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Gibsons Farm Camp 2024
 

Children need what we rarely give them in school - time for 'Messing About.'     -John Holt

From Axe Skills to Wood Fired Ovens,
 
Farm camp is a real hands-on experience. It's a place where kids can be kids with freedom to explore, push their boundaries, and build skills. Our Farmer Educators are extremely competent outdoor educators who are just as confident leading from behind. We believe kids are capable of so much more than our society gives them credit for.  Risky play, building fires, milking goats, making pizza in a wood oven, and using knives and construction tools are typical activities. Rather than blanketing it all with a "safety is our greatest concern", we perform detailed risk analysis and help campers to do the same. Our goal is empowerment.

Read about our Rockstar Farm Educator team.

Our Risk Policy

Our Risk Agreement

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"Each time one prematurely teaches a child somethings they could have discovered himself, that child is kept from inventing it and consequently from understanding it completely." -Jean Piaget 

Parents, here's the nitty-gritty..

(but don't stress, we'll email this all to you a week before camp)

 

Drop-Off and Pick-up

On the first day of camp please arrive 10 minutes early to sign in and meet our team. Cars park on Russell Rd, Bike Parking at the Farm Office.

What to pack for the day

A backpack with snack, lunch, water bottle, and warm layer. Pack a change of clothes in a separate bag which can be left at the farm for the week - this is in case your adventurous child decides to jump in a mud puddle.

"Risky things" you should know your child might choose to do at camp (definitely not an exhaustive list, but to give you an idea!)

Chop wood, cook over an open fire with harvested ingredients, handle and be around typical farm livestock, create forts and play in the forest, build things out of wood and metal with construction tools, use carving and cooking knives, climb trees, be in and around ponds and moving water.

Our Cancelation Policy

With 4+ weeks notice we can provide a full refund minus the transaction cost of approximately $20.

With 2-4 weeks notice of cancellation we will provide a 50% refund. 

No refund for cancelation within 2 weeks.

 

Acknowledgement of Risk 

We will email this to you a week before camp to read and sign, but you can click the link to view it now. 

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Camp Dates 2023
(2024 will be posted in the new year

Registration

Other Programs at the Farm

Girls & non-binary youth coming-of-age summer camps  by Fire & Flower 

Click HERE for more info & registration

Sword Play at the Farm: LAMBS (Live-action Medieval Battle Society) is offering games for all ages lead by our very own "Farmer Bear" aka Gabriel Ditmars. Bear sees the swordplay games they've developed as a way to bring the community together through rough play in a uniquely safe and fun way, to develop valuable social and bodily skills.They use professional grade foam LARP weapons which are very fun. Read more at lambsgames.com

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Have any questions or comments?

 call, email, text, or drop in for tea

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