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For those students who need extended school year services, Kindle Farm is the place to be! Whether joining our community just for the summer, continuing established relationships, or getting a head start on learning about Kindle Farm before the new school year, students attending our school in the summer build relationships, gain academic and vocational skills, and have FUN.
If you were to ask one of our students what they did during the summer, they would tell you they went to camp at Kindle Farm. This is because they are playing group games, swimming, hiking, doing arts and crafts, participating in theme days, making tie-die shirts -- all of the things you might expect to do at a traditional day camp. In addition to those things, our students work in the garden, complete culinary and carpentry projects, and work around campus learning the tasks required to maintain the beauty of our farm.
Our campers are split into two group. Younger students (usually grades 2-8) are based at our Kindle Farm Central campus. They play the Game of Village , an integrated, hands-on curriculum in which students create a mini village where they build a home, take on jobs, and learn to live in a simulated community. We call it learning, but they just call it creative fun.
Our older students are based at our Farm. They engage in hands-on, experiential activities around the farm, as well as participating in The Real Game. In the afternoons, these students have the option of continuing to work around the farm, for which they earn an hourly wage that can be used toward purchasing items of their choice or to join the group in swimming, hiking, and the like!
For those students who need additional skills building outside of what is available through our standard curricula, our reading specialist is available to work with individuals.
In addition to all of this, Kindle Farm summers are highly staffed with men and women who understand kids and work well with them. Many of our year-round staff members continue on through the summer and others join us just for camp! Either way, they are fun to be with, fun to be around, skilled at working with young men who need structure and stability.