Explore Farm & Wilderness Camps Simple, Unplugged Fun

At Farm & Wilderness summer camps, we focus on community, homegrown fun and living closely in the natural world. We offer seven overnight camps for children ages nine through seventeen, as well as a day camp and a family camp. Three generations of campers have learned a lifelong love of nature and the joy of a simple, participatory life here in the Vermont woods. We invite you to join us.

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Explore Natural Wonders

At Farm & Wilderness summer camps, the woods, lakes, and fields of central Vermont are our playground, classroom, and home. Our camps use more than 4,800 secluded acres.

The Barn Day Camp, Tamarack Farm Camp for teens, Timberlake Camp for boys, and Indian Brook Camp for girls encircle Woodward Reservoir in Vermont, a lake perfect for swimming, canoeing, and exploring. The Flying Cloud Camp for boys and Saltash Mountain Camp for teens are both based on the shore of beautiful Lake Ninevah, while Red Spruce Grove Camp for girls and Questers Wilderness Camp for teens are based on a scenic plateau in the area. In these amazing settings, campers and teens spend an unforgettable summer close to nature.

Unplugged Summer Camp Experience

We live together in simple, wooden cabins and canvas structures tucked into the woods or along the lakes. There is no electricity or running water in the cabins, and no movies, televisions, computers, or recorded music. Instead, we create our own entertainment, grow some of our own food, and build our cabins. In choosing to live simply, we build a participatory community that works, plays and sings together.

We explore by hiking, canoeing and rock climbing on trips, sometimes starting right from our back door. We also travel throughout New England, the Adirondacks, and Canada. Even our youngest campers will experience an overnight trip. Living and playing in this beautiful place, teens and campers become grounded in the natural world.

Summer Camp Activities

At our Vermont summer camps, activities grow out of our closeness to the land and each other. Campers and teens dive into the farm and garden, the woods and lake, and are living within a close-knit community. The strength of the F&W programs are that we use daily activities and the simple work of daily life as a path to the intangible skills of living respectfully and happily together.

Freedom to Be Yourself

Activity areas vary, depending on the emphasis of each individual camp, and include farm projects, arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor living skills, canoeing, carpentry, rock climbing, cooking, and music. Each camp offers structured activity periods along with free choice. Campers and teens have opportunities to learn basic skills in a variety of activities and gain proficiency in those that interest them.

Trips are an integral part of the F&W experience, including community service trips, rock climbing, and wilderness travel by foot and canoe. On trips, campers and teens build confidence and competence. They return to camp filled with pride in their accomplishments and feeling close to their group.

We believe that campers and teens are participants, not spectators, and opportunities to learn skills and increase self-confidence occur every day. We have fun working together at the tasks that keep the community going. We share in morning chores, harvesting and cooking food from the garden, constructing a cabin or washing dishes after a meal. Every day we sit quietly together at Silent Meeting, a time to reflect. Campers and teens experience  the feeling of having a purpose, working on meaningful projects with friends, and knowing that everyone has something to contribute.

If you have any questions about our Farm & Wilderness summer camps in Vermont, please contact us online or call (802) 422-2009.

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