Explore Farm & Wilderness 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, 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.

Explore Natural Wonders

At Farm & Wilderness, campers have the woods, lakes and fields of central Vermont as their playground, classroom and home. Our camps use more than 4,000 secluded acres.

Four camps encircle Woodward Reservoir, a lake perfect for swimming, canoeing and exploring. One camp is on the shore of beautiful Lake Ninevah and another is in a nearby woodland clearing. In these amazing settings, campers and teens spend an unforgettable summer close to nature.

We live together in simple, wooden cabins and canvas structures tucked in the woods or along the lakes. There is no electricity or running water in the cabins; there are 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 day campers will experience an overnight trip. Living and playing in this beautiful place, teens and campers become grounded in the natural world.

Freedom to Be Yourself

At Farm & Wilderness, 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.

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 place 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.

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Internet site-link Parents' Resource Guide

Links to books and articles that help inform our age-appropriate curricula that:

  • Nurtures a camper’s or teen’s sense of self and community identity
  • Promotes each child’s comfort in socializing with people of varied backgrounds
  • Fosters critical thought about bias; and cultivates a child’s ability to stand up in the face of bias

Talking to your kids about Race

Talking to Our Children About Racism & Diversity (4-10 years)

http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/talking_to_our_children/

How to talk to your child about race (4-10 years)

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-to-talk-to-your-child-about-race_3657097.bc

How to talk to your child about race (4-14 years)

http://katiecouric.com/features/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-race/

How to talk to your child about race (4-14 years)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristen-howerton/talking-to-kids-race-racism-books_b_2618305.html

Dear parents of white children (11-17 years)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jennifer-harvey/dear-parents-of-white-children_b_3719818.html

Race conscious parenting (4-10 years)

http://racerelations.about.com/od/raceconsciousparenting/a/ChildRaceTalk.htm

Teaching kids about race (4-10 years)

http://www.pbs.org/parents/experts/archive/2013/02/how-to-teach-kids-about-race.html

Anti-Bias Defined

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-bias_curriculum

Supporting Healthy Identity Development

http://www.teachingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ec_supportinghealthyidentity_english.pdf

Excerpt from A Place to Begin: Working With Parents on Issues of Diversity

What If All The Kids Are White?

http://www.teachingforchange.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/ec_whatifallthekids_english.pdf

Feminist Spirituality and Gender:

Lessons From Beyond Women-Only Space by Mary Murphy; Communities Magazine Submission Issue #162, “Gender Issues in Community,: Spring 2014

Talking to kids about sexuality

http://www.uua.org/re/owl/ sections separated out by developmental stages

Coloring books “Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon” (gender stereotypes; LGBTQ) “Girls Are Not Chicks” (sexism) http://www.reachandteach.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=880 http://www.reachandteach.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=89

And the Youth Advocacy Task Force in Vermont blog geared toward adults who work with youth:

https://youthadvocacytaskforcevt.wordpress.com/

Talking to Kids About Sex and Sexuality (11-17 years)

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/parents/talking-to-kids-about-sex-and-sexuality

Talking openly, honestly about sexuality (11-17 years)

http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/parents/175?task=view

Tips for talking with your children about sexuality in a healthy and positive way (9-17 years)

http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/tips_for_talking_with_children_about_sexuality.html

Puberty, sex, identity, relationships (14- 17 years)

Book for teenagers called S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide

Tamarack Farm 65th/SEWOCA 68th Anniversary Reunion: September 14-16, 2018.

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