Gibsons Farm Camp
Children need what we rarely give them in school - time for 'Messing About.' -John Holt
It's Not Glue Sticks or Beans in Dixie Cups
Farm camp is a real hands-on experience. It's a place where kids can be kids and the 'teacher' isn't someone with a learning agenda, excited to pounce on every shining "teachable moment" -but instead an awesome role model. 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" type of teacher speak, 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
"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..
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 with construction tools, 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.