Local summer camps provide fun, farms, and soccer

Photo courtesy of Mountain Edge Farm
Photo courtesy of Mountain Edge Farm

The wind is howling and the sun seems reluctant to make an appearance (probably because of that wind), but parents all over Chittenden County are thinking about summer, and more specifically, summer camps. Whether your kid is into coding or crafting or rock climbing, there is a summer camp option available nearby. Here are a couple that are currently accepting camper applications.

Mountain’s Edge Farm

This farm, owned and operated by Jennifer and Sean Lang, is located on Silver Street in Hinesburg and offers a variety of camp options, including a camp during April break, sessions throughout the summer, and Saturday camps that run from April until September.

Campers will be able to enjoy the daily rhythms of farm life, as well as learn about the animals that are raised there and how to care for them. They will play with, work with, and learn about beef cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits and horses.

The camp is open to children ages 5-13 years old, but older kids are welcome to join the fun. Camp weeks are available on their web site, mountainsedgefarmvt.com. Rates are $225.00/ week from 8am-3pm, and extended hours are available until 6pm at a rate of $6.00/hr. The Saturday camps are $50.00/day with hours from 9am-3pm. The farmers at Mountain’s Edge stress that families should “please contact us if you have trouble affording this. Mountain’s Edge Farm would hate to deny any child the farm camp experience because of financial difficulty.”

The Soccer Sitters

The Soccer Sitters combine what all parents and kids love during a long, hot summer: babysitter and soccer. Student soccer players Lily Williams, age 9, Catherine Congalton, age 9, Sam Williams, age 12, and Lily Smith, age 11, will play games and do crafts with children ages 4-8. Their parents will be overseeing the camp.

The cost is $10 per day, per child, and each additional child in a family is $7.00 per day. Students should bring their own snack, but extras will be available if they work up a big appetite with all that soccer playing. The camp runs from June 21-24 on Littlefield Drive in Shelburne. For more information, call 495-0835 or email thesoccersitters@gmail.com.