Since 1996, Hameau has been a place of discovery,
fun and friendships for girls ages 8-14.
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We are a farm camp for girls ages 8-14. Farm camp? Yes, farm camp!
We have found that girls and animals mix fabulously. Spending summers on the farm
gives young women countless opportunities to learn, play, and get messy; all while
building confidence and a tremendous sense of self. The classic camp experience
(friends, songs and bonfires) combined with animals and farm work, makes for a
fabulous summer and memories to last a lifetime.
To empower young women, increase confidence and celebrate uniqueness through hard work and fun.
"[Hameau Farm is] one of the most special places on Earth, a safe place to grow."
- Isabella Jansen, NY
During each session the girls choose an animal and prepare for a 4H-style farm show, which takes place on the last day of camp.
Parents, come watch as your daughter shows the cow, goat, sheep or pig that she has been working with during her two weeks on the farm.
Bring your camera!
Fun on the farm can include arts & crafts, tennis, theatre, soccer, pasture research, hip hop dance, and possibly even painting cows...
Off-farm excursions include bowling, roller skating, swimming, an afternoon canoe trip, and weekly visits to the Amish market.
Summer camp on the farm consists of three two-week sessions. We encourage campers to stay for all 6 weeks, they also have the option to stay for two or four weeks.
Session 1: June 24 - July 6
Session 2: July 8 - July 20
Session 3: July 22 - August 3
Ask about "Canoe Hameau" - the optional overnight canoe trip during sessions 1 and 3!
Interested in an internship or staff position -
"Hameau taught me to be unapologetically myself."
- Shannon Barry, NY
Audrey Gay Rodgers, "Gay," was born and raised in The Big Valley, where her family carries on a nine generation tradition in agriculture and local business. Gay combines her eclectic resume (teacher, choir instructor, political science major) with 30 years of camp experience to create a unique summer program. Her joyous spirit and earthly good sense are magnets to youngsters who learn from her and emulate her positive attitude. She is a natural leader of young people.
“[Gay molds] many young girls like me, awkward and scared, into beautiful, strong, and independent women, just like [her].”
-AndriAna Moloney-Kitts, VA
Our hand-picked counselors are 21+ and come from a broad range of experiences. With a 4:1 camper-staff ratio, each young farmer gets individual attention. Counselors attend daily staff meetings with the director to ensure constant communication and watchfulness.
We're proud that many counselors are farm camp alumnae who have chosen to return to Hameau to help other youngsters make farm memories of their own (for more about these young women,
see the page).
"Hameau [is] a happy retreat away from the pressures of school and family and real life; one that provided some of [the] most cherished and joyful memories [of] my entire life" - Hayden Kiessling, NY
During the first and third sessions, campers have the opportunity
to participate in an overnight canoe trip down the Juniata River.
Paddles flashing, it's a fun and exciting adventure and a perfect
opportunity for teamwork in action!
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