Tamarack Farm

Seven-week session only

Woodward Reservoir in Plymouth, Vermont

At Tamarack Farm, teens are given the guidance and freedom to build their own community, through working together, talking together, and playing together. Campers and staff together maintain a small farm, and purposefully focus on building an inclusive, participatory community. Tamarack Farmers live in lakeside, open-air cabins with up to nine other campers of the same gender.

Each day, some campers rise early for barn chores. After breakfast and Silent Meeting, it’s off to work for the rest of the morning. Morning work projects may include gardening, cooking the day’s meals, putting siding on a building or working at the Barn Day Camp as a counselor assistant. In the afternoon, campers choose from offered activities, which might include arts & crafts projects such as pottery or silk screening, sports, animal care, baking, canning, canoeing, creative writing, or carpentry.

During one week, the entire camp leaves on long trips of rock climbing, service, canoeing, or hiking. While wilderness trekking is part of the experience, Tamarack Farm is not a wilderness therapy program.

Community discussions are a central aspect of Farm life and can occur at the consensus-based Town Meeting or other regular forums. As the summer progresses, campers take significant responsibility in vital camp operations.

At Tamarack Farm, campers find joy in work, learn to live closely with a diverse group of peers, and find their own strong voice.