Timberlake is Farm & Wilderness’s original camp, started in 1939, for 90-100 boys (ages 9-14). Begun with the notion that boys need experiential learning and physical challenges, Timberlake embodies the traditions of the past. But it also strives for the future; it is focused on great fun, great skills and great friends. Timberlake is a safe and challenging environment where a boy will be exploring the world, pushing his physical boundaries, working hard in a group, and giving back to the community around him. At Timberlake, a camper can learn camping skills, woodworking skills, and farming skills. He can also make art, bake bread, be cooperative, create games, learn to swim, and reflect on his own identity – what it means to grow up simply and unplugged in a powerful community focused on boys!
Outdoor Living Skills (OLS)
Campers are challenged to learn hard skills around making fire, shelter and finding water in the wilderness. They learn knots, ax and knife safety, plant and animal identification and other skills, but also get to play and hopefully fall in love with wild places!
Our extensive trips program enables boys to learn skills for wilderness travel. Each boy learns the basics; from how to navigate safely to setting up a tarp to cooking over open fires – along with the specific skills involved in canoeing and rock climbing.
Barns and Gardens
Milking a cow, sowing carrot seeds, caring for new piglets, collecting eggs for breakfast, and harvesting green beans for dinner on our spectacular organic farm give boys an in-depth understanding of where their food comes from and teaches them to become stewards of the land on which they live.
Boys can take daily lessons with our instructors or swim with a counselor across the cove to the rope swing to practice their flying twists and cannonballs. Campers can also learn paddle strokes for an anticipated canoe trip or take a kayak out for an afternoon on the lake.
Campers are involved in building most of our buildings at camp! During the summer, a boy may have the chance to build a stone wall for the gardens, add a new deck to a building or create a silly structure that reflects the purely fun side of camp.
Arts in Motion
TL is a vibrant place of creativity and fun—from music to pottery, from making huge puppets to finding a quiet place to sketch. Spontaneous song, dance and drama play a large part in everyday camp life.
Games & Community Building
Camp abounds with non-competitive sports like soccer or Ultimate Frisbee, as well as impromptu camper-created games and All-Camp Games like “Sticks” and “Stagecoach.” These games are TL traditions, and campers eagerly anticipate them from the start of the summer. We also make sure to engage our campers in thinking about community; what it means to live and work together, and to respect and celebrate differences, and to share our own identity without fear.