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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

Summer 2020 Farm Camp Registration Now Open

The Lands At Hillside Farm is gearing up for another great year of Summer Farm Camp!

Camp Information

Now in its 13th season, we are excited to offer our most enjoyable and educational experiences ever. Summer Farm Camp combines exercise and activities while keeping education challenging and fun. We look forward to welcoming your child(ren) to Hillside's 2020 Summer Farm Camp!

Open for students entering grades K-8 for the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Campers are placed in groups based on their ages.

Cost
$250 per week per child.

Before & After Care
Before care is available from 8AM and after care available until 5PM.
Cost is $5 per child per day.

Each camp is limited to 30 campers.

Each week of Hillside Farms Summer Camp includes:
  • Hands-on animal interactions
  • Farm chores
  • Outdoor games and activities
  • Tie dye
  • A hike on our Historic Trail
  • Hayride
  • Water day
  • Ice cream

All About Animals

Campers will enjoy hands-on learning as a way to experience life on a farm. Campers will work closely our farm animals and nature to learn about science, biology, math, and history. Plus, campers will have unique access to the inside workings of our historic 412-acre dairy farm including our Civil War era barns, endless pastures, magnificent greenhouse and dairy processing area.
 

Farm Science

Campers will learn how our food and clothing do not just come from a grocery or retail store; that what we eat and what we wear stems from the earth. Campers will also discover how local farms play a major role in that process. Plus, campers will have unique access to the inside workings of our historic 412-acre dairy farm including our Civil War era barns, endless pastures, magnificent greenhouse and dairy processing area.
 


Activities

Activities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Getting to know our dairy herd, calves, horse, goats, sheep, pigs and chickens
  • Hikes and scavenger hunts
  • Farm-related arts & crafts
  • Educational tours of our "Mooseum" barn and processing plant
  • Hayrides
  • Stream explorations
  • And tons of other great things

FAQ

Should campers bring a lunch?

All campers should bring a healthy, hearty lunch and a water bottle to use throughout the day. TLHF will provide snacks.

What if my child has allergies?

If your child has any food allergies or sensitivities, please send them safe snacks. If your child requires an epi-pen or inhalers, please bring these items to camp each day and your child’s counselor will be able to assist you.

What items should my child bring?

We recommend that each child bring sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, weather appropriate clothing, extra clothing, a towel, and extra shoes. Please leave any electronics or valuables at home. TLHF is not responsible for any misplaced items.

What should my child wear to camp?

All campers must wear closed toe shoes at all times. Your child should be dressed appropriately for the weather and environment. Many of the activities at camp can get a little messy, so please send your camper in old clothing.

What happens if it rains?

Camp continues, rain or shine. In the case of heat advisories and/or storms, we keep the campers inside the Education Center and do indoor activities until it is safe to go outside.

When are water and hike days?

Typically (unless the weather forces us to switch days), hike day is Wednesday and water day is Friday. All campers must wear closed toe shoes in the water. Crocs and flip flops will not be allowed. They are dangerous in the water and tend to get lost easily. Water shoes, old sneakers, rain boot, and keen-type sandals are recommended footwear for water day. Your child can wear their bathing suit under their clothing on Friday morning, and will have the opportunity to change before pickup at the end of the day.

Please submit any further questions to SierraK@thelandsathillsidefarms.org
Thank you,
Sierra Krohnemann