Farm Camp – Summer 2022

Connecting Children with the Earth Through the Foods We Eat

3 – 5 Year Old Camp

August 1 – 5
August 8 – 12
10am – 12pm Monday – Friday with adult companion

Parent and child will experience the farm together through simple and playful activities. Children will care for the farm animals, spend daily time in the forest, and will discover the joys of planting and tasting things straight from the garden.  Parents will be encouraged to rediscover their sense of wonder as they walk side-by-side with their little explorer.  Treat yourself and your little one to a week together on the farm.

Fee: $150

6 – 8 Year Old Camp

June 6 – 10
June 13 – 17
June 20 – 24
June 27 – July 1
Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm, Friday 9am – 2pm

The easy rhythms of the farm will carry the children from chores to play and back again throughout the day.  Hands will be immersed in mud and water, berries and brambles, as the children experience fully through their senses.  Days will become adventures as children explore the forest, turning nature into paint, mossy bark into fairy homes, and holes into hideouts.

Fee:  $285

6 – 8 Year Old Camp

June 6 – 10
June 13 – 17
June 20 – 24
June 27 – July 1
Monday – Thursday 9am – 3pm, Friday 9am – 2pm

The easy rhythms of the farm will carry the children from chores to play and back again throughout the day.  Hands will be immersed in mud and water, berries and brambles, as the children experience fully through their senses.  Days will become adventures as children explore the forest, turning nature into paint, mossy bark into fairy homes, and holes into hideouts.

Fee:  $285

9 – 12 Year Old Camp

July 11 – 15
July 18- 22
July 25 – 29
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 4pm
Thursday 9am (overnight) to Friday 12pm

Bright and early each day, campers will care for the farm animals, feeling the daily cycles of farm life and contributing to the raising of food.   Their hands will plant the fall crops, tend the summer vegetables and take part in harvesting and preparing for the farmer’s market.  Throughout the week, campers will go on adventures in the forest, discovering the joys of time spent in nature and the lessons the Earth has to teach.  Their week will conclude with an overnight spent under the stars.

Fee:  $330

Junior Counselors (Ages 13 – 17)

May 31 – June 2 Leadership Camp
Tuesday 9am – 3pm, Wednesday 9am (overnight) to Thursday 12pm

If you are a teen who loves nature and the farm, consider becoming a Junior Counselor.  You can enjoy all the fun of Farm Camp while sharing your knowledge with young campers.  Develop your leadership skills by acting as a link between campers and senior counselors with daily camp activities. Together with senior staff you will hone your skills during the three-day Leadership Camp, please note Leadership Camp includes an overnight June 1st. This is a perfect way to gain community service experience and build your resume for college applications!

Junior Counselors must attend Leadership Camp and complete an application. Junior Counselors ages 16 – 17 with at least 2 years of experience as a Junior Counselor may be selected to help with the 9 – 12 year old camp. Junior Counselors ages 13 – 15 may be selected to help with the 6 – 8 year old camp.

Fee:  $320

Junior Counselors (Ages 13 – 17)

May 31 – June 2 Leadership Camp
Tuesday 9am – 3pm, Wednesday 9am (overnight) to Thursday 12pm

If you are a teen who loves nature and the farm, consider becoming a Junior Counselor.  You can enjoy all the fun of Farm Camp while sharing your knowledge with young campers.  Develop your leadership skills by acting as a link between campers and senior counselors with daily camp activities. Together with senior staff you will hone your skills during the three-day Leadership Camp, please note Leadership Camp includes an overnight June 1st.  This is a perfect way to gain community service experience and build your resume for college applications!

Junior Counselors must attend Leadership Camp and complete an application. Junior Counselors ages 16 – 17 with at least 2 years of experience as a Junior Counselor may be selected to help with the 9 – 12 year old camp. Junior Counselors ages 13 – 15 may be selected to help with the 6 – 8 year old camp.

Fee:  $320

Registration forms will be accepted via “snail mail” postmarked beginning January 8th.
*We will not accept registrations postmarked prior to January 8th*

Registration Procedures

  1. Complete and submit one registration form per camper via postal mail with individual payment of the full camp fee per camper (if submitting multiple camper registrations).  If paying by check – please include separate checks. Multiple forms may be sent in the same envelope.
  2. Mail to:
    Stratford Ecological Center
    Attn: April Hoy
    3083 Liberty Road
    Delaware, OH 43015
  3. If the camp session you selected is full, you will be placed on a waiting list.  If added to a waitlist, your payment information will be shredded.
  4. When your child has been placed in a camp or on a waitlist, you will receive an e-mail and your payment will be processed. Please allow for two weeks processing time.
Stratford believes that all children, regardless of financial or any other life circumstances, deserve to experience nature and our outdoor educational programming.  

If you are inspired to and financially able to help send a kid to Farm Camp, where they can have bright eyes and muddy boots, please consider contributing to our Scholarship Fund by donating through the button below.  Be sure to enter “Scholarship Fund” in the comment box.

If you have a child that you believe qualifies for a scholarship please fill out the Scholarship Application Form and the Camp Registration Form and mail them in together, postmarked on or after January 8th.

Scholarship funds are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis;  If your camper is not awarded a scholarship please indicate if  you wish to register your camper at the full camp fee. If so, Stratford staff will call you for payment information.

All local and state health guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed. Hand washing will be done frequently throughout the day and in between activities. Children and instructors will be required to wear masks when indoors. Children and instructors will wear masks outdoors when a 6 foot distance between individuals cannot be maintained.

Cancelations 3 weeks prior to camp will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.