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 Goodbyes and Hellos

Indian Brook Goodbyes and Hellos

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to sit on a panel with current and former Saltash Mountain Camp directors. Speaking to what we gained from our work at Farm & Wilderness, one participant, Becca Balint, Senate Majority Leader for the State of Vermont said: “I learned about valuing the gifts that each staff member […]

post thumbnail for The Sparkly Nail Polish on Top of an Amazing Summer

Barn Day Camp The Sparkly Nail Polish on Top of an Amazing Summer

It’s a real treat watching campers grow into amazing adults.  Piper MacDonald recently wrote about her experience as a Counselor Apprentice for her Common College Application Personal Statement.  We are very pleased she is allowing us to publish it here.  Five-year-olds love sparkly nail polish. Before last summer, this detail would have been of no […]

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 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 Celebrating 40 Years of 1199 Campers

Barn Day Camp Celebrating 40 Years of 1199 Campers

We had a wonderful celebration in November when a group of Farm & Wilderness alumni and their families gathered. Who is this special group?  They are the campers who have come to F&W thanks to a benefit offered by their parents’ union: 1199 Service Employees International of New York. For over 40 years, 1199 has […]

post thumbnail for A Sad Farewell & An Exciting Hello (again)

Tamarack Farm A Sad Farewell & An Exciting Hello (again)

We are sad to share that Amy Bowen, Tamarack Farm Director, has accepted an offer for a leadership role at Spring Lake Ranch that will tap into her many talents while giving her quality time in the summer. Amy has been an invaluable member of the management team, and leader among her peer camp directors. We are […]