More than veggies grow at this farm!
See for yourself at our 2021 summer day camps.
Each day, campers will participate in a variety of small group activities facilitated by their camp counselor as well as child-led freeplay opportunities. No matter the week they are signed up to attend, every camper will participate in the following weekly activities:
Nature exploration, like animal games, scavenger hunts, and camouflage activities
Garden investigation, like bug hunts, color hunts, and garden taste-testing
Arts & Crafts with recycled and/or natural materials
An activity to make the world a better place, like creek litter clean up or a pollinator take home project
They also have a daily Snacktivity, Forest Freeplay, and participate in 15-20 minutes of Farm Chores (weeding and watering in the garden, collecting firewood, turning compost, etc.) to help the farm be its best.
Just like the plants in the garden, children will grow at farm camp, too. Through outdoor exploration, hands-on activities, and free play, our goal is that campers will grow in the following ways:
Build self-esteem through interactions with others and participation in new and challenging activities.
Grow communication and problem solving skills through child-led freeplay and facilitated activities.
Learn gardening, cooking, and healthy eating skills that they are able to share at home.
Develop kindness, compassion, and empathy by caring for living things, articulating feelings, and contributing to group success.
Become stewards of the land, forming a connection with the earth and a desire to protect both living and non-living elements of our ecosystem.
Explorers Club Aftercare: $50/week
Deposit and Payment Due Date: A $50/week deposit will be due at the time of registration. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Final payment for summer camps is due by June 1, 2021.
Financial assistance is available for all programs. Requests can be made when registering online.
Camp Times: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Free & Flexible Drop Off: 8:15-9 a.m.
Explorers Club Aftercare: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Ages 5-13 at the time of camp or
13-17 to be a Teen Apprentice
Buddy Requests: Campers can request to be placed with one friend or sibling who is close in age. Request for larger groups may not be able to be honored.
Is the week you wanted full? Here are the TOP 4 REASONS to sign up for the waitlist:
1) Waitlists help us gauge popularity of programs. Sometimes we are able to add more spots and if we do, they go to kids on the waitlist!
2) Lots of kids get in off the waitlist! We usually have a steady trickle of cancelations all spring, as folks firm up summer plans and realize they’ve packed their schedule a little too full. But, the time that we have the most movement from waitlists is right after final payments are due (June 1). So even if you don’t hear about a space opening up this spring, don’t lose hope!
3) There’s no financial commitment! You won’t have to pay anything until your camper gains a spot on the roster. Once notified that they’ve been moved up off the waitlist, you’ll have 3 days to pay a $50 deposit to confirm that you want the spot. If space opens up after June 1st, when final payments are due, then full payment will be required to confirm your spot.
4) If you don’t sign up for the waitlist, you won’t get in!
>>>Scroll through to see what summer camp looks like!
Find out why Sunbury Urban Farm was named Columbus' EDUCATION GARDEN OF THE YEAR* and BEST CAMP FOR KIDS** by signing up today!
*2020 Growing to Green Award by the Franklin Park Conservatory
**2020 CBUS Top Picks Award by the Columbus Dispatch
Small group sizes. Summer camp groups have no more than 15 people, including facilitators. Groups do not mingle or use learning areas simultaneously.
Separate group Basecamps to store personal gear, eat lunch, and do table activities.
Daily health checks for staff and kids. No one with a temperature of 100º F or higher will be allowed to participate.
Frequent hand washing and disinfecting of high touch surfaces and shared materials.
Creative activities that encourage social distancing and normalize mask wearing when distance is not possible.
Sessions are conducted almost exclusively outdoors with lots of open space and fresh air.
These precautions may change as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves. Details will be emailed to all registered camp families closer to summer.
Every week of camp will have a unique theme that will be incorporated in the week's activities. Actual activities will vary for different ages and abilities.
Run Wild - nature games, creeking, mud play, and tons of forest fun
Zombie Farm - survival skills to help you combat emergency situations
Bugs - bugs, bees, butterflies, and creepy crawly fun
Nature Art - Earth-inspired arts and crafts
Ohio Animals: tracks and scat, animal adaptations, and wildlife games
Woodland Wizardry - wand whittling, magical creatures, and reading tea leaves to gaze into the future
Shipwreck - wilderness survival skills like fire lighting, shelter building, and knots
Herbal Adventures - forage for edible and medicinal plants, make your own tea and herbal concoctions
Forest Faire - fairies, dragons, and knights will all be in attendance at our medieval forest faire
Pioneer Days - pioneer pastimes and homesteading skills
Protectors of the Wild - games and projects to save the planet