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2020 Summer Camps Have Been Cancelled

Dear Parents:

The intended start of summer camp is one month away. Luzerne County is still in COVID-19 Red Phase and Yellow Phase timing is uncertain. The Lands at Hillside Farms intensely modeled what camp would look like under Yellow Phase, assuming Yellow Phase will be achieved by mid-June.

The Lands at Hillside Farms’ mission is founded on sustainable decisions with the love of neighbors at its core. We recognize that our summer camp is not the cheapest camp offered and there are reasons for this. Our staff to camper ratio is 5:1 at the high end. We bring in experts to speak with the children about wildlife, natural resources, agriculture, and more. The campers are immersed into the agriculture experience in a hands-on manner, and there is a base education center where the campers gather for peer interaction as well as for relief from harsh heat or rain.

Yellow Phase, our current best-case scenario, requires practices that would completely change the nature of the camp, making it nothing more than usual. The Lands at Hillside Farms is not about “usual” and does not see the economics of the situation being worth one millionth of a percent as much of the safety of your children, our neighbors.

With this, we regret to inform that The Lands at Hillside Farms will be cancelling regular summer camp for 2020. This decision was exceptionally difficult to make, as education is what we are. We hope you forgive us for these circumstances and will consider our camp in future years.

We ask that you please be patient with us as we determine the best manner to deliver your refund.
It will likely be a manual check sent to your address on file.


Children’s Grief Camp begins later this summer and may be delayed depending upon our COVID-19 Phase, but every effort will be made to hold Grief Camp, even if holding the camp during the fall is necessary.

Our Education Director, Sierra, is working on summer educational opportunities for "would have been" campers in the instance that we achieve COVID-19 Yellow Phase. Please stay tuned in case your child has the desire to experience The Lands at Hillside Farms in a form other than camp this summer.

We sincerely appreciate every one of you and are deeply grateful for your understanding.

With Regret,
Chet Mozloom
Executive Director

Education

The Lands offers an engaging educational environment that cannot be experienced in a traditional classroom. Here at the farm, students work side-by-side with educators and "co-faculty" farm animals to learn about science, agriculture, ecology, history, nutrition, animal husbandry, land conservation, sustainable living and community service. Students also have the opportunity to observe diversities to enhance their educational experiences.

Our goal is to make the lessons and experiences stick long after the students have left the farm so in turn can teach by example. All programs meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards, for grades K though 12. To learn more about our education programs please please contact Sierra Krohnemann at sierrak@hillsidefarms.org.

To reserve an educational session or guided farm experience, please complete the Request Form. All educational sessions or guided farm experiences must be reserved online. We no longer take reservations via phone or email. A member of our staff will respond within 24 hours.



Green Guides Programs for Vulnerable Youths

Green Guides is an educational, therapeutic program for vulnerable and other at-risk youth throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Specifically, Green Guides provides for a safe, structured, supportive environment that features nature-based programs and activities related to science, math, history, horticulture, animal husbandry, and sustainable agriculture.

Green Guides is available to organizations that serve children (or adults) with autism and/or other developmental, physical or socio-economic challenges. Hillside Farms serves as an "adjunct classroom" to reinforce lessons taught through classroom learning. A key component to Green Guides include activities that focus on gross and fine motor skills; socialization/social skills; healthy eating; exercise; team-building/collaboration; grief processing; and, self-confidence. For those children with complex medical problems we provide a relaxed experience that allows for up close animal interaction with an emphasis on touch. We choose specific animals that seek out physical contact.

The primary goal of Green Guides is to help improve students’ physical and emotional behavior, and when possible, teach important life and academic skills. The collective roles, responsibilities, and expectations of Green Guides and participating agencies will help children make constructive choices as well as build upon their individual strengths.

The valuable lessons and experiences through Green Guides are available free-of-charge to any special needs child.


Children’s Grief Camp

This camp is open to children ages 6 to 14 who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one through illness, accident, homicide or suicide. We also serve children who are in foster care or kinship care due to neglect or abuse as well as children living with family addiction. According to the National Alliance for Grieving Children, those children who suffer a significant loss are at a greater risk for depression, suicide, substance abuse, and poverty. The United States Department of Health & Human Services reports that childhood trauma is a risk factor for nearly all behavioral health and substance use disorders. Yet, children can and do recover from traumatic events.

Farm-based activities coupled with grief education sessions and activities help reduce children’s feelings of isolation, loneliness, guilt, anger, fear, stress, and anxiety. Children also learn appropriate ways to express complex feelings related to their circumstances.

Working with certified grief professionals and Hillside’s trained camp counselors, children will work and play side-by-side with others who are also grieving. Farm-based responsibilities and activities combined with grief education and emotional support will provide opportunities for children to share their stories, express feelings, and memorialize their loved ones as well as build new friendships.

Children’s Grief Camp is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and private foundations.

To learn more about Children’s Grief Camp, please send an email to Suzanne Kapral at Suzanne@hillsidefarms.org.


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