Farmstead Camp

THIS IS THE LIFE!

The excitement of a Trail Blazers’ outdoor adventure meets the thrill of living and working at Stony Creek Farmstead.

From the gentle care required to gather fresh eggs, to the rhythmic kneading of making bread by hand, to discerning  weeds to be pulled from seedlings to be nurtured, Farmstead Camp gives your campers the opportunity to attune with nature and themselves while getting back to the basics of farm living.

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JANUARY 7, REMOTE SESSION.

Our adventure begins on Trail Blazers’ beautiful forested property in Montague, NJ, where days are filled with outdoor adventures guided by the interests of the group: from biking, hiking, canoeing, campfires, archery, swimming, sing alongs, and nature crafts…to name a few!

 

Then we journey to Stony Creek Farmstead, nestled in the Catskills in the town of Walton, NY. We’ll milk the cow, herd the sheep, work in the garden, plant seeds and seedlings, and spend lots and lots of time playing and exploring the barn, farm, creek and fields. Join us!

Camping Adventures

Farmsteaders live in canvas-covered teepees and hogans while at Trail Blazers, connecting with nature through the simplicity of a cozy campsite. Our site at Stony Creek is set up alongside a trickling stream, with a wide-open view of the starry night sky to blanket us while we sleep.

Hands On Skill Mastery

Farmstead Camp at Stony Creek provides endless opportunities for experiential learning and curiosity-driven unstructured play, as well as time to hone exciting practical (and interesting!) skills.

Warm Connections

Our smallcamp group of 8 campers is lead by three caring group leaders who are passionate about helping your child connect with the outdoors and with their new camp friends. Our mornings begin together, we eat all of our meals family-style, and we end each night singing and sharing around a campfire.

Program Overview

Arrive at Trail Blazers to meet your group and group leaders on the first day. Play a million games and sing just as many songs as you get to know each other and settle into small camp.

Eat a delicious dinner together and then gather with your small camp around the pow wow fire, singing songs and planning the week ahead. Settle into your cozy bed on your first night to the sound of your group leader reading a bedtime story while the embers of the campfire crackle and pop.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full of activities at Trail Blazers, with a schedule that you help put together – see below for some possibilities!

On Thursday your group will pack tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and other gear for your trip to Stony Creek Farmstead (about 2 hours away from camp). While at Stony Creek, you will become an important part of farm life, helping farmers Kate and Dan with chores such as milking the cow, gathering eggs, and planting seedlings. You could also pick vegetables, pet sheep, feed chickens, and bake bread – there’s so much to do!

You’ll spend 5 days and 5 nights at Stony Creek, on a private campsite surrounded by a trickling creek and dozens of hiking trails that wind around the farm’s 100 acre property.

After breakfast on Tuesday you’ll head back to Trail Blazers where you’ll have three more days of camp adventures. What an amazing two weeks it’s been.

Camp and Farmstead Activities

A non-exhaustive list of Trail Blazers activities includes:

Archery
Swimming
Canoeing
Row boating
Fishing
Mountain biking
Low ropes
Nature crafting
Maker space crafting
Spirit days
Unstructured play
Gardening
Mud pies
Fairy and elf houses
Library book reading
Feeding chickens and goats
Star gazing
Night hikes
Nature journaling
Hiking
Orienteering
Lashing
Shelter building
Fire building
Outdoor cooking

A non-exhaustive list of Stony Creek Farmstead activities includes:

Bread baking
Cow milking
Herding sheep
Feeding pigs
Farm tours
Sketching and drawing
Planting seeds
Harvesting vegetables
Helping with farm chores
Gathering eggs
Exploring the creek
Cartwheeling
Cooking soup
Making salsa
Making pizza
Making pickles
Creating a dream garden collage
Creek stomping

Ages, Dates, Rates, and Registration

Farmstead Camp at Stony Creek is open to boys and girls entering grades 3-5 who will be 8, 9, or 10 years old this summer.

This two week program is held during Session 2 and Session 3 of our overnight camp program, running from Sunday through Friday of the following week.

July 14 – July 26
July 28 – August 9

All Trail Blazers programs are offered on a tier basis, loosely linked to family income. Your tier is self-selected during the application process.

