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Registration is now open for Bloomfield Hills Schools 2019 summer camps! BHS has many different summer camp opportunities for students of all ages and for all interests throughout Oakland County. Students can explore the outdoors and have an exciting educational experience.

Bowers School Farm Summer Camps

Farm Camps
Charles L. Bowers School Farm Camps give campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend the day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal care, and exploring 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent cooking and preparing fresh snacks in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes when campers spend their week making friends and having fun on the farm. Each camp session has a different theme, but all have common, age-appropriate, program goals: challenging ourselves, learning to work in a community, and connecting with nature.

Financial Aid is available for the 2019 camp season. Check out the Financial Aid Guidelines for more details. Please complete the application here. Contact Michelle Golembieski at mgolembieski@bloomfield.org with questions.

Love a Pony
Grades K-2
Groom a Pony! Hug and ride a pony! During each class we will groom and ride a pony and do special pony projects. Get to know Patches and her pony friends. No Pre-K children, please. We meet in the gazebo at the Bowers Farm. Due to the small size of the ponies, there is a 60 pound weight limit for riding.

Barnyard Buddies Camp 
Ages 3-5
Barnyard Buddies Camp: the camp that started it all! A little bit of everything around the farm. Campers are introduced to the farm animals and the beautiful 90+ acres of Bowers Farm (these are 3-day sessions). Barnyard Buddies is for our youngest campers. Campers must be potty trained. Small groups & trained, experienced staff create a nurturing, hands-on environment where our campers can try new things, explore the animals, investigate the gardens and grounds and make new friends. Campers will be active and outside all day so dress for the weather. Campers should bring a nut-free lunch and water bottle; afternoon snacks will be made each day at camp.

Barnyard Buddies - Five Senses Farm Fun Camp 
Ages 3-5
Five Senses Farm Camp is also a Barnyard Buddies Camp. In this camp, campers explore the farm through the lens of their five senses: the sights and sounds of barnyard and pastures, the feel of freshly shorn wool, the tastes of crops from the gardens and more! Each day is spent focusing on experiential and sensory activities tailored to a camper's developmental stage. This is a two day session.

Barnyard Buddies - Farm on Foot Explorer Camp
Campers explore every nook and cranny of our historic farm grounds and meet the animals who call Bowers Farm "home".  From barnyard to horse pastures, and gardens to greenhouse, intrepid campers will enjoy hands-on activities designed to offer new challenges.  These are 3-day sessions.

Barnyard Buddies - Little Sprouts Camp 
Ages 3-5
Little Sprouts campers will get down in the dirt and investigate our gardens, help with planting, weeding, and harvesting.  They will create tasty treats from the bounty they collect.  Campers will also learn about the food our farm animals eat and help with the feeding chores.  This is a 3-day session.

Farm Camp: Outdoor Adventures 
Ages 6-10
Experience the adventurous side of the farm!  We will practice our wilderness skills as we construct fires for cooking, build shelters, explore in the forest and challenge ourselves on the ropes course. Each day camp includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Life on the Farm 
Ages 6-10
Dig into what life on the farm is like! During this week long camp, campers will get an authentic taste of daily farm life, learning how each day may bring its own unique farm challenges. We will compare modern day farming to the past as well as dream about future agriculture. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Goats 'n Gardens 
Ages 6-10
Sustainable farming requires the input and cooperation of multiple components, especially between plants and animals. This week long camp encourages campers to ruminate on integral connections and discover natural harmonies all around the farm. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Farm Camp: Animal Excursions 
Ages 6-10
This week long camp is focused on the farm's most popular feature, our animals!!!  Campers will learn the importance of and how to care for the farm's livestock. Through hands-on activities, campers will understand the value of the animals and the products they provide. Each camp day includes animal chores, garden time, cooking and, new this year, camper-choice activity time.

