2022 Spring Break & Summer Program Information

We are looking forward to our Farmhands spring and summer programs this year! For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, please contact Leah: leah@guidestonecolorado.org or 719-239-0955.

If you’d like to be on the waitlist for any of our full 3-day summer camps, please fill out the Waitlist Form below.

Little Sprouts & Little Spurs

Program Logistics

  • 1-Hour Programs
  • Thursdays, June 9-July 28
    • Little Spurs: June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21
    • Little Sprouts: June 16 & 30, July 14 & 28
  • 10-11 am
  • Ages 4 and under; bring your family!
  • $15 per family; $110 for the full series (8 sessions)
  • Registration closes at 5 pm on the Tuesday prior to each program date.

Program Descriptions

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!

Family Program at Badger Creek Ranch

Program Logistics

  • 1-Day Program
  • Saturday, July 9
  • 9 am–4 pm
  • Ages 7 & Up
  • $75 for a parent & child pair; $25 for each additional parent or child in the same family

Program Description

Join Guidestone and Full Circle Alliance at Badger Creek Ranch for a day of life on the ranch. This is an opportunity to get hands-on with the work and fun that goes into operating a working ranch. Experience caring for and feeding the animals, an exploratory hike to the historic Buffalo Jump, and an afternoon of crafts, wagon rides, and special treats to round out the day.

Rancher & Farmer Mondays

Program Logistics

  • 1-Day Camps
  • Mondays, June 6-July 18
    • Rancher Mondays (Hutchinson Homestead): June 6 & 20, July 18
    • Farmer Mondays (Community & School Farm): June 13 & 27, July 11
  • 9 am–4 pm
  • Ages 5-7
  • $50 per day; $290 for the full series (6 sessions)
  • Scholarships are available
  • Registration closes at 5 pm on the Friday prior to each program date.

Program Description

Join us on Mondays to explore the daily lives of farmers and ranchers. We will kick off each Monday with farm or ranch chores, 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.

Garden & Ranch Camps

Program Logistics

  • 3-Day Camps
  • May 31-August 4
  • 9 am–4 pm
  • Ages 5 and up
  • $150 per 3-day camp
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Registration closes at 5 pm on the Friday prior to each camp start date.

Camp Descriptions

The Garden is Full of Stories
Longfellow Elementary School Garden
May 31-June 2, 2022

The garden has many stories to tell, and so do you! Read, write, and act out stories and poetry from the canon of great garden literature.

Homestead Detectives
Hutchinson Homestead
May 31-June 2, 2022

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

Pioneer Camp
Hutchinson Homestead
June 14-16, 2022

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, household items, 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!

Imagine! Garden Art & Science Fusion
Salida Middle School Garden
June 21-23, 2022

This week in the garden will feature your imagination! Explore the art of growing food through a mash-up of artistic techniques, crafty creations, brainy hypotheses, and inventive experiments.

Kids in Ag Camp
Hutchinson Homestead
June 28-30, 2022

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. 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!

Lettuce Dance to the Beet
Longfellow Elementary School Garden
July 5-7, 2022

Get ready to shake your rutabaga! This camp provides an opportunity to experience garden learning through music, yoga, dance, hopscotch, and other forms of creative movement in restorative garden and nature settings.

Ranch Camp
Hutchinson Homestead
July 12-14, 2022

Become a Junior Rancher! Practice skills like roping, irrigation, 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.

Build & Grow in the Garden
Salida Middle School Garden
July 19-21, 2022

With the garden as your muse, you’ll build structures, investigate systems and connections, and draw models for your genius ideas. Walk in the footsteps of our innovative agricultural heroes–George Washington Carver, Evangelina Villegas, John Deere, and Temple Grandin, to name a few. And have fun doing it!

Ag Camp at the County Fair
Chaffee County Fairgrounds
July 27-29, 2022

The heart of the Chaffee County Fair offers a rich environment for discovering agriculture! We will meet at the Fairgrounds each day to learn about the sheep, goats, beef cattle, pigs, rabbits, and poultry at the fair, as well as some of the hands-on activities highlighted through 4H. Be a part of the County Fair in a whole new way!

Bringing the Harvest Home
Community & School Farm, Hutchinson Homestead
August 2-4, 2022

In celebration of this bountiful time of year, join us 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 camp days will be held at the Hutchinson Homestead, where students will learn techniques to preserve their harvest, and celebrate the harvest season with homemade butter and biscuits, hand-churned ice cream and more!