LACONIA — Prescott Farm has been offering WildQuest Day Camps for over 15 years. All camps take place during school vacations (February, April and June-August). the camps are licensed by the state of New Hampshire and are led by experienced environmental educators with the goal of fostering an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, student's own special places as well. Registration is now open for spring and summer camps.
WildQuest Spring Camp is for children ages 6-12 and will take place Monday-Friday, April 24-28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spring is here – time for mud, new green shoots and salamanders. Depending on the weather, the week will be a mix of gardening projects; cooking projects; "woods time," playing "Hungry Forest" (a predator-prey game); epic off-trail hiking adventures; ponding and exploring vernal pools and craft projects. Register for one day or register for them all! Extended care and scholarships are available.
WildQuest Summer Camp is for children ages 4-15 and will take place June 26 to Aug. 25 (nine themed weeks). Registrations before April 30 will receive a 10 percent early bird discount (does not include LITs). Scholarships are available.
The summer Pre-K program is an introduction to camp for children ages 4-5. They focus on supporting their natural curiosity, making new friends, and building their independence as they experience the natural world through age-appropriate activities. You can find full descriptions of each week for Pre-K Pioneers at www.prescottfarm.org.
The heart of the summer camp program are their Questers (ages 6-12). They offer 36 spaces per week. Children are then divided into three groups of 12, based on age. Each group has an instructor and assistant. They start the day with an opening circle and "Woods Time," then break into our groups for an activity related to the theme of the week, gather again for lunch, then break up again for an afternoon activity. We end each day with a group game and closing circle. Each week they also go on a quest (an educational treasure hunt) and complete an all-camp project. Some of the nature-themed weeks are Survivor, Nature Artists, Life on the Farm and Let's Go Camping. New this year are Young Naturalists, Kids Can Cook and Eco-Kids. You can find full descriptions of each week for Questers on our website at www.prescottfarm.org.
Leaders-in-Training (LITs ages 13-15) assist with supervision and instruction of lessons for 4- and 5-year-old Pre-K Pioneer campers at camp from 9 to noon each day. In the afternoon, they assist with planning activities for the week and help with preparation and clean up of materials. LITs also participate in leadership training activities. LITs must be mature, responsible and a good role model for younger children. They should have interest in or experience working with young children and an interest in being outdoors. Only three LITS will be accepted per week and must be at least 13 years old. LITs must complete a LIT Application Form and interview with the camp director. You can find the LIT application form at www.prescottfarm.org.
Registration is open for Prescott Farms vacation camps. (Courtesy photo)