Berkshire Botanical Garden

Farm in the Garden Camp

July 05, 2017       09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA 01262



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Most Farm Camp sessions for 2017 have been filled. To be added to a waiting list, please email Chris Wellens at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org.

Registration for 2018 Farm Camp will open in January 2018.
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If you have already registered for Farm Camp and are looking to pay your remaining tution balance, click here to pay your balance online.
 
About Farm in the Garden Camp
  • Open to children 5-14 years old
  • Sign up for one or multiple weeks
  • Camp runs Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Drop-off at 8:45 a.m.
  • A maximum of 25 campers per session
  • 1:3 staff to camper ratio
 
Camp Philosophy
Berkshire Botanical Garden has designed a program that will nurture the seeds of Earth stewardship for young and old alike, while connecting children to our food system, our environment, and to one another. The camp provides time, space, and guidance for children to do meaningful work and play in a caring, garden community. The camp offers the inherent pleasure and personal agency that comes from making things by hand. We will make cheese, collect eggs, and harvest and grind wheat berries before baking a quiche, and harvest dill to press carefully into goat cheese rounds. Our work at the garden will be to care for the plants and animals that sustain us and to make good use of the harvest. At Farm in the Garden Camp, participants are invited to be a part of a community of children, grown-ups, plants and animals that engage one another through care, understanding, interaction, and sustenance.
 
Some of the things we do at Farm Camp
  • caring for sheep, goats, rabbits, and chickens
  • building a bean trellis, pulling carrots, digging potatoes
  • extracting honey from our garden's beehive
  • singing songs and hearing stories
  • cooking and eating snacks from food that we grew ourselves
  • selling homemade treats, flowers, and hand-harvested veggies at the Thursday Family Farm Stand
  • baking pizza in a cob oven for our Friday Farm Feast celebration
  • making new friends!
 
A typical day at Farm in the Garden Camp
9:00 Campers Arrive
9:15 Opening Circle with the whole camp community
9:30 Farm animal and garden chores
10:00 Snack
10:15 Activity I (in age groups)
11:15 Activity II (in age groups)
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Story under the Grandfather Tree
1:30 Choice Time Activities (mixed age groups)
2:45 Closing Circle of Thanks
3:00 Campers leave for the day
 
2017 Session Dates
(1) July 5 - 7 (Wednesday-Friday ONLY)
(2) July 10 - 14
(3) July 17 - 21
(4) July 24 - 28
(5) July 31 - August 4
(6) August 7 - 11
 
2017 Tuition Rates
A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve a space at Farm Camp. A separate deposit is required for each child and each session. The deposit can be paid on the bottom of this page. The remaining balance is due June 1 and can be paid by clicking here.
Session 1 (week of 4th of July, 3 day program)
BBG Member:$235
Non-BBG Member:$260
All other sessions, 5 day program
BBG Member:$370
Non-BBG Member:$395
 
Refund Policy
The $100 deposit is non-refundable.

After May 1, tuition paid above the registration deposit will only be refunded if BBG is able to fill the cancelled space.

No refunds will be given within two weeks of a camp session beginning.
 
Financial Assistance
A limited number of Camperships are available to offset the cost of coming to Farm in the Garden Camp. The $100 registration deposit must be paid prior to applying for a campership.

To apply for a campership, dowload the Campership Form here.
 
Camp Forms
Follow Up Forms
  • Due by June 1. Required for all camp participants.
  • Forms can be filled out and signed digitally. Download the newest Adobe Reader DC here (free) to take advantage of the digital signature features. You may also print them then either mail or scan and email them to cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org.
  • See the Camper and Parent Handbook for more information.
Camper and Parent Handbook

Campership Application (Financial Assistance)

CIT Application
 
Employment
Are you too old to sign up for Farm Camp but still want to be a part of the fun? Join the talented Farm Camp staff! Available positions are listed on the BBG Employment page here.
 
Register for Farm in the Garden Camp
Register for Farm Camp choosing a session below (or sessions).

If you have already registered for Farm Camp and are looking to pay your remaining tuition balance, click here.

 

Thank you for your interest. Farm in the Garden Camp 2017 has ended. Look for information on Farm in the Garden Camp 2018 on berkshirebotanical.org late 2017.
Thank you for your interest, but the week you selected for Farm Camp is filled. If you'd like to be placed on a waitlist, please email the Camp Director at cwellens@berkshirebotanical.org and include the following:
  • Child's Name and birthday
  • Parent's Name and email (or best person to contact if a space opens)
  • The week(s) you would like to be waitlisted

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PO Box 826
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