Nationwide Potluck

7th Annual Nationwide Potluck Weekend
March 31-April 1-april 2, 2017

F&W camper families, staff, alumni and friends are getting together and you are invited! Potlucks are a fun way to connect with other members of the F&W community in a city near you. Join your local hosts for one of the potlucks confirmed on the list below. RSVP here to let your hosts know what you’re bringing, or contact them directly with questions.

New locations are still being added. If you don’t see a potluck happening near you, consider becoming a host yourself! Want to learn more about hosting a potluck in your area? Contact Kim Gaines, at [email protected], office (802) 422-3761 ext. 229 to volunteer.

Click Here for Location Details!
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2017 Summer Registration!

Registration for F&W’s summer camps in 2017 is open! Spaces are filling up fast.

                                                     Register Today!!

Posted in News & Announcements

Rebecca’s Winter Reflections

We’ve had our first snowfall and today’s wintery chill makes summer seem so distant. Yet, what a summer it was!

Our camps were filled with the sounds of laughing, energetic children as they explored the wilderness and embarked on adventures.

We welcomed a new location and name for our primitive-living program for Indian Brook campers, Red Spruce Grove. The name reflects the program’s natural setting, as the sun glows red on a grove of spruce trees at dusk.

Several all-camps events were especially powerful. Summer 2016 included the joyous discovery of a Farm & Wilderness time capsule during the Saltash Mountain Camp’s Fair skit, and speaks to the persistence of campers and staff alike who were determined to unearth the 2006 capsule.

At Interdependence Day, Tamarack Farm youth offered a poignant outcry against the lives lost in racial violence. Encouraging youth to take peaceful stances against racism, intolerance and unkindness is a worthy effort for social justice. We continue to seek ways to educate staff and campers in guiding and participating in conversations that require taking risks and stretching beyond comfort zones.

Those themes of affirming the individual, and supporting change in policy and practice, surfaced in a  regional camp consortium gathering this fall. We shared our process in affirming transgender youth and staff, and addressing topics of cultural appropriation. The tweak of our F&W logo to reflect a move away from tipis to canvas structures exemplifies how we consider what and why we do things that might be offensive.

In this ever-changing political climate, F&W’s values of peacemaking, equity, and service are vitally important. Please take a moment to practice an act of kindness, generosity and friendship, and open your hearts and minds to better understand the perspectives of those with whom we may differ in opinion. Farm & Wilderness is organizing a group to join the Women’s March on Washington January 21st, so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for details.

Just as the squirrels, deer, bear and other wildlife are preparing for the winter, we’re planning, too, and refining camp programs for Summer 2017.

This summer will focus on the Farm in Farm & Wilderness. Chantal Deojay, our farm manager, and camp directors are developing some interesting projects and updating programs to reinforce the special place our organic farm has at the F&W camps. Feel free to email me your stories and reflections on how our farm has inspired you in the past or currently.

This summer we will have two Long Trail Quester trips. Red Spruce Grove will have two sessions and is already filling. Enrollment is already active for other F&W camps, so register soon before all the spots are taken.

Wishing you a fantastic New Year and looking forward to seeing you and your campers when camps open.

In peace,

Rebecca Geary

 

Posted in News From Our Executive Director

House Parties!!

F&W is interested in bringing together alumni, families, and friends to reconnect and strengthen our community. Here are some of the camper-oriented events we offer throughout the year.

House PartieS and gatherings 2017

In the late fall and winter, F&W directors share details of the upcoming summer during house parties that are hosted by volunteers. Some of the camp directors will be at these gatherings and will give a brief presentation about all F&W programs, and will answer questions. This helps us spread the word about F&W in a fun, intimate way that welcomes both returning and new families.

FEBRUARY
DATE
3/4 1:00 p.m

Brooklyn Teen Screen Printing

Mayday Space

176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11237
RSVP on Facebook

 

CIDER IN THE PARK 2017

Each fall, we bring F&W’s cider press and a bunch of Vermont apples to you! Together, we’ll enjoy the crisp fall air and the community of campers, staff and alumni.

Come join us in New York, on Sept. 23, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enter Prospect Park from 3rd Street and walk to the Picnic House, go down the sloped meadow to just before where the path enters the woods.

GPS 40.664815,-73.970495

In Boston on Sept. 24, in Danehy Park in Cambridge, Mass., from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Enter Danehy Park on the east side from Sherman Street. Walk past the playground on the right and up the hill 100 feet. We will be at the “Y” in the path with the baseball field on the left.

Enjoy pictures from our previous Cider in the Park events here

PANCAKES IN THE PARK 2017

Come taste some Vermont maple syrup and mingle with campers, alumni and friends each spring when F&W directors host these events in New York and Massachusetts.

