2021 Summer Camps

We are so excited to offer Farmhands summer programs this year! Scholarships are available. For more information, or to inquire about waitlists or scholarships, please contact Leah Capezio: leah@guidestonecolorado.org or 719-239-0955.


6/22/21: We ask for kindness and respect toward others, as we all make the choices that feel best for us. We are following the current Chaffee County Public Health Order (effective June 22nd). Notably, any individual, age 12 and older, who is not fully vaccinated, is encouraged to wear a face covering when entering a public indoor space where members of different households are present. CCPH also supports anyone who would like to be more restrictive than this order requires.


Little Sprouts and Little Spurs programs are designed specifically for the pre-kindergarten members of our community, ages 4 and under!

Little Sprouts
Longfellow Elementary School Garden
Join us at the Longfellow Elementary School Garden to explore the farm with your little one(s). Each program will include themed activities, stories, songs and more. Moms, dads, grandparents… join your little ones for a fun morning on the farm! Come explore the garden together and complete a volunteer project.

Little Spurs
Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center
Join us at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the ranch with your little one(s). Each program will include a visit to the Homestead animals, themed activities, stories, songs and more. Moms, dads, grandparents…join your little ones for a fun morning on the ranch!

Little Sprouts & Little Spurs Program Series Details

  • Thursdays, June 10-July 29
    • Little Spurs (June 10, June 24, July 15, July 29)
    • Little Sprouts (June 17, July 1, July 22)
  • 10-11 am
  • $15 per family; $90 for the full series (7 sessions)
  • Ages 4 and under; bring your family!
  • Max of 6 families
  • Deadline: Registration closes at 5 pm on the Tuesday prior to each program date.


Join us on Mondays at the Hutchinson Homestead to explore the daily lives of ranchers from the past and present. We will kick off each Monday with ranch chores and caring for the resident animals, and then we’ll explore a new theme each session with hands-on activities and adventures! Guest instructors who are experts in their fields will enrich our experience.

Rancher Mondays Program Details

  • Mondays, June 7 & 21, July 12 & 26
  • 9 am – 4 pm
  • $50 per day; $190 for the full series; scholarships are available
  • Ages 5-7
  • Max of 14 campers each day
  • Deadline: Registration closes at 5 pm on the Friday prior to each program date.


Our garden and homestead programs provide youth with opportunities to ‘dig in’ and learn how to grow their own food, participate in farm and ranch life, interact with farm animals, and play! All of our 3-day camps are currently full. Please email leah@guidestonecolorado.org to be added to the waitlist for a particular camps (or camps).

3-Day Camp Details

  • Times: 9 am – 4 pm
  • Ages: 5 and up
  • Capacity: Max of 14 campers per program
  • Cost: $150 per 3-day camp; scholarships available
  • Deadline: Registration closes at 5 pm on the Friday prior to each camp start date.

3-Day Camp Descriptions

Art in the Garden – FULL!
June 1-3
Longfellow Elementary School Garden

Everyone is an artist! Explore the art of growing food through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. This will be a safe and fun space to enjoy your favorite art techniques, discover new ones, and express the bounty of the garden landscape through art.

Homestead Detectives – FULL!
June 1-3
Hutchinson Homestead

Do you like archeology, exploring, construction, and history? Then this camp’s for you! During this camp, we’ll become homestead sleuths to learn more about the people that lived here, the buildings and barns, the surrounding landscape, and the animals that call this place home. Explore the Homestead and the surrounding ranch from a whole new perspective!

Homestead Pioneer Camp – FULL!
June 15-17
Hutchinson Homestead

Step into the past and experience the Homestead as a pioneer! Pioneers had to be resourceful, making many of the things they needed from scratch. Leatherwork, sewing, food preservation, home needs, tools, and even toys and games had to be made by hand. We will practice these skills and imagine homestead life through the eyes and hands of many perspectives, sharing our experiences in a homemade journal. Join us as we walk in the footsteps of the people who have lived and worked at the Hutchinson Homestead!

Garden Science Odyssey
June 22-24
Salida Middle School Garden

Investigate agriculture and growing techniques through the scientific method, hypotheses and experiments, and creative problem solving. Record observations in your scientific notebook!

Kids in Ag Camp – FULL!
June 29-July 1
Hutchinson Homestead

If you love animals, this camp is for you! Meet and study our meat, milk, egg, and yarn producers, including beef and dairy cattle, goats, sheep, llamas, rabbits and pigs. We’ll learn about the care, feeding, and varieties of these animals, and the agricultural role they play, through the ranchers, veterinarians, and others who raise and care for them. And… kids will be teaching kids! Many of the guest instructors will be kids who are raising animals through the 4H Program. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s farmers and ranchers!

Nature & Agriculture Exploration with GARNA & Guidestone – FULL!
July 5-8 (4-day camp! Cost is $200)
Hutchinson Homestead

Discover nature, animals, and ranching at the Hutchinson Homestead through hands-on activities, games, skill-building activities, and more! Guidestone and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) are excited to host this camp together, to provide a rich experience of this historic site.

Lettuce Dance to the Beet – FULL!
July 6-8
Longfellow Elementary School Garden

This garden music and movement camp provides an opportunity to experience garden learning through tunes, yoga, dance, hopscotch, and other forms of creative movement in healing garden and nature settings.

Be a Garden Engineer – FULL!
July 13-15
Salida Middle School Garden

Discover the basic principles of engineering through a garden lens as you design structures, build and test inventions, and investigate systems. Draw blueprints for your genius ideas in your notebook!

Ranch Camp – FULL!
July 20-22
Hutchinson Homestead

Become a Junior Rancher! Practice skills like roping, irrigating, and pasture management, learn to fashion the tools of the trade, give Rancher Abby a hand in completing an essential ranch project, help with cow and horse care, and more.

The Garden is Full of Stories – FULL!
July 27-29
Longfellow Elementary School Garden

This week in the garden will feature your imagination! Read, write, and act out stories from the canon of great garden literature.

Bringing the Harvest Home – FULL!
August 3-5
Community & School Farm, Hutchinson Homestead

In celebration of this bountiful time of year, join in for 3 days dedicated to the farming and homesteading techniques that allow us to grow our own food, save it for the winter, and enjoy our harvest. The first day of camp will be held at the Community & School Farm where campers will get to dig in, help on the farm and harvest their bounty. The remaining days of the camp will then be held at the Hutchinson Homestead, where students will learn preservation techniques to preserve their harvest, and celebrate the harvest season with homemade butter, Dutch Oven biscuits, hand-churned ice cream and more!