2019 Summer Camp Information

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. 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, explore the meandering paths of Whimsey Meadow, all while making friends, singing songs, and playing games. All of our camps strive to encourage youth voice, nurture curiosity, and strengthen the connection between children, our food systems, and the natural world.

2019 Application and Enrollment Information:

*Update: All camp sessions are now full. Enrollment and waitlist notifications were sent on February 6 to all families who applied between January 6-17.   

  • January 7-16, 2019:   Applications accepted for initial placement process (initial placement process has ended)
  • February 6, 2019: Enrollment Notifications were emailed to families who submitted applications from January 7-16.
  • January 17 - August 19, 2019: First-come, first-served applications considered for remaining openings (only Beyond the Barn, Session 2 has openings) or for the waitlist. We encourage you to still apply.
  • Review full Application and Placement process here
  • Review Frequently Asked Questions here

2019 Camp Dates and Rates:

Due to high demand, your camper may only attend ONE camp session. Be sure to select all age-appropriate sessions your camper can attend on the application.   Review camp sessions by age or date, or click on each camp below for further details:

View Camps by Age |  View Camps by Dates

Camp Goals:

  • 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].  

Financial Assistance:

We offer need-based financial assistance in an effort to make camp accessible to all children regardless of financial barriers. Applicants enrolled in summer camp will be able to select financial assistance using a need-based sliding scale.

Before / After Care:

Campers may be dropped off as early as 8am and picked up as late as 5pm for all full day camps. Morning half day camps only offer before care and afternoon half day camps only offer aftercare. This is supervised free time where children are encouraged to read, play games, and participate in other exploratory activities. Fee: $3/half hour per family.