The events will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 29, we’ll be in Prospect Park in NYC.

Enter the park from 3rd Street and walk to the Picnic House, go down the sloped meadow to just before where the path enters the woods. GPS: 40.664815, -73.970495

On April 30, we’ll be at Danehy Park in Cambridge.

Enter the park from the Sherman Street entrance, pass the bathrooms and the children’s playground. We’ll be at a picnic table 100 feet into the park. GPS: 42.388602, -71.134477

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE

Please join us for our Annual Community Celebration. Details to come.

 

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Ice Cutting Feb. 17-20, 2017

Registration is open for Ice Cutting from Feb. 17-20.

Help us stock Flying Cloud’s ice house with blocks of frozen ice from the pond. More details here.

 

Posted in News & Announcements

Harvest Weekend – Oct. 7-10

Join F&W staff as we harvest the remaining crops and put the gardens to rest for the winter at Harvest Weekend, Oct. 7-10. In preparation for the impending cold weather and snow, you will chop and stack wood, secure all the camp lodges and buildings, remove the swimming docks, and store all the waterfront equipment. Housed at the Tamarack Farm lodge and cabins, you will enjoy delicious food, the company of old and new friends, hikes in the crisp fall air, and a beautiful display of Vermont foliage.

Please go here for more details and to register.

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Memories of Camp!

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For anyone who was at the Fair and wondered if we got the Fire lit. Yes – the bonfire was lit!

We did get a wee bit wet on our way home, but that’s not something that our community gets too bothered about.  We went to Ken’s Lodge for our final ceremony.   A bit of singing and storytelling set the tone.  I then explained about the concept of the “Six Word Summary”.   Ernest Hemmingway was challenged to write a story in six words, and he responded with   “Baby shoes. For sale. Never worn”   So each Timberlake cabin set about in the moment to summarize their experience in only six words.   Here is what each cabin came up with:

Alder:                   “Surpassing the expectations, becoming the exception.”

Hawthorne:        “Sleeping under the light of Timberlake”

Sycamore:           “Be ready by 2-Bell or lunch clean!”

Tamarack:           “Express yourself.  No one will judge”

Catamount:        “Push the limit, do the impossible”

Foxes:                 “There are ratings.  Go earn them.”

Otters:                 “New Friends, Great Ideas, Camp Community.”

Bears:                  “What? Hobart! Hobart! What? Hobart! Hobart!”

Bobcats:              “We love Rob. Speech! Speech! Speech!”

Marten:               “Uncontained. Unforgettable. Uncharted. Underslept. Unstoppable. Unwritten

Rivermen:           “Erratic behavior cultivated by young adults”

Lumberjacks:     “Express yourself but never forget yourself”

Trappers:            “Timberlake lives inside of me”

Rangers:             “Living life bounty free, stay true”

We ended the evening with our traditional candlelight ceremony which is usually held in a circle around the Catamount Bell.  This evening was a first in our history, as we held this ceremony of gratitude for our community sheltered from the storm in our Lodge.  Each face lit by their candle, the sound of the rain and lightning fading into the distance and the words of each camper clear and warm.   It was a beautiful moment, held by the night.

The next morning, we welcomed parents to our camp with a hour of our loudest and proudest renditions of favorite Timberlake songs, followed by the best-attended last Silent Meeting in my eight years as Director.  Thank you all for an incredible summer.     I wish you all a wonderful year filled with work, creativity and empathy.

— Tulio Browning, Timberlake Director

Posted in Timberlake

Oh, the Life Skills We Learned!

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After saying goodbye to IB campers after the Fair celebration, the staff were cleaning and adjusting to how small the pre-meal circle was. In the last few hours beforehand, it had felt like a huge adjustment to even think about preparing to leave the camp. Relics of “Someday” were packed away, the cards from interactive “CLUE” had been tucked in a folder, light sabers from a Star Wars evening were retrieved from hidden around camp. All of these things are now memories. You learn so much here and live so vigorously that it feels you could never adequately take all of the experiences back home with you or describe it to somebody. I imagine that this is how many of our campers feel.

I feel it is important for campers to be able to take these treasured experiences and knowledge home with them and use them in their own lives. If your camper hasn’t given you all of the good details of camp yet, please give them the time they need to decompress. Hold back a bit on all the questions you want to ask about your children’s experiences until they have had time to reflect on them and process their thoughts. They will be ready to discuss in their own time and at their own pace. Your child has learned a lot of new skills and created some new habits: here are some suggestions for how to reinforce some life skills they learned here!

