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Barn Day Camp Curious Monsters Watercolor Project

It seems like a marvelous time for some monster fun! What you’ll need: some paper watercolor paints or food coloring brush straw scissors black pen How to: Use the paintbrush to drip large colored drops onto your paper Use the straw to blow and spread the colored spots When the spots dry, use the pen […]

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Barn Day Camp A Barn Day Camp Look at Interpreting Activities

At the Barn Day Camp, there are many index cards with activity names written on them, most with fun drawings related to the activity. Counselors can look through these cards as they decide which activities to offer in the upcoming session. There are also markers and blank cards if they have an idea for a […]

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Barn Day Camp Watching Them Grow

In the early 2000s, seven folks in this photo were some of the Barn Day Camps youngest campers. Now, two are current counselors. Do you think that they were thinking about becoming counselors while they ate with the rest of the Butterflies, our youngest group, at lunchtime? One of the special things about Farm & […]

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Barn Day Camp Simple Tasks, Major Impacts

During the last week of camp at the BDC this summer, a small but mighty group of campers and their counselors piled into van for an adventure to the Timberlake barns and gardens area. Our mission: to seek out the “bad plant” and remove it so the good plants could have a healthy home. This […]

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Barn Day Camp An Ode to F&W

By Megan, Barn Day Camper, Age 10 Have you ever gone to a place where everything just clicks? Where you feel absolutely perfect? Where you’re just so happy? Well, that’s what Farm and Wilderness does for me. When I walk into Farm and Wilderness, I feel the presence of old times. The rainbow circle welcomes […]

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Barn Day Camp This is How We Do It!

Many folks wonder how we do social justice at the BDC with such young campers. The answer: “We roll it in everywhere.” Here, the work of social justice education is not a separate activity; it is incorporated into the fabric of everything we do. During staff training, I teach the importance of listening and observing: […]

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Barn Day Camp Free Time at the BDC

The summer is winding up. It has been a particularly hot summer so we’ve had the sprinklers out throughout the summer because of the heat.       Yesterday was Adventure Day and kids enjoyed their hiking and canoeing activities. One group went to visit Red Spruce Grove, where they were able to join in […]

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Barn Day Camp Overnights!

We sent everyone out of camp today! It was really fun to watch our 4 & 5-year-olds hike out towards their shelter with packs almost as big as they are. For the first time in a long time, we have beautiful weather for the overnights. Our oldest campers, the Hawks and Ravens, are out for […]

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Barn Day Camp Play

Play. It seems so simple and yet it is a disappearing feature of childhood, teen, and adult life.  According to many sources, play is important for healthy brain development.  Through play, children interact with their world and develop their imagination, creativity, and emotional strength.  Physical play also gives youngsters an opportunity to develop dexterity and […]