Along with the themes, all sessions include farming, food, and fun. All Farm Campers, no matter the week, learn to tend to the vegetables, care for the chickens (and collect their eggs!), harvest produce right from the farm for making snacks, and enjoy independent play time guided by their interests.
Each week-long session has its own focused theme. The theme guides our educational activities and allows campers to explore these farm and food topics more in depth. Our themed activities will differ from previous years save the ones Farm Campers raved about. We keep it fresh, like our veggies!
Week 4, July 31-August 4: Small Chefs, Week 1 - Calling all cooks! Campers will spend the week harvesting, washing, grating, peeling, chopping, mixing and best of all – tasting! Our Small Chefs learn to become comfortable with following recipes and using kitchen utensils. They are also encouraged to throw out the recipes and follow their taste buds! We’lll focus on preparing a wide variety of dishes that feature produce from Arcadia Farm, and utilize Arcadia Farm Camp recipes as well as those from the Arcadia Mobile Market Cookbook.
Week 5 August 7-11: Small Chefs 2, Week 2 - This week is identical to the Small Chefs 1 listed above. It's simply another chance for many interested kids to explore cooking from the vantage point of a farm! If you are interested in the Small Chefs themed week, we suggest that you choose just one because the activities will be almost identical from Small Chefs Week 1 to Small Chefs Week 2
Want to get a sense for the farming, food, and fun that happens during every week of Farm Camp? Click through the photo albums for each week to see what campers were up to in 2016:
Arcadia Farm is a place of wonder and discovery. Campers are surrounded by a bounty of vegetables and beautiful spaces. The Groundhog Garden, Arcadia’s educational youth space, is a plot in the middle of the four-acre Arcadia Farm. It is designed specifically to engage the elementary-aged audience – to inspire them, to excite them, and to invoke questions and discoveries!
During a day at Farm Camp our activities could range from compost explorations and making fresh salsa, to time with Visiting Educators who share their knowledge for farm topics such as bees or goats! Our Visiting Educators are partners of Arcadia who come from across Virginia and DC. They are dedicated and delighted to conduct sessions with our Farm Campers. The activities each week vary according to theme week but all sessions include food and farming activities like harvesting, weeding, making recipes, and more.
See our extensive FAQ Page for information on what a normal day at Farm Camp looks like.
6-11 years old. Arcadia Farm Campers must have turned 6 before their first day of their camp week and they must not have turned 12 before June 1, 2017.
Round trip Transportation is available from Old Town Alexandria for an additional fee of $100. Drop-off will be from 8:00-8:15am and pick-up will be from 4:15-4:30pm. There will be a Farm Camp Counselor dedicated to the vehicle in use for the Transportation Service. The Counselor will conduct check in/out, ride along on transportation to look after campers during the trip, and be available for questions from parents.
This service is provided to assist those Farm Camp Parents seeking an extended day. Rather than our normal hours of 9am-3pm, this extends the day from 8am-4:30pm. The precise location for drop-off and pick-up will be posted prior to May 31, 2017.
We suggest that if you are interested in utilizing the Transportation Service you sign up when you register for Farm Camp online. Spaces for this service are limited and we cannot guarantee a space for you after registration has been open for a few weeks.
Registration for Arcadia Farm Camp is completed online. Click the “Register Now” button at the top of this page to begin your registration. For a complete list of camp fees and special offerings, please see the Fees and Discounts page.
Registration Opens: January 12, 2017
Registration remains open until all of the spaces are filled or June 1, 2017.
If you are registering prior to June 1, 2017, a $100 non-refundable, per child deposit is required at time of registration. All remaining balances on Registration fees are due on or before June 1, 2017. No exceptions. There is the option to sign up for an installment payment plan. You can make payments to your account by using the login information you create at registration. See your registration confirmation email for the link to follow.
Additionally, a copy of your child’s most recent Immunization Records are due before June 1, 2017. You can submit these through your online account. If you have questions about forms and documents that are required for registration, please see our extensive FAQ page.
Required on first day of camp:
Proof of Identity (POI) for children. The Code of Virginia section 63.1-196.3 requires all children under the age of 13 when first enrolled in a Virginia school or camp to present proof of identity and age. As of January 2017, Arcadia Farm Camp will be requiring that families present this original POI for children on their first day of camp. It will be viewed and verified by a staff member, and immediately given back to the child’s family before leaving check-in on the first day of camp.
Proof of Identity (POI) for parent or guardian. The person dropping off AND picking up your child on their first day of camp will need to show their ID.
If you have questions about forms and documents that are required for registration, please see our extensive FAQ page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Many of the questions we often receive from interested families are covered on our extensive FAQ Page. Visit this page for more in depth information about the workings of Farm Camp. Here are a few examples:
Farm Camp Scholarships
Arcadia Farm Camp provides about a quarter of our campers each summer with Scholarships to attend Farm Camp. We work closely with a number of Community Partners in the area right around Arcadia Farm to connect with families who qualify by income for the Scholarship Program.
Visit the Arcadia Farm Camp Scholarships page to learn about applying for or contributing to the Scholarship Program. There you will find the Farm Camp Scholarship Application with qualification information and a sliding scale.
Si necesita materiales de aplicación traducidos al español, se puede encontrar en la página de becas (Scholarships Page) también.
Learn more about Arcadia Farm Camp by exploring further information through the pages listed below. If after you have read through all of the information provided, you still have remaining questions, you may contact the Farm Camp Director at FarmCamp@Arcadiafood.org.