- What is a typical day at Arcadia Farm Camp?
- What are camp hours?
- What makes Arcadia Farm Camp unique?
- What are the facilities?
- What is Arcadia Farm Camp’s age range?
- What about my kindergartener/middle-schooler?
- What should my child bring to camp?
- Who is your staff and where do they come from?
- What is the camper to counselor ratio?
- How much does Arcadia Farm Camp cost?
- Can I visit the Arcadia Farm prior to my camper’s week at Arcadia Farm Camp?
- Can I get a refund if my child decides not to come?
- What if there’s an emergency?
- Does Arcadia offer scholarships or discounts?
- Do you provide transportation for campers from DC to Arcadia Farm?
- What will you do in case of inclement weather?
9-9:45am Morning chores
9:45-10 Morning welcome and snack
10:15-12 Morning activities
12:30-1 Rest and recreation period
1-2:45 Afternoon activities
2:45-3pm Closing ritual
What are the camp hours?
Arcadia Farm Camp offers before and after care for campers. The care includes fun, cooperative games and activities.
Regular Drop-off is from 8:45 am to 9:00 am
Regular Pick-up is from 2:50 pm to 3:10 pm
Sunrise Sessions (before care) are offered from 7:30 am to 9:00 am
Sunset Sessions (after care) are offered from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Arcadia has a strict late pick-up policy and associated penalty fees — please pick your camper up by 5:00 pm to avoid penalties.
Fees: Sunrise Sessions cost $75 per week, and Sunset Sessions cost $125 per week.
What makes Arcadia Farm Camp unique?
Groundhog Garden, Arcadia’s youth farm, is a small plot in the middle of the four-acre Arcadia Farm. It’s a lush, green space just minutes outside of Washington, DC. This historic property, once a part of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, provides the opportunity to learn about the history of the people, buildings, and agricultural traditions of this area as well as sustainability and land conservation.
In addition to the connection to the rich history of this area, our approach to engaging kids on the farm sets us apart. Each aspect of Arcadia Farm Camp is hands-on, so that campers come away with a deep appreciation for the process of cultivating food in harmony with nature, and eating healthy. Kids truly become farmers and chefs for the week, using kid-sized tools and equipment to accomplish their assigned farm tasks.
What are the facilities?
Groundhog Garden, an interactive, half-acre space designed specifically for kids, will be the center of activities at Arcadia Farm Camp. It has 10 raised beds and 12 rotating vegetable plots, and includes a pollinator garden, a peanut butter and jelly bed, a kids shed, and 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Arcadia Farm, our 4-acre sustainable demonstration farm, which includes beehives, compost piles, and chickens and ducks, surrounds Groundhog Garden. During inclement weather, campers have access to the Woodlawn estate, an historic home built in 1805.
What is Arcadia Farm Camp’s age range?
Camp is for rising first graders (must have turned 6 before June 1, 2012) through rising fifth-graders (must not have turned 11 before June 1, 2012). We structure activities in two different age groups: 6-8 year-olds will be placed in the growing gardeners group and 9-10 year-olds will be placed in the young farmers group.
What about my kindergartener/middle-schooler?
Due to state licensing requirements, we can not include campers under 6 and since this is our pilot year, we’re focusing on developing programming for elementary-aged children. Stay tuned! We hope to expand our programming in 2013 and beyond.
What should my child bring to camp?
Dress to get dirty! Wear comfortable, cool clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. And bring the following:
- Healthy bag lunch (we have refrigeration on site).
- Water bottle
- Change of Clothes (Bring on Monday to have available for the week)
- Close-toed shoes
- Sunscreen labeled with your child’s name
Who is your staff and where do they come from?
Liz Whitehurst is the Farm Education Coordinator at Arcadia. Liz coordinates and leads Arcadia’s educational programs, including curriculum development, logistical planning, volunteer management, and youth engagement. She created and maintains Arcadia’s interactive youth farm space. Prior to working for Arcadia, Liz worked at Camp Treetops, an educational farm summer camp in upstate New York, and with youth on farms in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Andrea Northup is the Farm to School Director at Arcadia. Andrea oversees Arcadia’s youth engagement programs, including farm field trips, summer camps, special events, and educational Mobile Market visits to schools. Andrea founded the D.C. Farm to School Network in 2008, after graduating from Tufts University with degrees in Community Health and Environmental Engineering.
Maureen Moodie is the Farm Director at Arcadia. Maureen oversees all the farm production, planning and programming. She also coordinates weekly volunteers on the farm, assists with school groups and educational programs, and manages seasonal interns. With a commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmentally sound farming methods, Maureen uses her five years of experience on farms to engage the community and provide a demonstration space for public education.
We’ll be hiring experienced seasonal staff starting in April. All of our staff must pass background checks. Interested? Visit ourEmployment page.
What is the camper to counselor ratio?
Our consistent camper to counselor ratio is 8:1, although for some activities, like working with livestock, we’ll have more counselors on hand. We give each camper the attention they need while encouraging cooperation, teamwork and peer-to-peer learning.
How much does Arcadia Farm Camp cost?
Arcadia Farm Camp costs $300 per week. Sunrise and Sunset Sessions are an additional cost.
Does Arcadia offer discounts or scholarships?
We expect to offer a limited number of scholarships for families who qualify. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Can I visit the Arcadia Farm prior to my camper’s week at Arcadia Farm Camp?
Arcadia Farm hosts volunteer days every Monday and Sunday throughout the growing season. Volunteer days are a great way to learn about Arcadia, see what we’re growing, and get your hands dirty with your child. Sign up for our email list here.
Can I get a refund if my camper decides not to come?
Yes, you may receive a refund (minus your $100 deposit) if you cancel your enrollment before May 1, 2012. We cannot provide refunds after May 2, 2012.
What if there is an emergency?
All Arcadia staff members are trained in CPR and first aid, and will provide first response in case of accidents or injury. All staff members also carry cell phones to be used in case of an emergency. In case of emergency, we will notify parents/guardians indicated on your registration forms as soon as possible.
Do you provide transportation for campers from DC to Arcadia Farm?
Unfortunately, Arcadia Farm Camp will not provide transportation to Arcadia Farm this year. However, with your permission, we will share your contact information with other DC parents in order to help facilitate carpooling.
What will you do in case of inclement weather?
If it’s raining, dress your child for the weather – we’ll still work and play outside! Rainy days are a great time to learn about how we use water on the farm and the ecosystem we’re a part of.
In case of thunderstorms, we have access to the Woodlawn estate house for quiet lessons and activities.
On extremely hot days, we’ll take every precaution to keep campers safe and happy. We’ll always have water available, and we’ll take frequent water breaks throughout the day. Camp staff will take into account the temperature, the humidity index, and air quality when planning daily activities. We will take mandatory breaks, extend rest period, and plan shade and water activities as necessary.