Enroll your 6-12 year olds in an unforgettable farm camp unlike any other! Your campers will spend their time on the farm seeing, hearing, touching, and exploring as we incorporate the seven Army Values and learn how God made each animal on the farm unique. We live, thrive, connect, play, and discover on the farm.
Summer Camp Activities Include:Animals: Children absolutely love caring for our farm animals, which include goats, chickens, rabbits, pigs, cows, and horses. Your child will have the opportunity to not only care for the animals but interact and bond with them as a farmer does. Farm chores teach campers the importance of work by rotating responsibilities throughout the week. Campers also learn how dependent the animals are on the chores getting done. This creates a sense of belonging and fulfillment in our campers.
Plants: We learn about farm crops, get our hands in the dirt, and grow our own pumpkins then come back to harvest them in the fall. We also engage your child in the farm’s garden to see how to care for healthy foods. Healthy bodies begin with healthy eating habits. Caring for plants help your child learn where healthy foods come from and expose them to a broad range of good food choices.
Values: Farming requires teamwork and each member of the team must learn to uphold strong values. Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage are taught to each child throughout the week.
Camp runs Monday-Friday from 9am-12noon.
Each Day Includes:
- Pledge of Allegiance/Bible verse of the day
- Chores while exploring God’s world through farm life
- Exercise with game time
- Army values; leadership, responsibility, respect
- Create cool crafts
- Community service activity with Bickford Senior Living
- Mid-Morning Snack, young farmers pick right from the garden
6-12 years old. Barreras Family Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of their camp week and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2018.
Each camp session is designed around a new theme, enabling your child to experience every session like it was their first, whether they come for just one or multiple camp weeks. All Farm Campers, no matter the week, learn to tend to the vegetables, care for the chickens (and collect their eggs!), harvest produce right from the farm for making snacks, create fun farm crafts, hike, study nature, play games, learn farm bible verses, and have fun with team-building activities. All activities are designed to be age-appropriate.
Each week-long session has its own focused theme. The theme guides our educational activities and allows campers to explore these farm and food topics more in depth.
Week 1, May 28- June 1: Garden Farmers – Does your child enjoy getting their hands in the soil and growing something delicious? Do they have a love for the environment? Then send your budding farmer to farm camp during this week. We’ll learn how to grow healthy food – from seed to harvest–and practice sustainable farming practices (no chemicals!). Campers will dive into all aspects of farming such as planning, planting seeds, caring for plants (fruits, veggies and herbs!), protecting plants from critters, and making compost. They will also investigate how caring for the environment affects the health of the farm ecosystem.
Week 2, June 4-8: Cows & Goats Camp – On top of all the normal farm activities your campers will enjoy this exciting week of farm camp filled with bottle feeding baby goats and cows and learning to milk the momma goats. Learn why farmers choose to bottle feed, experience feeding a 100lb baby cow compared to a tiny 10lb baby goat. Help us move the goats between pastures and more.
Week 3, June 11-15: Military Farm Style Boot Camp 1– Military Farm Style Boot Camp turns an ordinary summer into an extraordinary adventure and turns seemingly unattainable challenges into very achievable successes! During this week of physical fitness, young girls and boys learn about the power of teamwork, the importance of respect for self and others and build the confidence to achieve the impossible. Campers learn about loyalty, leadership, manners and perseverance from those who know the true meaning of these words—active duty Army soldier and farmer Anthony Barreras and his wife.
Week 4, June 18-22nd: Farm Creatures – Your little animal lover or critter extraordinaire will want to join us during this week. Farm Creatures campers will learn about all of the fascinating creatures that play a role on our farm: pests, pollinators, worms, chickens, fungi, birds, and more. Campers will discover the wide variety of different farm animals and how they each work together as a team while enjoying lots of “hands on” time with all of our farm creatures.
Week 5, June 25-29: Adventure Camp 1- Five fun filled days of farming adventure. Enjoy learning how to protect the farm creatures from different predators. Hawks, owls, raccoons, coyotes and more prey on our critters and it is up to each young farmer to learn the skills required to help protect the farm. This adventure week includes hikes in the woods, learning to look for animal sign, and learning to shoot a bow (with safety tip arrows).
Week 6, July 2-6: Pigs & Horses- Campers this week will get to meet some of the smartest critters on the farm and learn that pigs are actually very clean and eat everything from berries to rodents. Camping farmers will move the pigs to different pastures help us groom the horses, and watch a farrier give the horses a pedicure. Everyone gets to try riding (assisted by a farm hand with lead rope).
Week 7, July 9-13: Military Farm Style Boot Camp 2– (This week is identical to Military Farm Style Boot Camp1. It’s simply another chance for many to have learn something fun).
Military Farm Style Boot Camp turns an ordinary summer into an extraordinary adventure and turns seemingly unattainable challenges into very achievable successes! During this week of physical fitness, young girls and boys learn about the power of teamwork, the importance of respect for self and others and build the confidence to achieve the impossible. Campers learn about loyalty, leadership, manners and perseverance from those who know the true meaning of these words—active duty Army soldier and farmer Anthony Barreras and his wife.
Week 8 July 16-20: Chickens & Bunnies – Campers will get to discover the cuddly critters on the farm while having devoted time to care for our bunnies: Katerina, Clover, and Hopper. Learn about different bunny breeds, watch how fast they hop and play. Farmers in this week will get to help us build new outdoor playpens for each of the bunnies and learn a lot about chickens. Like how fast chickens grow from eggs to adults, see them act like dinosaurs out in the pasture as they hunt for food. Hike with us and discover where the chickens hide, what predators they have, and more.
Week 9 July 30-Aug 3: Adventure Camp 2 – (This week is identical to Adventure Camp 1. It’s simply another chance for many to have learn something fun).
Five fun filled days of farming adventure. Enjoy learning how to protect the farm creatures from different predators. Hawks, owls, raccoons, coyotes and more prey on our critters and it is up to each young farmer to learn the skills required to help protect the farm. This adventure week includes hikes in the woods, learning to look for animal sign, and learning to shoot a bow (with safety tip arrows).
Each week of camp is $135 per child. $125 for each sibling.
Space is limited. In order to save your child/s spot please register online. We will then email you/or you can click and print the complete registration form that must be mailed back to our office.
Community Service Activity
Love and care for others is the cornerstone of our farm. This year we are excited to be collaborating with Bickford Senior Living in Omaha. Your kids will get to pick a senior resident and color him or her a special picture of their time at camp. The residents of Bickford will also get to visit the farm the end of July and your children will have an opportunity to show them all they have learned as well as assist the residents by serving beverages.
Our discipline policy
We feel that our day campers behavior is a shared responsibility of the day camper, camp staff, and the parents. We ask that each family discuss appropriate behavior and sign and require a “camp Behavior Agreement”. Our commitment is to treat all campers with respect and equality. Should a discipline problem arise we will offer gentle reminders to the campers regarding their behavior. Should the problem persist we will call the parents for assistance.
If you have any questions or comments call our Program Coordinator, Mariel Barreras at 931- two one six 838 nine or email at firstname.lastname@example.org