2020 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, 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. We encourage you to still apply.
February 5, 2020: Enrollment Notifications emailed
January 14–August 17, 2020: First-come, first-served applications considered for remaining openings or for waitlist. 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:

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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

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 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. 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.