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.