2020 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 were implemented for the North Wind Farm Day Camp 2019 season and will be continued for the 2020 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 has built onto that success and added two additional specialty programs since. The 4-H Animal Science Showers (4 weeks), Junior Chefs (1 week), and 4-H Wilderness (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 6, 2020. 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 17, 2020, will be our 7th week this year. See the chart below for the Farm Day Camp Schedule.

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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 – Animal Planet – July 6-10 

Wildlife enthusiasts will explore the wide world to study animals and their habitats. Using different tools, campers will master how to identify common area wildlife and learn about animals across the world. 


Week 2 – Super Heroes – July 13-17 

Campers will join forces to find and use their own superpowers to save the planet. Campers will learn about everyday superheroes and train to become better superheroes themselves. 


Week 3 – Color Wars – July 20-24

This week will offer a kaleidoscope of topics as campers discover how colors affect the plants and animals. Campers will encounter a variety of ways that the world utilizes colors. Campers will also have the opportunity to experiment with different color projects. 


Week 4 – A Bug's Life – July 27-31 

In this week, campers will explore the world through a bug's-eye view to better learn about the different kinds of insects and how they keep the world spinning! Campers will experience what it is like to work as a team to accomplish larger than life activities. 


Week 5 – Amazing Race – August 3-7 

Campers will to work together to overcome challenging games from around the world. To be an amazing racer, campers must work to be healthy physically, nutritiously, and mentally! 


Week 6 – Medieval Times – August 10-14

This primitive week will transport the camper back hundreds of years to observe life during the medieval times. Campers will master survival, agriculture, and first aid skills to help them live "medievally" today! 


Week 7 – Investigators – August 17-21 

Investigators during this week will learn how to identify northern New York animals, including how to track them, just like detectives! Through the power of observation, animal I.D. and northern New York animal data, campers may just be able to find the culprits in the forest! 

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.

Junior Gardeners (Week 1 – 7/6/-7/10) *Ages 9-13*

This week will focus on mastering the skills of farm-to-table. Campers will learn the cycle of farming from planting and growing to harvesting and consuming. They will even get an opportunity to learn about proper composting to help their crops to grow! Finally, they will learn about nutrition practices so they can be as healthy as can be! As campers journal though-out the week, they will gain valuable gardening skills and chef skills. They will also learn about healthy nutrition practices.


Wilderness Explorers (Weeks 6 and 7 – 8/10-8/21) *Ages 9-13*

This week will focus on mastering the skills of farm-to-table. Campers will learn the cycle of farming from planting and growing to harvesting and consuming. They will even get an opportunity to learn about proper composting to help their crops to grow! Finally, they will learn about nutrition practices so they can be as healthy as can be! As campers journal thoughout the week, they will gain valuable gardening skills and chef skills. They will also learn about healthy nutrition practices.


Wilderness Explorers (Weeks 6 and 7 – 8/10-8/21) *Ages 9-13*

Campers will be focusing on 4-H showmanship and learning about the many different occupations 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.
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, learn about outdoor survival, and test their skills at archery. Campers will also take two field trips each week! (More information about the field trips will be released in the spring of 2020).

Contact

Carmen Kenney
4-H Program Educator
cbk49@cornell.edu
315-379-9192 ext. 243

Last updated January 27, 2020