"Strong women—precious jewels all—their humaness
is evident in their accessibility.”
— Maya Angelou
Individual attention and safety are paramount at Hameau Farm. Counselors are mature, 21+, and come with a broad range of life experiences— a British school teacher, a German journalist, an English shepherdess, a Danish pig farmer’s daughter, a Scottish real estate agent, a Kazakh student to mention a few. Yes, the international influence is important here at the farm. A Hameau Farm camper quickly recognizes how universal, yet unique, are agricultural customs and routines.
Words of encouragement, of reassurance and a steady hand when needed are doled out daily by the fun-loving handpicked staff. Owner/Director Audrey Gay Rodgers, eclectic herself in interests and talents, looks for a blend of strengths and personalities as she builds her staff each year. The ‘wild dog’ (quick, energetic, unruly) learns to work with the ‘sheep’ (follower, group-loving) and ‘cow’ (slow-moving) personalities throughout a summer session on the farm.
A 4:1, campers to staff, ratio allows for a safe, interactive and explorative environment. The positive mentoring that just happens is a benefit for all, from director to the youngest camper.
“The laughter of a happy child is the most beautiful sound. The
crying of a sad child is what you’ll never hear at Hameau Farm.”
— Jeanine, Germany, ’04 & ‘06
“The last three months has changed me in a more positive way…
I am proud to have been a part of all of this.”
— Claire, England, ‘07
“Whenever I go past a cow pasture I get so excited and wish I was back at Hameau.”
—Katie, USA, ’02 & ‘03