RISE Regenerative Farm & Forest Summer Day Camp

July 8, 2024 to August 23, 2024

For campers having completed grade 1*, up to 12 years of age.

Give your kids a real positive experience of trees, plants, bugs, mud, soil, flowers, while working collaboratively on projects they'll get to take home each week.

They'll learn about how and why we're regenerative farming; the carbon cycle, how soil works, how nutrients flow, how we raise animals to improve the environment and create nutritious food.

Ages 13 to 16. Introducing for this year our new leadership program for our older campers.

Your 13 to 16 year old will develop leadership skills with hands on experience in the farm, forest, and working side by side with our counsellors. 

Your camper will earn their required high-school volunteer hours, valuable team-based leadership skills, as well as a personalized reference letter describing their achievements.

Making Farm Friends Forever. We're very serious about this :)

Everything we do is designed to make sure our campers find and make friends.

The worst experience would be to get to the end of the day and not want to come back. We actively work to make sure this doesn't happen.

Our games, ice breakers, activities, curriculum, and hiring practices are all designed for maximum opportunity to build relationships.

We take this very seriously :)

$367 (Early Bird) per week Co-working included

$399 per child per week after March 31, 2024.

This includes free access to our co-working space so you can stay the day, have lunch with your child, and even take calls while strolling the farm.

Take an extra $10 off for additional children/week and any friends you refer. Friends you refer will get 10$ off per child per week as well!

Camp is based on the 5 'E's of Eco-Action

Empathy

Eduaction

Environmental Stewardship

Excitement

Empowerment

Eco-Autonomy, not eco-anxiety.

"Eco-anxiety" is a valid response to the real challenges kids see around them

Our job as parents and caregivers isn't to make their concerns go away – it's to help channel them into action.

When children’s concerns are validated and they can see how their actions, even the small ones, can make a difference, it restores their sense of autonomy, their ability to meaningfully impact their own future.

Our camp gives your child a real sense of their role in the future of the environment.

Structured Mornings

... are planned and designed to meet a few learning objectives.

Your camper will have a lot of opportunity for facilitated exploration of our regenerative enterprises, as well as the forest, ponds, creeks, and riparian spaces.

Our counsellors are keen to pick up on what excites your camper and then ask them probing questions as to how, what, where, when, and why their curiosity has been piqued.

Please see the list of daily themes below that your camper will encounter at any given time.

Free Flow Afternoons

Our most requested feedback from our campers has been to 'let me play!'.

Think of RISE camp as a place where your camper can just play; be a kid, fall into flow state and freely explore, but without the risk of traffic, abductions, and what other parents on social might think about you if ever something happened for letting your child play 'unsupervised'

The afternoon at RISE camp is one of the safest places to play, explore, make friends, and generally have fun outdoors, while still providing adult supervision.

Our counsellors provide unstructured play time and we aim to produce a tuckered out camper by pick up.

  • Each Day

    We program many cooperative play and exploration games that will take your camper all over the 46 acres.

    They'll have the opportunity to set up their own trail cameras to see what wildlife passes by at night.

    They'll work through a week-long scavenger hunt to hear, see, and collect all the trees, birds, frogs, insects, even soils and the weather. We'll go so far as to look at microbes they've collected through our microscopes.

    They'll build crafts and presentations on what they've explored. Of course there will be lots of cooperative games built in to each day.

    Every Thursday after camp they (and you!) are invited to a celebration where they can tell you all about their week and we'll enjoy a bit of a party together.

  • Animals Big and Small

    Be an animal investigator: Curiosity drives these activities as campers discover the role of all the creatures on the farm–from insects, baby chickens, hens, turkeys, beavers and even goats. We use problem solving, observation and hands on activities to investigate habitats, learn about animals-their tracks, how they communicate, look after our chicks and more.

  • Power of Plants

    Plants are used for everything from medicine to dye, fuel, & food, Campers will explore the amazing power of plants on the farm. Activities include plant identification, harvesting plants to make our own dye, food, & fibre arts. Campers will learn about regenerative farming practices, ecosystems, ways to combat climate change, reduce pollution and support biodiversity all while having fun!

  • Nature Skills & Wildcraft

    Wildcraft activities will connect your camper with nature and grow their eco-skills. Cook over a fire, learn about maps, wayfinding, identify important plants/animals, build a shelter & make crafts using natural materials, We will explore the woodlot & learn outdoor skills together!

  • Farm Adventure & Discovery

    Get your hands dirty and dive into farm life. Learn how all the parts of the farm work together. Sow seeds, help harvest, build an owl house– A little of everything the farm has to offer Campers will have fun, explore the property and experience regenerative farming at work.

  • Art & Craft on the Farm

    Imagination & creativity inspire these activities focused on farm inspired art. Campers will explore the farm's animals, flora & fauna, with drawing, painting and sculpture. We will find inspiration in our surroundings, study nature and reflect on our experiences using the creative process. Activities culminate in a mini art show.

  • Tomorrow’s Farmers

    Most of the day will be exploring and activities and when it comes time to do chores we'll introduce your campers to how the farm actually works!


