Summer Camps At Last!

 

Coronavirus Update:

In order to keep your campers safe, we will be following CDC and University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension safety guidelines. Updated and specific details are listed on our website, however guidelines include smaller group sizes in order to socially distance, the installation of more hand-wash stations around the farm, and mandatory masks.

We know that kids need camp more than ever this year and we are determined to make camps happen.  However, due to the uncertainty of the times, rather than ask you to pay for camp when you register your child, we will instead be collecting a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 at registration to hold your child’s spot. This fee will be deducted from the total cost of camp, the payment for which will be due on the 1st day of camp.

As of April 1st, we are running programming at Phase II, all of our camps have been approved to run at Phase I and Phase II, so we are hopeful that our camps will go.  The one exception is Adventure Camp.  We are still awaiting final approval for that camp, but we are hopeful.

 

Sprouts Camp

Session I: June 1- June 4 (4 days, Tues-Friday) $180

Session II: June 7- June 11

Session III: June 14- June 18

Session IV: June 21- June June 25

8:00a-11:00am • Ages: 5 & 6 • Tuition: $200

Sprouts Camp is the perfect camp for exposing your little one to science, gardening, environmental stewardship, and healthy eating, all through fun farm activities! Campers will spend the morning hours exploring the farm and helping us with daily farm chores, like harvesting, planting, feeding the chickens, and checking on the worms. Campers will be able to relax under our red ramada that is cooled to prepare healthy snacks with veggies from our own gardens and for farm arts and crafts.  This camp will take place at the original Tucson Village Farm location, the “Little” Farm, at 4210 N. Campbell Ave.

Click here to register for Sprouts Camp

 

First Farmers

Session I: June 1-June 4 (4 days) $250

Session II: June 7- June 11

Session III: June 21-June 25

Session IV: July 12- July 16

8:00a- 1:00p • Ages: 6-9 • Tuition: $285

At First Farmers, campers will explore everything that our new “Big farm” has to offer.  This camp will take place at 2201 E. Roger, just a stone’s throw from our original location. From planting, harvesting and caring for chickens to spending time in the kitchen creating simple, delicious food with fresh farm produce, campers will participate in a full farm-to-table experience! Healthy homemade snacks and lunch are included.

Click here to register for First Farmers

 

4-H Adventure Camp

June 14-18

Ages 9-14

Tuition: $450; Due to Covid restrictions, this year we will not be renting a bus to take campers to Prescott; families will need to arrange transportation to and from camp.

 

4-H Adventure Camp is the quintessential summer camp experience! Join us on our annual expedition to Prescott, Arizona where we’ll explore the highlands, marvel at mother nature and ponder the ponderosa pines on Mingus Mountain.  We will be offering a wide variety of fun camp activities based on 3 different age levels, including hiking, fishing, lake swimming (with a slide!), games, campfires and more!   

Click here to register for 4-H Adventure Camp

 

Culinary Camp

Session I: June 28- July 2

Session II: July 6-July 9

Session III: July 19-July 23

Session IV: July 26-July 30

Ages 10-13 • 8:00 - 1:00 • Tuition: $350

 

If you like good food and good fun, join us for our Farm-to-Fork Culinary Camp where campers get delicious and educational farm-to-table cooking experiences! Campers will harvest from TVF's bountiful summer garden and bring that produce right into the kitchen. They will learn a variety of essential culinary skills and techniques through hands-on lessons and guest chef demonstrations.  This camp takes place in our NEW Angel Charity for Children Culinary Education Center at 2201 E. Roger Rd. (just a stone’s throw from our original location).

Click here to register for Culinary Camp

 

Outdoor Leadership

Session I: June 7 - June 11 (backpacking)

Session II: June 28 - July 2 (backpacking)

Session III: July 5 - July 9 (bikepacking)

Ages: 12-16 • Tuition: $500 

 

This outdoor leadership camp starts at the new 4-H Ropes Course where we will spend Monday and Tuesday working on communication and problem solving skills. The afternoons will be spent in our brand-new commercially certified teaching kitchen creating our camping meals for the subsequent 3 day, 2 night camping/backpacking experience. Campers will need to be dropped on Wednesday morning at the trailhead and picked up on Friday afternoon. Campers will participate in thrilling, safe outdoor adventures including magical night hikes,hiking to breathtaking locations, learn to navigate with map and compass, play epic games and much more. Both the 4-H Ropes Course and the teaching kitchen are located at 2201 E. Roger Rd.

