Camp GrowTorah took place August 19-23, 2019.
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GrowTorah is proud to partner with Rockland Farm Alliance to bring you a week of Camp GrowTorah at Cropsey Community Farm. Campers will explore, play, create, and learn on the farm’s 25 acres of land including cultivated fields, the children’s garden, chickens, ducks, and goats.
We’ll bask in nature’s glory as we connect with the Torah in meaningful, personal, and joyous ways, exploring lessons from the weekly parsha through farm chores, artistic expression, and nature crafts. Specifically, we will immerse ourselves in the Torah values of environmental stewardship, compassion for creatures, charity, and more.
Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23, 2019
9AM - 3PM
Ages: 5-10 years old
Camp Tuition: $400
Our staff of educators and counselors will lead children, ages 5-10, through farming workshops, natural tie-dying, planting and harvesting, crop sampling, tea-making, besamim-bundle-making, bug hunts, raw cooking activities, nature walks, arts and crafts, and highly interactive organic agriculture education. Our Torah lessons will be integrated into many of these activities, highlighting inspiring Halachik scenarios unique to farm life, with lessons that apply in everyday life.
At the end of the week, each junior farmer takes home their field journal, recipes, farming knowledge and a deeper understanding of where food comes from and how it gets to our tables. Campers will also harvest their own bouquet of flowers to bring home for Shabbos.
Daily Schedule (subject to slight adjustments)
9:00 – 9:15 Arrival on the Farm
9:15 – 9:30 Shacharit in the fields
9:30 – 10:15 Farm Chores and Gardening Activities
10:15 – 10:45 Snack and Animal Care
10:30 – 11:15 Nature Arts & crafts
11:15 – 11:45 Foraging Walk
11:45 – 12:45 Raw Cooking and Lunch and bracha party
12:45 – 1:30 Field Games
1:30 – 2:30 Special Activities/Workshop
2:30 – 3:00 Snack and Closing Circle
Students Entering Grades K-2: This program introduces children to science and develops their connection with the natural world. Through exploration of new plants, imaginative games, crafts and workshops, and multi-sensory discovery on the farm, students will understand the important role that local farms play in our lives.
Students Entering Grades 3-5: This program deepens students understanding of relationships and patterns within our ecosystem. Through scientific workshops, observations on and around the farm, foraging walks, study of wildlife working in harmony with the farm, and plenty of arts, crafts and field games, children will end their session with a strong connection to nature, local agriculture, and the Torah values that inform our actions.
The farm provides 2 healthy kosher snacks per day. These snacks will combine produce harvested from the farm along with staples such as fruit, rice cakes, popcorn, crackers, tortilla chips, etc.
Students are asked to bring a bagged lunch with them each day.
On Friday, there will be a special Shabbos party at the end of the day!
We can accommodate any food restrictions, please include details on the health form. Your child's health and safety is our top priority.
Information for Parents
GrowTorah Junior Farmer Camp runs every day, rain or shine. Campers should dress for the weather and plan to be outdoors for most of the day. Please pack a change of clothes daily and be sure to supply children with rain gear in the event of a surprise shower.
Campers must arrive promptly at 9:00am, and they must be picked up at 3:00pm. If you need to pick your child up early please inform the farm at drop-off.
All campers must wear sneakers. Sandals or other open-toed shoes are not permitted on the farm or in the surrounding fields.
Please send your child to the farm with a fresh, reusable water bottle each day.
Sunscreen should be applied before arriving at the farm each morning. We will make sure to reapply throughout the day.
Children must be walked to the welcome circle by a parent/guardian each morning and signed in with their counselor before that parent/guardian leaves.
Parents/guardians must come to the Closing Circle to pick up their children and sign them out at the end of the day.