Frequently asked questions about Camps
Are you still having in camps this year?
Yes! Every summer at Farm Camp is extraordinary so we are ready for lots of sunshine, 100% outdoors, with small groups of campers. We'll have extra handwashing stations and a few extra sanitation protocols in place. It's gonna be awesome! Every camp day ends in the swimming pool so campers come home sparkling clean. Please call me if you'd like to learn more about our special protocols during this extraordinary year.
How do I sign up my child?
Click on the "SIGN UP" button and register online. If you have any trouble registering online, please send us an email and we will happily help you. You may also email us to be placed on the waitlist for sold out sessions.
How much does it cost?
Each day of camp from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. is $120/day
We are offering an early bird discount -- save $10 when you register by April 1st.
Who is eligible to participate in Farm Camp?
We welcome children ages 6 to 12, in good physical health, not suffering from any medical condition which would limit their participation.
Are there refunds?
We do not offer refunds. When you register, we hold a spot for you and turn away other families. Please be sure you are ready to commit to these dates when you sign up. Should your child be unable to attend your reserved dates, please let us know so we may offer your spots to one of our scholarship families.
Are there refunds in the event of a Covid related closure?
Yes, in the event we are ordered to close camps due to the pandemic, we will refund our families. However, we will not offer refunds because you changed your mind in light of rising numbers of cases, media reports, changing science etc. Please call us before you sign up to answer any questions you might have about our Covid Protocols.
May I stay at camp and watch or take pictures?
Sugar Sweet Farm is the perfect place for your child's independent adventure to begin with fun, friendship, and exploration. Our loving and nurturing environment as well as our low staff to camper ratio ensure that your child will have a safe and positive experience at Farm Camp. Having a parent or two present disrupts the environment for other children at camp. We promise to take some pictures of your child at camp and share them with you.
Is your farm open to the public? May we stop by and pet animals?
No. We are a private family farm and do not have staff for drop-ins or other visitors that are not prearranged. Goat Yoga, Farm Camp, and all visits to Sugar Sweet Farm are by Private Appointment Only.
Where is Sugar Sweet Farm?
Our family farm is in Encinitas, CA which is in north San Diego County. All visits to Sugar Sweet Farm are by Private Appointment Only and the address is top secret. We protect our address to keep the farm safe for your children. After you register we'll send you a confirmation email with our farm address and camp details.
May I bring a friend to walk around the farm or take pictures?
No. It is not o.k. to bring a friend or child who is not registered to hang out, walk around the farm, or be on the property.
What is your philosophy?
Everything we do at Sugar Sweet Farm has to pass this three-pronged test:
"Is it beautiful?
Is it good?
Is it true?"
From crafts to snacks, games to activities, we have carefully created a program that meets each child right where they are. And we love sharing our passion for nature, animals and farming with children.
If you are interested in saving a spot for your child, please register right away. The last camp sold out in a day, so please do not wait to sign up.
What does a typical day at camp look like?
We begin at 9:00 each morning with llama brushing and then a llama parade. Throughout the day, we lead trail rides on our gentle horses. We play cooperative games on the lawn and in the garden. After sharing a healthy snack together, we play in Bubba's Treehouse and Sissy's Playhouse. Then, we gather eggs, visit the barnyard animals, and milk the goats. Campers love to join the "Kid's Club" by being brave enough to have goat's milk squirted directly into their mouths just like a real "kid." We play in the garden and enjoy a farm craft project. Then we eat lunch together and play and swim some more before meeting the parents at 2:00. We pepper this basic framework with all sorts of other farm learning and play (by the way, this is all top secret -- don't spoil the surprises).
Do you have a waitlist?
Yes. Our camp sessions sell out quickly. Email us the session dates you are interested in and we will add your child to the waitlist. We will reach out if there are any openings.
May I enroll my 5 year old who is super awesome?
We would love to have your children at Farm Camp. After many summers of sweet farm camps, we have decided that 6 is the magic age developmentally to welcome young children to the farm for a full day of farm fun.
What should my child bring to camp?
Please apply sunscreen at home. Send your camper with a sun hat and a nutritious lunch with a water bottle. In a separate bag, pack a swim suit, towel and flip-flops (goggles optional). Please dress your camper in farm attire: long pants and close toed shoes. Remember we will be riding horses so we need to protect their legs with long pants. We'll provide a healthy snack and drink the fresh orange juice that the children make. I keep a list of allergies/medical concerns on my clipboard but feel free to remind me again at drop-off.
When does enrollment open for Farm Camp?
We will open enrollment on March 15, 2021. Please subscribe to our mailing list if you'd like to receive our newsletter announcing Farm Camp Enrollment.
What happens in AfterCare?
Each day we host an AfterCare program from 2:00 to 4:00. Aftercare is super fun because it is with a smaller group of campers and they decide which of their favorite camp activities to revisit. Generally campers remain in the pool for more swimming fun with water balloons. Then they enjoy a snack and head back into the barnyard to visit their favorite animals. In this intimate setting, the AfterCare campers may choose which animals they want to visit and sometimes create their own activities (like stories in BunnyBerg, Goat Yoga in the chicken yard, or Guinea Pig Obstacle Course, to name a few). Parents pick up children from the garden playground. AfterCare programming is rich and animal packed.
What is Your COVID-19 Protocol?
Campers come to enjoy the sunshine, breath the fresh country air, and meet our amazing farm friends, while we quietly incorporate Covid protocols to keep everyone safe. Most of these handwashing and sanitation practices have been a part of our program at Sugar Sweet Farm for years, because we are handling animals. Our programs are 100% outdoors with lots of hand washing opportunities and plenty of room to spread out.
