We are excited about our 2014 Summer Camp offerings! 

Please know that you can come see us through out the year! We have programs for families on the weekends and homeschoolers during the week in all seasons. Check our CALENDAR page to get oriented, and our PROGRAMS pages for details:

CALENDAR Clapping Hands Farm - Calendar
NATURE PROGRAMS  Clapping Hands Farm - Nature Programs 
ARTS PROGRAMS Clapping Hands Farm - Arts Programs
SCHOOLS OUT CAMPS  Clapping Hands Farm - 2010 School's Out Camps,

OVERVIEW OF WEEK LONG CAMPS at CLAPPING HANDS FARM, SPRING AND SUMMER 2014!  Scroll down this page for details about each camp week


A note about camp registration: We expect all our 2014 camps to fill. Early registration is recommended. All the information you need is found on the REGISTER page of this website. Registration is not complete and space can not be guarenteed until camp fee and camp forms are received. 

• TOYS AND GAMES CAMP - MARCH 31- APRIL 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Ages 7-13.  $250 full week, $60 single day. 

• BEAT BUILDERS BAND CAMP- JUNE 16-20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250

• ART PARTY CAMP- JUNE 23-27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ages 2-8 with parent.  OR ages 5-8 on their own as "bridge campers." 
Full Week with parents- $175; additional children $150/child. Per Day with parents- $35/child/day; $30 additional children/day. Younger siblings under two years welcome at no additional cost. Bridge Campers $200, full week option only. 

• ARTS FOCUS CAMP - JULY 7-11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 10-18. $250

TOYS & GAMES CAMP • March 31- April 4•  9 a.m to 5 p.m. • AGES 7-13 • cost $250 full week, $60 single day •

Go to our REGISTER PAGE to fill out our online registration for Spring Programs and to find Camp Forms. 

Lead Teachers: Jan Burger & Louise Omoto Kessel
A joyous week of pure playful fun! Come join Jan Burger the KING of PLAY! for a week of romping and running and creative cooperative games, along with some traditional favorites (yes! Capture the Flag!) Louise will lead the Toy Making workshop! Your children will spend the week entertaining themselves and one another using simple materials and raw imagination! No electronic or store bought games allowed! Parachutes, trouble dolls, stomp rockets, origami toys, kites and hula hoops are all on the list of possibilities for the toy making workshop. Jimmy Magoo will be joining in the fun this week, offering a few of his favorite toy making projects and playing games with us too! 

Jan Burger lives in Bynum, NC along the Haw River where he makes art, draws cartoons, and is the co-director of the amazing Paper Hand Puppet Intervention. He is a life long games and play enthusiast and we love having him at camp with his unique blend of fun, fair and fantastic!

Louise Omoto Kessel is the artist in residence and program director at Clapping Hands Farm. She enjoys finding cool toys to make each year for Toys and Games Camp and proving to the world that we can still make our own fun!

Jimmy Magoo is a homeschooling dad to Zella (15) and Cosmo (9). He is also a musician, mask-maker, actor, toymaker, and puppeteer. Jimmy worked for five years at Community Independent School in Pittsboro, teaching music, art, academics, and "Outdoor Explore" to children ages 3 to 13, and has led art and nature-based camps and classes at Clapping Hands Farm for over a decade.

BEAT BUILDERS BAND CAMP! June 16-20, 2014 for ages 7-13 Cost $250


Get ready for a musical adventure! This camp will invite every camper to be part of a camp BAND! If you play a musical instrument, bring it to camp! If you've always wanted to be in a band, but never played an instrument in your life, no worries! We aim to get everyone making music together and are confident tehre is a part for you. 

In addition to playing together, we will also do some instrument building, including a big permanent percussion sculpture that will remain a part of Clapping Hands Farm fun for many years to come! building smaller instrments for personal use will also be part of this week's offerings. 

Our lead teachers this week are:
Kora player and drummer in the African tradition, TELI SHABU!
Director of the Catbird Chorus, singer-songwriter, guitar and ukelele player JIMMY MAGOO!
We also have a fine group of musically talented counselors to help lead the various bands!

