Superior Farm Sheep

Explore, Experience, Discover.
The goal of our Farm Camp is to provide a meaningful experience for your child by providing opportunities for daily connection to food, animals and the natural world.

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Building on the success of our 2021 inaugural summer farm camp, we are excited to announce that summer farm camp is back for 2022!

Our week-long, full day farm camp is running for 8 weeks this summer and, for our younger participants, half day morning camps are available.

Campers will immerse themselves in everything Superior Farms has to offer including daily farm chores, such as feeding and cleaning the animals, collecting eggs, planting seeds, weeding and harvesting. The fun doesn’t end there: with four different themes to discover, activities will engage the mind and senses, inviting campers to develop a new relationship with the farm animals, their food and the natural world.

Using child-led, place-based, and play-based learning principles, we aim to make farm camp a place for laughter, connection, friendships, engaging activities, learning, fun and growth. With tons of outdoor space, a sports court, greenhouses galore, and many furry and feathered friends to meet, we have plenty of space and modes of practice to engage and support our campers.

Summer Camp Details

Each week, campers aged 6*-12 are invited to join us on the farm. Except where specifically requested, children will be grouped based on age as best possible with a maximum ratio of 1 camp educator to 10 campers during the program. *Campers who will be 6 by December 31st are welcome to join.

New for 2022, there are 4 different camp themes to choose from that will repeat throughout the summer with a week-long project focus. Half day participants will have the opportunity to create lots of crafts throughout the week, but will not complete larger, week-long projects.

NOW AVAILABLE: SINGLE DAY FARM CAMP
for the week of July 25-29. Only 10 spots available per day. Campers will get a mini farm camp experience – spending time with the animals, getting their hands dirty in the garden, exploring the natural spaces around the farm, and doing mini crafts.

Watch our video below to see our mini-animals

Dates Program Availability (full/half day)
July 4-8 Future Farmer closed
July 11-15 Farm Science closed
July 18-22 Nature Adventures closed
July 25-29 Small Wonders closed
August 2-5* (short week) Future Farmer closed
August 8-12 Farm Science sold out/5 available
August 15-19 Nature Adventures >5 available/4 available
August 22-26 Small Wonders >5 available/2 available

     *camp will not run on the Monday of the August long-weekend. Fee reflects this.

Dates & Times

Full Day (for campers aged 6-12):
9:00am-3:30pm

Half Day (for campers aged 6-9):
9:00am-12:00pm

Drop Off: Beginning at 8:30am (supervision-only*)

Pick Up: In the 15 minutes following the end of camp.

Extended supervision: Available until 4:30pm on a supervision-only* basis for an additional cost. Not available for half-day programs

*supervision-only periods have a ratio of 1 leader to 20 campers. As a group, campers may spend time with the animals, play on the sports court, or do nature-based crafts/building.

Program Themes

Future Farmer

Weeks of July 4 & August 1

Future Farmer

This is the real farming deal! Using an immersive and dynamic approach to food, farming and fun, this session allows campers to explore what it means to be a farmer in a safe and inclusive way.

Campers will keep busy in four focus areas: planting, harvesting, animal care, and creative art, and can expect to get dirt under their fingernails!

From learning about garden planning, to seeding and sowing veggies, to harvesting and tasting freshly harvested produce, campers will be deeply rooted in this unique journey. 

Aside from their farm tasks and activities, campers will work on a special week-long project to bring a unique creation home at the end of the week.

Farm Science

Weeks of July 11 & August 8

Farm Science

Farming isn’t just about our adorable animals! Weather, soil, growing, and nutritional considerations are some of many things that go into the work that we do!

This session introduces campers into some of the science that goes into farming and the fun science you can do with items from around the farm (like making an eggshell disappear and observing the contents or making butter).

Campers will put on their scientist hats while participating in a variety of fun science-based activities, rooted in the farm and natural spaces, so that they have fun while getting hands-on with everything sciencey that the farm has to offer in a safe and inclusive way.

Nature Adventures

Weeks of July 18 & August 15

Nature Adventures

This week is all about the farm and nature with activities and crafts in the natural spaces that surround the farm.

Campers will use all of their senses to build a relationship with the natura spaces around the farm and will immerse themselves in their environment and the farm through art, activities, exploration, and play.

In addition to daily farm activities, campers will walk in the woods, create with natural found materials, practice environmental sustainability, and let nature influence and animate their art. From outdoor art, plant identification, nature skills, and other hand-on activities, campers will be sure to create lasting memories!

