2021 Summer Camp Information
December 21, 2020
Dear Camp Families,
We hope you are all finding comfort and warmth during this holiday season.
In December we usually share camp dates and sessions for the following summer. Due to the pandemic, so much remains uncertain that forecasting the viability of camps next summer is difficult. At this time we have not made any decisions about summer 2021. We hope to share our 2021 plans for summer camp with you in February. We will continue to update our website as decisions are made. What remains certain is our commitment to our mission, and the health and safety of our community.
The resiliency of nature reminds us that winter’s cold, dark, quiet months are followed by the renewal, awakening, and sweet sounds of spring. We are hopeful that brighter and healthier times are soon to come. In the meantime, we’ve posted on our website some simple natural craft ideas to do with your children for holiday gifting.
With warm wishes,
Christine, Lindsay & Andy
Program Administration Coordinator
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Enjoy a look back at last year’s summer camps:
Immersed in the daily cycles of our farm community, campers experience the stories of the land as they play, explore, and discover the wonders of the natural world. Our camps are designed to meet the developmental needs of each age group. Whether campers are attending Adventures, Explorers, Discover the Farm, Taste of the Fields, or our overnight camp, Beyond the Barn, they can expect a full week of adventures around the Farm, in and beyond the Children’s Farmyard, all while making friends, singing songs, and playing games. Campers might visit the pond to dip for critters, meet a newborn calf at the dairy, harvest and taste test produce at the Market Garden, wash and spin our sheep’s wool into yarn, bake bread and make butter, build forts and animal homes in the forest, pick kale to roast over a fire, or explore the Whimsey Meadow maze. All of our camps strive to encourage youth voice, nurture curiosity, and strengthen the connection between children, our food systems, and the natural world.
2020 Application and Enrollment Information:
January 8–13, 2020: Submit an online application for camp. Initial placement process has ended, but you may still apply for the waitlist.
February 5, 2020: Enrollment Notifications emailed to all applications received between January 8-13.
January 14–August 17, 2020: Applications added to the waitlist in order from when they were submitted. We encourage you to still apply.
Review full Application and Placement Process
Review Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Camp Dates and Rates:
Due to high demand, a camper may only attend ONE camp session. Be sure to select all possible week choices your camper can attend on your application. Some weeks fill up more quickly than others. We will look at all of your choices before placing your camper on the waitlist. Review camp sessions by age or date, or click on each camp below for further details:
Adventures Half Day (Ages 4 & 5)
Adventures Full Day (Age 5)
Explorers (Ages 6, 6&7)
Discover the Farm (Ages 7–9 & 8–10)
Taste of the Fields (Ages 10–12 & 11–14)
Beyond the Barn (Overnight, Ages 13–15 & 14–17)
Work and Learn Opportunities (Ages 14–17) *New, updated program for 2020
- Provide camp programs that: are accessible to all children regardless of financial barriers, highlight the role farms play in providing our food and fiber, and inspire deep connections to community and a commitment to a sustainable future.
- Develop and sustain an inclusive and multicultural camp community that reflects and engages Vermont’s increasingly diverse populations.
- Build relationships with campers and families to encourage lifelong learning and sustained engagement with Shelburne Farms beyond summer camp through family programs, workshops, outreach, and community partnerships.
Accessibility & Inclusion:
We strive to make summer camp on our working farm as accessible, safe, and inclusive as possible. We welcome campers who are emerging multilinguals, queer and questioning, as well as campers with social, emotional, physical, cognitive, or behavioral challenges, along with their 1:1 assistant or a personal care assistants. In many cases we are able to make modifications or adjustments to our program and are open to feedback or ideas. If you have questions or concerns about how we can best support your camper, please contact our Summer Camp Director Lindsay Whitaker at [email protected] or Assistant Camp Director Christine Lutters at [email protected].
Program Accessibility & Scholarship Fund:
Shelburne Farms is committed to ensuring that finances are not a barrier to children experiencing our summer youth programs. Your donation to the Accessibility & Scholarship Fund is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping all children to experience the joys of summer on the Farm.
Before / After Care:
Campers may be dropped off as early as 8am and picked up as late as 5pm for all full-day camps. Before Care is available for all half-day morning camps and After Care is available for all half-day afternoon camps. Before / after care is not an extension of camp programming, it is unstructured supervised free time. Fee: $3/half hour per family.