2023 FARM CAMP REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!
FARM CAMP is happening at ME Water Buffalo Co. this year! So much to see, so much to do & so much to learn! Our goal is to expose your kiddos to farm life & farm animals & all of the wonder that comes with it. From hands-on farm chores & animal care to farm/nature themed stories, crafts & games, FARM CAMP will provide a safe & enriching environment that will seamlessly combine fun with learning.
WHY FARM CAMP? Farms are natural learning environments that tend to spark everybody's inner curiosity & desire to learn, especially children. Animals play a wondrous role in fostering compassion in all of us & a desire to nurture. Time spent on farms also brings a strong connection between us & knowing where our food comes from. Our goal of FARM CAMP is to enhance all of those qualities in campers by providing them with fun hands-on learning opportunities for them to experience farm life for lifelong memories.
AGES: 5-12 years of age (each session will be a mixed age group of campers). Campers must be toilet independent.
2023 SESSIONS AVAILABLE:
August 7th-10th FULL-This session is now closed
CAMP FEE: $250 per four day session per camper (includes $50 non-refundable deposit which is due at the time of registration to hold your child's spot. Remaining balance is due by June 1st unless other arrangements have been made) Camp fee includes a FARM CAMP tee & a reusable water bottle that your camper will receive on their first day of FARM CAMP.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds (minus the $50 non-refundable deposit) will be given up to two weeks before your scheduled camp session. Anything less than a fourteen day cancellation notice will forfeit the entire camp fee.
FARM CAMP INFO:
Please send your camper(s) to FARM CAMP with a bag lunch. A healthy daily snack will be provided. Drinking water will be provided that your child can fill their reusable water bottle with.
Please be sure to have your child dress appropriately for an active outdoors day at the farm (play clothes, sneakers, sweatshirt, etc.). Please apply sunscreen &/or bug spray to your child if necessary. Your child may smell & look a bit "farmy" at the end of each day.
Portable toilet available with hand sanitizer. Handwashing station available & campers will be reminded to use it before eating & throughout the day.
Campers are expected to be dropped off & picked up in a timely manner. Pick-up & drop-off should be at the end of the driveway in front of the farmstore in order to keep moving vehicles away from campers.
Staff to camper ratio 1:6.
A health questionnaire will be required for each child.
Parents/Legal guardians will be required to sign a Hold Harmless agreement on the first day of your child's FARM CAMP session. If a legal guardian is not dropping your child off at camp on the first day, we can arrange this to be signed ahead of time.
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR CAMP:
Scroll down & fill out the Registration Form, hit submit & then scroll down to finish registration by making your non-refundable $50 FARM CAMP deposit for the session that you would like your child(ren) to attend. Make sure that the session dates that you are requesting are the same on both the Registration Form & the Deposit. If you would rather send a check to reserve your child's spot then please let us know by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will send you a health form to fill out for your child & mail back to us with your remaining camp fee balance ($200) by June 1st, 2022 unless other arrangements have been made. We will not guarantee your child(ren)'s FARM CAMP spot until the $50 non-refundable deposit has been made. If you would rather pay the entire FARM CAMP fee at the time of registration, there is also an option for that on the bottom of the page. If you have any questions or need to make payment arrangements, please don't hesitate to send us an email & ask.
WHO ARE WE:
Jessica is the owner/farmer at ME Water Buffalo Co. since its start in 2008. More importantly, my biggest life accomplishment is being a parent to my 3 kiddos, Aidan, Aislinn & Aniston and most recently becoming a grandparent. I have been homeschooling my own kiddos since 2008, becoming familiar with individual learning styles & ways to create lifelong learners. I understand the importance of what children can learn in a relaxed & fun environment with guided structure. I have been working on a great line-up of activities for this year's camp sessions & can't wait for your kiddos to share a slice of farm life at FARM CAMP!
Aislinn Dean, Jessica's adult daughter, also a farmer at ME Water Buffalo Co., will be assisting with daily FARM CAMP activities. Aislinn has been raised on the farm, caring & nurturing animals since she was 5 & then caring & nurturing human kiddos for the past 5 years. Last year she was promoted to being a mom herself.
Jennifer Pagano, Jessica's sister, will be joining us this year, assisting with daily FARM CAMP activities. Jennifer is a mom of 2 grown children & has been working with children for over 30 years through nannying, babysitting, teaching Sunday School, leading a youth group, homeschooling her own kiddos & working in K-12 public & private schools. Jennifer grew up on a farm & enjoys animals, gardening & creating art.
Daniel Dean, Jessica's son-in-law, (Aislinn's husband) will be helping out with our end-of-camp parent/camper wagon ride. Daniel was born working around & with children. As the youngest of 8 siblings, Daniel grew up helping in his parents church with VBS's, youth activities & watching over his 18 nieces & nephews. Daniel is also a proud dad to a busy 1 year old.
FARM CAMP DEPOSIT
SESSION Aug. 7th-10th