2021 Summer Camp Information
February 5, 2021
Dear Camp Families,
On a snowy winter day at Shelburne Farms, farming mostly continues uninterrupted – the cows are being milked, the chickens are laying eggs, and soon the sap will run and seeds will be planted. Unfortunately, across the organization many long-held programs are not the same.
We are in a new year, but many of the same challenges from 2020 remain, or are heightened. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of our decision to cancel our usual Shelburne Farms summer camps for the 2021 season. This includes all day and overnight camp programs.
Our top priority during the pandemic is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors, staff, and community. Our working farm adheres to strict safety protocols and visitors are not permitted in essential agricultural work spaces. Recognizing that multi-household gatherings can facilitate the spread or risk of exposure to COVID-19, we do not foresee a situation in which we can safely host all 650 campers across 9 weeks of the summer.
All families who rolled 2020 camp credits over to 2021 will receive a credit card refund by February 19. If you would like to donate your 2020 credit to Shelburne Farms, please email Lindsay Whitaker at [email protected] before February 12. To review your account balance, please login to your CampBrain account and select “Season Account Statement” under the Financial section for Camp 2020.
While the pandemic has limited our in-person programming, we remain committed to our mission to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future, now more than ever. We are still offering webinars, courses, and online videos for educators and students, and we continue to collaborate with partners to advance education for sustainability worldwide. We also hope to increase access to our land this summer for our community partners who work with pods of local children daily and have limited outdoor space.
The Farm’s campus is not the same without you, our camp families. We are so grateful for our relationships with each of you, and we will cherish our camp memories of campfire cooking, skipping rocks, brushing animals, making ice cream, and singing songs together until we can see you again.
We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the seasonal changes of the land wherever you are, including here at the Farm. Our 1,400 acres of trails, rocky shoreline, and meadows remain open for you to enjoy. The reliable cycles of nature, and the rhythm of life and work on the Farm continue to share a story of hope and perseverance during these difficult times. With the shortest day behind us, we know warmer, brighter days are ahead.
Wishing you wellness in all forms,
Christine & Lindsay
Assistant Camp Director
Contact for all general camp questions
Summer Camp Director
Contact for all login, refund, credit, & donation questions
Please check our website for updates on other programs, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where we will be sharing Farm happenings and learning opportunities.
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.