ART PARTY CAMP  June 23-27, 2014 •  Two formats for this camp week: Family Camp for ages 2-8 with a parent  or Bridge Camp for ages 5-8 on their own. Cost for campers coming with a parent:  $175; 2nd child $150; per day cost $35/child/day; $30/additional child/day; younger siblings under two welcome at no additional cost • Cost for Bridge Campers (coming on their own) $200

Art Party at Clapping Hands Farm    Art Party at Clapping Hands Farm

- ages 2-8 with parent or special caregiver
- camp day 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
- sign up for the week or for one or more days
- cost $175; 2nd child $150; per day cost $35/child/day; additional children $30/child/day

BRIDGE CAMP FORMAT: (designed for young campers as a "bridge" to the full day camps we run for older children)
- ages 5-8 coming on their own will have a special counselor and a small "buddy group."
- camp day 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
- sign up for entire week only
- Cost $200 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

"I really wanted to let you know how much we love coming to art party. It is my kids' most favorite thing to do. When we come out to your place, I feel like we are walking into a hug."

Each day Louise and her team of amazing counselors will be setting out a spectacular array of visual art explorations. A different guest artist each day will share music, creative movement, zumba and other wonderful things for an all around fun time. In Louise's art class come ready to finger paint; mix together colorful slime; play in shaving cream; draw with pastels, colored chalk, and other medium; learn to embroider on burlap or sew your own stuffed animal; make your own toys, and so much more! When you meet our guest artists bring your voices and bodies to the tumbling, dancing, singing chorus of activity! Much of the day will be for adults and children to share in creating together. Each afternoon we will offer an hour long workshop with our guest artists that will be specifically for the creative exploration and rejuvenation of the adults while other artists and camp counselors work with the children. Singing Games provide a lively morning circle and our day ends with a closing circle and story told by Louise. Families coming to Art Party camp can sign up for the week, or by the day. 

"BRIDGE CAMP" for ages 5-8!  We invite children 5-8 who wish to come to camp on their own to join us this week in a special camp designed to "bridge" these young campers to being ready for our full day "big kid" camps. All the Art Party activities will be the razzle dazzle of this joyful week, while a small group of "buddies"  and a special counselor provide a nurturing center. Bridge Camp option is available for the full week only.

Guest Artists this week! Check back! Coming Soon!

ARTS FOCUS CAMP --- • July 7-11• ages 10-18 • cost $250


This camp for teens and nearly-teens invites a deeper inquiry into a discipline of your choice.  There are three focus groups to choose from. Please choose a FOCUS GROUP when you sign up for our ARTS FOCUS CAMP. If you would be happy with more than one of these choices, please list your choices in order of preference. Campers will spend two hours each morning specializing in their focus area.

The afternoons will be our usual merry mix of "The All Camp Thing" (an activity after lunch each day that involves the entire camp in such things as varied as a performance, a workshop, camp talent show, or a wild shaving cream fight) and "Anything Goes"--- a rich assortment of elective classes and activities led by camp staff, guest artists,  and campers. Anything Goes will include extensions of the ARTS FOCUS disciplines, as well as berry picking, dirt court basketball games, a home made frisbee golf course, a crochet class, capture the flag, and, well. . . Anything Goes.


(check back for Choreograpy Focus Group Description!)



This focus group is inspired by the Art Party Camp we run each summer for very small children. Each day of Art Party Camp we lay out an extravaganza of visual art explorations. Some of these projects are compelling art inquires that can be engaged in at an adult level. Some Art Party projects are sheer silliness. . . like making gloop, stirring together concoctions, building shaving cream sculptures, or making sand box volcanoes. 

Our Art Party for Big Kids will include BOTH types of projcts every day. There will be projects that will engage the artist in all of us and can be taken as far as you want to go in the realms of beauty and self expression. AND there will be projects each day for regressive goofy messy fun--- no one is ever too old to finger paint! 

Although we will spring off the simple "can be completed in an hour" projects featured during our Art Party camp for little ones. . . we will choose projects that have ageless appeal, and will follow the lead of the artists in this focus group. .  . the opportunity to go deeper into a particular medium that proves satisfying will definitely be supported and encouraged. 


Juggling balls, hula hoops, stilts, diablos, flower sticks, chatter rings, dendama, cigar boxes, and plate spinning are examples of skill toys from around the world! In this focus group led by Camp Director Louise Omoto Kessel, with a few guest appearances from other skill toy artists, we will play with skill toys! What is a skill toy? Paul Miller of the Flow Circus says "A skill toy is a TOY that doesn't do anything until you supply the SKILL!" Participants will also have the opportunity to build a skill toy to take home. So, we will be introduced to various skill toys, build our skills and become a small skill toy circus by the end of the week! 

Juggling was one of LOUISE OMOTO KESSEL's first loves! She juggled obsessively through out high school, and taught juggling workshops to earn spending money in college. Beyond the magic of keeping three balls in the air, Louise will teach three ball tricks, partner juggling and passing and four ball juggling. Louise also looks forward to learning some new skill toys in preparation for this focus group's fun!