Summer on the Farm

What can your child expect to see and do at Keystone’s “Summer on the Farm?”

Keystone’s “Summer on the Farm” experience for your child, entering kindergarten through 5th grade, is filled with unique experiences that every child looks forward to each day. Whether it’s outdoor activities, boating, exploring, learning, or playing, your child will be engaged and want more opportunities to go all summer long. For some kids, it’s a week of the Keystone experience, and for others, it’s an entire summer; however, for all of them, it is a memorable experience packed with fun and joy. 

Activities abound throughout the day that offer variety and choices to keep kids engaged and happy. A careful balance between indoor and outdoor experiences help to make this summer enjoyable and safe for all. Your child’s safety is paramount to Keystone, so we provide a 9:1 student to teacher ratio (or better) at all times. 

Below you will find a list of just a few of the activities that will be available to your chilid throughout each week at Keystone.

  • A favorite indoor activity for kids is Keystone’s Summer in the City. Children work in our Great Room by reading, doing math, and writing books to earn money, which will allow them to purchase a house for the day. After purchasing their dream home (a camping tent indoors), the children will continue to earn money by reading, doing math, and writing to use to either invest in their own business or patron other businesses started by other citizens. Children are empowered to run the city their way, while learning to be responsible citizens.
  • Spending time with our pasture animals and gardening is always a great experience each day. Here they feed and water the horses, sheep, chickens, llamas, ducks, and pigeons. While on the farm, they will be responsible for all care given to the animals each day, including mucking the pasture, brushing the animals, collecting eggs, and many other activities. During this time, kids will engage in caring for our organic garden as well and will harvest vegetables as they ripen. Some of the veggies will be enjoyed by the kids, while the rest will be donated to the Hope Center Food Bank.
  • Group games will be offered that encourage children to have fun and cooperate with their friends to find a successful experience for all.
  • Outdoor leaning experiences, including fishing and kayaking, will be available to Summer on the Farm campers.

  • A giant water slide is available all summer long.

  • Sandboxes with water running though them provide plenty of room for creative play and exploration.
  • Participants will have opportunities to explore a running creek filled with fish, mussels, and lots of wildlife tracks.

 Lunch time will be spent on the farm, both in our cafeteria and picnicking on our beautiful school campus.


When can we come and what will it cost?
“Summer on the Farm” will last from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and will be open for six fun-filled weeks this summer from May 30th – July 14th (excluding the week of July 3rd - 7th). Prices are $295 per week or $65 per day attended per child, plus a $50 non-refundable, one-time enrollment fee for the summer of 2017. 

What to bring:
Items to bring daily:

  • Sunscreen must be applied prior to arrival and should be the waterproof kind that lasts all day.
  • Snacks and a sack lunch
  • Drinks and bottled water or refillable water bottle (recommended)
  • Fresh towel; please be sure your child takes the used one home daily
  • Swimsuit

Items to bring and leave for the duration of your child's participation in SOF:

  • A life jacket for wandering the creek or going to pond (may be taken home weekends)
  • Two sets of clothes and shoes; one set to wear to school and the other set to get dirty (Dirty clothes can remain on campus to be used when needed. Children will possibly get very dirty. Please send old clothes that you are willing to throw away at the end of the summer.)

Download the printable version of What to Bring.

We will create a living community during Summer on the Farm where children design and plan their own businesses/farms or participate in a trading community with their fellow business owners/farmers/neighbors. They can bring supplies from home to be used in creating and operating a business. Some of the business ideas that kids have created in previous years are:

  • selling old toys no longer needed by your child
  • renting a remote controlled vehicle to their neighbors
  • playing kid games or cards
  • setting up a lemonade stand or a snack shop

Feel free to explore ideas with your kids and help them find items around the house to facilitate the set-up and running of their business, if they choose to be an entrepreneur. Please be sure to send only items that can be used by other kids and might not survive the summer’s usage. All children are responsible for their own supplies and will be expected to take care of and keep up with these items themselves. We cannot be responsible for items that get broken, torn, lost, or worn out. Please don’t send items that you would be upset if they don’t make it home in the same shape they left.