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A week-long, hands-on day camp on a working farm!
Games & activities
Monday - Friday,
Cost: $275 (10% Discount on Siblings)
Open to children ages 5-12
For questions or more information please email campcardinal [at] southkentschool.org (subject: Camp%20Cardinal)
South Kent School’s Summer Camp Cardinal introduces children to life on a working farm.
- Learn the basics of caring for animals and crops
- Learn how to apply simple tenants of organic gardening in their own lives
- Experience the satisfaction of working cooperatively toward a shared goal
- Produce wholesome food
The Center for Innovation farm at South Kent School is a working organic farm nestled between the hills of South Kent and the shore of Hatch Pond. Animals living on the farm include goats, chickens, pigs, and oxen. The site offers the opportunity to explore farming via raised beds, flower gardens, several planted fields and a greenhouse.
Life on a working farm exposes campers to the wonders of the natural world and their own abilities. As campers are involved in the basics of caring for farm animals or helping to set up an organic raised bed they come closer to understanding the realities of clean sustainable living.
Goats, Pigs, and Oxen: Working with these animals is a great general education on their care, feeding, and upkeep.
Bees: Hive maintenance and a discussion of what actually occurs in a hive imparts the benefits of beekeeping for farming and honey production.
Vegetables: The life cycle of the vegetables from seed to fully formed food, and growing seasons, planting times, and soil quality will be explored.
Herbs: Campers will plant herbs most suited for the local growing zone, learning the numerous ways that herbs can be utilized and also the best harvesting methods for the various herbs.
Flowers: They will learn which flowers are natural pest repellents and which are utilized for medicinal purposes. Depending upon which flowers are in season, the campers will participate in a bouquet-making workshop as well.
Games: The farm activities will be broken up with games like a softball, soccer or Frisbee session.
Arts and Crafts: Crafts will reinforce sustainability and relate to farming. Recycled materials and foraged items will be used to make projects like terrariums from glass jars and local plants, starter herb gardens with recycled egg containers or clay pots, bird feeders constructed with pine cones and bark, or wreaths made from twigs, vines and moss.
Through creative play and exploration of the South Kent School farm, children will develop a greater understanding of how and where their food is sourced, the importance of supporting local agriculture, and ultimately choosing a healthy lifestyle.
It is our sincerest wish that the time spent on the grounds of the Center for Innovation farm at South Kent School will be memorable for the campers, which in turn will lead to a greater understanding of stewardship and the responsibility of taking care of the earth.