Farm & Wilderness Family Camp

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For families seeking the camp experience as a team, this great program gives the whole crew the opportunity to leave the iPads at home and enjoy simple living in nature. At the Indian Brook facility, campers of all ages get to help out with barn chores (and meet super cute animals like ducks, cows, pigs, sheep and goats!), enjoy their fair share of traditional camp activities (like tie-dying, storytelling, crafting and putting on skits) and partake in fun sports like canoeing and frisbee. Embrace the camping lifestyle by sleeping in open cabins with no electricity or hot water. All ages.


Venue name: Farm & Wilderness Family Camp
Address: Farm & Wilderness
263 Farm and Wilderness Rd
Price: Aug 20–26; Various prices.
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My kid went to Farm & Wilderness camp for several summers. At first it was a fun place with a focus on outdoor living, wilderness and farm skills. In the last few years it has become a place that focuses on teaching kids about white supremacy and toxic masculinity. What do I mean by that? This summer my kid says one day campers were divided into two groups: white kids and kids of color. The white kids spent the day learning about the violence of their white privilege while the kids of color "got to hang out." By the way, just so you know I'm not some crazy right-wing nut or whatever, I'm a liberal and my kid is a kid of color. Kid came home from camp with hand outs that explained why we are a family of white supremacists whether we know it or not. At Visiting Day we were told to steer clear of the waterfront because there were "a ton of boys down there and the place was full of toxic masculinity." When we had a problem with how our kid's summer was going we called camp. We were yelled at by a camp staff person who lectured us condescendingly about how she had "over 5 years worth of experience working with young people" and that we should just back off and let them handle things. Combine all that with the fact that an unknown guy with a rifle wandered through camp this summer and that we barely heard about it from camp staff. That's right. Some guy wanders through camp with a rifle, the camp was on emergency lockdown, and all we got was a blog post about how everything's fine and not to worry about it. No follow up, no explanation, no assurance that it was an isolated incident or that the guy had been apprehended. Nothing. Needless to say, it didn't inspire confidence. Not sure what happened to this camp, but it's sad to see it ruined. I guess it's a sign of the times.