A CAMP THAT IS NOT JUST FOR KIDS
The Excitement Unfolds at Family Camp!
John and Marcos are excited to co-direct Family Camp after a two-year hiatus, and we are thrilled to have the band back together!
John Porcino was enthralled by the spell of storytelling over 50 years ago and for almost 40 years has been a full-time musician, performer, and educator - giving over a thousand performances and workshops for children and keynote speeches. John is a consummate creative with decades of professional experience engaging people of all ages to take part in the wonder of meaningful play and discovery. He has Directed Farm and Wilderness’s Family Camp for over twenty years.
Marcos Levy became a Waterfront Director at an early age at his childhood camp and is currently an active Red Cross lifeguard instructor as well as a music teacher at the Killington Mountain School, songwriter, caller, and instructor at his own studio. Marcos identifies as Half Puerto Rican. He was born in the lower east side of Manhattan in 1969 and moved to Vermont at 24 years old. He has been with Farm and Wilderness since 1996 and co-directed Family Camp since 2008. He holds a BS in Biology from Stony Brook University.
“At Family Camp we allow ourselves to give and to receive. It is a chance to spread good will and experience Karma in real time.”
Family Camp is open to all ages*
2024 Dates: Saturday August 24 thru Friday August 30
*Reach out to admissions to learn more about attending with a child under 5 years of age.
Housing: Family Campers wake up each morning to the sounds and sights of the woods surrounding Woodward Reservoir. Cabins are open three-sided wood structures with individual bunks and storage areas--some have a porch. In the spirit of being "unplugged", cabins have no electricity, so be sure to bring a flashlight! Families can expect to share a cabin with one other family. Most cabins are a short walk away from each other with the main lodge and other camp facilities also a short walk away.
Facilities: Shared facilities are nearby for all Family Campers' personal hygiene needs, including fresh water, composting outhouses and outdoor hot showers.
WHAT OUR FAMILIES SAY
WHY FAMILY CAMP?
For those folks who have attended a F&W camp themselves, or have children who have attended our camps, you'll find lots that's familiar--our focus on the natural world, our simple and rustic facilities, Silent Meeting, singing, swimming, exploration, family-style meals with delicious, fresh food--most of it locally sourced, and the special spirit that comes from campers sharing the daily chores and tasks of living in community. Family Camp is also different from our other camps in that a good portion of the camp program is developed by the folks attending Family Camp at camp!
Family Camp offers exciting possibilities for everyone!
Swimming and Boating
Woodward Reservoir is the perfect place to relax ... or to burn off some energy! Motorized boating is not permitted and Farm and Wilderness land makes up the majority of the lakefront property. Canoeing, kayaking and swimming in this idyllic setting are all part of the family experience.
The Long Trail, one of the oldest in United States runs a few miles West of camp and we are nestled onto a ridge that is a dedicated wildlife corridor. Enjoyment and challenge on the trails is available for all whether in a day hike out the backdoor or summitting a peak
Singing and Strumming
All Farm and Wilderness camps appreciate and value unplugged music. We don't have what our founders called "canned" music, so we fill the space with our own songs. Our camp directors and guests share their love of playing music and no expertise required to join in!
Farm and Homesteading
Farm and Wilderness maintains several hillside farms to grow vegetables and raise animals and are maintained throughout the year. Families help care for the land and gain understanding of the joy and work that goes into caring for living plants and animals.
Porch Sitting and Running Around
These are nationally recognized pastimes - or should be! Whether you are rediscovering the gentle art of an unhurried conversation on the porch or a spontaneous game on the lawn, this is part of community and living together.
Preparing Delicious Meals
Coming together to enjoy wholesome food is an unforgettable part of the week, and all meals are included in the price of camp. Our kitchens aim to serve a variety of dietary needs so that everyone can feel welcomed and nourished!