First Sleepaway Camp with Nature’s Farm Camp #ChicagoSights

Nature's Farm Camp

It was bound to happen. This little one, this lover of all animals, is going away to sleep-away camp. She talked her way into Nature’s Farm Camp during our visit of the Good Food Festival back in March of this year. She attended with me, and asked me for some of my business cards to pass around to vendors. With our work with We Sow, We Grow, she’s been an intricate part of taking care of the chickens and letting community members know what they could and couldn’t do with them. She’s also let us know her stance on what happens to the chickens after they are finished laying eggs. She’s not shy about her opinions. 

Anyway, the ladybug put on her best marketing hat and sealed the deal for us to let her go away to camp in exchange for talking about it on the blog. Where she gets this wonderful amount of confidence, I do not know, but I’m game. I’m looking forward to seeing everything that she learns, and having her interact more with children she may have never met in general. I already know that she has an extremely large heart, and will do well. 

Nature’s Farm Camp exists because childhood today isn’t always what it should be. Kids’ days are too often filled with screens and abstractions, being rewarded for following directions, and filling their bodies with things that can barely be defined as food.
We offer outdoor immersion and activities to develop communication, collaboration and life skills. Campers are encouraged to make choices and learn consequences and connections.
Each week, the campers run the farm and discover how competent they are. The kids work, grow, harvest, cook, explore, create and play – all led by guides who are experts in safety and fun.
The farm hostess, Deborah along with her husband, provide a farm for the week long camp about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Deborah can also be found teaching a class or two to the campers. I first learned about her farm in a chicken group that I’m a part of, and I met one of her partners and farmers market booth manager that I frequently buy from throughout the year. Her name is Sarah. She and I love talking soaps, dryer balls, and eggs from chickens and ducks in general. I like knowing that for her first time sleeping away from home, it will be with people that I’ve known for a while. Sarah is one person from the team that will also be one of the teachers. The gentleman that the ladybug spoke with at the Good Food Festival, Tim, is the camp director, and is completely passionate about teaching the aspects of food, family, farming and good stewardship to the children. 
Nature's Farm Camp
It’s a BIG deal to let your kid go off anywhere overnight. I’m secure in knowing that the ladybug is very capable of speaking up for herself. She already has a foundation of working here at home, so I know that she will just strengthen it while away, AND get to have a blast with other kids! I love the beliefs of the farm, and the fact that they are fully into letting kids be kids, but also instilling a strong sense of community and responsibility. It’s exactly the type of environment we have our children growing up in now. The fact that they have strong Chicago connections is just icing on the cake. If you know me, you know that I love my city. Absolutely. So when it’s highlighted for all of it’s greatness, I stand behind that 150%. 
If you’re interested in sending your child to camp this season, you can register >HERE<  Sessions are as follows and they cap at 20 campers per session. Week #1:  July 10 – July 14. Kids ages 8-11, girls only
Week #2:  July 17 – July 21. Kids ages 8-11
Week #3:  July 24 – July 28. Kids ages 8-11
Week #4:  July 31 – Aug 4. Kids ages 12-15
Week #5:  Aug 7 – Aug 11. Kids ages 8-11Each session is limited to 20 campers. Siblings get a discount too! Just use code SIBDISCOUNT for 10% off on children after the first. There are also financial aid packages too! They want everyone to have a chance to go, so check it out today! 

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    robin rue
    May 25, 2017 at 7:02 am

    My kids don’t go to sleep away camp, but we have done a few day camps here in the Boston area before. This sounds like a wicked fun camp 🙂

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    May 25, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Sleep away camp is such an experience. Looks like she had a ball

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    Amber Myers
    May 25, 2017 at 7:34 am

    This sounds like a great camp. I wish it were closer to us. I’d so send my daughter–I know she’d love it. She adores animals.

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    Shirley Wood
    May 25, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Both of my girls grew up going away to camp for a week and they still talk about how much they loved it. Nature’s Farm Camp looks like such a fun, educational and memorable experience. It’s nice that they offer a sibling discount too.

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    Franc Ramon
    May 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Sleep away camp can really teach kids to be independent. It can also be a great bonding opportunities with their friends.

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    Katie Kinsley
    May 25, 2017 at 9:41 am

    I would have loved to go to a sleep over camp with animals! Mine was a summer camp for girl scouts when I was little.

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    May 25, 2017 at 9:59 am

    This sounds like it would be an amazing experience. I think everyone should experience farm life first hand.

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    May 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

    This sounds like an amazing camp! I think kids these days have lost touch with the natural world. I love this.

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    Bill Sweeney
    May 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

    It looks like she had a great time. A camp like that is so much fun for kids because they can interact with nature on a very personal level.