    Tomorrow's Farmers

    Learn the roles & responsibilities on a farm, animal care, planting, harvesting, & (age appropriate) tool use.

    Tomorrows Farmers will participate in farm chores & maintenance. See how responsible, sustainable, regenerative  farming can combat climate change.

    Campers will gain hands on experience, and find empowerment in personal choices, building responsible consumption habits & an eco-positive community.

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35 minutes from cambridge. less than an hour from oakville.

Provenance Farms is on Highway 2 between Paris and Woodstock Ontario.

How long is my drive?

We even have work space so parents can stay!

We know. We're a bit off the beaten track for most. But if you can work from a Starbucks, you can work from our Farm.

You have your choice of four work spaces;

1. A clean and bright, fully furnished, air-conditioned, office with huge windows, great lighting, white board, TV, couches, wood stove, and dedicated entrance.

2. The bright and open 'Great Room', with 12' ceilings, large fireplace, modern couches, south-facing glass wall with walk out to the rear deck.

3. The rear deck and patio with bar-height table for up to 8, shaded naturally by our large and beautiful 25 year old Silver Maple, adjacent to the orchard and overlooking 'Bass Pond'

4. Finally, back inside, is the closed off conference room, with a beautiful 6' round white granite table. This room can be fully closed off and used to take phone calls or as a meeting room.

So if you want to enjoy lunches with your kids, see what they're learning, avoid driving back and forth, or enjoy a coffee with the hens, then feel free to stay and work from the farm.

Your day will be supported with high-speed Starlink internet, white boards, private conference room, and Breville espresso machine. Parking is on site and ample.

We provide you access to our co-working space free of charge so you can zoom-call in the morning and nature walk at lunch, with your kids!

Safety & Quality

We operating using the Ontario Camp Association's (OCA) list of 600+ standards and are working towards OCA certification

Our staff is hired for their experience leading outdoor adventure tours, have exceptional knowledge of native fauna and flora, are CPR certified and have completed background police checks.

RISE Camp & Farm Reviews

  • Co-Director - Eliana Witchell, R.D., MSc.

    I'm a Regsitered Dietician by trade and terribly motivated to help my clients (and my kids!) understand how and why health and longevity matters, how to achieve it through quality diet and active lifestyle, and practical ways to implement a health-focused mindset.

    My partner Andrew, and I, started Provenance Farms specifically to put our actions behind our words. We're regenerating an old farm, which 65 years ago was a construction site, to show just how simple it is to amplify the carbon cycle to generate incredibly nutrient rich food in a way that doesn't just sustain, but regenerates, the environment.

    Consider us 'ethical omnivores'. It's our goal to help our kids (and yours?) understand the process and give them a chance to discover for themselves the powerful part of the climate change solution they really are.

  • Co-Director - Andrew Witchell, MBA

    I'm deeply passionate about giving our kids a real-life foundation to underpin the incredible technology they're already experiencing.

    They'll get a sense of how they co-exist with nature in this world, and how to apply their innate creativity as future problem solvers.

    In the summers growing up, I attended athletics and computer camp. I've volunteered on the Board of Directors for our kids' parent-run daycare, and have been an active participant in their elementary school's outdoor education program.

    I've built sports, academics, and technology into my life as a cyclist, having earned my MBA, and I've been fortuante enough to contribute to teams that have built great software companies.

  • Jessica Shephard - Senior Programming Advisor & Curriculum Development

    A trained artist, educator, facilitator, food enthusiast, and parent of two.

    Since 2008 she has been providing children with safe, fun and enriching experiences in her home & community. She loves making messes and experimenting with art and natural materials, growing and foraging plants, cooking, and spends her free time camping and adventuring outdoors.

    Taking cues from Positive Parenting, Mindfulness, and Non-Violent Communication, Jessica has developed educational support, curriculum content, & hands-on kids programming for organizations including Native Child & Family Services Toronto, The Children's Storefront, Essential Skills Advantage, The Canadian Homeschooler, the Education department of the AGO, Ontario Museum of Archeology, and Arts 4 All Kids.

  • Camp Counsellor Erin

    Erin is a Health Science & Biology student extremely interested in sustainability and the environment and with a passion for understanding the deeper biology of plants and animals.

    She has a love for gardening and being outdoors. She's helped design and run outdoor children's programming and volunteers with the WRDSB school board. 

  • Camp Counsellor Alanna

    Bilingual (English / French) and working towards an Honours Double Degree in French and Psychology, Alanna is a Student Teacher, Languages Tutor, and Volleyball Coach.

    She brings a wealth of experience in facilitating child-led experiences, having been a camp counsellor for other organizations and now applying her skillset to an outdoor focused experience.

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*A note in case your child just turned 6...

From experience, we've found children who have just completed kindergarten, will be turning 6 before the start of camp, but are yet to complete the first grade struggle to maintain their energy throughout the day.

Unfortunately, we require all children to be at least 6 years of age and to have also completed the first grade by the time camp begins. If this means your child won't be able to participate this year then we're very sorry, but please do subscribe to get the registration link and we'll include you on next year's updates. Hopefully your child can join us then!