SUMMER CAMP

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2020 Summer Camp COVID-19 Update

Even with new baby goats and 40 new lambs, the farm feels very quiet these days. There have been no field trips, music classes or fiber arts workshops since Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders in March.

We have had to pivot so many times that we feel like we are going in circles. The big question we have all been waiting for is… what about camp?

Based on CDC regulations and California Camp guidelines, we are sad to say that we cannot run camp with large groups of children this summer. This is our 25th Windrush Farm anniversary and it would have been our 15th year of camp… so canceling camp was a really hard decision we had to make.

Even though we cannot have camp this summer, we would like to share the farm safely with families and provide some summer structure during Stay at Home orders. Instead of our planned camp schedule we have come up with some options.

o Visit the Farm for an hour with your child every day you are signed up for camp between 9-12. We will socially distanced as you guide yourself around the pond and parking pastures catching frogs and feeding goats. Farmer Arann will sing songs from a distance and families will be able to take home craft activities like our Windrush Farm Felting Kit. We will have afternoon Zoom calls each day with crafts and activities for home. You are welcome to bring siblings and we will schedule 3 families an hour.

o Transfer your enrollment to next summer and receive a 50% discount on one additional week of camp in 2021.

o Schedule a private farm visit with your immediate family. Enjoy the farm space, have a picnic, catch frogs and Farmer Arann will greet you and send you on your way with a Felting kits.

o Make a donation of your camp tuition to the farm to help us stay a farm education resource.

o Receive a refund

Please send an email with your choice to arannharris@gmail.com. We will reply with more information depending on your decision. If you would like a refund please provide a physical address where we can send you your balance.

Thank you for supporting Windrush Farm over the years. We miss you all and hope to share the farm again as soon as it is safe to do so.

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FARM CAMP

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Windrush Farm Summer Camp has been welcoming children to the farm since 2005.

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It is an outdoor experience your child will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

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Children learn how to take care of chickens, goats, sheep, alpacas and dogs.

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Together we collect eggs from the chickens, take turns milking the goats and harvest veggies from the gardens, to strengthen the understanding of where our food comes from.

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Favorite activities also include searching for tadpoles in the pond, herding the sheep, writing stories about the lone tree, felting with wool and singing goofy songs with Arann.

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And every Thursday we celebrate the good work we have done with a pizza party in the wood-burning outdoor oven.

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It is Farm Camp registration time again and we are excitedly making plans for our 15th year of welcoming children to summer camp at Windrush Farm. In addition to Farm Camp, we are also offering camps for Little Farmers (4-6 year olds). Below you will find information on all of our 2020 summer programs.

REGISTER HERE or copy and paste the address below…

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/WindrushFarmCamp?orglink=camps-registration

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Farm Camp Details: 

Ages: 7-12

Days: Mon-Thurs

Hours: 9am-3pm

How many students per session: 24

How many counselors: We are hiring two full time counselors, in addition to Farmer Arann and Farmer Mimi 

Cost: $320

2020 Farm Camp Sessions

  1. Week One – Farm Camp: June 15th-18th
  2. Week Two – Farm Camp: June 22nd-25th
  3. Week Three – Farm Camp: July 6th-9th
  4. Week Four – Farm Camp: July 13th-16th
  5. Week Five – Farm Camp: July 20th-23rd
  6. Week Six – Farm Camp: July 27th-29th
  7. Week Seven – Farm Camp: August 3rd-6th

Schedule:

9am: Arrival and farm chores: watering, collecting seeds, grinding wheat etc

9:30am: Name games and team challenges at the oak circle

10am: small group farm chores which include milking goats, feeding sheep, cows and chickens, collecting eggs, harvesting vegetables

10:45am: snack

11:15am: farm art which includes: felting, weaving, braiding, mask making, beading, murals, we try to send a craft home every day

12pm: lunch – bring your own except for Thursday when we make pizzas together. We encourage no waste lunches if possible because we do not have garbage service at the farm.

12:45pm: farm adventure: creek crawl, hidden talent show, pond study. Thursday swim in the pool

3pm: pick up

What to bring: hat, water bottle, lunch Monday-Wednesday, closed toe shoe (no flip flops), bathing suit and towel on Thursday only.

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Little Farmers:

Last year was our first time welcoming 4-6 year-olds. We loved having younger campers on the farm, so we are inviting Little Farmers to camp again this year. Here is the info on Little Farmers:

Ages 4-6

Ratio: 1 to 5

Days: Mon-Weds

Hours: 9:00am-1:00 pm

Cost: $160

2020 Little Farmer Camp Sessions

  1. Week One – Little Farmers: TBA
  2. Week Two – Little Farmers: July 6th-8th
  3. Week Three – Little Farmers: July 13th-15th
  4. Week Four – Little Farmers: July 20th-22nd
  5. Week Five – Farm Camp: July 27th-29th

Schedule: 

9:00am: Arrive and start the day with a short welcome meeting.

9:15am: Animal Chores: Feed chickens, sheep, cows and goats.

10am: Garden Chores and Harvest

10:30am: Snack

11am: Farm Art

12pm: Lunch

12:30pm: End of the day Team Building Games

1:00pm: Pick-Up

What to bring: hat, water bottle, lunch, closed toe shoe (no flip flops)

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What does my child need to bring? hat water bottle, lunch, closed toe shoe (no flip flops)

How much sun will my child be getting? We hide from the sun and go from shady spot to shady spot all day long. Hats are encouraged.

Do they swim? Thursday we have a swim test to asses your child swimming ability. We have clear rules which are strictly enforced. Each child has a buddy and we do frequent buddy checks throughout the session.

Are you First Aid Certified? Yes.

What kind of animals are they interacting with? Sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, cows, alpacas, llamas, dogs, cats, frogs and other wild animals.

Do you offer a sibling discount? Sorry but we do not offer a sibling discount because our camp is so small.

Do you donate camps to school auctions? Yes. Please email: arannharris@gmail.com

How many years have you been running camp? We started the Farm Camp in 2005, so 15 years and counting.

Do you have dinosaurs? Yes and dinosaur songs to go with them.

Do I live too far away to send my children to Windrush Farm Camp? No! We are 30 minutes from almost everywhere in the North Bay: Marin, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, West Marin. Many of our families from other towns will invite their neighbors and friends to carpool, so each family only has to drive once or twice during the week.

For those families living across a bridge, it’s not too far for you either. This year we are very excited to welcome some campers from Oakland. Their parents are renting a VRBO and making a family vacation out of Farm Camp. We are happy to send some accommodation recommendations… just let us know.

If you would like to sign your child up for Windrush Farm Summer Camp, please click the link below…

REGISTER HERE:

https://campscui.active.com/orgs/WindrushFarmCamp?orglink=camps-registration

If you have any questions or difficulties registering online, please send an email to Arann at: arannharris@gmail.com

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