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    Ayushi Arora
    May 25, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    The camp look amazing and i would always have a pleasure attending this if we were closer, but yes, I could organize asking my parents to do so! The idea is great.

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    Heather @ Kraus House Mom
    May 25, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    What a great experience. The camp looks like it’s a lot of fun. My kids need to separate themselves from their devices as well.

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    May 25, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    This sleepaway camp looks like so much fun. Looks like she had a blast, so much to do and learn. I would love for my daughter to do this one day.

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    Sarah Bailey
    May 25, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Now this sounds like a camp i would have loved when I was a child, I hope all who go have an amazing time.

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    May 25, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    This sounds like an awesome camp! I never went to sleepaway camp as a child, beyond 6th grade camp, and it’s definitely something that I think every child should have the opportunity to experience.

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    Jaime Nicole
    May 25, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    This looks like a really amazing camp! I would have LOVED to do something like this as a kid – so much fun!

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    May 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    This camp looks like lots of fun. I think it’s so important for kids to get out of the city and experience nature.

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    May 25, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    She must really love animals to be so excited to want to go.

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    Liz Mays
    May 25, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Wow, what a go-getter! It’s awesome that she’ll be going to this camp. It seems like it’s going to be a fun learning experience.

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    Maurene Cab
    May 25, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    This sounds fantastic! I know that parents might be nervous when their children are away.

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    Claudia Krusch
    May 25, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I remember when my Son went to his first sleep-away camp. I missed him so much but he had a ton of fun and made some great friends.

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    May 25, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    My girls went to their first sleep-away camp last summer. They talked about it for months after. They are so excited to go again this summer.

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    May 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    This sounds like a really cool camp. I am all about anything that lets kids get outside and be kids.

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    Amy Desrosiers
    May 25, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    I have always wanted to go to a sleep away camp as a kid. This one is really cool because it involves animals and nature.

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    Dawn McAlexander
    May 25, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    That is so awesome! It is great to see kids communing with nature. These are the types of camps that I love to see kids get involved with. It really helps them learn important skills.

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    May 25, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    Sounds like a great adventure. It’s so good when kids get to experience camp. I love seeing the growth our boys experienced when they had summer camp last few Years.

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    May 25, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Sleepaway camp is such a great experience for kids. I love that they get the chance to be outside with nature.

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    May 25, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    This sounds like such a great experience for kids. It will be educational but they’ll be having so much fun they won’t even know it.

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    May 26, 2017 at 3:55 am

    This sounds so much fun!! My kids love summer camps. They enjoy the friendship and all the acitivites.

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    Paula Bendfeldt
    May 26, 2017 at 4:53 am

    It’s wonderful that she has so much confidence and initiative! I hope she has an amazing time at camp.

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    Tessa Smith
    May 26, 2017 at 6:11 am

    This looks like so much fun! I remember sleep away camp when I was younger. I admit though, I will be pretty nervous when my girls are old enough to do it. I don’t like them sleeping away from home.

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    May 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Wow, this are a nice way to go on socials and meet new set of friends. Also good experience as a teenager. I wish I have that experience when I was a teen too.

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    Hali @daytodayMOMents
    May 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Wow love it, this is what really memories are made of. 🙂

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    Chubskulit Rose
    May 26, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I can’t wait for my kids to grow a little older enough to attend camps like this one. It would be a great experience.

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    Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    May 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Camps like these teach kids to be resourceful, independent and develop their love of nature and animals. I would love to have my 12 year old son attend one of these camps some day soon.

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    Angela Ricardo Bethea
    May 27, 2017 at 12:14 am

    This sleep away camp seems very promising for kiddos. When our little gets to that point someday soon I will definitely check this out. Will share this to friends too!

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    My Teen Guide
    May 27, 2017 at 2:42 am

    I would send my kids to this camp if they were younger. It is such a nice one to be part of, to learn more about nature and how to do our part to preserve it.

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    Annemarie LeBlanc
    May 28, 2017 at 12:37 am

    This is a fun camp for kids. They not only learn about nature, they also learn to be responsible for themselves and for others. If my kids were still young, I would send them to a camp similar to this. (chicago is too far from where we live.) 🙂

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    Fi Ni Neachtain
    May 28, 2017 at 1:37 am

    This sounds like such a great experience for kids. My sons are too young for this at the moment, but when they’re older I’d love for them to go to a camp like this.

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    Nikka Shae
    May 30, 2017 at 9:10 am

    This sounds like a great camp! My kids experience a camp too and they always talk about how much fun they had!

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    Diane Hoffmaster
    June 12, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    My kids would have loved farm camp when they were little. Now they are teens and the idea of spending a week in the woods is no longer appealing to them!

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