Farm Camp

At Farm Camp, kids engage in hands-on learning about sustainable agriculture and the environment. Campers take care of livestock, tend gardens, and make new friends while exploring 626 acres of farmland, forest, and coast.

Our nonprofit educational farm is located just five miles from downtown Freeport and I-295.

Registration for 2022 Farm Camp will open January 10th at 12:00 pm for the general public!

NOTICE

Week of July 4th will be a 4-day camp week due to the holiday. Camp will take place July 5th-8th.

Join the Farm Camp Team!

We are hiring Farm Camp counselors and support staff for the 2022 season. Learn more about these opportunities below!

Peapods

Our youngest campers are introduced to farming and the natural world by spending a half-day in the morning or afternoon getting to know the farm at Wolfe’s Neck Center in a camp setting. Each week, campers will gather at their home base before heading off to their focused activities for the day including farm and garden adventures and nature discoveries. Our staff nurture a sense of wonder about the plants and animals that support our farm community.

Registration Update: AM Session is SOLD OUT, PM session has limited space available

Program Details:

Age: 4–5 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-August 26
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–12pm (AM session), 1-4pm (PM session)
Tuition: $250 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.
Extended Day: $100 (12–4pm) available for ages 5 only

 

Sample Schedule:

9:00am – 9:15am / 1:00pm – 1:15pm Morning Circle & Welcomes!
9:15am – 9:30am / 1:15pm – 1:30pm Farm Chores
9:30am – 10:45am / 1:30pm-2:45pm Farm Focus Time (campers will rotate through different focuses each day)
10:45am – 11:00am / 2:45pm – 3:00pm Snack Time & Theater
11:00am – 11:45am / 3:00pm – 3:45pm Group Activity
11:45am – 12:00pm / 3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing circle

Sprouts - SOLD OUT

Get ready for a full day outside on the Farm! Sprouts will get their hands dirty through daily farm chores collecting eggs, feeding chickens, and tending our gardens. Sprouts will also enjoy exploring the vibrant ecosystems surrounding the farm, including the forest, salt marsh and Casco Bay shorelines. Our staff will lead activities that encourage creativity, curiosity and enthusiasm for the natural world.

Registration Update: SOLD OUT – waitlists are open

Program Details:

Age: 6-7 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-August 26
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Tuition: $300 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.

 

Sample Schedule:

9:00am – 9:15am Morning Circle & Welcomes!
9:15am – 9:30am Farm Chores
9:30am – 10:45am Farm Focus Time (campers will rotate through different focuses each day)
10:45am – 11:00am Snack Time & Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm AM Group Activity
12:00pm – 1:00pm FULL CAMP LUNCH
1:00pm – 3:00pm Camper choice (campers will select 2 or 3 afternoon choice activities to participate in)
3:00pm – 3:45pm PM Group Activity
3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing Circle

Seedlings - SOLD OUT

Building on the experience of Sprouts, our Seedlings will be introduced to various farm projects and will participate hands-on with helping our farmers by getting up close with our diversified livestock. They will venture around the farm, making connections with the natural environment as they learn about the farming processes that make Wolfe’s Neck special.

Registration Update: SOLD OUT – waitlists are open

Program Details:

Age: 8-9 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-August 26
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Tuition: $300 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.

Sample Schedule:

9:00am – 9:15am Morning Circle & Welcomes!
9:15am – 9:30am Farm Chores
9:30am – 10:45am Farm Focus Time (campers will rotate through different focuses each day)
10:45am – 11:00am Snack Time & Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm AM Group Activity
12:00pm – 1:00pm FULL CAMP LUNCH
1:00pm – 3:00pm Camper choice (campers will select 2 or 3 afternoon choice activities to participate in)
3:00pm – 3:45pm PM Group Activity
3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing Circle

Farm Kids

Campers will deepen connections with the land through age-appropriate farm-based activities. A chance to dive into our community, Farm Kids will explore how everything at Wolfe’s Neck is connected between food, farming and people.

Registration Update: Limited space available

Program Details:

Age: 10-11 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-August 26
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm
Tuition: $300 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.

 

Sample Schedule:

9:00am – 9:15am Morning Circle & Welcomes!
9:15am – 9:30am Farm Chores
9:30am – 10:45am Farm Focus Time (campers will rotate through different focuses each day)
10:45am – 11:00am Snack Time & Theater
11:00am – 12:00pm AM Group Activity
12:00pm – 1:00pm FULL CAMP LUNCH
1:00pm – 3:00pm Camper choice (campers will select 2 or 3 afternoon choice activities to participate in)
3:00pm – 3:45pm PM Group Activity
3:45pm – 4:00pm Closing Circle

Farmward Bound 1

Farmward Bound 1 campers immerse themselves in our farm production through meaningful projects in our fields and with our livestock. As young leaders in camp, Farmward Bound 1 will begin conversations about what it means to be a leader and will spend time team building with peers. These campers will participate in a one-night overnight on the farm.

