2017 SCHEDULE!! 

The 2017 online registration is on our REGISTRATION page!
And now that the schedule is settled---look for the full descriptions and pretty pictures and all coming soon! 

Scroll down this page for details about each camp week


Some NOTES about camp registration: Each of our camps has a specific theme and a specific age group. It's best to make the best match between your child's interests and personality to the camp that "jives" with that. If you want guidance in choosing "the right camp for my child"  feel free to email or call Camp Director Louise Omoto Kessel to talk about your family and what they enjoy: louiseok@mindspring.com or 919-542-5599. Please also contact Louise if you want to inquire about our scholarship program.

We expect all our 2017 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. Most of our camps have a limit of 30-36 campers. Ukelele Camp, Building Tinkering & Inventing Camp are smaller camps and might fill early. 

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MARCH 27-31 , 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250 full week, $60 single day. 
Lead Teachers: Mardi Magoo & Louise Omoto Kessel

May 29- June 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Ages 9-14 (younger campers accepted on a case by case basis). $250
(before most schools let out--- offered to school kids with non-traditional calendars and to homeschoolers)
Lead Teachers: Teli Shabu & Louise Omoto Kessel & Betsy Kempter

JUNE 12- 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Ages 7-13. $250
Lead Teachers:
 Jan Burger & Louise Omoto Kessel

JUNE, 26- 30, 
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- $225; 175/additional child in same family. Per Day with a parent- $45/child/day; $35 additional children in same family. Younger siblings under two years welcome at no additional cost. Bridge Campers $250, Full Week option only. 

JULY 10- 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ages 7-13. $250
Lead Teachers: Hip Hop with Josh Johnson! Music Jam with Teli Shabu

JULY 24-28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 10-18. $300
Creative Writing with Sara Graybeal 
Jazz with Al Strong
Fiber Arts with Mardi Magoo and Louise Omoto Kessel 

AUGUST 7-11, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ages 12-18. $250
This camp will be led by Mardi Magoo, Louise Omoto Kessel, Sarah Perry, some of our favorite counselors,  amazing Guest Artists, and participants! 

AUGUST 21-25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Ages 10 and up. $300 fee includes a ukelele to take home.
Lead Teacher: 
Jimmy Magoo

 ANYTHING GOES CAMP- SPRING BREAK • MARCH 27- 31 •  9 a.m to 5 p.m. • AGES 7-13 • cost $250 full week, $60 single day •


ANYTHING GOES SPRING BREAK CAMP is a generous helping of All Things Fun at Clapping Hands Farm!
Come join us for the week or a day -- we'll have Outdoor skills and adventures, a big assortment of  Art Projects, All-Camp Running Games, Music Making, Singing, and more! 

Mardi Magoo and Louise Omoto Kessel will co-lead this camp along with some of our excellent counselors! 


BUILDERS, MAKERS, INVENTORS CAMP• MAY 29- JUNE 2 • 9 am -3 pm • Ages 7-14


BUILDERS, MAKERS, INVENTORS CAMP! Ages 9-14 (younger campers accepted on a case by case basis.)

May 29- June 2, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ---before most schools let out--- offered to school kids with non-traditional calendars and to homeschoolers. We will build things out of wood, bamboo, aluminum cans, newspaper and other natural and recycled/repurposed materials. We will make our own building toys. There will be daily engineering challenges! We will go over the safe use of basic tools and everyone will have the opportunity to build a tool box to take home. Older campers will have a few advanced projects to choose from for a final project. Register on our Clapping Hands Farm Facebook Page! This is a brand new camp and it is going to be GREAT!

Lead Teachers: Louise Omoto Kessel, Teli Shabu, and Betsy Kempter


TOYS & GAMES CAMP • JUNE 12-16•  9 a.m to 5 p.m. • AGES 7-13 • cost $250 full week •

Lead Teachers: Jan Burger • Louise Omoto Kessel • Mardi Magoo 

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 Omoto Kessel and Mardi Magoo 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!  In the afternoon during "anything goes" some of our favorite toy making projects will return: parachutes, stomp rockets, hula hoops, home made board games, nine mens morris,  are all on the list of possibilities. For those that require MORE running around, there will be plenty of options in that category in the afternoon as well! This camp re-joins the summer camp schedule, by popular demand, after being our Spring Break Camp for several years. 

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. Louise is looking forward to creating homemade FUN with new and returning campers! She enjoys keeping old fashioned games alive and finding interesting new games and toys to share at camp.

Mardi Magoo is a devoted homeschooling mama, a fiber artist, a dancer, teacher and magical co-creator of her fabulous universe. She lives in Chapel Hill with her two amazing children and her goofy dog.  Mardi will be back as Assistant Director for our entire run of summer camps this year and is excited to do it again! 

ART PARTY CAMP  • June 26- 30• Mardi Magoo and Louise Omoto Kessel co-directors.

     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 $200; 2nd child $150; per day cost $40/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 $225 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 Mardi and Louise and their 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. At our ART PARTY 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.

MONDAY- Jimmy Magoo will SING with FAMILIES in the morning

HERE is an example from a previous summer's guest artist line up just to give you an idea of what it might be like! 

