Summer Camps

2020 Farm to School Summer Camps

Registration opens January 30, 2020.

Join Gallatin Valley Farm to School this summer at our 2020 food and farm camps! Our camps aim to deepen the connection between youth, the food system and the natural world through hands-on cooking, gardening and science activities; games; exploration; farm field trips and more! All camps will include activities in our mobile greenhouse, BOB, the Bozone Ozone Bus. Each session includes a parent celebration at 2:30 pm on the last day of camp for campers to present highlights from the week and share tastes of their homemade snacks.

New this year, we are offering a middle school Junior Top Chefs cooking camp!

Camps take place at the Story Mill Learning Gardens and school garden sites around Bozeman. Locations will be updated as soon as they are confirmed.

Incoming Kindergarten & 1st graders

Garden Sprouts Camp 

Garden Sprouts Camp provides a fun and interactive garden-based summer camp experience for incoming kindergartners and 1st graders. This 3-day camp engages children in discovering where their food comes from through planting and harvesting in the school gardens, bug and soil explorations, games, storytelling, imagination, crafts and taste tests of delicious farm fresh foods. These adventurous, curious gardeners and tasters will sprout life-long healthy eating habits and have fun doing it!  

Session 1: June 29 – July 1, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Session  2: July 20 – 22, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Incoming 1st & 2nd graders

Garden Explorers Camp 

Come explore the mysteries of the garden with us! During the week, campers will discover the natural wonders of the garden and critters living in them. This session has an emphasis on gardening; campers will spend a lot of time getting their hands dirty exploring life below and above the soil. Activities will include planting and harvesting, preparing delicious snacks, playing games, singing, storytelling, garden crafts and a farm field trip! Each day will have a different theme (bugs, seeds, cooking) to appeal to a wide range of interests in the garden.

July 13 – 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Incoming 2nd & 3rd graders

Garden Chefs Camp 

Garden Chefs Camp is designed for kids curious about where food comes from and those wanting to practice their cooking skills! Each day, we will prepare delicious snacks using the foods we grow in the garden. Campers will learn to be adventurous and mindful tasters as we try new foods, explore the garden and play games to learn all about local foods and eating for our bodies and the planet. Campers will create their own garden recipe book to take home. This session will include a field trip to a local farm where campers will get their hands dirty harvesting local veggies.

Session 1: June 15 – 19, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Session 2: August 17 – 21, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Incoming 3rd – 5th graders

Seed to Snack Camp 

Join us in the garden to discover how food gets from the garden to our plate through hands-on gardening, cooking and science activities! We will use investigative skills to identify and explore the relationships between insects and plants and cook a homemade snack to enjoy every day. Campers can also look forward to art projects, games and at least one field trip to a local farm to experience food production on a larger scale and explore various aspects of the food system.

August 10 – 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sprouting Scientists Camp 

Learn to be a scientist in the garden and kitchen! This camp will explore how science can be used to investigate and improve our gardens, the environment and food through hands-on experiences in our Bozone Ozone Bus mobile greenhouse, school gardens, in our mobile kitchen, and on a farm field trip. Campers turn into scientists as they explore the importance of solar energy, water cycles, soil and compost, insect-plant interactions, and biodiversity in our food system and practice using food science principles while experimenting with flavors and combinations to make delicious, homemade snacks throughout the week. Each camper will also have the opportunity to design and implement their own garden-based science experiment!

July 27 – 31, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Middle and High School

Junior Top Chefs Camp 

New this year! Junior Chefs Camp is a cooking-focused camp for incoming 6th – 8th graders that teaches the essential skills for making delicious meals with an emphasis on local foods. This is an opportunity for budding chefs to have fun in our outdoor kitchen while learning about growing and sourcing food locally, creating menus, being food critics and preparing healthy meals from scratch. We will explore flavor profiles and have fun experimenting with creative, farm fresh food-based dishes. Campers will leave with new recipe ideas, cooking tips and tricks, and full stomachs!

June 22 – 26, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Youth Leader Program 

Our Youth Leader Program gives middle and high school students the opportunity to gain leadership skills while mentoring and teaching younger campers about local food, nutrition, gardening, cooking and environmental sustainability. Youth Leaders will receive training and are expected to attend the full week of the chosen session. While preference will be given to past campers, we are happy to discuss the opportunity with any youth interested in leadership, gardening and cooking. Please email erin@gvfarmtoschool.org for more information about this program.

Details

All sessions provide an optional lunch through the summer lunch program and many sessions include a camper-prepared afternoon snack.

Our camp instructors are certified in CPR and First Aid and trained to provide a fun and engaging camp experience. The camper to instructor ratio is 4:1.

To Register

Please fill out our registration form below or call 406-219-7929 to register by phone. Full payment is required upon registration. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please see payment and scholarship information below. 

Questions? 

Contact erin@gvfarmtoschool.org or 406-219-7929.

 

Registration & Payment

Registration

Click here to register online.

Payment

Please pay via credit card or make checks payable to Gallatin Valley Farm to School and mail them to PO Box 563, Bozeman, MT 59771.

Scholarships

We offer a limited number of need based scholarships.  Apply for a 2019 scholarship through our scholarship application here.

Scholarship Fund

We strive to make our camps accessible to all families but have a limited scholarship fund. To sponsor a child for summer camp and provide them a week of gardening, cooking, learning and laughter, please click here to make a donation of $250 or any amount of your choice to the scholarship fund. On the donation form, add “Summer Camp Scholarship Fund” as an additional note.  

What folks are saying about Gallatin Valley Farm to School’s Summer Camps: 

“Camp was super-duper fun. You get to do experiments, go on a field trip, try new foods, and pick stuff right from the garden!” – Seed to Snack Camper

“My children walked away with a better understanding of how food from the garden gets to their plates. They learned some fabulous, and HEALTHY, recipes for making snacks and meals from the garden, and they felt empowered to continue preparing healthy food after the camp. Thank you Erin, and the rest of the staff, for creating such a fun, educational and worthwhile experience for my children.” – Seed to Snack Parent
 
She was very proud about the new knowledge she has about bees, environment, food. She refused to eat kale before camp and now she does!” – Seed to Snack Parent
 
“My son is a very picky eater, but he was very excited to try lots of new veggies after learning about them and being around others excited about them.” – Garden Explorers Parent
 
Kids dig veggies  – Bozeman Chronicle Article summer 2015
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