We are in the middle of our first session of girls and we are all having a great time. From cleaning the barns to tie dying shirts, here are some of the highlights of the last 7 days. We will be sad to see you leave.
August 6, 2012 by Josh
July 30, 2012 by Gretchen
The first 2 sessions have flown by in a blur. It’s nearly impossible to believe that the much-anticipated summer is already half over. It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were building the raised beds for our garden with lots of technical assistance and great advice from Sean Zigmund and Cheyenne Miller at partner farm, Root N Roost.
After several spring weekends full of hauling dirt, sifting rocks, moving giant logs, and putting up fences, we created 3 garden beds from a variety of materials, both purchased from stores and found on the property.
Although none of us had ever built beds of this size or grown food on this large a scale, we were all so excited about the prospect of being able to eat fresh produce from our own garden–steps away from our kitchen–all summer! Once the tiny seeds were planted in the soil, all we could do was wait for Nature to work its magic.
July 4, 2012 by Josh
After months of planning our first group campers finally arrived on Sunday and Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms launched it’s second summer!!! Again, I would like to thank all of our parents, grandparents, and guardians who watched nervously as the bus pulled away. For our staff the payoff is watching our campers quickly jumping into camp life with both feet.
Taking care of goats!
Working on the farm.
This summer we have cows too.
A great first day.
June 7, 2012 by Josh
With our first session one month away, now is the time where lists take on a life of their own. Passing out acceptance packets I have watched many campers quickly flip by the parent release and medical history forms and land on the ever exciting packing list (NOTE: Those forms are not boring! Go have your parent or guardian fill them out and bring them to school right now!). For young people who have not been to camp before it’s that packing list that makes camp seem alive, exciting, and real. Some campers use this list to convince parents that they will be “unsafe” without a new high tech life jacket or heavy duty flashlight (this is untrue). Others will analyze the list and decide things like, “maybe I should bring these high heels just in case we go dancing” or “I better play it safe and just bring everything I own” (again both statements are untrue). When packing just remember to keep it simple, pack things you don’t mind getting dirty and follow our suggestions for how much to bring. We do have laundry but you don’t do it all that often.
At camp, we are making lists too. Right now most of our lists consist of things we are doing to improve camp and provide the best experience possible for our participants this summer. Thanks to our wonderful and committed volunteers who spent two work weekends we’ve painted houses, built garden beds, and added a whole bunch of new surprises for summer 2012!
If you have not done so already—GET YOUR RELEASE FORM AND MEDICAL HISTORY FORM SIGNED BY PARENTES TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Staff and volunteers hard at work!
March 3, 2012 by Josh
Welcome to the blog for Steve’s Camp at Horizon Farms! For 2012 participants, their families and supporters, this will be the place to find up to date information about all things camp. Are you curious what your child is eating at lunch? Stay tuned here. Are you an accepted camper who wants advice on what to pack? Stay tuned here. Are you someone who just loves the camp experience and likes to see kids eating healthy and having fun in the outdoors? Stay tuned here.
My name is Josh. Since I was a 7 year old at camp Inverness (it was turned into a suburban housing development long ago), I have been a junior camper at day camp (go Sharks!), a senior camper at sleep away camp (go Cabin 11!), a C.I.T., a counselor, a program director, a camp handy man, a camp researcher, and a camp director. Camp is so much in my bones, I even got married at a summer camp. So last year, I left my life as a city based youth organizer/education professor to return to my true calling– starting a summer camp. After a fun filled summer of tracking down lost bus drivers, corralling runaway sheep, and trying to ensure that ghost stories were not nc-17 (you know who you are), the staff and myself are excited and privileged to share our experiences this summer with you. Whether you are a life long camper or you would prefer to beat the heat with a little American Idol, be on the lookout for periodic tales kitchen duty, and adventures about milking goats that will hopefully bring the spirit of camp to your computer screen. –JB