Overnight Farm Camp
Farm Camp for Free-Range Youth!
Adorable animals, organic food, hikes to the creek and more! Spend a week immersed in the rhythms of farm life on our organic/biodynamic farm where kids form deeper connections to the land, the food we eat, and each other.
We have a lot to do on the farm! Campers engage in daily farm activities such as feeding the goats and chickens, refreshing water buckets, and collecting eggs. Kids also earn their "green thumb" by pulling weeds, planting seedlings and turning the compost piles. Our activities teach responsibility in a way that is satisfying and formative. We also believe in the value of play and independence. Kids will enjoy groups games, relay races, ice-cream making using ingredients from the farm, nature exploration & hiking across our 200 acres, campfires, nature crafts, and more!
Our kid-friendly meals are prepared with fresh ingredients, primarily from our organic/biodynamic farm and local sources. Most meals are vegetarian with some campfire cooking sessions including options for grilled meat. These meals are prepared on site and campers are involved in harvest and preparation. Culinary Manager, Rob Benzel, designs the menu. Rob has previous cooking experience as a chef at Greenfire Restaurant in Rockford, Bushel & Peck's in Beloit and other local restaurants specializing in fresh local ingredients. Contact us with questions or concerns about food allergies or restrictions.
Angelic Organics Lodge is scheduled to open for Overnight Farm Camp in July 2017. The property sits on limestone bluff surrounded by old oaks overlooking the bend of Kinnikinnick Creek. The beautiful grounds are on the northern campus of our farm, adjacent to 200 acres of vegetable fields, oak savanna, pastures, and farmstead barns - inviting exploration, wonder, creativity, and revitalization. The Lodge is connected to the Learning Center and Angelic Organics' farm operation on the southern campus through a network of paths and trails. Our commercially certified kitchen offers space to prepare farm-to-table meals sourced primarily from Angelic Organics farm. Goats, chickens, and our Scottish Highland cows graze on the grounds, allowing for visitors to interact and experience the rhythms of farm life. The lodge offers dormitory-style lodging for 30 people. Boy’s and girl’s dorms are on different floors with cooresponding bathrooms. Campers have space below their bunks and shared closets for belongings. The lodge also has natural playscapes, a full crafts room, and an on-site nurse’s office.
Experts In the Field
Angelic Organics Learning Center began offering on-farm programming in 1999. These experiential programs now serve more than 3,000 people per year through food & farm workshops, field trips, day camps, overnight campouts and more. Our Overnight Farm Camp builds on this rich experience, and is designed to meet American Camp Association (ACA) standards. Campers will spend the week with our team of passionate, experienced staff members. All counselors and educators have experience teaching, as well as expertise in the fields of agriculture and environmental sciences. Program Director, Katie Townsend, has more than 30 years of professional experience in outdoor education.
Who Can Attend?
We accept campers of all genders from ages 8-14. Boys and girls reside on different floors in dormitory style rooms. We are happy to accommodate youth with special needs or different abilities. Please contact us directly if you have concerns about your child's ability to attend.
Overnight Farm Camp will now launch in Summer 2018 due to renovation delays. We will keep you abreast to any new developments as they occur! We still have spots in our 2017 Summer Day Camps - so check them out! Overnight farm stays & field trips are currently being scheduled for Fall/Winter 2017 and Spring 2018. We’re excited to help you, your family, your colleagues and your community plan their trip. Contact us today and schedule your stay - firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-389-8455.