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Registration is now open for Bloomfield Hills Schools 2018 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.

2018 Summer Camps:

Bowers School Farm 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.

Farm Camp: Dairy Discovery
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: June 25 - 29
Session 2: July 23 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
What is mac without cheese, cereal without milk, or bread without butter? Campers will “milk” this camp for all it’s worth and discover the world of dairy. Bowers Farm Camp will turn into Camp Creamery as campers harvest milk, churn butter, and prepare their own delicious dairy delights.

Farm Camp: Healthy Hearts, Hooves & Hocks
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: July 16 - 20
Session 2: July 30 - August 3
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
Keeping our livestock healthy is no walk in the pasture. Campers will gain in-depth knowledge on what it takes to maintain the wellness of our farm. Become an agronomist, try out veterinary science skills, and find out what an animal nutritionist does each day. Taking the heart rate of a goat, handling chickens, and exploring other agricultural-based careers are just a few of the activities your animal enthusiast will experience.

Farm Camp: Know & Grow Your Food
Ages: 6-11
Session 1: July 9 - 13
Session 2: August 6 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $320 / Session
This camp is oriented to what connects us all: Food! What is local food? Campers will feel empowered as we grow, harvest, cook and eat! Harvest cucumbers to make pickles, collect eggs from the chicken coop to make farm fresh omelettes and investigate hands-on sustainable agriculture.

Horse Camp: Equine Excursion for Beginners
Ages: Rising 5th - 9th Graders
Session 1: July 9 - 13
Session 2: August 6 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: $420 / Session
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. Participants will ride once to twice daily.

Barnyard Buddies
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: June 25 - 27
Session 2: July 25 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
Barnyard Buddies Camps give our youngest campers an in-depth, authentic farm experience through hands-on exploration. Campers spend their day on a full working farm, engaging in sustainable gardening, animal activities and care, and exploring our 80+ acres of farmland. Each day, time is spent preparing a fresh snack in the kitchen, strengthening the connection between agriculture and everyday food choices. Building life skills such as responsibility, communication, and cooperation are key outcomes. Small groups enhance the comfort level for each camper. Campers make new friends, learn new skills and have 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. Dress for the weather, because each day will be outside, rain or shine! All campers MUST be toilet trained.

Barnyard Buddies - Five Senses Farm Fun
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: July 9 - 10
Session: 2: July 12 - 13
Session 3: July 30 - 31
Session 4: August 2 - 3
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $75 / Session
Campers will explore Bowers Farm through the lense of their five senses. The sights and sounds of the barnyard and pastures; the aromas in the gardens; the feel of freshly shorn wool, IMAGINE the possibilities! Each day we will focus on experiential, sensory activities tailored to the campers’ developmental stage. Each day will include animal and garden activities as well as kitchen time where we will make an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Farm on Foot Explorer Camp
Ages: 3-5
Session 1: July 16 - 18
Session 2: August 6 - 8
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
Explore every nook and cranny of our historic farm grounds and meet the animals who call Bowers Farm “home.” Campers will discover what makes Bowers Farm tick. From the barnyards to the horse pastures, from the gardens to the greenhouse, intrepid campers will enjoy hands on activities in a small group environment. Each day will include animal and garden time as well as kitchen time where we will create an afternoon snack.

Barnyard Buddies - Little Sprouts Garden Camp
Ages 3-5
Session: August 13 - 15
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $112 / Session
How do our gardens grow? Little Sprouts will get down in the “dirt” and investigate the gardens and help with harvesting the crops, then turn the bounty int a healthy afternoon treat. Campers learn about the foods our farm animals eat and healthy human diets. Animal activities and kitchen time will be included each day. Campers will create a “Farm Market Stand” on the last day of camp for parents to sample their delectable harvest.


Johnson Nature Center Camps

Eco-Explorers
Ages 4-5
Session: June 25 – 29
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $185
Young children will learn about the natural world that surrounds them, get a chance to see nature up close and get their hands dirty. We will hike the trails, seek out animal habitats, and discover what lives in the water. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. Campers must be potty trained. $20 material fee payable to the instructor due the first day of camp.

Junior Naturalist
Ages 6-10
Session: July 9 - 13
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $275
Do you love nature? Discover a passion for all that nature has to offer. A walk through the woods and a stroll along the water’s edge. These are what Naturalist’s do to better understand the world around them. Learn about the animals and plants that call the E.L. Johnson Nature Center home. Bring a lunch and dress to mess. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Creativity in Nature
Ages 6-10
Session: July 16- 20
Time: 9 a.m. -3 p.m.
Cost: $275 ($20 material fee due first day)
Where does your imagination take you? Using items found in nature, we can create wondrous things! We will create t-shirts, use natural building materials, and make magic with nature. Bring a lunch and dress to mess.

