Cloverbrook Farm Agricultural Summer Camp
“We are having a lot of fun!” says Gail McCarthy of her family’s new Agricultural Summer Camp being held at the majestic Cloverbrook Farm on Quaker Hill. On any given day campers can enjoy giving a friendly cow a nice cool bath, feeding Natalie and Burke the baby pigs, collecting fresh eggs or picking veggies from the farm’s garden to use for the daily snack time. This new summer camp has given the McCarthy Family another opportunity to share their three generations of experience and compassion for animals and the land with local families. Many area children, ages 4 through 12, have already been enjoying the camp since it opened in late June.
At the Cloverbrook Farm Agricultural Summer Camp, campers learn how to care for the farm’s cows, horses, goats, baby pigs, and chickens. There is daily horseback riding, gardening, showmanship lessons, crafts, and games. According to Gail McCarthy, the camp routine has been rather flexible, “adapting to the campers’ personal interests.” One camper, who fell in love with a chicken, spent most of one day sitting in the shade with the beloved bird, petting her new best friend’s soft feathers. Realizing the significance of the bond, the McCarthy family decided to give the young camper the honor of naming “her” special chicken. And what name did she give the chicken…her own name, of course!
There is a lot of farm fun to fit into each week of Cloverbrook Camp and the McCarthy Family is working hard to give every camper a summer to remember. More than one camper confided to me that their favorite activity was “washing the cow!” Daily horseback riding and the Slip-n-Slide have also been among the campers’ favorites. There is surely something for every child to enjoy at this camp, as well as some “hidden” benefits parents might appreciate. Take for example, the many lessons of responsibility, compassion and patience one learns when caring for animals, or the many opportunities for physical and mental exercise. Moreover, a recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, reported that scientists had discovered a plant substance in cowshed dust that provides protection to children growing up on and around farms from developing allergies and allergic asthma. That’s right; farm life is good for the body and the soul!
The Cloverbrook Agricultural Summer Camp runs until August 12 and registration is ongoing throughout the summer. If you would like to give your child a chance to experience life on a real working farm, contact the McCarthy Family at 845-855-3912 or e-mail them at email@example.com. The camp costs $250 per week. Regular hours are from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM with early drop off and late pick up available.
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Ideas for Creative Parenting gives two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this
newest local summer camp option that is sure to become a Pawling summer