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Natures Farm Camp at Angelic Organics Learning Center

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Register for 2019 Camps!

 

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Camp for Free-Range Youth!
We are a week-long, overnight farm camp for girls and boys ages 8-15. Kids help run the farm - immersed in animals, great food and outdoor adventure. 

Adorable animals, organic food, hikes to the creek, nature art, building projects and more! At Farm Camp, kids immerse themselves in the rhythms of life on a working farm, forming deeper connections to the land, animals, food, and each other. And while great food is a big part of camp, the goal isn’t just for kids to become more adventurous eaters, or even to become farmers and chefs (although that would be great). Camp is set up intentionally as an environment where kids flourish through real, meaningful work and collaboration.

Two Great Camps Combined to Make One World-Class CampFood
After four years of their own sleepaway camp, Nature’s Farm Camp has teamed up with us to deliver camp at Angelic Organics Learning Center! We’re taking the best of both camps and collaborating to deliver an unforgettable experience for kiddos.

For 2019, Nature’s Farm Camp at Angelic Organics Lodge and Farm will remain a small, close-knit community, limiting camp to just five weeks with about twenty-five campers per week.

Where Camp Happens
The Angelic Organics Farm campus in Caledonia, Illinois is 200 acres of majestic land located 90 minutes from Chicago, 60 minutes from Madison & Milwaukee.  We also offer overnight camps & retreats for families and adults, as well as day camps for kids.

Camp Activities 
We have a lot to do on the farm! Campers engage in daily activities such as feeding goats and chickens, refreshing water buckets, and collecting eggs. Kids 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 enjoy group games, relay races, ice-cream making using ingredients from the farm, nature exploration, hiking across our 200 acres, campfires, nature crafts & more!

Field-to-Fork Meals Meals
Our kid-friendly & organic meals are prepared with fresh ingredients, primarily from our organic/biodynamic farm and local sources. All meals are vegetarian friendly, and often we find that the fresh produce from our farm is so delicious, even meat eaters choose to eat vegetarian meals! Food is prepared onsite and campers are involved in harvest and preparation.

Even as camp life requires loads of energy, we think of food as far more than just calories. From garden time to meal prep and from taste tests to meal sharing, camp provides a unique opportunity to foster healthy relationships with food.

Why Farm Camp
We know that time in the dirt improves your health, and time outdoors improves your mind. We also know that by contributing to meal prep and planning, people foster healthy connections to nutritious food. The proof is in the empty salad bowl! We also hold camp in our hearts as a time when kids can learn independence, explore their interests, and belong to an inclusive community. We recognize that play is not the opposite of work. No matter the age, we all need play. For happiness, but also because learning happens through play.

Experts In the Field
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Angelic Organics Learning Center first began offering on-farm programs in 1999, in partnership with the Angelic Organics CSA Farm. Our founders transformed the Angelic Organics Farm campus into a living classroom, offering field trips and farm tours, to connect people with the farm, and teach them about the relationships between food, farmers, and the environment. The Learning Center’s on-farm programs have since grown to engage approximately 2,500 people each year through workshops, day camps, field trips, campouts, and more. In 2017, the Learning Center officially opened the Angelic Organics Lodge, a one-of-a-kind facility for overnight farm stay experiences.

Nature's Farm Camp grew out of Elena Marre and Tim Magner's experience working together with The Kids' Table and Truck Farm Chicago. It was, and is, about their desire to get kids out of the city and connected to awesomeness (and everything that sustains us). Elena and The Kids' Table ran the cooking portion of the camp for the first two years and we will forever be thankful. Today, Elena is focused on The Kids' Table (and their amazing summer camp in Chicago).

Together, our Farm Camp builds on this rich experience, and is designed to meet American Camp Association (ACA) standards. Campers spend the week with our combined 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. You can read about some of Angelic Organics Learning Center camp staff here.

Angelic Organics Lodge Farm Camp

Accommodations 
Camp is based at Angelic Organics Lodge, which offers bunk-style lodging.  Boys’ and girls’ dorms are on different floors with corresponding bathrooms and showers. Campers have space below their bunks and shared closets for belongings. The Lodge has plenty of natural playscapes, a crafts room, and a wellness center. A commercially certified kitchen offers space to prepare farm-to-table meals sourced primarily from Angelic Organics Farm. 

Campers will also have the opportunity for a camping experience on the farm, staying one night on cots in big canvas tents we provide. They’ll prepare their own dinner and breakfast in either the woodburning oven or over the campfire.

Angelic Organics Farm Campus
On the northern tip of Angelic Organics Farm, Angelic Organics Lodge sits on limestone bluff surrounded by old oaks overlooking the bend of Kinnikinnick Creek. The beautiful grounds are connected to nearly 200 acres of vegetable fields, oak savanna, pastures, and farmstead barns - inviting exploration, wonder, creativity, and revitalization.

Who Can Attend?CampFire
We accept campers of all genders from ages 8-12 during regular weeks, and ages 12-15 during teen weeks. Boys and girls reside on different floors in bunk style rooms. We are happy to accommodate youth with special needs or different abilities. Contact us directly if you have concerns about your child's ability to attend. We are also proud to have a scholarship fund and financial aid program through which we can make sure kids of all backgrounds have a chance to go to camp. You can apply for financial aid online. If you'd like to apply for a full scholarship, please contact us directly at camp@learngrowconnect.org.

Important Information for Parents
If you'd like detailed info about facilities, a day at camp, menu examples, policies and more - view our Parent Handbook! You'll find outlines of opening & closing days, as well as a packing list and other helpful insights to prepare you and your camper for farm camp. View camp photos from Angelic Organics Learning Center’s camps on Facebook or Flickr. View camp photos from Nature’s Farm Camp on their Facebook page. Contact us to inquire about payment plans and scholarships.

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Meet Our Staff!
Attend our Camp Open House on Saturday, March 9th from 1-4pm to meet our core staff. You can also find spring and fall events on our calendar to experience the farm before coming to camp. If you can’t make it on our scheduled days, contact us below to arrange a visit to Angelic Organics Lodge at your convenience.

Questions? Contact camp@learngrowconnect.org or 815-389-8455. Learn more about day camps (2019 season details coming soon) or school groups on our website. And feel free to contact us should you want to schedule a free private tour and meet our staff!

 

 

Registration Now Open! 
We offer five week-long sessions in Summer 2019, and one overnight camp during the week of Chicago and Milwaukee spring break:

Kids with Kids Spring Break Overnight Camp (ages 8-12) – Sunday, April 14 to Friday, April 19 | Register...
Session 1 (ages 8-12) – Sunday, June 23 to Friday, June 28 | Register...
Session 2 (ages 8-12) – Sunday, July 7 to Friday, July 12 | Register... 
Session 3 (ages 8-12) – Sunday, July 14 to Friday, July 19 | Register…
Session 4: Teen Week (ages 12-15) – Sunday, July 21 to Friday, July 26 | Register... 
Session 5 (ages 8-12) – Sunday, July 28 to Friday, August 2 | Register...

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