Farm Camp-So near and dear to our hearts, we are taking this year off, but 2016 will be even better!
We seek to connect our campers to each other and to their environment through projects that are relevant and purposeful on the farm. Our curriculum ties STEAAMM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Agriculture, Music and Math) to existing farm systems in the spirit of play and imagination. Most of what we do is somewhat open-ended in order to let our campers own their efforts. Farmworks is an opportunity to work and play simultaneously through the freedom of activities where campers are the authors of their experience. Camp Features include horse riding, creek play, straw castles, pigs, bunnies, goats, sheep, chickens, herding dog, and barn cats. Campers have two counselors per six to eight campers with younger groups being smaller. We carefully select our counselors from the 50 plus youth that we have hired and manage each summer on our blueberry farm.
Farm Camp I: The Beginning Thank you so much to everyone who took the leap of faith with us to make this dream a reality–families who shared the vision of kids learning and playing in the great outdoors (without electronic gadgets!), our wonderful counselors who put so much care into planning and managing activities, parents and friends who volunteered, and family who helped pull it all together. And let’s not forget Lebanon Community Schools for delivering lunches to the campers, as well as B Classic Painting and Remodeling for working hard to get the Reed Schoolhouse exterior painted before the camps. It was pure joy to see the kids not only have fun on the farm, but have fun with each other, and us and the counselors. Even when the rain persisted, the kids had fun playing in the tents, taking shelter under the Oaks, and delighting in the magic of the old Springbank barn.
The Story Behind Farm Camp Farm Camp has had many sources of inspiration. Brian grew up on this farm, doing chores, watching and then joining mom and dad in all the work. As it does with many people, it got under his skin and eventually pulled him back from the comforts of the easy life. Michelle, though raised a townie and so familiar only with those non-chores of doing dishes and taking out the garbage, somehow developed a hankering for living off the fat of the land. So, we moved here and started the Great Blueberry Adventure. While the fat has remained elusive, we are drawn to the chase, and love raising the kids here. Perhaps since Michelle came to the farm with fresh eyes, she was particularly attuned to the attraction of the farm on parents unfamiliar with rural life who would enjoy the opportunity for their kids to experience a bit of farm life. Before we moved here, we sent our son Oliver to the Tarnowski’s Farm Camp, up in Cherry Grove, Oregon. Oliver loved it, and we loved it. As did all our neighbor friends who sent their kids. When the kids arrived home at the end of a full day of farm camp, they were dirty and exhausted, and full of stories of farm camp favorites. Early to bed, early to rise, for another day of farm camp. That felt great. And then there’s the B-Street Permaculture Project / Living History Museum created by Art Professor Terry O’Day, at Pacific University. Amazing, and too much to admire and describe to even start here, but suffice it to say, that Terry and many of her students have been incredibly inspiring and helpful. So, when one of her recent graduates, Johanna Wood, and one of her current seniors, Fallon Harris, caught our farm camp fever and agreed to help us design the curriculum and launch it this summer, that was the tipping point. And despite the stress of undertaking this venture just two weeks before blueberry season, and the hassles we know the county office is going to give us, we did it, and it was an overwhelming success. Upcoming Sessions: June 2014 – check back or contact us about specific dates. Please download, fill out, and email the following document to us to complete your application! firstname.lastname@example.org Springbank Farm Camp Overview Springbank Farm Registration Form Why Farm Camp