Campers experience a lifestyle that is simple, rugged and exciting. Helping to run the farm, the setting offers a safe, yet challenging environment for kids to discover, grow, do and make while enjoying the great outdoors.
Our days are filled with movement and fueled by good food and great fun.
Even though camp days are long and we need loads of energy, we think of food as far more than just calories for fuel. Food connects us and everything around us, and campers are intricately involved in the food we share.
Much of what we eat comes from on-site at Angelic Organics Learning Center. Part of the rest we source from local farmers e.g. Hazzard Free. Nearly everything is certified organic.
Angelic Organics Learning Center has a certified kitchen and dining area in the Lodge where we can do meal prep, but there are other areas campers will be involved, largely outdoors. We use the bike blender for breakfast smoothies (and pesto), the brick oven for pizza (and roasting veggies) and campfires for cook-outs. Here are a few of last summer’s recipes.
We consider food as medicine and, through positive interactions throughout, including offering a wide array of tastes and textures and sharing meals together, we foster healthy relationships with food. For 2020, we plan to focus on campers learning food practicality, i.e. skills they can take home and put to use.
The Lodge at Angelic Organics Learning Center has a floor for girls and a floor for boys, along with bathrooms and showers. Campers also pitch in for a cook-out, enjoy a camp fire and sleep under the stars in our large canvas bell tents (16.4′ across) on cots at least one night. We contend with weather, bugs, and the challenges of no electricity. A character and grit-building experience that the kids love!
Health & Safety
We take very seriously the responsibility which comes with being caretakers of your children. Nature’s Farm Camp at Angelic Organics Learning center foster the safety and security of our campers with a low camper-to-staff ratio. Our community-oriented philosophy also encourages kids to look out for each other. We have first aid supplies on-site to tend to the every day mishaps of being outdoors, and the staff trained to use them. In the event of an emergency, we have procedures in place and a hospital within 10 miles.
To help keep the safety of campers in the forefront of camp operations, we use a system that provides camp health staff instant access to vital medical information and tracks allergies, medications, and illness/injury for each camper.
Since 1999, when they began operating out of a renovated chicken coop, Angelic Organics Learning Center has been connecting people to food, through workshops, farmer training, and educational programs. With the recent addition of land, the campus now totals 200 acres and a Lodge. Twenty acres of veggies, chicken, goats, pigs and grass-fed beef, along with a creek that begs for kids to cool down in and trails through woodland perfect for exploring. They offer workshops year-round, and host school groups too.
“Jules loved the experience of Nature’s Farm Camp. She had the courage to attend her first sleepaway camp without any friends joining her. She enjoyed her time without any major bouts of homesickness. She came away with an enthusiasm for cooking and for sharing everything that she learned. She continued to develop her independence and confidence. She had new social experiences and developed friendships. She developed positive, trusting bonds with staff that she loved spending time with. And most importantly, she left and came home with a big smile on her face!”
“From what I observed during our visits, and what Neeve conveyed, it seemed incredible. On our drive back to Chicago, Neeve couldn’t stop talking about her experience– from the chores, to the games, to the interactions with her fellow campers, the staff and of course, the animals. In her mind it was perfect. When I asked if she thought something could be improved, she said “more chores”…
“Thank you again for a great week at camp! Joseph really had a wonderful time and did such an amazing job for his first time away from home – it was a new adventure for all of us. He has spoken very highly of the camp, the activities, what he did and learned and of you, the camp crew, and Antiquity Oaks’ owners Deborah and Mike.”
“William had a great time at camp. I was a little concerned with his first time being away but he had absolutely no issues and only great things to say about his experience. I was really impressed with the variety of nature experiences he got – garden, forest, prairie, etc. and he loved the ability to create and explore and have freedom that our kids don’t often get in the city.”
I asked William if he missed electronics while he was there and he said “no”. I asked him if he thought he could go without electronics and he said “With all that cool stuff around, I would never need electronics again.”
“Lily loved farm camp! I asked her what she enjoyed most, and she said she didn’t know. She enjoyed everything, but maybe the food! The cooking or preparing?? Both! She loved sleeping out in the tent on the prairie, and reading her book quietly at night. The biggest challenge was falling asleep the first night, but after that, it was easy because she was tired out by all the day’s activities. She wrote down every single meal, what she ate and how much she ate in her journal, and told us about all the food as we were eating dinner last night. It was a fabulous week for her, and her biggest concern is that she won’t be able to return next year because she’ll be too old. She says, “please, please, think about having a camp for older kids.”
“Thanks so much!! I loved that after a week, when I came to pick Bella up she leisurely strolled down the long driveway in bare feet, covered in dirt with a deep sense of contentment emanating from her being. She was passed out 15 minutes into the drive home! Can’t wait for next year!”
“It’s November, and Annie is still talking about gathering eggs and caring for the goats.”
“I’ve noticed Robert takes more responsibility around the house, especially taking care of his younger siblings.”
“Jake has more confidence in the kitchen and takes more delight in creating meals with what’s available.”
“Isabel thinks more about food and she even helped start a food drive in our community.”