Troy Farm Camp

Get Rooted with us at Troy Farm Summer Camp

Get Rooted with us this summer at Troy Farm Summer Camp! This day camp is 100% outdoors and will feature daily adventures in the tall-grass prairie, hands-on chicken care, outdoor art projects, gardening, and of course, farm-to-table cooking. Whether your child is a future foodie, a budding artist, or a plant lover, we are sure to have many exciting experiences exploring and learning together this summer! Camp is open to kids between the ages of 7 and 11.

PLEASE NOTE

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Rooted’s face-to face educational programming will be suspended until the schools reopen and/or social distancing restrictions are lifted. If you are interested in summer programs for children, please fill out the interest form and we will be in touch with updates in the future

Sample Day Itinerary

9 a.m. Welcome and introductions
10 a.m. Adventuring in the tallgrass prairie
10:30 a.m. Harvest and cook a garden snack
11:30 a.m. Free choice activities
12 p.m. Farewell to morning campers; full-day campers prepare garden-fresh lunch snack to share; water games after lunch
1 p.m. Feed and care for the chickens
2 p.m. Compost exploration and seasonal garden activity
2:30 p.m. Free choice activities
3 p.m. Wrap-up and farewell

Troy Farm Camp testimonials

Information for 2020 Troy Farm Campers

Registration takes place at the southeast corner of the land near Troy Drive. At registration, please:

  • Sign your child in
  • Receive a nametag for your child
  • Review any medical issues with Garden Educator (if applicable)
  • Drop-off any medication (if applicable)

It is our policy that each camper be signed in every morning and signed out every afternoon. Please make sure that everyone who is authorized to drop off or pick up your child is aware of this policy.

Please call 608-240-0409 if your child will not be attending their camp session. You may also call or email Kim  or 608-284-8267 if you know of the absence ahead of time. Please see the refund policy below for more information on absences.

Layers of clothing that can get dirty generally work well for the garden. This will help your child adjust to changing temperatures. We recommend tennis shoes or sturdy sandals.

Please label all items with your child’s name:

  • Backpack
  • Water bottle (there is a drinking fountain onsite with filtered water for refills)
  • Sunscreen/bug spray: Please indicate on the registration form if you would like Rooted staff to apply these to your child
  • Snack (optional)
  • Raincoat
  • Light jacket or sweatshirt if cooler temperatures
  • Hat
We will provide a garden-fresh snack for each camp session. If your child has food allergies or other health concerns, we invite you to send a separate snack along with your child. For full-day camps, please send along a bagged lunch (no refrigeration available) with your child to camp.
We garden rain or shine! Please check the weather prior to your child’s visit so you can pack sunscreen or a rain jacket – or both! While we tend to stay outdoors in light rain, we will move indoors in the event of thunder, lightning, or other serious weather conditions.

Since your child will be spending time outside, please be sure to apply bug spray and sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp. You may also choose to send these to camp with your child (please label!). If you would like Rooted staff to reapply or assist in reapplying these to your child throughout the day, please make sure to check the box on the registration form allowing staff to do this for you child. It is possible that while exploring the habitats at Troy Gardens your child may come into contact with ticks, mosquitoes, honey bees, other biting insects, or poison ivy. While ticks are more common in the spring months, parents/guardians should check their child each night for ticks as a precaution.

If your child needs medication while at Troy Gardens, you must fill out and return the Authorization to Administer Medication Form. Medications must be brought in and should only contain what is needed while at camp. Please drop off any necessary medication for your child at the registration table on your first day of camp. All medications must be in their original containers with the medication, dosage, and administration instructions on the bottle, and in a clearly labeled bag with the camper’s name.

Rooted staff administers all medications and keeps them in a separate, secure location. Exceptions to this policy are inhalers, epi-pens for severe allergies, and diabetic medications, which may be carried by the Garden Educator. If you would like your child to carry his/her own medication and self-administer, please provide your permission in writing. An Authorization to Administer Medication form is not required for bug spray or sunscreen.

Families of campers are welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy together after camp on Fridays. This is the perfect opportunity for your camper to show you what they have planted in the garden, introduce you to the chickens, and show you the secret prairie grotto!

If you need to withdraw from a camp session for any reason, please inform us in writing:

  • At least one month prior to the start of your camp session to transfer your registration to another camp session, or at your request, a refund (less 20% admin fee).
  • At least two weeks prior to the start of your camp session to transfer your registration to another camp session, but no refund will be given.

We are unable to refund for missed days of camp. For any non-attendance or cancellations received less than two weeks before the start of the program, we are not able to issue a transfer or a refund.

Camps cancelled by Rooted because of low enrollment will be automatically refunded, (less a processing fee of 6.25%). Rooted reserves the right to cancel a camp due to low enrollment.

Rooted staff uses the positive techniques of guidance, including logical or natural consequences applied in problem situations, redirection of children to more acceptable behavior, anticipation of and elimination of potential problems and encouragement of appropriate behavior rather than comparison, competition or criticism. Consistent and clear rules will be established each morning and throughout the day. Staff members encourage children to solve problems rather than imposing solutions and help children to recognize and respect one another’s feelings.

Rooted reserves the right to dismiss a child for consistent behavior that makes it difficult or impossible for the staff to meet the needs of the other children in the group. This will occur without a refund (or portion thereof) or credit towards a future program. This will occur only after parent/staff discussion about the situation.

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