Click here to register for Outdoor Leadership Camp

 

Scholarships are available. We are currently raising funds to help support camp scholarships.

Complete this form and we will get back to you in early May.  

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  1. Can I get my $25 non-refundable deposit back if I choose not to send my child to camp? The deposit this year is non-refundable.  If you choose later on not to send your child to camp, we will allocate your deposit towards our camp scholarship fund.
  2. My child is a picky eater. Can I send food from home? One of the most frequently uttered phrases at our camp is, “I thought I hated [insert veggie name] but this is delicious!” We get that kids can be picky eaters and we are always changing kids' minds about veggies. We see it time and time again that when a camper has a hand in harvesting and preparing fresh food, they are much more likely to eat it. We also offer a variety of foods, so your camper is sure to find something delicious and nutritious to eat.  With the exception of cases where campers have severe diet restrictions, we request that campers not bring food of any kind to camp.
  3. Can my child bring a cell phone? I think we can all agree that kids have had far too much screen time this year! At TVF, we have a strict no-screen policy.  Each camp will have a contact name and phone number; if you need to get a message to your camper, you will easily be able to reach one of our staff.
  4. What are your Covid protocols? We will be following all CDC guidelines and UArizona policies. Currently we are operating in Phase II of the UArizona Cooperative Extension protocols. In addition, we have added more hand washing stations and hand sanitizer stations around the farm and our campers (and counselors) will be masked and in smaller groups this year. 
  5. Do you accommodate food allergies? Yes, of course. If your camper has an allergy please let us know and we will make accommodations.
  6. Do you prepare meat for your snacks and meals? Unless specified in a cooking class, all of our camp meals are vegetarian.
  7. How many campers will be in a room at once? It depends on the room and which Phase we are in. But in general, we will have no more than 20 total people in a room at once.
  8. How many hours will they be outside vs inside? It depends on the camp and the temperature. We will stay outdoors as long as we can on the farm or new ropes course. Campers will rotate through indoor classrooms that are temperature controlled during the heat of the day.  Most of our camps end at 1:00 so campers can be home to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  9. Do kids have to wear masks? As of April 1st, campers will need to wear masks unless they are eating or drinking.
  10. How will the culinary part be Covid safe? Inside the kitchen, campers will be masked and will participate in food preparation at distanced food prep stations. Campers will eat outdoors in the shade under misters or by a cooling system.
  11. What type of activities will my child be doing? We have so many activities planned for your camper!  Our camps are filled with engaging, hands-on learning fun.  From planting, digging, creating, exploring, cooking, and art, our philosophy is to keep young people engaged from the moment they come to camp until the moment they leave.
  12. Do you have before or after care? At this time we do not offer before or after care.
  13. Explain how the “pods” will work. Each camp has a series of pods.  A pod is a group of 8 campers and 2 counselors.  These groups will rotate together through all of the learning centers and stations over the course of the week.
  14. What happens if someone at camp tests positive or there is an exposure? If a camper or counselor receives a positive COVID test, that pod will be sent home and will not be able to finish out the week. All camp families in that pod will receive a refund.
  15. I have paid my $25 non-refundable camp deposit, what are the next steps? You will receive an email from us with instructions on payment and paperwork in May.  You will receive a parent letter the week before camp as well.
  16. What does my camper need to bring to camp? Mask, hat, reusable water bottle, clothes that can get dirty, a sense of adventure and willingness to have fun.  Note:  If campers will be engaging in water play, camp counselors will notify parents the day before so that campers can bring a change of clothes.
  17. Can I cancel at the last minute if my plans change or I don’t feel safe sending my child to camp? Although you have the option to change your mind at any time, we ask that you consider doing so a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp so that we can offer your space to a child on our waiting list.