Young Farmer Camp

Registration for 2014 camp sessions is February 1 for lottery ticket holders

Each Summer, children entering 1st through 8th grades can experience the wonders of farm life during a week in our Young Farmer's Camp Program at Muscoot Farm. This is a unique opportunity for your child to learn about the farm, and the animals that reside on these 777-acres.

Under the supervision of our Camp Director and an enthusiastic well-trained staff, children will collect eggs, milk cows, groom animals and bake traditional Muscoot recipes. They'll also try their hands at hand cranking ice-cream, making crafts and maintaining a garden. This hands-on approach helps children develop a greater understanding of food production, the care and maintenance of domestic animals and an appreciation for life on a farm. Group size for camp is limited to 12 children and camp does fill up very quickly.

Registration for Westchester residents will be by lottery for the 2014 Young Farmers Program. To obtain a lottery ticket you must be a Westchester County resident and must stop by the farm between the dates of January 2-15 between the hours of 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday. Registration will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, for lottery ticket holders only. If space permits non-Westchester County residents will be able to register for the Young Farmers Program beginning Monday, February 17. There will be two additional programs at Muscoot this summer, Outdoor Theater for 5th - 8th grades and a Naturalist Apprenticeship Program for 5th - 9th. 

For more information on the lottery process, registration and camp information please click on the links below:

Lottery Process Letter

Registration Form

Parent Information Sheet

Please Note: A limited number of spaces are available in each session. Please call 864-7286 for more information.

Week 1: July 7 - 11
Week 2: July 14 - 18
Week 3: July 21 - 25
Week 4: July 28 - August 1
Week 5: August 4 - 8
Week 6: August 11 - 15

Appropriate ages for the Young Farmers Camp
• Homesteader - Entering grades 1st and 2nd
• Farmhands – Entering grades 3rd and 4th
• Cowpokes – Entering grades 5th and 6th
• Cornhuskers – Entering grades 7th and 8th*
*Available only for Sessions I, II, & III.

Young Farmer's Camp Recipes from Muscoot Farm.

For those of you who have enjoyed cooking at Muscoot Farm, here are the recipes for you to try at home.
Including soft pretzels, zucchini bread, snickerdoodles, pickling instructions and vanilla ice cream!

Muscoot Outdoor Theater Camp.

-Play theater games
-Work on your improv skills
-Go for hikes
-Play games in the woods
-Create an outdoor theater set
-Rehearse and perform a short play for family, friends and other Muscoot campers

If you are entering grades 5 through 8 , you are are invited to spend a week doing all of the above and more! Other activities may include journaling, guided meditation, martial arts instruction, hanging out with goats and workshops with guest artists.

Muscoot’s Outdoor Theater Camp will run
Monday – Friday, 9 am to 3 pm,
the weeks of
July 28 – August 1,
August 4 – 8 and
August 11 – 15.
Program fee is $325 per week.

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Naturalist Apprenticeship Program
Farming by its nature requires attention to the natural world. Weather has an obvious impact, but the farmer also needs to know what the best shade trees are for his animals that aren’t also toxic. Soil makeup, plant identification, water runoff are just some of the daily topics that require farmers to be part naturalist and land stewards as well. Taking out Young Farmers to the next level this program is for fifth through ninth grage students with an interest in science, nature and a love for being out of doors. The Apprenticeship Program will give participants an introduction to the tools and techniques used by naturalists and environmental scientists as well as the common sense wisdom passed down through generations of farmers to foster their connection to the world around them. In an age when brand logos are more recognizable than the leaves on a tree this is an opportunity for your child to build personal connections to the land that provides for them and the interrelated community that surrounds them.
Naturalist and Educator Eric Stone will direct this new program. He and other staff will lead children through a week of adventure and learning.

Practical Skills
Science Based Learning
Knife Safety
Wildlife Biology
Fire Making
Wetland and Forest Ecology
Tree Identification
Wilderness Survival
Sustainability Planning
Observation and Awareness
Biotic Communities

One week sessions for 5th & 6th Grades:
July 7 – 11
July 14 – 18
July 21 – 25

One week session for 7th, 8th & 9th Grades:
July 28 – Aug 1
Two week session for 7th, 8th & 9th Grades:
August 4 – 15 (includes overnight campout)

Time: 9 am – 3 pm (Overnight TBA)
Fees: One week session $325 / two week session: $750

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