Log Cabin Life
Ages 6-10
Session: July 23 - 27
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $185
What was it like to grow up 100 years ago? Discover pioneer living at the Log Cabin. We will learn tasks of daily living, make candles, and play pioneer games. Bring a lunch and be ready to work! $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.

Field Scientist
Ages 10-13
Session: July 30 – August 2
Time: 9 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cost: $175
Are you willing to help save the natural world? Using STEM activities, we will discover what it is like for scientists out in the field. We will learn how to use technology as well as traditional methods to gather information. Field research is a great way to better understand how our environment works and what we can do to help ensure we protect it for the future. Dress for field work and bring a water bottle. $20 material fee due to the instructor the first day of camp.


Recreation Summer Programs

Huck Finn Summer Day Camp
Ages: 4 - Grade 3
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Bloomfield Summer Fun

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Enjoy crafts, play sports and games, and take weekly field trips. Campers will go to the waterfront daily for swimming and beach time. Activities include water carnivals, fishing, and canoe, sailboat and pontoon rides. At West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield.

Ages: Grades 3- 7
Sessions Begin: June 18, 2018 (5-Day Camps)
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $232 / Session
Learn techniques of a variety of sports including touch football, soccer, baseball, bowling, floor hockey, and golf. Enjoy field trips and canoeing and swimming at the WHMS waterfront.

Before & After Camp Care
Time: 7:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Cost: $93/week

Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $88/week


SCAMP

SCAMP is a 5-week summer program that seeks to provide an exciting and therapeutic summer program for individuals with disabilities ages 3-26 in the Metro Detroit area. Campers enjoy a variety of structured activities that focus on social skills improvement, language enrichment, and pre-vocational skills-. They also enjoy art and music therapy and physical education. Participants in this program will swim at Walnut Lake which is located behind West Hills Middle School in West Bloomfield. Visit www.bloomfieldscamp.com for more information.


Bloomin' Preschool Summer Program

Offered at Fox Hills and Lone Pine
6 weeks - 6 years
June - August
Open Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Preschool themed studies
More information

An Exciting Update!

Bloomfield Hills Schools is proud to announce the new Recreation Website, your one-stop-shop for all activity and event registration!

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Beat the Heat with Summer Camps!

In addition to our incredibly popular summer day camps (Huck Finn, Sports & Adventure, and Bloomfield Summer Fun) that take place on the waterfront at West Hills Middle School, the following camps have openings.  Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

Go online today at http://www. bloomfield.org/rec-signup and log in with your user name and password.  Class dates, times and descriptions are available for your review and you can register online.  If you prefer, call our Recreation Department at 248-433-0885 and have us assist you with registering.

Little Veterinary School (Grades K-5)

Little Medical School (Ages 5-12)

Allegro Triple Threat Dance Camp (Ages 5-8)

BH Girls Soccer Camp (Grades 6-8)

BH Precision Summer Volleyball Camp (Grades 5-10)

Eddie O Basketball Camps /Small Shooters (Grades K-3)

BH Boys Open Soccer Camp (Grades 9-12)

Musical Theatre Camps (Ages 5-13)

Chess Wizards Summer Camps (Grades K-8)

Introduction to Fencing Day Camps (Ages 7-14)

Drama and Forensics Intensive Camp (Grades 5-8)

Bricks (Lego) Challenge Camps (Grades 1-5)

ORG Jr. Elite Training Camps (Ages 7-14), Rhythmic Gymnastics Summer Camps (Ages 5-8) & Elite Training Camps for Competitive Rhythmic Gymnasts (Ages 11-21)

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Everyday Agriculture

We've just rounded up an egg-cellent Everyday Agriculture program with our Bloomfield Hills Schools' third graders. No better time to be on the farm than spring in order to learn about what day-to-day life on the farm is like! Program participants studied our Barnyard Babies, our Sleeping Seeds, our Living Soil, and the Chicken Life Cycle, and made detailed scientific observations within their very own Everyday Agriculture notebooks. One group was even lucky enough to witness a mother goat give birth! 

 

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New Arrivals

This month has marked many new arrivals to the farm! In addition to our three new staff members, we've welcomed two calves, five goat kids, and countless spring flowers! Some of our baby goats have been named: their very original titles include Pee-wee, Emma, Rosie, last but not least "Benny Ninja." 

 

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April's showers spring May flowers, which means our summer camps here at Bowers School Farm are quickly approaching! Our multitude of camp topics include the following: (brief subject descriptions in parenthesis)
Healthy Hearts, Hooves and Hocks (farm & animal)
Dairy Discovery (farm & animal)
Equine Excursion for Beginners (beginner horse riding)
Know and Grow your Food (farm & garden)
Barnyard Buddies (ages 3-5)

View dates, prices, check availability, and register at:
https://register.communitypass.net/BloomfieldHillsSchoolDistrict/
 

Take a look at a few of last year's photos in order to get an idea of all the fun that's in store for our Summer 2018 camp programs: 

 

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