Shortly after school ends, your children are already whining, “We don’t have anything to do.” Never fear, we have a fun and educational solution here – summer camp!
Building on the success of our first farm camp held last summer, we’re expanding the camps this year. Jackie Rakers, Abbey Farm’s educational programs and volunteer coordinator, fills us in on all the skinny about this year’s activities.
“Not all kids are interested in worms, plants and dirt,” Jackie mentioned. “This year, we designed the curriculum to appeal to a wider audience.”
To better suit various age groups, the camps are divided into three grade level groups. Each has a different age-appropriate theme. All camps are Monday – Thursday, 9 – 11:30 a.m. and cost $110 per child. Grade levels correspond to what grade the child will enter in the fall.
Summer Camp Descriptions
Class details for each camp/event:
Art Time on the Farm, Kindergarten through second grade, June 12 – 15: Campers will experiment with a variety of art materials and methods. Each activity encourages the development of creative thinking and problem solving skills. Campers should bring an art shirt or smock that stays at camp throughout the session.
Stimulating STEM, Second through fourth grade, June 19 – 22: We’ll have fun with science! Students will build Alka-Seltzer rockets and compete in an egg-drop engineering challenge. We’ll also experiment with Oobleck and Elephant’s Toothpaste, and much more. Fun Food Science, Third through fifth grade, June 26 – 29: Campers will discover the basics of nutrition. They’ll also get busy in the kitchen and learn age appropriate kitchen fundamentals while creating healthy recipes from around the world. Because campers will handle food and eat their creations, this camp is may not be suitable for children with food allergies. Ingredient lists are given prior to start of camp session.
Farmtastic Fridays*, Kindergarten through fifth grade, June 16, 23, 30: As a group, children will explore all that Abbey Farms has to offer! From the Jumping Pillow and Zipline to the MegaDrop Slide and Tractor Tire Mountain, there is fun to enjoy around every corner. Each camper should bring a bottle of water and wear close-toed shoes and sunscreen.
In case you’re wondering…All campers will receive a healthy snack each morning. We’ll also have fun during a structured playtime on Abbey Farms’ many attractions.
We often get requests to play on the farm during other times than Pumpkin Daze. Because this is a working farm, it isn’t possible for us to allow access to the farm attractions year-round. However, with Farmtastic Friday, your children can enjoy our activities while being supervised.
Farmtastic Friday is open to all children, kindergarten through fifth grade, 9 – 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $20 per child. Those students registered for a 2017 summer camp session are eligible for a discounted rate of $15 per child. Farmtastic Friday is available on June 16, 23 and 30.
Led by a Teacher
Adam Voirin, CEO of Abbey Farms, says that one thing that sets these camps apart from many others is that a licensed educator leads them. Jackie Rakers plans and leads our summer camps. She is a 2013 graduate of Aurora University with a degree in elementary education. She has additional minors in special education, social studies and science.
“This plays into continued education over the summer – but make it fun,” Adam explained. “Being on the farm, you can get your hands dirty a little bit, but the kids can still get out and learn. Plus, they run off some energy on our
Not only does Jackie run these summer camps, she is in charge of school field trips to the farm in the fall. With her educational background, the fall field trips are a favorite Abbey Farms activity, and one that is growing yearly.
“I always like when the young kids visit, because it is usually their first time being on a farm,” Jackie commented. “They are excited to see how pumpkins grow, to see the garden grow and also that ‘we grow apples on trees!’”
Sign up your children for this one-of-a-kind summer experience by visiting our online store at www.abbeyfarms.org/store. It is easy to complete your summer camp registration on our secure website. If you have unanswered questions, please call Jackie at (630) 966-7775, extension 4. We hope to see your children this summer on the farm!