Farm / Homestead Camp 2023
July 24th - 28th, 9AM - 3PM
Our Farm Camp is a great way for children to experience animals, explore nature, learn about the environment, build a strong work ethic, and make new friends. With many farm-related projects and access to the great activities at Hidden Hills, we have what your children will need for a week of fun that they will never forget.
Here your children will learn how to care for a wide variety of farm animals. Making sure that the animals have food and water, that they are brushed, that their hooves are trimmed, that their eggs are collected, that their pens are clean, and that our little miniature horse is walked and loved.
Here your children will be able to help with setting posts, rolling out wire, and / or stretching wire to fence in our animals, so that they don't escape onto our neighbor's land or into a recovering paddock.
Here your children will be able to learn about garden plants and where our food ultimately comes from. They will be able to take a pleasant walk to our apple orchard, raspberry patch, or vegetable plot where they will learn about seeds, needs, and pests.
Here your children will learn the next step in food production (preservation). Food won't last very long sitting in the cupboard, it will soon rot and collect flies. What do we need to do to make sure that this food will last throughout our long Wisconsin winters?
Here your children will learn a bit about tree identification and how to properly fell a tree with a hand-axe (depending on their age, maturity level, and size, under the supervision of a trained adult). They may also be able to split some wood for our woodstoves with a splitting maul (one of our favorite activities).
Soap / Candle Making
Here they will learn the importance of soap and how to process it, along with the art of candle making.
Here your children will lean all the steps of butchering chickens. Starting with the most humane way to dispatch a chicken and ending with complete evisceration. They will learn how to identify many chicken organs and probably want to teach you too!
To Sum Up
These are just some of the activities that your children may experience at Hidden Hills Farm Camp. The activities may or may not change depending on interest or weather. We do ask that you send lunches with your children, that they wear work clothes / work boots (or shoes), that they bring their own canteen or water-bottle, and that they follow the Farm Rules.
1-Listen to the instructors.
2-Show care for the environment, property, animals, and people.
3-Part of Farm Camp is to enjoy the country. To do this we encourage everyone to leave their electronic devices at home or kept off / silent.
4-Wear proper clothing. Sturdy shoes or boots, (no sandals). Wear comfortable clothing that can get wet or dirty.
5-All trash needs to go into the trash can. Garbage can easily fly away into neighboring fields and cause problems during harvest time.
6-Stay with your group. No one is allowed to go anywhere unattended.
7-We encourage frequent hand washing on the farm.
8-If your child is unable to attend part of the week, we are not able to refund the missed time, we may be able to reschedule.
$200.00 per child per week
Additional siblings $150.00 per week
$50 non-refundable deposit per child required upon enrollment, to be credited toward enrollment fee.