SEEDLINGs Summer Camp
During the summer at SEEDS, youth (rising 1st-5th grade) spend their days on the farm and in the kitchen, growing, cooking, and sharing food. This year we have moved to multi-week camps so youth can see progress on the farm and build deeper connections with each other!
Registration for Summer 2020 will be announced early in the year. Stay tuned!
Summer 2019 Sessions
Session 1 (2 week session): June 17 – June 28 (Monday – Friday)
Session 2 (3 week session): July 8 – 26 (Monday – Friday)
Session 3 (2 week session): July 29 – August 9 (Monday – Friday)
Our summer camp youth will spend mornings working on the farm and creating delicious creations in the kitchen. During the afternoon portion of camp, when it is often too hot for working on the farm, campers will spend time building community with each other and exploring their interactions with food and each other.
Youth will spend a portion of each day working outside on the farm, helping with tasks from planting to harvest. Depending on the needs and the weather, this ranges from preparing planting space by digging and raking, planting from seed as well as transplants, weeding, and collecting delicious fresh food straight from the soil! Kids will get dirty! They will also engage in other outdoor activities, such as learning how different natural systems work. Dedicated youth can also have additional time outdoors with the Farm Manager, caring for a plot that is kids-only!
Mission and Vision
Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a two-acre urban learning farm and kitchen classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food.
In line with the mission of SEEDS, the vision for SEEDlings is to:
- Provide kids with valuable life skills, such as how to grow and prepare food.
- Develop children’s social/emotional skills. We interact with children to empower them to communicate their needs and feelings, to work together in community with one another, and develop their potential for leadership.
- Teach children sustainable methods of interacting with the world around them through growing organic food in the safest, healthiest, most environmentally friendly way.
- Enhance children’s cooking knowledge, so that they can develop a variety of nutritious, delicious, and low-cost meals.
- Connect lessons learned in the kitchen and garden environment to children’s academic studies and provide literacy assistance and homework help.
- Have fun! Children learn by doing and the best learning experiences are fun, engaging, and relevant.
To be announced early in the year! Stay tuned.
If registration is full, you will be given an option to add yourself to our waitlist. In the event of a cancellation, we will contact the next person on the waitlist until the spot is filled.
- $350 for 2 week sessions (8:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
- $525 for 3 week sessions (8:30 – 3:30 PM)
- $50 per week for optional aftercare (3:30 – 5:30 PM)
- A registration fee of 6% will be added to your total cost
Payment will be made via our registration platform Active.com. There will be an option to pay in full or choose a payment plan.
Refund and Cancellation Policies
- 90+ days prior to the first day of camp: If cancelling, a $25 administrative fee will be charged per child, per camp. Cancellation fees will be capped at a maximum of $100 per individual order. Minus this fee, either a full refund or a dollar-for-dollar credit is available.
- Less than 90 days, but more than 14 days prior to the first day of camp: If cancelling, a 50% of the fee will be refunded.
- Less than 14 days prior to the first day of camp: No refunds are available for cancellations.
We offer scholarships based on household size and annual income. If you are interested in applying for a full or partial scholarship, please fill out the application form. If you apply for a scholarship but cannot attend camp, please let us know at your earliest possible convenience, so we can make your scholarship available to another student. Please contact Jeff at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.
SEEDS is committed to making our programs accessible to all Durham families. If you would like to support this effort, you may make a tax-deductible donation to SEEDS! To give to summer camp scholarships, email Jeff at email@example.com.
We strongly encourage you to ensure your child is here for each day of camp. If they are going to miss days during camp, you must notify Cynelsa at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the absence. If a child is out sick, please send an email the morning of camp letting us know that they will be missing. If a child misses camp without notification, we reserve the right to offer their spot to another child on our waiting list.
Times, Drop off, and Pick up
Camp Hours: 8:30am-3:30pm; Aftercare: 3:30-5:30pm
Drop off: 8:30-9:00am
Please drop your child off at SEEDS no later than 9:00am, as we will begin programming promptly at that time.
Unless your child is enrolled in aftercare, you must pick up your child no later than 3:30pm.
Aftercare is a quieter time of day with a smaller group. This time will include indoor and outdoor facilitated lessons, a snack, and self-directed activities with adult supervision.
Aftercare Pick-up: 5:00-5:30pm
You must pick up your child no later than 5:30pm.
- Snack: We will provide a mid-morning snack each day, prepared by campers using some of SEEDS’ produce. Aftercare campers will receive a mid-afternoon snack.
- Lunch: This year, SEEDS will be providing farm-fresh, healthy, and tasty lunches for kids. If you decide to pack a lunch for your child, please label it, and we will keep it in our cooler. The menu will be prepared with as much garden produce possible as the center of the meal. We find that that most kids love what we prepare and are more inclined to eat food they harvested themselves.
We will make an effort to minimize use of ingredients that are common childhood food allergy triggers. However, we will not have the capacity to accommodate all dietary needs. If your child has a serious food allergy, dietary requirement, or limited preference for foods, we recommend you pack their lunch and notify staff of serious allergies before camp begins.
We believe that outdoor play and education are essential to learning. Please dress campers casually and comfortably, in clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Close-toed shoes are required to be in the garden.
Toys and Tech
Please leave personal toys and tech devices at home.
Sunscreen and Mosquito Repellent
The hot sun and pesky mosquitos are part of summertime living! We will have a selection of sunscreens and mosquito repellent available. Please send your child to camp already sunscreened and ready to go. We will take time out to reapply throughout the day. If you have a preference for sunscreen and repellent types, please send these labelled with your child’s name.
Please send your child with a reusable water bottle that is labelled with their name. We have a water fountain where they can refill throughout the day.