Due to concerns related to COVID-19 and our Campus construction project, Wasatch Community Gardens will not hold in-person summer camps for 2021. We feel that this is the best course of action to keep our campers and staff safe and healthy. We will miss having campers in the garden, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun can’t continue!
We invite you to explore the garden and the natural world and eat health, tasty snacks with us through our Summer Camp in a Box program! All of the elements that campers love about being in the garden - experiments, crafts, games, and healthy snacks - will again be available in a take-home format so campers can participate remotely. Sign up for a box full of activities and recreate the wonder of garden-based learning at home - no garden or internet required!
Each week features a new theme with age-appropriate activities curated by our experienced garden educators and recipes tailored to seasonal fruits and veggies. The majority of the materials campers need to complete the activities are enclosed in each box. Empowering kids to make healthy, informed food choices is a pillar of our summer camp experience, and so each box includes fresh, organic produce grown by WCG at the Green Phoenix Farm and in our gardens. This allows campers to explore the food they eat, practice basic cooking skills, and make their own garden-fresh snacks.
In keeping with our focus on hands-on learning, all activities are designed to be completed without using the internet. Bonus digital content is available to all campers, but online participation is not required. We recommend adult supervision and engagement.
During sign-up, families can choose from two box sizes:
- The Big Box
Includes approximately 10 activities plus produce. This is designed for the learner who likes to do it all - crafts, experiments, snack prep, and more! $85/week
- The Bite-Size Box
Includes 4 activities plus produce. This is a great option for families wanting to try out Summer Camp in a Box, or for those campers with shorter attention spans. $35/week
Families can select from Seeds (grades K-3) or Sprouts (grades 4-8) during registration to receive curriculum that is age-appropriate for their camper. Basic Supply Kits and T-shirts can be added on for even more fun!
WCG offers a limited number of needs-based scholarships for our Summer Camp Boxes. Click here for more information and to apply.
We have refreshed the camp curriculum from 2020 to incorporate feedback from our participants, and we’ve added a few new themes in 2021! You may recognize some of the same activities and crafts from last year, but these present awesome opportunities to build on skills and ideas that your camper may already be familiar with.
We have also added Basic Supply Kits as an optional add-on to your camper's box. See below for more details!
Each weekly box contains a mix of activities, crafts, experiments, games, recipes, and produce grown at the Green Phoenix Farm and in our gardens so you can recreate the summer camp experience at home. We provide most of the materials and instructions, making it easy for your camper to participate.
All of the activities are designed to be completed without using the internet, so no need to spend hours online. Some activities recommend an online resource to extend your camper’s learning, but there is no requirement to engage with these resources.
Each activity specifies the materials that are and are not included in the box. Any materials that are not included in the box are typically easy to find, such as:
- Glue sticks
- Paint brushes
- Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
- Very basic kitchen tools
We recommend purchasing art supplies from our friends at Clever Octopus! Alternatively, you can add on Basic Supply Kits to your Summer Camp in a Box registration (see FAQ for more details).
We are offering basic supply kits as an optional add-on to your camper’s box! These kits have been curated with supplies that we regularly use in our classes to complement the activities, crafts, and recipes that are included in summer camp boxes. You can choose to add on one, two, or all three kits and the contents can be used week after week. Purchase of a basic supply kit is completely optional; just know that you’ll want to have these supplies ready to go at home in order to get the most out of your box. Besides making it easy to find all the learning supplies you need in one place, We find that campers feel more empowered and engaged in their learning experience when they have tools and materials just for them.
There are three kits available:
- Craft Kit: coloring tools, glue, tape, paint, paintbrushes, scissors, ruler, markers, pencil box, etc. ($25 each)
- Garden Kit: growing container, soil, seeds, trowel, kid-size gloves, watering can, spray bottle, etc. ($50 each)
- Kitchen Kit: mixing bowl, cutting board, cutting/chopping tools, mixing tools, measuring cups/spoons, vegetable peeler, dish towel, etc. ($100 each)
The Big Box contains a mix of approximately 10 activities, which may include crafts, experiments, games, recipes, and produce for 2-3 snacks. This is a great option for families looking to get a more in-depth experience.
The Bite-Size Box contains a mix of approximately 4 activities, including produce and a recipe for 1-2 snacks. This is a great option for families looking to get a taste for Summer Camp in a Box.
During registration, you have the option to choose which age group your camper belongs to so we can tailor your box to the appropriate age level. There is no age requirement to participate, but activities are geared toward the ages specified. The curriculum includes suggestions with each activity on how to extend your camper's learning so you can get the most out of every box.
We recommend adult supervision, and will always prompt campers to ask for help when adult assistance is necessary. Activities are designed so that campers can exercise their skills and complete tasks with minimal assistance, but adult participation is often part of the learning process and fun! Each activity has an indication of how much adult assistance is recommended and the estimated time required to complete the activity to help families structure their experience. This is an opportunity for families to explore the world of garden-based learning together!
Boxes can be picked up at WCG’s Green Phoenix Farm (622 W 100 S, Salt Lake City) on Monday afternoons between 4:30-6pm. Pickups are contact-free - just pull up outside the farm, open your vehicle’s trunk, and we’ll load up your box for you!
Delivery to your home is available for an additional $25 fee each week. Deliveries will be completed on Monday afternoons between 3-6pm following contact-free protocols. Produce is temperature-sensitive, so we do not recommend leaving your box outside for more than 2 hours. When ordering, you will have the opportunity to provide specific delivery instructions (gate codes, etc.).
We take pride in the high-quality and engaging youth education experiences that we provide, and Summer Camp in a Box is no different. Our remote camp experience prioritizes hands-on experiential and outdoor learning, and healthy food. By providing the materials needed to complete activities, crafts, experiments, and fresh snacks, we are setting the stage for garden-inspired learning wherever you are. Virtual content is supplemental, but not required, so campers can work through their box on their own schedule, and the flexibility of pick-up and delivery options fit into busy schedules.
Yes! Wasatch Community Gardens is pleased to offer a limited number of need-based scholarship opportunities to support access to our Summer Camp in a Box program. Scholarships cover about 75% of camp box fees and can be applied at registration for either a Big Box or a Bite-Size Box. Parents or guardians are responsible for picking up the Summer Camp in a Box at the Green Phoenix Farm (622 W 100 S) on the Monday of the selected Summer Camp Box week. Click here to submit a scholarship application.
When you register, there is an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to Wasatch Community Gardens to help provide a "Summer Camp in a Box" experience to families from low-income households with whom we work. Our Youth and School Garden Program provides these families with access to local, seasonal fruits and veggies, and opportunities for hands-on, garden-themed learning. Please support our work to empower kids to make healthy choices for themselves, their communities, and the environment.