Good Works Farm Summer Day Camp

1566 Roxanna New Burlington Rd.,

Waynesville, OH 45068


WHO IS CAMP FOR?

Camps are open to anyone*, age 5 and older, with a developmental disability and their typical siblings.  There is no age cap.  See additional information below before registering your camper. :)


WHEN ARE THE CAMPS?

Good Works Farm Summer Day Camps 2020 will be held over 4 weekends in June and July (see below).


WHERE IS CAMP?

Good Work Farm Day Camps are held at 1566 Roxanna New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068, just 9 minutes from our previous camp property!


WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DOES CAMP ACCEPT?  We accept private pay, county funds, and grant funds at this time.


WHAT DOES CAMP LOOK LIKE?  It's absolutely magical.  Small groups of campers accompanied by caring volunteers moving from station to station experiencing new things, increasing their confidence and independence, making friends, and growing in a supportive and encouraging environment immersed in nature.  The joy that comes from watching a camper do something they thought they couldn't do, or helping a fellow camper is indescribable.


WHAT DO WE DO AT CAMP?

  • Learn about animals and interact with goats, chickens, and bunnies

  • Learn about the biology of plants, connect with nature through hands-on experiences of planting, caring for, and harvesting fruits and vegetables

  • Learn how to safely use safety glasses, nails, hammers, screws, cordless screwdrivers, and sanding blocks to create your own woodworking project you take home

  • Get creative in arts/crafts and create hands-on projects that go with our theme

  • Learn a new song to go with our theme that we can perform for our families through voice, sign, or interpretive dance :)

  • Play games, take hikes, and make new friends

  • Explore yoga, improv theater, and try new experiences

  • Experience the sensory station stocked with equipment to provide tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive input.  Calming and energizing options available.


HOW INDEPENDENT SHOULD MY CAMPER BE TO ATTEND CAMP?

Because of safety concerns and health codes, we ask that your child be mostly independent with toileting and feeding themselves. We can assist with buttons and give verbal cues but cannot do any hands-on toileting or feeding assistance. Because of the nature of the terrain of a farm, we cannot currently accommodate wheelchairs or other mobility equipment.  Because of the openness of the farm boundaries, we cannot accept runners for their own safety.  If you believe your child could use a 1:1 buddy, we will pair them with a volunteer.  Parents are also welcome to be or provide their own 1:1 buddy for their camper. 


ARE PARENTS WELCOME TO ATTEND?

Parents, family members, and friends are encouraged to volunteer!  Plus, we have a special potluck family time on Sundays at pick-up where we gather for a brief presentation, food, fellowship around the bonfire, and time with the animals!


HOW ARE BEHAVIORS HANDLED AT CAMP?

Since 2015, we have provided summer day camp to 162 happy campers!  Being in nature, around animals, in a supportive, encouraging, engaging environment will do wonders for your mood!  We do have plans in place for prevention, redirection, de-escalation, and maintaining safety but it seems we never have to move past redirection.  Our sensory station is a great place to reset.  Petting a bunny is a great way to calm yourself.  Walking and gathering pine cones is a a great distraction.  If anything ever escalated past the point of no return, our staff is trained in maintaining everyone's safety and dignity.


MORE QUESTIONS?

Feel free to drop us a line:  contactus@goodworksfarm.org  or call Nancy at 937.825.7470

Family Celebration Sundays: On camp weekend sundays, at pick up time, families are invited to bring a dish to share and stay for a brief program, socializing around the bonfire, and visiting with the animals!


Exclusive camp-only fishing night:  Friday, July 17, 6-8PM, Delco Park, 1700 Delco Park Drive, Kettering, OH 45429.  We will supply rods and bait.  Please bring folding chairs, blankets, picnic dinner for your family, and any additional fishing tackle you might wish.

Volunteers: Sign up via the link above.  All volunteers are background screened.  Mandatory training will be Friday, June 5, 6:00 PM at the farm.  Parents get 10% off registration when they volunteer!

Questions?  Contact Nancy at nbernotaitis@goodworksfarm.org


Sponsors:  Bring your crew out for a day of teambuilding at camp and enjoy time spent interacting with the campers!  There are many other sponsorship opportunities, too! Check them out via the link, above. 

Good Works Farm, Inc.A 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Good Works Farm, Inc., Charity  Local, Miamisburg, OH

Good Works Farm 2020 day camps


Camp #1:  WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE -  Saturday, June 6 9AM-3PM to Sunday, June 7 9AM-3PM

An immersion into animal habitats, ecosystems, seasons, & hibernation




Camp #2: A BUG'S LIFE - Saturday, June 13 9AM - 3PM - Sunday, June 14 9AM - 3PM

An immersion into insects, bees, pollination, & butterfly life cycles




Camp #3:  GOING GREEN - Saturday, June 27 9AM - 3PM - Sunday, June 28 9AM - 3PM

An immersion into composting, worms, recycling, & reusing




Camp #4:  FARM TO TABLE - Saturday, July 11 9AM - 3PM - Sunday, July 12 9AM - 3PM

An immersion into edible herbs, parts of a plant, harvesting, & outdoor cooking




Each weekend is $75.00/camper, discounts given for a second camper registered in the same session and for volunteering! Includes our exclusive camp-only fishing night and family celebration each Sunday at pick up time.






A community of differently-abled farmers located in Greene County, Ohio

Planting seeds of opportunity; growing independence

What's new for 2020?

  • New Location!  1566 Roxanna New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH - located on 9 acres in the Spring Valley Wildlife Area just minutes from our previous camp!
  • New dates!  The parents have spoken and we are excited to announce weekend camps for 2020! Now more parents can volunteer!
  • Themes!  Each camp, we will immerse ourselves in a new and exciting topic!
  • Smaller group sizes!  Five groups of five instead of six groups of six means 25 campers per camp instead of 36!  Smaller groups mean more 1:1 attention!
  • More camper slots!  Adding more camps means we can potentially serve 100 campers/year instead of 36.
  • More relaxed schedule.  We listened to our campers!  They want more time to do their projects, make friends, and enjoy the farm!  So we've added an hour to each day and more time to each session! 
  • More opportunities to make friends!  Instead of staying in our small groups the entire day, we'll gather as one large group at the beginning and end of each day, and mid-day for lunch and a hike together.
  • Family Celebration on Sunday at the conclusion of each camp weekend!  Carry-in, bonfire, program, animals, and more!
  • Exclusive Camp-family ONLY fishing night at Delco Park included in registration!
  • Ala Carte Sponsor Levels!  Choose the opportunities that are right for your business!

Good Works Farm Summer Day Camps 2020