2019 Season

THANK YOU!! During the 2018 summer, we asked you, the parents, to complete a survey to help guide North Wind Farm Day Camp in a direction that best fits your needs. Well, we listened! Here are some of the changes that will be implemented for the North Wind Farm Day Camp 2019 season.

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  • The program has been extended by one hour, Day Camp now runs 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, this will better help parents who need the extra time to drive from work at the end of the day. The extra hour will definitely be used to its fullest by the campers!
  • More Specialty programming, In the summer of 2018, the 4-week Animal Science program was a great success. North Wind Farm Day Camp is going to build on that success and add two additional specialty programs. The 4-H Animal Science Showers (4 weeks), Energy Investigators (1 week), and Wilderness Explorers (2 Weeks) will all be offered for older youth during the summer. There is a higher weekly fee for the specialty programs to support field trips, larger activities, and crafts, and staffing.**Please see below for more information on each specialty program**
  • More activities related to the themes, This year North Wind Farm Day Camp will be striving to provide the best possible program for all of our campers. Counselors and staff will work hard to create fun activities each day that are related to that week’s theme.
  • More time with the animals, Morning and afternoon chores just doesn’t cut it! Each week there will be a variety of activities with Extension Educators or Volunteers where the campers will get the chance to learn about and work with the different animals on the Farm and in the environments.
  • Parents want to know more about their children’s days, Along with Facebook and Instagram posts, we will also be sharing weekly schedules so you are able to ask your children more specific questions. This will also help you to plan ahead if you need to pick your child up early.

Goat and Kid

Dates and Themes

This year, North Wind Farm Day Camp will start on July 8, 2019. Due to many school districts being open longer, we had to push staff training up a little later. Due to this change, we will be running the program one week long; the week of August 19, 2019, will be our 7th week this year. See the chart below for the Farm Day Camp Schedule.

Day Camp 2019

Paper Making at Farm Day Camp


General Admission Weeks

All general admission weeks are for youth 5 years old to 12 years old. Campers will be placed in groups of 10-12 similarly aged campers. Each group will have one to two counselors assigned to support the group through the week. If Campers come for more than one week, they may be placed in different groups depending on the ages of other campers enrolled for that week.

Week 1 – Agents of Time Travel  July 8-12

A week filled with agent training to go to the past and future! From the dinosaurs to medieval times to the unknown of the future, campers will experience different time periods throughout the week. Becoming an agent of time travel is hard work; campers or Time Cadets will train to become the best agents they can.


Week 2 – Pioneering  July 15-19

Pioneers had to learn how to survive using only what they could find in the environment around them. Campers will learn what the pioneers had to overcome for survival, from preparing different foods to ways of making shelters in the woods.


Week 3 – Carnival  July 22-26

The Carnival is in town! The Carnival is in town! Campers will make carnival games and work with the animals on the farm to teach them tricks.


Week 4 – Fantasy League  July 29 - August 2

From quidditch to soccer, Fantasy League is all about real and science fiction sports. Campers will work together to create their own fantasy sport! Have you ever heard of football-soccer? With any sport, teamwork is important. Each group will learn different ways to work together to accomplish different goals.


Week 5 – Engineering  August 5-9

Egg drops and bridges. This STEM-based week will give campers the opportunity to make different things, and take things apart. Sometimes you need to take something apart to better understand how it works! Campers will learn about how to engineer a maze using different materials.


Week 6 – Safari  August 12-16 

Lions, Tigers, and Campers, oh my!?? Day Camp will transform into a safari. Campers will learn about other animals outside of their environment and the different ecosystems that are needed for survival. Using binoculars, campers will try to identify different birds found around the farm. Campers will also make their own paper with animal prints using ink transfer.


Week 7 – Positively Elemental  August 19-23

This exciting week will allow the campers to explore all four elements of nature: earth, air, fire, and water! Campers will learn about the different types of sustainable energy for each element and how all the elements work together to make different environments all around the world.

Kids in the woods at Farm Day Camp

Specialty Weeks

Please note for all of the specialty weeks, you must sign up for all weeks listed for that specific program. Take note of any age restrictions for all specialty programs. For the Safety of your child and all campers in the programs, these age restrictions must be met. All specialty programs have filed trips off-site; we will be using an outside contracted busing service. Campers will also spend more time with volunteers from the community to learn about specific occupations related to that program’s theme.

4-H Animal Science (Weeks 1, 2, 3, and 4  July 8 - August 2) *Ages 8-12* 

Campers will be focusing on 4-H showmanship and learning about the many different occupation and careers in agriculture and animal sciences. Campers will have the opportunity to work with different 4-H volunteers in the county to gain knowledge and skills that they will use to work with other North Wind Farm Day Camp campers and show animals and projects at the St. Lawrence County Fair. Campers in this program will travel to and from the St. Lawrence County Fair during week 4 of camp.

Energy Investigators (Week 5  August 5-9) *Ages 9-12*

Campers in this program will learn about the different ways to use natural sustainable energy. They will help make and use solar ovens and learn about wind and hydro energy. Campers will do many STEM types of activities, such as creating and launching a rocket, robotics, and many other fun activities. Campers in the Energy Investigators program will take a field trip on Friday, August 9, 2019, to learn more about renewable energy (more information about the field trip will be released in the spring of 2019).

Wilderness Explorers (Weeks 6 and 7  August 12-23) *Ages 9-12* 

Campers will get to spend a lot of their time in the woods learning about the environment. They will have opportunities to cook meals over a fire, make identification cards, and learn about outdoor survival. Campers in this program will learn about archery and how to fire an arrow using a bow. Campers will take two field trips, one on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, and the other on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 (more information about the field trips will be released in the spring of 2019).

Contact

Justin Hicks
Farm Day Camp and Afterschool Director
jh974@cornell.edu
315-379-9192 ext. 261

Last updated July 26, 2019