Tier 1 (<$30k) = $800
Tier 2 ($30-60k) =$1100
Tier 3 ($60-90k) = $1500
Tier 4 (>$90k) = $2000
Full Price = $2500

Please note that additional scholarships on top of the tier rates are not available for this program at this time.

A one-time annual fee of $50 per child will be added to each account during registration (not included above). If you are currently registered for a different Trail Blazers program, this fee may have already been paid.

Register Today!

Sample Program

THURSDAY – Arrival at the Farm
12pm – Makemake your own wrap for lunch with farm fresh fillings
2pm – Farm tour and exploration: meet the animals, run through the fields, and get acquainted with your campsite
4pm – Afternoon farm chores before dinner
6:30pm – Farmstead Supper: Chicken or tomato soup, fresh picked salad, homemade rolls
8pm – Campfire talk “we are what we eat” and pow wow

FRIDAY
6:30am – Wake up, streeeetch, and get complete your morning farm chores as a team
8am – Farmstead Breakfast of buttermilk pancakes and eggs gathered the day before
9 am –  Extended farm tour
11am Free time to blow bubbles, take out a sketch pad, or dip your toes in the creek
12pm –  Lunch at the Farmstead: egg salad, hummus, homemade pitas, veggie sticks
1:30pm – Afternoon work crews: plant seedlings in garden, weed around vegetables, harvest veggies, start pickles in the kitchen
4pm – free time with friends before prepping for supper
6pm – Campsite dinner: bean chili, fresh bread, tomato/cucumber/basil salad
8pm –  Pow Wow and bedtime

SATURDAY
6:30am  –  Farm Chores:
8am –  Farmstead Breakfast: breakfast burritos and fresh milk
9am – Morning work crew
12pm – Picnic lunch and hike with Trail Blazers staff
4pm –  Help in farm kitchen prepping pizza night supper
6pm – Pizza night supper and campfire
8pm – Pow Wow

SUNDAY
6:30am – Farm Chores: open participation
8am –  Campsite Breakfast of soaked oatmeal, farm made yogurt, maple syrup and fruit
9am –  Trail Blazer led activity
12pm –  Farmstead Lunch of homemade mac and cheese and salads
2pm – Farmstead kitchen activity: bread baking (making rolls for supper), making yogurt
6pm  – Farmstead Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs, summer salads
8pm – Pow Wow

MONDAY
6:30am – Farm Chores
8am – Campsite Breakfast of soaked oatmeal, buckwheat, farm made yogurt, maple syrup and fruit
9am – Orienteering game
12pm – Lunch at the Campsite: soup and bread
1:30pm – Afternoon work crews: garden work, trail maintenance, work with animals
4pm – Free time with friends/Trail Blazers activity
6pm – Farmstead Dinner: bean and cheese burritos with fresh salsa
8pm – Pow Wow

TUESDAY
Final good byes!
Depart after breakfast – return to Trail Blazers

Meet Kate and Dan, owners of Stony Creek

Stony Creek Farmstead is owned and worked by Kate and Dan Marsiglio, who live on the farm with their two children. Since 2005 they have been growing vegetables, meat, and eggs for sale, and adhere to rigorous free-range, organic, pasturing, loving practices for all of their animals.

Along with farming and selling their products, Kate and Dan welcome guests of all ages to their farm to participate in day camps, farm stays, workshops, and apprenticeships. Theirs is a farm full of love, learning, and laughter — and they can’t wait for your camper to join them this summer!

More About TBC and SCF

Trail Blazers Overnight Camp

Learn more about Trail Blazers other overnight camp programs! We focus on small group living experiences and environmental engagement, with challenging adventures driven by camper choice and interest. No two sessions are ever the same! Programs are available for children ages 5 through 17.

Trail Blazers Day Camp

Trail Blazers also offers a day camp based out of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, with three drop off/pick up locations and after care available until 6pm. This exciting, play-based program takes us all over the park, on field trips through New York City, and even up to our overnight camp for day trips to explore the forest. Choose the days that work for you, and know that whether your child is with us for one week or the full summer, he or she will be with the same consistent, caring group leaders throughout.

Stony Creek Farmstead LLC

Learn more about Stony Creek Farmstead, owned and worked by three generations of the Marsiglio family. In addition to raising and selling meat, eggs, and vegetables both at their farm and delivered throughout the tri-state area, the farm is also the perfect place to escape the hustle in rustic and relaxing platform tents.