Small Wonders

Weeks of July 25 & August 22

Small Wonders

Get up close and personal with the tiniest critters around the farm. Campers learn about all of the fascinating creatures that play a role in our farm ecosystem: pests, pollinators, worms, fungi, and more! Campers will explore soil ecosystems, catch bugs, build a worm compost, feed the worms and look under logs, among other activities.

Campers will search for different types of insects and other small creatures, and discover their behaviours, senses and adaptations, including how to communicate like bees.

All of this in addition to time spent with the farm animals and in the garden will make for a buzzing good time!

Additional Information

No refunds will be issued if a reservation is cancelled within 2 weeks of the session start date. Otherwise, camp fees are refundable, less a $50 administration fee. In the event that Superior Farms cancels your session due to changes in COVID-19 regulations, a full refund (less a non-refundable administrative fee) or credit towards any future programs will be offered. Refunds will not be issued for missed camp days due to inclement weather or illness.

Requests for cancellations or refunds must be made in writing and submitted to camp@superiorfarmsbc.ca.

Campers are expected to bring their own waste-free and nut-free snacks and lunch (if applicable) with them each day.

We recommend packing a couple substantial snacks, as campers tend to be hungrier than normal from being active outdoors. Programs will take place outdoors except in the case of severe weather (e.g., thunderstorms).

We do not have any air conditioned spaces and in the case of extreme heat, we will adapt the programming and activities accordingly to keep campers safe and cool.

Participants will be required to practice proper hand hygiene before and after eating and adhere to our “no food sharing” policy.

Clothing and Personal Items 

We ask that campers refrain from wearing sandals to the farm as they do not properly protect your feet when spending time with the animals (if stepped on or when performing animal chores). We also suggest campers wear clothing that can get dirty or get potentially stained (e.g., we may paint with acrylic paints, which are hard to remove from clothing if not washed immediately). We recommend campers come prepared for all types of weather. You are welcome to leave items at camp for the week, however Superior Farms will not be held accountable for lost items.

Please remember to always pack the following: 

  • Water bottle (at least 500ml)
  • Sun hat with a wide brim
  • Sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF recommended)
  • Closed toe shoes (for hiking and visiting the farm animals)
  • 2 pairs of socks
  • Rain jacket (100% waterproof, with a hood)
  • Rain boots (rubber boots)
  • An extra change of clothes

Please do not bring: 

  • Cellphones
  • Handheld video games
  • Electronic devices
  • Valuable items
  • Weapons or imitation weapons
  • Money

MORNING SESSION

8:30am – 9:00am | Sign In
Drop your child off by our sports court for supervised leisure time. You will be asked to initial on drop-off.

9:00am – 9:30am | Opening Circle
Group gathering, warmup activities, and orientation to the day and week ahead. Review of camper expectations and safety protocols. Division into groups based on age and full/half day participants.

9:30am – 10:15am | Farm Orientation & Exploration
Orientation to the farm and where everything is located, with attention to washrooms, hand washing and sanitizing stations, and any off-limit spaces. Introduction to the animals and proper care and behaviour expectations.

10:15am – 10:30am | Snack Time
Brief break for a snack, water, and reapply sunscreen if necessary.

10:30am – 11:00 am | Animal Care
Campers will get an introduction to the different animals and how we care for them. Care routines may include grooming, cleaning paddocks, tidying animals spaces, feeding, and water checks, among others.

11:00am – 12:00 pm | Theme-Specific Games & Activities
Introduction to the week’s theme and project. In a rotation-style, we might work on hand-crafts, play games, start a science experiment, or work on the week-long project that campers will get to take home at the end of the week.

11:45am – 12:00pm | Closing Circle & Sign-Out (for half-day campers only)
Group gathering, Closing circle and gratitude; getting ready for home. * Photo ID (day 1 only and for any new pick-up person) & initial required at sign-out

12:00pm-1:00pm | Lunch & Animal Time
Break for lunch. Campers will have free time to play on the sports court or visit the animals, including feeding them their lunch and checking waters.

1:00-3:00 Theme-Specific Games & Activities
We begin our deep exploration into the theme of the week. Campers may do crafts, experiments, work in the garden, transplant or sow seeds, work on an individual or group project, or learn about the history and care of specific animals on the farm.

3:00pm-3:30pm | Games & Closing Circle
Group gathering, games, closing circle and gratitude; getting ready for home.

