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Overnight Farm Camp

Farm Camp for Free-Range Youth!

Adorable animals, organic food, hikes to the creek and more! Registration is now OPEN for our 2018 Overnight Farm Camp! Kids immerse themselves in the rhythms of life on our working farm, forming deeper connections to the land, animals, food, and each other. Our weeklong camps occur on Angelic Organics farm, 200 acres of majestic land located roughly 90 minutes from Chicago, 60 minutes from Madison & Milwaukee, 30 minutes from Lake Geneva & Rockford, and 10 minutes from the lovely town of Beloit. We also offer farm camps for adults and families (stay tuned for our 2018 Program Calendar released in mid-December!)

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 groups 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 
Our kid-friendly meals are prepared with fresh ingredients, primarily from our organic/biodynamic farm and local sources. Most meals are vegetarian with campfire cooking sessions that include options for grilled grass-fed meat. These meals are prepared onsite 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.

Accommodations 
Angelic Organics Lodge sits on limestone bluff surrounded by old oaks overlooking the bend of Kinnikinnick Creek. The beautiful grounds are located on the north 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 Angelic Organics CSA farm and our Learning Center on the south 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 campers. Boy’s and girl’s dorms are on different floors with corresponding bathrooms. Campers have space below their bunks and shared closets for belongings. The Lodge has plenty of natural playscapes, a crafts room, and a 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. Overnight Farm Camp builds on this rich experience, and is designed to meet American Camp Association (ACA) standards. Campers 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. See all educator bios

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. Contact us directly if you have concerns about your child's ability to attend. 

Registration:
We offer four weeklong sessions of Overnight Farm Camp in Summer 2018. The cost is $1,050 per week with an early bird rate of $950 when registered by March 1, 2018! A $150 deposit is due at registration to reserve your spot. Payment plans and scholarships are also available.
Session 1 – Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29 - Register...
Session 2 – Sunday, July 8 to Friday, July 13 - Register... 
Session 3 – Sunday, July 15  to Friday, July 20 - Register...
Session 4 – Sunday, July 22 to Friday, July 27 - Register...

Important Information for Parents
If you'd like detailed info about facilities, a day in the life of a camper, menu examples, policies and more - view our Parent Handbook! You'll even find outlines of opening & closing days, as well as a packing list and other helpful insights to prepare you and your camper for Overnight Farm Camp. Read or download here. View camps photos on Facebook or Flickr

Meet Our Staff!

Learn about 2018 camps, meet staff & mingle at these FREE upcoming events:
Check back soon - our 2018 Event Calendar is almost ready for release! You are also welcome to come up and see farm camp facilities and meet staff at any time. Just contact us to make an appointment.

Questions? Contact learn@learngrowconnect.org or 815-389-8455. Fill out this form to receive updates. Learn more about day camps on our main camp page