  • -Campers did daily chores that they may not have at home, such as making their beds, cleaning up after meals, re-filling the sawdust in the composting toilets, and looking after their own items. Challenge them to continue helping in these ways!
  • -Campers made it for three weeks without technology. No cell phones, TV’s, laptops, or I-pods. Remind them of how much fun they were able to create without those things and challenge them to continue to make fun and memories in an unplugged way.
  • -We ate so much wonderful food! Our head cook, Zoe, really outdid herself this year with fresh fruits and veggies as the mainstay at every meal. Encourage your child to continue trying new, healthy foods!
  • -Your camper challenged themselves in so many ways this summer. Ask them about what was most challenging for them and how it felt to overcome fears. Ask them what intentions they would like to set for themselves this school year and check in on them frequently.
  • -One of the great things about IB is how the community affords an opportunity for campers to think critically about gender norms and find ways to be more inclusive of those who don’t fit into the gender binary. We often asked, “Why do you think that?” to facilitate conversations, question values and practice living with integrity.

As I read all the camper evaluations of this summer, one remark continues to show up when asked what was the greatest benefit they received from camp: Everyone is included, respected, and accepted for who they are — no matter what!

I hope they continue to keep listening to others, trying new things, and changing the toilet paper roll when it runs out!

Peace,

Megan Chamberlain, IB Director

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Friendship Fire

Who speaks for Flying Cloud?

Flying Cloud feels like a home to me, just as much as the place I live for the rest of the year.

What makes Flying Cloud beautiful is everyone’s capacity and willingness to love and care for one another.

I feel like I can be truly comfortable with myself and my identity at Flying Cloud.

I love being in a community filled with familiar faces, people who I know and care about and who care about me.

These words and many more filled the Roundhouse as we came together for our closing Friendship Fire to appreciate each other and the loving little community in the woods we created over the last two months. The beauty and importance of the values we hold dear were lost on none, and the camper’s resolve to take these values back into their lives for the rest of the year was heartening and inspiring. Reverence for the natural world and respect for their fellow humans abounds within these young people and I have faith that they will live by these tenets in their lives away from Flying Cloud.

 We also used the space to announce our new Camper Leaders for 2017. Holding the torch next summer will be..

Sunshower’s Gift as Drumkeeper

Wolf at Dawn as Firekeeper

Glowing Earth as Spiritkeeper

Heart & Sky as Speaker

The thought of working with these young people as they rise to face new challenges and fill their new roles already fills me with anticipation for next summer — ten long months away.

Thanks to all who have been reading the blog this summer, and to all who make Flying Cloud possible! Here’s hoping your lives are filled with beauty, expected or otherwise. Until next summer, take care and be well.

-Charlie W.

Posted in Flying Cloud

Camper Council

On Friday, we had two Tamarack Farmers report to the Board of Trustees.  They were speaking for the Camper Council, which has two campers from each of the Farm & Wilderness Camps.  After they had done their presentation, one board member asked them what was a highlight for them about the summer.  They answered, “our social justice programming.”  They could have picked swimming with alpacas, hiking to the top of a beautiful Vermont mountain, or building a new art barn. Instead, they chose to highlight the work we’ve done toward justice.

The reason this piece is so strong at the Farm is because we don’t just talk about issues of equity, we have the daily challenge of living out our beliefs together.   Living as a community that values inclusivity and equity sounds good when you say it, but it’s actually a lot of really hard work.  Luckily we’re an experiential -learning program, so we look at difficulties and even mistakes/failures as opportunities for growth and learning.

If you know a Tamarack Farmer, ask them what they learned about justice this summer.

Here are some quotes from a reflection we did this week:

I learned…

“About race privilege and my place in the struggle.”

“How to fight internalized racism in my community.”

“About the ways racism affects us all. I learned about how this oppression is ingrained in us and about where it comes from.  I learned that I need to actively stop internalizing racism in media and work to support POC (people of color) and make change.”

“About powerlessness and the other faces of oppression.  I have learned that organizing and executing activism is very difficult.”

“That there is real pain out there.  That the fight isn’t even close to over.”

“There will always be ways to show up better for racial justice, there is still so much internal work for me to do as a white person…this is lifelong, everyday, every minute work that must be done.”

I’m committed to…

“Standing up and using my voice to make life easier for others.  Reaching out and making change in my community.”

“Going to more protests, getting involved in organizing, talking about racism more and making change.”

“Checking my privilege and spreading the word.”

“Being more aware, more active and more involved in the sociopolitical movements around me.”

“Divesting from and renouncing privilege and fear-based systems of oppression.”

“Combating racism and white supremacy in myself, my family, my communities, in all spaces I have access to.”

Posted in Tamarack Farm