Registration Update:  Space still available

Program Details:

Age: 12-13 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-August 26
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm; one-night overnight from Thursday to Friday
Tuition: $375 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.

Sample Schedule:

MONDAY–THURSDAY:
Regular camp schedule, with introduction to teambuilding

THURSDAY–FRIDAY:
one-night overnight, including:

  • Visiting dairy barn & milking tour
  • Setting up campsite
  • Helping to cook dinner & breakfast

Farmward Bound 2

NEW THIS YEAR! In a two-week program, Farmward Bound 2 takes a deeper dive into leadership skills with a 3-night overnight during the weekend in between and will have a chance to work with our staff to lead an afternoon activity in their second week of program. Campers may assist farmers with more intense farm chores such as trimming hooves and gathering food for local pantries. Our Farmward Bound 2 participants will hike in the woods at Wolfe’s Neck State Park and learn coastal ecology while canoeing. (Please note that water-related activities are subject to the weather and tides.)

Registration Update: Space still available. Registration closes at 11:59pm on January 31st.

Program Details:

Age: 14-15 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: June 20-July1st; August 15th-August 26th
Schedule: Monday–Friday, 9am–4pm; Three-night overnight from Friday to Monday
Tuition: $900 per week
Before Care: (8–9am) available, $50 per week.

 

Sample Schedule:

MONDAY–FRIDAY WEEK 1:
Regular camp schedule, with introduction to leadership skills

FRIDAY–MONDAY:
three-night overnight, including:

  • All farm chores
  • Canoeing
  • Aquaculture activities
  • Team building

MONDAY–FRIDAY WEEK 2:
Regular camp schedule, with opportunities to co-lead activities with Farm Camp Staff.

Farm Crew

NEW THIS YEAR! This one-week overnight camp is an immersive program for our oldest campers, focusing on the world of regenerative agriculture at Wolfe’s Neck Center. Campers will spend their days with the farmers learning the science behind modern regenerative agriculture and participating in climate research projects. Farm Crew participants will harvest their own food and prepare meals together providing further opportunities for team building, group discussions, personal reflections and self-discovery.

Registration Update: Space still available! Registration closes at 11:59pm on January 31st.

Program Details:

Age: 14-16 (by the week you are registering for)
Dates: July 11th-15th; July 18th-22nd; July 25th-29th; August 1st-5th
Schedule: Monday 9am–Friday 4pm, full week overnight
Tuition: $925 per week

Sample Schedule:

MONDAY – FRIDAY:
7:30am – 9:00am Breakfast & lunch prep
9:00am – 10:00am Team building
10:00am – 12:00pm Work with Farmers (harvesting, pruning, soil projects, etc.)
12:00pm – 1:00pm FULL CAMP LUNCH
1:00pm – 2:30pm Farm Research Projects
2:30pm – 4:00pm Work with Dairy Farmers & prep cows for milking
4:00pm – 5:30pm Afternoon journaling
5:30pm – 7:00pm Dinner prep & cleanup
7:00pm – 8:00pm Evening Activity (making jam, etc.)
8:00pm – 9:00pm Campfire, reflections & stories

February Vacation Camp

Each day is broken up into two sessions – a morning session and an afternoon session – making for a total of eight different sessions. Parents can sign up for as many sessions as they’d like. If parents sign up for both morning and afternoon sessions on the same day, children must be picked up in between as we will not have programming during that time.

This is a great opportunity to get your kids outside, exploring the farm, and hopefully a chance to play in the snow! We will visit with the animals, explore the surrounding ecosystems, get creative with some fun projects, and more!

Program Details: 
February Vacation: Tuesday, February 22nd – Friday 25th
NO Vacation Camp on Monday in observance of the holiday.
Schedule: Morning sessions are from 9:00 – 11:30am, Afternoon sessions are from 12:30 – 3:00pm
Cost: $33.00 each session
Registration is currently open to WNC members. Will be available to all on Monday January 10th. Sign up for one or for all!

 

Junior Counselors

Designed to provide high school students the necessary tools to become an effective leader in a camp setting! We aim to build confidence and encourage feelings of empowerment to impact other youth, and their community. This is an intensive program which includes: hands-on training in working with young campers; activity planning; safety & behavior management; and First Aid/CPR certification.

