Harvesting Young Minds
Ballentine Farm summer camp offers a unique combination of academic and experimental learning for children. During camp, children spend time in living laboratories of gardens, fields, orchards, ponds and barnyards. Through observation and hands-on experiences they study academic subjects, learn the skills to run a small farm and deepen their connection to each other and the earth. Children are encouraged to select their own learning process by discovering what interests them, making observations and sharing their insights with fellow campers and teachers. The responsibilities of farm work help to foster life long skills of determination, goal setting, creative thinking and cooperation. Our goal is for children to develop a respect for the importance of farming in a community, while experiencing personal self growth in knowledge, friendship, and spirit.
Summer camp is run by Virginia State certified teachers, with emphasis in special education, Counselors, adults without teaching certification, and Junior Counselors, 14-16 year old volunteers that offer their time and services as counselors in exchange for an opportunity to learn about childhood education and sustainable farming.
Session 1 June 10 - June 14
Session 2 June 17 - June 21
Session 3 June 24 - June 28
Session 4 July 8 - July 12
Session 5 July 15 - July 19
Session 6 July 22- July 26
Session 7 July 29 - Aug 2
Loudoun County 4 H Fair
Session 8 Aug 5 - Aug 9
Session 9 Aug 12 - Aug 16
Session 10 Aug 19 - Aug 23
Session 11 Aug 26 - Aug 30
Summer camp is open to children ages 5–12 years. We encourage all types of learners to attend. Our facility is handicapped accessible.
Hours: 8:00 – 4:00 Monday - Friday
Before-Care and After-Care are available at an additional cost. Please call or email in advance to arrange for additional care time.
First week $350.00 per week
2 - 5 weeks $325.00 per week
6 - 11 weeks $300.00 per week
The cost for one week of camp is $350.00 for everyone. If your child attends 2 - 5 additional weeks, the price goes down to $325.00 per week for the additional weeks. If they attend 6 - 10 weeks the price goes down to $300.00 per week for the additional weeks.
To register please fill out the registration form and the health record and release form. Then mail both forms and payment to the address on the top of the registration form. Payment may be made with a personal or cashier check. Camp fills up quickly after April 1. Be sure to get a copy of the list of items campers need to bring to camp.
Check daily schedule for routine
Start morning chores
8:30 Morning Meeting
Campers start each day greeting their fellow campers by participating in activities which are designed to promote cooperation and build camp community.
9:00 Garden Care
Campers work in flower, berry or vegetable gardens, while doing science and math activities, to develop knowledge and respect for locally produced food from small farms.
9:30 Animal Care
Campers work with farm animals to develop an understanding of the different animal life cycles and how animals contribute to our food supply.
10:00 Activity Time
Campers work on projects that will benefit the local community. Cooking, baking, canning, wood working and arts and crafts skills will be used to make items which will be donated to local food banks and senior citizens.
11:30 Learning Games
Campers work together to solve challenges that involve cooperative learning using physical and mental skills.
Lunch is brought from home. Snacks will be prepared by campers.
12:30 Story time
Campers may listen to a storyteller or choose to read their own favorite book while relaxing in the tree house, hay loft, or hammock. Campers will be required to keep a reading journal.
1:15 Creative Writing
Campers are free to expand their writing skills by keeping a diary, writing letters, writing creative stories or plays.
2:00 Free Activity
Campers may select to participate in camp games or swim in the pool
3:00 Afternoon Chores
Campers feed animals and gather eggs to package.
3:30 Closing Meeting
Campers meet to self evaluate their daily accomplishments and set personal and group goals for the next day.
4:00 Parent Pick Up