3:30pm – 3:45pm | Sign-Out
* Photo ID (day 1 only and for any new pick-up person) and initial required at sign-out

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Extended Supervision
Supervised free time on the sports court or with the animals. Pick up no later than 4:30pm

8:30am – 9:00am | Sign In
Drop your child off by our sports court for supervised leisure time. You will be asked to initial on drop-off.

9:00am – 9:20am | Opening Circle
Group gathering, warmup activities, stories, orientation to the day. Review of hygiene, conduct protocols (if required). Break into groups.

9:20am – 10:00am | Farm Tasks & Animal Care
Campers may groom the goats, collect chicken eggs, feed the cows, play with the pigs, or help with the socialisation of farm newcomers. Time may also be spent in the veggie garden in seeding, planting, weeding, or harvesting.

10:15am – 10:30am | Snack Time
Brief break for a snack, water, and reapply sunscreen if necessary.

10:00am – 10:15am | Snack
Brief break for a snack, water, and reapply sunscreen if necessary.

10:15am – 11:15am | Theme- Specific Exploration & Games
Time spent on farm exploring, learning, and playing games following child-led, play- and place- based education principles. Dependent on the week, campers may do things like learn about caring for specific farm animals, discover invasive and native plants, look for pollinators, turn over rocks and explore what lives under them, engage in building challenges with natural materials, check in on the garden, hear from a guest speaker, participate in a forest clean-up, or learn about and practice sustainability.

11:15am – 12:00pm | Weekly or Daily Themed Project
In a rotation-style, we will work on a variety of hand-crafts or work on the week-long project that campers will get to take home at the end of the week. Some tool use may be incorporated based on age and interest.

12:00pm-1:00pm | Lunch & Animal Time
Break for lunch. Campers will have free time to play on the sports court or visit the animals, including feeding them their lunch and checking waters.

11:45am – 12:00pm Closing Circle & Sign-Out (for half-day campers only)
Group gathering, Closing circle and gratitude; getting ready for home. * Photo ID (day 1 only and for any new pick-up person) & initial required at sign-out.

12:00pm – 1:00pm | Lunch Supervision & Animal or Unstructured Play Time
Lunch and supervised free time. Campers will have free time to play on the sports court or visit the animals, including feeding them their lunch and checking waters.

1:00pm – 3:00pm | Theme-Based Exploration & Games & Animal Time
During this time, we will continue to explore the theme of the week, with activities, projects and tasks changing throughout the week. As the week progresses and campers gain the skills to work independently on projects of their interest, this time may become more free as campers follow their interests. Mini science projects, animal time, garden planting and harvesting, exploring the woods, are some of the things we may get up to as a group! We aim to create a space where campers feel comfortable and safe following their interests and needs – even if it’s just taking some alone time in the woods (supervised of course) to reflect.

3:00pm-3:30pm | Games & Closing Circle
Group gathering, games, closing circle and gratitude; getting ready for home.

3:30pm – 3:45pm | Sign-Out
* Photo ID (day 1 only and for any new pick-up person) and initial required at sign-out

3:30pm – 4:30pm | Extended Supervision
Supervised free time on the sports court or with the animals. Pick up no later than 4:30pm

A parent’s handbook guide is available by clicking here: Superior Farms Farm Camp Summer 2022 HANDBOOK

We ask that you take the time to read this hand book to understand how to prepare for camp.

For more information, please contact us at camp@superiorfarmsbc.ca.

Recognizing that this is a constantly evolving situation, practices and procedures will be updated and amended as necessary. Keeping your children safe while enjoying the camp experience is our top priority. To ensure the health and wellbeing of our campers, the following are some of the practices we employ:

  • Daily Covid-19 screening for staff and camp participants and their family
  • Outdoor programming wherever and whenever possible and ensuring ventilation in any indoor spaces (e.g., greenhouse walls will be opened)
  • Physical distancing on camper drop off and pick up (caregivers will be asked to wait in their car if there is a lineup to drop off or pick up campers)
  • Masks worn by staff when inside or when physical distancing is not possible
  • Following mask mandates will be expected in any indoor spaces
  • Children will be well-supervised during hand-washing and reminded about physical distancing and proper hygiene practices.
  • We will teach and expect that staff and students practice respiratory hygiene (including covering coughs, avoiding touching the face, and not sharing any food, drinks or personal items).
  • If a staff or camper is displaying any cold or flu-like symptoms while at camp, they will be removed from all camp activities and sent home to isolate.
  • Buildings for camp use will be cleaned and disinfected daily and minimum twice-daily surface-sanitizing processes for high-contact surfaces will be followed by staff. High touch surfaces will be reduced wherever possible.
Questions? Contact us.