JCs will spend time as a group in the mornings, developing their skills and preparing for their afternoons. In the afternoons, JCs will work alongside our camp staff engaging with campers as they assist in running activities, setting up lessons and helping with general group management.

The main responsibility of a JC is to be an exemplary role model. We are looking for excited, responsible and mature young adults (ages 16-18) who enjoy working with elementary age children and are eager to grow as a leader and mentor. While JCs are guaranteed to have fun, it is important they realize their role is different from being a camper. Farm Camp runs for 10 weeks, and we are looking for JCs who are comfortable working outdoors in a farm environment and who can commit to serve a minimum of 2 consecutive weeks of camp programming.

What People Are Saying

“I spent three summers in high school as a junior counselor at Wolfe’s Neck Farm Camp, and have spent two summers as a counselor since graduating from high school. Throughout my time as a JC, I grew as a leader and gained confidence in myself that allowed me to perform as a farm camp counselor and will continue to help me throughout my future endeavors. I had a blast, made lasting friendships, and learned so much along the way.”

– Ceanne Lyon, 2016-2018 Junior Counselor

“My time here is the kind of memory that I will reflect on many times… I have absolutely grown as a teenager, someone who works with youth, and generally as a human.”

– Ailsa Craig, 2018 Junior Counselor

“During Farm Camp, I have learned to be confident in my decisions.  I have also grown in public speaking. I think the greatest thing I have gained from this camp is my level of patience, time management, and the ability to connect with amazing kids.”

– Chloe Barber, 2018 Junior Counselor

“This camp showed me what it may be like to be a teacher. How even the little things can be an impact on a child… Having a purpose to get up at 7 in the summertime and spend 8 hours with a bunch of children makes me feel like I am making a difference in the world, one step at a time.”

– Bronwen Ramsey-Brimberg, 2018 Junior Counselor

“As someone who loves cooking, being able to see where my food comes from was really interesting. I wouldn’t change a thing about my experience this summer. We got the scientific, culinary, and agricultural view of farming, and I learned a lot.”

– 2018 Teen Program Participant

Camp & Camp

Why should kids have all the fun? This summer, turn your child’s summer camp experience into a Maine adventure for the whole family. While the kids learn and play at Farm Camp, you can spend the day shopping, kayaking, or relaxing in your hammock with a book. Stay five nights or more at our Oceanfront Campground while your child is at camp, and enjoy 25% off your Sunday-through-Thursday camping fees. 

How it works:

  1. Enroll your child in Farm Camp (includes our Junior Counselor Program)
  2. Book your camping trip online, and pay the deposit. Stay must be for five nights or more, including Sunday through Thursday.
  3. Forward your Farm Camp Confirmation Email or JC acceptance letter to info@freeportcamping.com and we will deduct 25% from your Sunday-through-Thursday camping fees (cabins, comfort camping, Wicked Easy Camping, and holidays excluded) for each week your child(ren) attend camp. You will receive a confirmation email once we have applied your discount.
  4. Enjoy a fabulous week at Wolfe’s Neck Center with your family!

Payment & Cancellation Policies

Deposit: A minimum 25% deposit is due at registration.

Payment Deadline: Farm Camp tuition payment is due in full by June 1. For families registering after June 1, full payment is due at the time of registration.

Cancellations & Refunds:

Farm Camp tuition is due in full by June 1, 2022. Any requests for refunds between the launch of registration through March 15th will be provided in full, minus a $15.00 processing fee. For requests to cancel between March 15th – June 1st, 2022, a partial refund minus a $75.00 cancellation fee will be provided. Families who request a cancellation in either of these windows may choose to transfer their camper(s) to another available session at no cost or may choose to donate their tuition to Wolfe’s Neck Center’s education scholarship fund.

There will be no refunds, transfers, or credits given for cancellations made after June 1, or for campers who leave for behavioral reasons.

If you need to cancel after June 1 due to extenuating circumstances, please contact our Education Programs Assistant at educationadmin@wolfesneck.org to see what can be done.

Financial Aid: We strive to make Farm Camp possible for all campers. We grant financial assistance based on each family’s need and the availability of funds. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please create a profile for your camper on CampDoc and use code ‘SCHOLARSHIP’ to bypass deposits. Proceed to complete the Scholarship Application in the Health Profile. A committee will review all applications and notify financial aid recipients. Please note, depending on the volume of applications each year, it may not be possible to fulfill all requests for financial assistance.

Questions?

Please contact Molly Cooper, Farm Camp Manager, at mcyr@wolfesneck.org or (207) 865-4469 x104.

Help shape the future of farming and food by joining the team at Wolfe’s Neck Center! We are hiring for multiple positions. Check them out below!

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