We scan the temperature of each staff member and camper upon arrival
Campers and staff wash hands upon arrival
We support whatever facial covering decisions families have made for their child
All staff wear masks and all campers are asked to wear facial coverings when indoors and not able to socially distance
When outdoors and socially distanced, campers may choose to not wear a facial covering
Sugar Sweet Farm Covid Practices, as recommended by the Center for Disease Control:
Encourage staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Remember to supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Cover cough and sneezes.
Require sick children and staff to stay home.
Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
Communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel sick.
Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the farm sick or become sick while at the farm are sent home as soon as possible.
Keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation.
Monitor and Plan for Absenteeism Among Our Staff.
Develop plans to cover classes in the event of increased staff absences, by hiring additional staff and training substitutes.
Implement social distancing strategies
Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts
Modify drop off and pick up procedures to limit nonessential visitors
Implement screening procedures upon arrival
Maintain an excellent ratio of staff to children to ensure safety.
According to the CDC recommendations, CDC recognizes there are specific instances when wearing a mask may not be feasible.
If you work in a setting where masks could increase the risk of heat-related illness or cause safety concerns.
Do not wear a mask when doing activities that may get your mask wet, like swimming. A wet mask can make it difficult to breathe and may not work as well when wet.
Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Hand hygiene stations are set up at the entrance of the farm, so that children can clean their hands before they enter.
Curbside drop off limits direct contact between parents and staff members and adheres to social distancing recommendations.
Counselors greet children outside as they arrive.
Screen Children Upon Arrival
Persons who have a fever of 100.40(38.00C) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the farm. Encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. Screen children upon arrival.
Make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
Do you have lifeguards at the pool?
Sugar Sweet Farm Camp
Pool Safety Protocol
Each day of camp is 5 hours of hands on programing, ending with a refreshing water time in the pool. Pool safety during our farm camps has always been a top priority for our program. Swimming happens at the end of our camp day and campers enjoy the water for about 35 minutes. We swim in our family pool which is very friendly to new swimmers.
Coverage: We have 18 campers and 7 full time counselors. I have at least 2 Red Cross certified Lifeguards on duty. Campers’ ages range from 6 to 12 years old. We live in a coastal community where swim lessons and beach time are a big part of every child’s life. Nonetheless, we are diligent about pool safety and supervision all day long. Children are supervised 100% of the time while on the property. Children are never allowed to go anywhere alone. They always have a counselor with them.
At swim time, the children are not allowed in the water until all campers have changed into their swim attire and stowed their backpacks. When we have our staff in place on either ends of the pool and in the water, we review pool safety rules and then blow a whistle inviting the children to enter the pool. We have one staff member standing on the deck of the deep end and one staff member standing on the deck of the shallow end. We also have one staff member floating on a noodle in the deep-end to supervise jumping, which is only allowed under supervision from the deep-end edge of the pool. Otherwise, campers enter from the steps in the shallow end. Campers wait until the deep-end counselor okays each camper individually to jump in. No one is allowed to jump in until the deep-end counselor is in place and “opens” the deep-end of the pool. And each child waits for permission to jump. We are very careful to wait for the deep-end to clear before allowing the next child to jump. Three other staff members are playing with the children in the pool or taking them to the restroom etc.
While supervising from the 2 decks, those staff members are constantly performing head counts. All other counselors know to inform the deck lifeguards if they take a child to the bathroom or out of the pool so we can adjust our headcount numbers. We do not allow floats in the pool aside from 4 pool noodles, to ensure visibility (or water wings if sent by the parent). The deep-end deck lifeguard carries a red 50” rescue tube and wears a whistle.
Pool Configuration: Our pool is a very friendly shape for beginners. It is oval shaped with a spa at one end. We turn on the spa to heat it during lunch time and turn it off before the children enter so there are no bubbles obscuring visibility. The shallow end has a 15’ long submerged granite ledge/shelf where children can walk along and hang out with their shoulders and heads above the water. There are similar 5’ long shelves on both sides of the deep end so children can easily perch there with their shoulders and heads above the water. The deep end is approx. 9’ deep. The pool is surrounded by scored concrete and is not slippery at all, though we insist the children walk around the edge. As I mentioned above, we only allow jumping from the deep-end edge -- about 9 feet of space to supervise. Children jump one at a time with permission from the counselor in the water, ready to reach out and assist their landing if needed. The counselor makes sure the child swims to the edge before giving permission to the next jumper. We do not allow back flips or backward jumping.
Tom Butler from Heartland Services is my pool service technician and cleans the pool and ensures the perfect water quality weekly. It is a salt water pool so is kind to the children’s eyes. 760-525-1032
Behavior: Consistent with our camp culture, we encourage kindness in the pool. We do not allow the children to fight, dunk, splash each other in the face, or ride on each other’s shoulders. The children play very sweetly in the pool and many congregate in the spa which ends up like a big bath tub. Our staff is attentive, and we continue our excellent ratio of 1 counselor for every 3 campers. If parents send water wings or floatation suits, we ensure that the children wear them. If parents express concern about their child’s water safety skills or swimming ability, I invite them to come early and sit poolside to watch with us. Whenever this happens, parents thank me and complement our staff on its vigilance and high standard of pool safety.
If there is any additional information you require about our pool safety protocol, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Elizabeth Sugarman 760-815-6616