Advanced Camp: Vet Science at the Farm
Ages 11-14
Come explore the critical field of animal and veterinary medicine!  Campers will participate in numerous, hands on learning activities gaining animal handling experience, learning how to use certain veterinary tools & technologies as well as practice physical exams.  This is a great introduction for youth considering future animal-related careers!  Each day camp includes time with the animals, garden, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Science in the Kitchen
Ages 11-14
Campers will cook through a "garden to table" model, harvesting produce from the garden and transforming it into delicious recipes. Campers will build fundamental culinary skills and expand on food science and nutrition knowledge. Get ready to chop, whisk, and get zesty as we build life-long skills and an appreciation for local food production.  Each camp day includes time with the animals, garden, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Equine Exercise, Beginners Horse Camp
Ages 11-14
Experience levels from first time riders to comfortable walk trotters. Discover the care, history, and development of the horse in addition to learning foundational riding skills. Play games on horseback, observe equestrian competition, and study the Bowers horses in their herd habitat. Long pants and proper boots required on a daily basis for participants within this session.  Certified helmets will be provided. Campers will ride once to twice daily.

Advanced Camp: Animal Science
Ages 11-14
Get up close and familiar with the various animals that call Bowers School Farm home. Help to care for our residential farm animals, study behavior, as well as learn about the importance of the wild animals we share our spaces with. Each camp day includes time with the animals, cooking and developing leadership skills.

Advanced Camp: Teen versus Wild Survival Camp - July
Ages 11-14
Embrace your inner survivalist to experience and learn new and thrilling wilderness skills. Campers will build fires, learn about and construct shelters, practice map and orienteering skills, cook outdoors, go hiking and canoeing, and be one with nature. Additionally, campers will practice archery and critical survival skills. On Thursday, we will test our new skills and end the week with an overnight camping experience on the farm, under the stars! Friday morning, campers will gather farm fresh ingredients to prepare a delicious breakfast, ending the day at noon. The overnight experience and camp takes place on the Bowers Farm site and may travel offsite for specialty activities.

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BHS SUMMER CAMPS

BOWERS SCHOOL FARM NEWS

Fall Fest Is Coming - And It's Better Than Ever!
As much as we all wish the weather would remain in the 80's and sunny, the autumnal equinox is approaching much too quickly, and our plans for this year's Fall Fest are well underway. We are excited to announce new events and entertainment, as well as "Festival After Five", an "adults only" evening after hours on Saturday, October 5th. We have partnered with Griffin Claw Brewery, and look forward to extending the celebration into the night hours. There will also be entertainment provided by Square Pegz. It is important to keep watching our newsletter and website for tickets and more information. For now, make sure your calendar is marked for the first weekend in October. We look forward to celebrating with you!
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Now Hiring - Farm Instructional Guide
Do you LOVE working with farm animals, collaborating with teachers, and creating engaging activities for young learners? If so, we would love to have you join our educational team! We are looking for an educational farm guide to help us develop and implement programs, which include general farm tours, early learning immersion in agriculture, historical connections to our farm and community and more! If you are interested, please visit the consortium website to begin your application here. You can search by district, then by "non-certified" positions. We would love to have you join our team!
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Book Your Group's Fall Tours Now
With the school year approaching, now is the time to consider booking your fall tour of our farm. Fall is a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures, rides to the pumpkin patch, and the final harvest of our fruits and vegetables from Bowers Garden. If you are interested in booking a private family tour, school, church, or community group, please call now. Available dates and times are limited. Please contact Jackie from 8am-2pm at 248.341.6481.
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2019 Oakland County Fair A Huge Success
The 2019 Oakland County Fair was a wonderful time for our Bowers 4H members to shine! Our club brought an amazing 57 animals to fair this year. It was so wonderful to see all of the hard work pay off. Bowers had 2 Grand Champion animal winners - Ethan Heckman and Katie Kotula. We also had 15 first place winners, 11 second place winners and 55+ other ribbons and awards. We would also like to give a special shout out to Brendan Champoux who was crowned Prince of the fair, as well as 4H parent Pam Shenouda who earned her own 1st place rosette in adult scrapbook design.
 
All of this could not be done without the support of our farm staff, especially Kathleen Blust and Rachel Duncan who supported our kids all year long! We are eagerly looking forward to 2020. Please contact Oakland County 4H extension Program Coordinator, Deb Morgan, at morga194@msu.edu or 248.347.3860, ext. 279 OR bowersfarm4h@gmail.com if you are interested in getting your child involved in this amazing experience.
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