Critter Camp

The Critter Barn is delighted to offer our unique Critter Camp class again this year
for ages 8 to 16 (must be 8 years old by May 1, 2017)
Critter Camp is offered in June, July and August

    8, 9 or 10 year olds REGISTER HERE

                                     

    11 to 16 years olds REGISTER HERE 

 

What is Critter Camp All About?
This three-day class gives animal lovers an experience of caring for farm animals and an inside look at our farm operation. Critter Campers learn how to feed and handle all the birds and animals. Kids learn about each species, the special care they require. We milk goats, feed baby animals, enjoy the farm, eat lunch in the hayloft, give a bath and learn about grooming. Kids enjoy many experiences with the animals while learning about agriculture. Critter Camp is also about making new friends with kids who enjoy animals!

Critter Camp is a prerequisite for volunteering at the farm.  Students wear BLUE Critter Crew shirts (available at the farm) until they complete 20 hours.  After completing 20 hours of volunteering, students earn their own RED Critter Crew Membership shirt.  

REFRESHER CLASSES
To keep our skills sharp, Critter Crew Refresher classes are offered every spring to all Critter Crew members.  This class is required for all Crew members no matter how long they have been serving. The purpose of the class is to equip our students, continue their education, review tasks, safety measures, and update them about what is new. Refresher classes are offered in late April and May.  The cost for taking our Refresher class is $25 per student.  

When you take Critter Camp class:
On day #1 and #2, bring a sack lunch and beverage; a morning snack is provided. Friday lunches will be provided by our generous sponsor, Boar's Head.  
Dress for the weather, wear older shoes, NO open toe or sandals!  

Bring your own water bottle. We hold class rain or shine.

When are the Classes?
Critter Camp Classes are offered during June, July and August

Two options each week:
Monday, Wednesday: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and Fridays until 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and Fridays until 3:00 pm

Graduation with parents is at 2:30 pm sharp on every Friday.  


Critter Barn Partners with BOAR'S HEAD

Boar's Head Provisions of Holland is partnering with Critter Barn to teach the importance of why good farming practices and excellent care of the animals is important to us as a Food Manufacturer.

Look forward to hearing about our Hand Washing Program, Learn about Food Safety, and the importance of how the caring of the animals before getting to the manufacturer plays a vital part on the Quality of the Consumer's Product.  

On Friday, each Critter Camp class participant will each receive a sack lunch provided for them to taste and experience a Classic Boar's Head Turkey Sandwich, and know why, Boar's Head does not compromise when it comes to the finished product of our meats.  Boar's Head has ordered custom lunch bags for all Critter Camp students too keep.  We are so grateful to our friends at Holland's Boar's Head for their support of our program!  Be sure to look for their excellent meat products where you shop. 


 
Here's what one parent had to say:

"Thank you, thank you thank you for the marvelous Critter Camp that my son, Mathieu finished today. His time on the farm was so special and I can't believe all he learned! He will be volunteering soon... He told Grandma and Grandpa (when they came for a tour yesterday) that "this is where I want to be for my whole life." He has never been so confident and comfortable anywhere. I wish we would have done Critter Camp earlier in the summer so he could have spent more time there.. Thanks for all you do. You, and this teaching farm, are a gift."

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