Belle Vie Farm Summer Camp 2019
Join us this summer for a one-of-a-kind camp experience! Belle Vie Farm is located just 5 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro, and just 10 minutes from Briar Chapel! With over 100 PlayShops for campers to explore, there is always time for "one more activity!"
This spring will see the completion of our 1800 square foot shipping container facility, complete with a full kitchen, Light Studio, community space (the Piazza!) and separate workshop spaces. Our farm also houses an Art Studio and MakerSpace, 10 acres of forest to explore, a half-acre pond filled with frogs, turtles and dragonfly nymphs, multiple micro-streams for romping through, an outdoor water play area complete with ramps and waterfalls, a greenhouse for growing microgreens, multiple garden areas, a developing sensory garden, vermicomposting bins and more! We have 2 climate controlled buildings, one shaded barn and one 500 square foot space under shade cloth.
Our animals include donkeys, pygora and fainting goats, German angora rabbits, a Holland lop rabbit, chickens and quails.
During Summer Camp 2019, campers ages 2-7 are divided into groups of 10, 12 or 14 (depending on age). Each group is lead by two experienced camp counselors and the owner/director is typically on site. An assistant director is available as well.
Our Creator Spaces
Campers are invited to explore our Art Studio, a magical space filled with every artistic medium one could imagine: acrylics, watercolors, encaustic wax, pastels, Sharpie markers, colored crayons, a huge variety of papers, canvases and wood. Click here for a full list of available supplies. The MakerSpace barn is also available for the engineer-minded creative! Think Scrap Exchange on a farm! From bottle caps to fabric and scrap wood to recycled plastics, the MakerSpace has something for everyone. The space also provides supervised use of child-sized drills, hammers and screwdrivers.
Weekly Camp Activities
Campers will enjoy a variety of activities during each camp week: cooking, gardening, caring for our animals, spending time holding and grooming animals, shearing the goats and bunnies, building forest forts, hiking in the forest & following the StoryWalk path, canoeing, playing in the outdoor waterplay station, digging in our 200 square foot sand box, exploring the indoor Light Studio, creating art and 3-D structures, tie-dying, making earth art, lazing in the sunshine, studying dragonflies and frogs, learning how to grow (and eat!) microgreens and more!
Because safety is a primary concern, our 1/2 acre pond is fully fenced in, with access to our canoe through a locked gate. Only the director and assistant director have the key to that gate. Campers in the 5-7 age group are allowed canoe time each week, with two counselors and either the director or assistant director present for the duration of the canoeing. One counselor always rides in the canoe with campers and all campers and staff where life jackets at all times. The deepest part of our pond is 5 feet.