MONDAY- Jimmy Magoo will SING with FAMILIES in the morning and PARENTS will do YOGA in the afternoon! 
TUESDAY- Valine Zeigler will do ZUMBA with FAMILIES in the morning and PARENTS in the afternoon
WEDNESDAY- Jef the Mime will work with FAMILIES in the morning and PARENTS in the afternoon
THURSDAY- Ruth Pershing will lead a FAMILY DANCE in the morning and there will be an ART PARTY for PARENTS in the afternoon. 
FRIDAY- Sahliah Haith will lead AFRICAN DANCE with live DRUMMING in the morning for FAMILIES and for PARENTS in the afternoon. 



ARTS FOCUS CAMP • JULY 24- 28 • AGES 10-18 • $300


The heart of ARTS FOCUS CAMP is simply that it is a camp for TEENS and TWEENS. If you are a camper ages 10-18 who wants to be part of a joyful, creative, diverse, fun, outdoor camp community--- we hope you will consider joining us for ARTS FOCUS CAMP! 

There are three ways to participate in ARTS FOCUS CAMP: 
1. Join an ARTIST LED FOCUS GROUP: This is an opportunity to work closely with a working artist in their chosen discipline; we hope that it will be an engaging inquiry into a topic or craft that also interests you deeply.  There are three ARTISTS working with us for ARTS FOCUS CAMP 2016. When you choose an ARTIST LED FOCUS GROUP you will spend two hours each morning specializing in this artistic discipline. If you would be happy with more than one of these choices, please list your choices in order of preference.

THESE ARE THE 2016 focus groups to give you and idea. . . 2017 focus groups will be posted soon! 

• MUSIC JAM with TELI SHABU! --- Teli Shabu is a drummer and kora player originally from Liberia. If you love to make music, this is your focus group and all kinds of musical instruments and styles are welcome! If you have always wished you could join in a spontaneous "jam session" but never knew how, Teli has a great talent for teaching people how to improvise, listen to one another, and figure out your part to contribute, in order to create and record orginal music! Counselors with their own musical talents will assist Teli in putting a variety of ensembles together, and sharing their skills in recording, using sound equipment, and song writing. 

• COLLAGE and PRINTMAKING with LOUISE OMOTO KESSEL--- This focus group will create works on paper of various kinds:
-collages from hand painted paper, marbled paper, craft paper and magazines
-hand made rubber stamp prints (Louise has made 100's of these and it is addictive!)
-mono prints using painted plates and painted paper and objects from nature
Louise will also demonstrate carving and printing from wood blocks. 

• ENERGY ARTS with MARDI MAGOO---How does music move you?  What does it feel like in your elbows when you take a really deep breath?  Is it different when you walk through the woods and really listen?   Whatever it is, wherever you are, it's all energy.  That's just science, right?  The birth of a star, the death of an ant, the thoughts in your head and the feelings in your heart - it's all energy, and it's all connected.  In this focus group, we'll explore the mysterious ways in which energy flows through our universe, and especially through our very own selves.  Using ancient "research" techniques developed by masters all over the world, and combing those with our own, masterful, artistic inventions, we will curiously and joyfully investigate the energy flow through yoga, dance, chanting and singing, symbology, journaling, walking meditation and our own, personal rituals.  Come play and explore the energy of your world!

2. PROPOSE a PEER LED PROJECT GROUP: Some of our favorite campers have told us "I want to come to camp, but I want to do my own project!" Thus, at ARTS FOCUS CAMP 2015 Zella Magoo led a labyrinth building focus group and the results were beautiful! Please contact Camp Director Louise Omoto Kessel if you have a proposal! 

3. Afternoon Only "Anything Goes" option: Other campers have told us "I want to come to camp, but I just want to PLAY!" Thus, at ARTS FOCUS CAMP 2016 we are offering an "afternoon only" option that will run from Noon to 5 p.m. 

ARTS FOCUS 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, a fiber arts/upcycled clothing open studio, 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.  Afternoons also include Buddy Group time (small groups led by counselors) and a Closing Circle where we plan Anything Goes for the next day and often have a song or story or talent sharing. 

So, if 2 hours of focused morning activity is not your thing--- join us at Noon!


UKULELE CAMP --- • AUGUST 21-25 • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. •  ages 9 and up • cost $300 includes a ukelele of your own to take home •
If you are a Ukulele camp alumni and already have your own Ukulele, cost is $250. 

Learn to play the Ukulele in a week! Yes, this is possible! Summer Camp Magic makes it so! (or just do the math. . . it's the time equivilent of MONTHS of weekly music lessons!) Learning to play with with FRIENDS also makes it more FUN! Jimmy Magoo will be our Artist In Residence this week. In addition to be a real good Ukulele teacher, Jimmy is a Singer, Songwriter,  artist, song leader, chorus director for Cat Bird Chorus, actor, puppeteer, games leader and all around FUN GUY, so we will mix up the ukulele strumming with running games, singing, creating songs together, and making things. Our Ukulele orchestra will give an informal "concert" for famiy and friends on Friday!