post thumbnail for Zen and the Art of Writing Letters to your Camper

Barn Day Camp Zen and the Art of Writing Letters to your Camper

A letter at camp is a magical thing. Campers love getting mail – even mail from a sibling they fight with at home – mail at camp is a piece of home.  Letters can lift the spirits of even the happiest camper and maybe, just maybe, even elicit a reply. Here are some 7 tips […]

post thumbnail for Nationwide Potlucks April 5-7

Barn Day Camp Nationwide Potlucks April 5-7

Nationwide Potluck Weekend will take place April 5-7, 2019. F&W camper families, staff, alumni and friends will be getting together in locations around the country, and you are invited! This year, F&W celebrates its 80th birthday making the potlucks an extra special time to get together with old and new friends to celebrate our collective F&W […]

post thumbnail for 5 Ways Summer Camp Teaches Independence

Barn Day Camp 5 Ways Summer Camp Teaches Independence

During my 15 years as a summer camp counselor and director, I often spoke with friends and parents about summer camp’s impact in helping young people develop independence.  But it was not until I was a parent myself with children who were campers that I truly appreciated how profound this aspect of camp was on […]

post thumbnail for 6 Things About Survival Skills That Might Surprise You

Flying Cloud 6 Things About Survival Skills That Might Surprise You

Fortunately, most of us will never find ourselves in a life or death situation in the woods. You’ll likely never have to build a fire by rubbing sticks together, make a distinction between poisonous and edible plants, build a solar still to collect water, or make a shelter to keep safe from the elements. You […]

post thumbnail for Inside Ice Cutting

Flying Cloud Inside Ice Cutting

“Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.” – Kahlil Gibran This poem is like the tag line to Farm & […]

post thumbnail for NYC Spread the Word about Farm & Wilderness and Skate 3/2

Barn Day Camp NYC Spread the Word about Farm & Wilderness and Skate 3/2

Bring a Friend Ice Skating Event and Meet F&W Overnight Camp Directors Join us at Sky Rink (Directions) at Chelsea Piers, 61 Chelsea Piers, NYC 10011 Saturday, March 2nd during Sky Rink Public Skate from 1:00-3: 50 pm Space is limited, pre-register by Friday, February 22 to secure a spot (Ages 9-14) Enrolled or registered […]

post thumbnail for BOSTON: Spread the Word about Farm & Wilderness & Climb 3/3

Barn Day Camp BOSTON: Spread the Word about Farm & Wilderness & Climb 3/3

Bring a Friend Rock Climbing Event: Join us at Central Rock Gym at 74 Acton Street, Watertown, MA 02472 Sunday, March 3rd during Central Rock open climb from 1:00-3:00pm Space is limited, pre-register by Friday, February 22 to secure a spot (Ages 9-14) Enrolled or registered campers who bring a camper age friend (new to […]

post thumbnail for A First-timer’s Guide to Ice Cutting

Flying Cloud A First-timer’s Guide to Ice Cutting

The cold air didn’t do much to bolster my confidence. I could have been curled up on the couch at home, watching a movie and maybe eating pizza but instead I was standing in front of an unfamiliar building in Vermont with snow crunching underfoot and cold air stinging my skin. I was 12, and […]

post thumbnail for Conversations of Appropriation

Flying Cloud Conversations of Appropriation

Decades after his summers at Flying Cloud, the executive director of the St. Regis Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe was reading F&W’s camp newsletter while enjoying his breakfast. He was drawn to an article about the F&W community’s concerns over cultural appropriation at Flying Cloud and Indian Brook regarding names, ceremonies and other aspects of camp life. […]