Summer Day Camp

​While we look forward to resuming our normal summer programming in 2021, we’re excited to offer a brand new program for summer 2020!

the Cedar Circle Family Adventure Package

This is a week-long customizable combination of Farm Adventure Days for the whole family here on the farm and a take-home Camp Kit to complete your off-the-farm camp experience.


Dear Camp Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that our on-farm summer camp at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center will not take place this summer season.

This decision was not made hastily, nor was it easy. A majority of our time in the Education department is put towards planning to make summer camp a safe, educative, and fun experience that brings campers closer together as stewards of their community and their environment. As stewards of the community ourselves, we at Cedar Circle Farm do not think it would be safe to continue with camp when considering the potential impact on the health of our staff, our campers, and our campers’ families.

We understand that many of you rely on camp for a healthy social outlet where your campers make new friends, try new foods, and gain new perspectives and I’m heartbroken that we can’t serve that need for you. And yet, I know it is the right decision. While reading over Governor Scott’s executive orders along with guidelines from the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, I realized that Cedar Circle Farm would not have the capacity to live up to our core camp goal: to keep each other safe.

While we are prepared to make full refunds, camp provides financial resources to further our educational mission throughout the year. If you are in a financial situation to do so, I invite you to consider contributing any portion of your refunded camp tuition as a tax-deductible donation to our organization where our mission is to engage the community to develop and share practices that promote regenerative agriculture, good health, and a resource-rich environment. Another way to help us serve our mission is to convert any portion of your camp tuition payment into a Cedar Circle Farm gift certificate for future use at the farm. Whatever you decide, we hope you will continue to support us by ordering organic produce, annual and perennial starts, and fresh food from the kitchen for curbside pickup. Additionally, we encourage you to explore our free resources for educational opportunities for the whole family. Please let me know your preference and we will do our best to process your request as quickly as we are able.

I’d like to leave you and your camper with one last thought. It is around this time of year that we start noticing dandelions everywhere. One option when we encounter these plants is to combat them—spray them, dig them up, hack away at them, etc. Another option is to consider them as a learning tool: they are edible, medicinal, supportive of pollinators, and great teachers in resilience; there are plenty of images of dandelions pushing up from a city sidewalk or finding life in the harshest soil conditions. I encourage us all to take a lesson from these dandelions and consider what can be learned from the impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic, most of all: how can we continue to show resilience, show up for our community in creative ways, and keep growing?

This is a lot to process, for all of us. Since I’m not keeping physical office hours, I want to invite you to connect through email at meredith@cedarcirclefarm.org. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.

We are so grateful for each and every one of you and we are in the process of determining what dynamic and innovative programming we can make available to the public this summer instead of camp (ideas are germinating; stay tuned!) We encourage you to stay in touch through Facebook, Instagram, our newsletter, and check our website for updates as they come.


Please take the time to turn your face to the sun in an act of resilience, just like a dandelion would.

Sincerely,
Meredith and the Summer Camp Team


​Monday–Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM
One-week sessions
June 29–August 21, 2020

Rolling farm fields and shaded forest edges along the Connecticut River are the idyllic backdrop for our summer day camp at Cedar Circle Farm & Education Center.

Curiosity and wonder are all around us during our week-long summer camps! Our highly qualified educators believe that students are the most engaged and learn best when their inquisitiveness and hands-on experiences are encouraged and empowered. Explorations through the forest, adventures along the riverbank, and games between the strawberry fields will cultivate a true appreciation for our ecosystems here in the Upper Valley, as well as the farm-fresh food and the community connections available within this unique setting.

Experienced staff facilitate campers ages 6-11 through activities and learning opportunities in groups of no more than ten. In addition to daily farm chores, games, and sensory-based explorations, campers are able to choose their own activities. Some of these activities may include:

  • collecting eggs from the hen house
  • baking a sweet treat for the whole farm
  • creating and painting garden signs
  • harvesting fruits or veggies from our fields for a snack
  • collecting and identifying insects who live on the farm
  • working in teams to complete a scavenger hunt
  • tracking the wildlife that visits the farm

Safety, fun, and community building are at the foundation of our education programs. Our program is designed to instill a strong sense of stewardship and belonging among our campers, the environment, and one another.


2020 Summer Camp Info

$315 per week*

Week 1: June 29–July 3
Week 2: July 6–10
Week 3: July 13–17
Week 4: July 20–24
Week 5: July 27–31
Week 6: August 3–7
Week 7: August 10–14
Week 8: August 17–21

If you are having difficulty paying for camp registration, we have some financial assistance available. Please contact meredith@cedarcirclefarm.org for an application.

*Visit our FAQ page for more information about the program, discounts, camp policies, etc.

Still have questions? Email Meredith, our Education Programs Manager, or call (802) 785-4737.

FAQ

Junior Counselor Program

Junior Counselors (JCs) are an integral part of the Cedar Circle Farm Summer Day Camp Team. Working alongside our summer educational team, JCs engage with campers throughout the day as they assist camp educators in running activities, setting up for lessons, and helping general group management.

The main responsibility of a JC is to be an exemplary role model. We are looking for excited, responsible, and mature young adults (14+ years of age) who enjoy working with elementary-aged children and are eager to grow as a leader and mentor. While the JCs are guaranteed to have fun, it is important that they realize their role is different from being a camper.

Our JC program runs all 8 weeks of Farm Camp (June 29-August 21). We are looking for JCs who are comfortable working outdoors in a farm environment and who can commit to serving all five days of at least one camp week, from 8:30am-4pm.

We will have a mandatory Junior Counselor training session on Thursday, June 25th from 1-3 PM. Junior Counselors must be able to attend this session, during which time we will orient the JCs to the space, meet the camp staff, and highlight the importance of their role and expectations during their camp week.

Candidates and their caretakers should take time to fill out the form together and reach out to camp staff with any questions. After you complete the form, the Education Department will reach out to you for a phone interview and contact the reference provided on your application. Priority will be given to applications in the order in which they were received.

If you have any questions about the program, email Meredith or call (802) 785-4737.


Testimonials

“On the last day of camp, he was asking to be signed up again for next year! He never complained about going and never asked to stay home.”

“My grandson… spent a wonderful week at your Camp in July and I wanted to thank you for providing such a gentle, accepting, and fascinating adventure for him. The counselors could not have been better!”

“I was very happy with the camp - he came home happy and excited every day, I really liked that he CHOSE to participate in harvesting and cooking projects, knot-tying, etc… It also warmed my heart to hear him singing camp songs in his bed at night - very very sweet.”

“[My daughter] loved the fact that the entire camp took place outside. I think she most enjoyed making food and learning new songs.”