We are all very excited to be amongst our campers. In this time of the COVID pandemic, safety and procedures are a top priority. Parents are asked to drop off the students (parents stay in car) at the front porch wearing a mask. At that time a temperature reading is taken. Any student with an abnormal temperature will be asked to return to their parent and not be admitted to camp. Temperatures are taken every day.
The first session starts on June 14th. We are fortunate in that the majority of our activities are outside and we form small groups with social distancing. Masks are required to be worn at all times. 
Please feel free to call me with any comments or questions 872-8712. I am always available for you. A waiver has been provided and should be returned with the application and payment in advance to reserve a space. 
I wanted to also include a list of items to bring to camp. Extra face masks with campers' name in a zip lock bag. All medicines must be handed to Ms. Joan with instructions. Sun block is required and bug spray is also recommended. 
Campers are asked to arrive in long pants and sneakers. No sandals are allowed out at the barn, but please bring sandals for the afternoon along with shorts, extra socks, towel and bathing suit. Please watch weather for forecasts of rain or cooler weather and bring a jacket and sweatshirt on those days.
Since we are outside a majority of the day, it is important to come to camp with sunscreen already applied. Bring extra to keep in your bag. All medications must be kept with me and with a written note for directions in a zip lock bag. We also have doggies and kitties if you have pet allergies. 
Bring a water bottle. We have delicious water on the farm to refill your bottles. Bring a snack for the morning, your lunch and a snack for the afternoon. We cook every day and usually prepare a savory or sweet snack each day. Every Friday is our farm picnic for lunch! It is delicious and the campers are the chefs. We also love our cooking challenges each week. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, please let me know. Out of caution, I ask that you do not bring items containing nuts of any sort. 
The campers will be planting gardens and sunflowers squash, lettuce, spinach and herbs that I have started for planting. The campers will also seed their own pumpkins and squash.
We have an in-ground swimming pool which everyone loves! We have very strict rules. Parents are responsible to bring a life jacket and everyone must pass my swim test to use the pool without a jacket. There is a shallow and deep end. We have olympic races, yoga and synchronized swimming, drawing with chalk, and our nail salon. Please enforce the fact that the lifeguards are very strict.
Our horse activities are so much fun! We work with the horses every morning. The riding takes place in the morning when it is cool outside. We spend an ample amount of time teaching safety around the horses. We have great counselors who are looking out for your safety. The miniature horses are very excited to be with everyone and take their walks in the pasture and of course their beauty pageant parades. 
I can't wait to see you all and have an absolutely wonderful time!

Ms. Joan


About Us

The Farmhouse Center is a 501 c 3 non-profit organization in affiliation with The Community Fund For America. The Farmhouse Center is situated on 100 acres of beautiful rolling meadows in Colchester, Vermont. The Farmhouse Center offers Summer Day Camps with 1 to 10 week sessions. Please go to the camp section for more information.

The Farmhouse Center’s stables are home to approximately 19 horses, 10 of which were adopted through the Premarin PMU (Pregnant Mare’s Urine) Rescue. The 9 miniature rescue horses are adorable and happy to be in their new home! All the horses are employed in providing therapy and experiential learning to our campers. The Camp is offered all summer, and during school breaks. Scholarships are available. April vacation camp is a great time for kids, tons of planting seeds and being outside with the horses. Lots of great cook-off challenges!

Horses have a natural healing power that has been proven effective in physical, mental, and emotional therapy. The camp counselors at the Farmhouse Center often see marked changes in our kids just from them spending some simple, quiet time alone with a horse, the cats and the goldens. The horses continually provide ample opportunity for campers to learn multiple levels of communication through touch, body language, and vocal tone in a safe environment.

A parent of one of the campers made the comment “when I drive my daughter to camp she transitions to the young girl I knew. Becoming a teenager with two younger sisters has been emotionally challenging for her. The Farmhouse Center’s environment has given my daughter such happiness and tranquility. There is something very special about The Farmhouse Center. I am amazed at the growth and personal gains she has made in one summer.”

Main camp activities include horses, gardening, non-competitive sports, culinary activities, crafts and art. Primarily, just having fun! We guarantee that they will sleep well each night and be ready to come back to camp for more good times! We are not a fancy camp, just down home where everyone is welcomed and loved!


Summer Camp

Our Summer Camp starts June 14 and runs ten weeks, for girls and boys ages 4-17. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We have horse riding and horse activities, good old farm living, cooking, gardening, swimming, art activities and building, sports. It’s about being outside all day long and no phones!

Counselor in Training program is available for Middle and HIgh  School students.  Reduced camp rates and wonderful intern opportunities.

Please supply lunch, snacks, sunscreen, water bottles, long pants, mud boots or sturdy sneakers,  shorts, bathing suits, towels, extra socks, and weather appropriate apparel,  i.e. sweatshirts or raincoats.  Friday is picnic day where lunch is made by campers.

Please call to confirm reservation at 802-872-8712. Application and Waiver and payment must be received prior to camp.  One week $250.00.  Thank you.


“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”

Mark Twain

Contact Us

775 Poor Farm Road
Colchester, VT 05446


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