Summer Explorers Camp is a place where your child will discover the wonders of the outdoors while instilling a sense of respect and appreciation for the natural world. We hope to inspire your children to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of the future, to spark a lifelong love of learning, and to develop a deep and enduring connection with the natural world…all while having some good old fashioned fun in our beautiful farm setting.
Our camp provides a balance of structured and free play with environmental exploration, enjoyment of many arts and crafts experiences, and age-appropriate learning activities. These experiences will encourage children’s natural curiosity and respect of the outdoors, while building social and life skills.
Summer Explorers Camp is perfect for children ages 4-12 and takes place from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm every day, Monday through Friday. Campers should bring a snack, lunch and water.
Summer Camp Registration Fees (unless otherwise noted)
SKF Members: $200. per child
Non Members: $225. per child
Before or after care: $25 per day
Families who sign up for two or more weeks, receive a $25 reduction per family. If you have any questions concerning the fees, please email or call us at 845-831-3800.
To register for Stony Kill’s 2018 Summer Camp Program complete a registration form here. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive confirmation of your reservation. At that time we’ll request payment by check to Stony Kill Foundation or via paypal. Refund policy: Stony Kill Foundation must be notified at least 3 weeks before the start of camp in order to receive a full refund. After two weeks, we will refund 50% of camp registration and the week before zero refund.
Once payment has been received, you’ll receive another confirmation that your child is fully registered for your requested camp session. Thank you for supporting Stony Kill and our programs!
Summer Explorers 1: Project Discovery, June 18 – 22
During our first week of camp, campers will discover Stony Kill Farm starting with our barnyard and livestock. Each day, campers will discover various ecosystems throughout the property by hiking our trails and searching for birds and insects and visiting the pond to collect specimens for observation. Our unique land offers campers an opportunity to learn about our local surroundings.
Summer Explorers 2: Life on the Farm, June 25 – 29 THIS WEEK IS NOW FULL.
Campers will learn how to care for our farm animals and discover our historic big red barn and tractor. Each day will focus on aspects of farm life through observation, creation and exploration. Campers will sample different foods that come from our farm, explore the greenhouse and start their own seeds while learning about importance of composting and our friends the decomposers. Campers will learn about our Native American friends and their cultural offerings. If your child has a love of farm life, this is the camp for them.
Summer Explorers 3: Hodge Podge week, July 2, 3, 5 & 6 ($180 for the week or $45 per day)
During this shortened week, our counselors have chosen a different theme for each day based on their passions and expertise.
July 2: Survival camp: Campers will learn various outdoor survival skills that include making a shelter, tying knots, animal tracking, building a fire and safety lesson, and the art of creating a perfect smore.
July 3: Geology & Weather: Our resident intern Stephen has a passion for rocks and minerals and will be collecting specimens with our campers, categorizing them, and testing their durability. Campers will also learn about the weather and will build a barometer as a team.
July 5: Upcycling: Our resident intern Stamper is a recycler at heart and will be sharing her expertise for reusing man made materials along with natural items from our environment. If you love making and creating this is the day for you!
July 6: Plants: Our resident intern Kristen is a landscaper and loves horticulture and will be teaching campers about propagation along with a lesson on fertilizers. Campers will explore the surrounding vegetation around the pond, fields, and trails and learn what animals use these areas as their home.
Summer Explorers 4: Homesteading, July 9 – 13 THIS WEEK IS NOW FULL. THERE IS A WAITING LIST STARTED.
Campers will travel back in time to learn about the history of Stony Kill Farm and how farmer’s lived and worked in the 1700’s. This week we’ll introduce the different crops that can be grown on our land and how to preserve them for the winter months. Campers will learn the process of natural dying, colonial crafts, and how our livestock and honeybees were beneficial then and now.
*New this year: Monday Camp on the Farm, $45 per day, 9 am to 3 pm. This new program gives kids an opportunity to experience a day of camp on the farm without committing to a whole week. Campers will start each Monday visiting our animals in the barn.
July 23 – Farm to Table/Gardening
July 30 – Pollinators
August 6 – Junior Naturalist
August 13 – Science and Technology
August 20 – Farm Life: Animal Care
August 27 – Nature Craft Day