Farm Camp offers a traditional summer camp experience on a real working farm. We work to create a fun and safe environment that encourages independence while nurturing lasting friendships. At a time when children are increasingly surrounded by smart phones, computers, television, our goal is to get campers outside, actively creating, playing and learning. Your child will be a hands-on, active participant in our farm community, with the freedom to choose their own activities every day.
Our camp is located on 500 lush acres of redwood trees, creeks, lakes, and rolling coastal foothills, 1.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. We are nestled in beautiful Sonoma County, providing many opportunities to explore and appreciate the land. Campers play an integral role in caring for the animals and garden to help provide food for the camp, therefore bringing the freshest ingredients from the farm to the kitchen and ultimately, the table.
Since 1952, we have taught respect for and love of nature. At Farm Camp, we minimize the impact we have on the earth, practicing and teaching environmental sustainability. Our program focuses on promoting a positive self-image, encouraging friendships and community, and practicing a healthy lifestyle. Ultimately, our goal is to have these experiences, friendships and laughter stay with campers the rest of their lives.
The Value of Camp
Camp is outstanding at teaching the values of self-reliance and resourcefulness, it facilitates relationships with a focus on collaboration and communication, it is full of opportunities for creativity as well as problem-solving and critical thinking, and it invites exploration, play and adventure. These are most commonly referred to as 21st Century Skills and educational experts believe they are essential for future success. At Farm Camp we believe that camp is critical to the education and development of children, and it is the best possible setting for gaining these skills.
Our well-trained counselors and leadership staff foster camper engagement, a sense of well-being, and social and emotional skill development. The experience at Farm Camp is enhanced by a strong climate of care, a structure and schedule that supports camper’s physical and emotional needs, and activities and experiences that are purposefully designed to provide campers with opportunities to practice these skills.
In 2015 Farm Camp, along with Mountain Camp and Mountain Camp Woodside, partnered with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and Challenge Success to conduct a 3-year study to measure the impact of the camp experience on child development. Our goal is to identify and improve how we provide children the opportunities to practice and the life skills we know will help children be successful. We are committed to ensuring that the best practices are in place so all campers have the opportunity for social and emotional learning at camp.
Curiosity, enthusiasm, self-control, gratitude, perseverance, optimism and social intelligence are just some of the important character traits we help develop in our campers.