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What sessions does Appel Farm offer?

Where is Appel Farm?

Can I visit camp or meet the Camp Directors prior to registering my child?

How do I register my child for camp?

What is the daily schedule like at Appel Farm?

How and when do campers choose their activities, and do some programs fill up?

Who are the staff members working with the campers?

What is included in my camp tuition?

Does Appel Farm offer tuition assistance?

What forms must I fill out before camp begins?

How do campers get to camp?

What happens if my child feels homesick?

Is there a day for families to visit during the camp session?

How do I keep in touch with my child during the summer?

In case of an emergency, how do I get in touch with my child?

Will my child have an opportunity to swim while at Appel Farm?

Do campers perform at the end of their sessions and can parents attend?

How does laundry work at camp?

Should my child pack linens or a sleeping bag for camp?

What is the food like at Appel Farm?

What happens if my child needs to take medication?

How many people will live in my camper's bunk?

Are there off-camp trips during the summer?

What are examples of typical evening activities?

Is there a Counselor In Training program for older campers? 

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What sessions does Appel Farm offer?

Appel Farm offers 2, 4, 6, or 8-week overnight sessions for children ages 9-17 years old. Each of our sessions offer a complete camp experience with classes, performance opportunities and fun! Most of our campers attend for either of our four-week sessions, though a two-week mini session, offered at the beginning of First and Second Session is a great way to try out camp for the first time. Other campers choose to combine sessions for a 6 or 8-week session.  With only two opening days, campers start together for each session.

2013 Dates

  • Mini Session I (2 weeks) 
Sun., June 23 - Sun., July 7 - $3,000
  • First Session (4 weeks) 
Sun., June 23 - Fri., July 19 - $5,600
  • Mini Session II (2 weeks)
 Sun., July 21 - Sun., August 4 - $3,000
  • Second Session (4 weeks)
 Sun., July 21 - Fri., August 16 - $5,600

  • 6 Week Session (6 weeks)
 Sun., June 23 - Sun., August 4 - $7,700
  • Full Session (8 weeks)
 Sun., June 24 - Fri., August 16 - $8,400

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Where is Appel Farm?

Appel Farm Arts Camp is located 30 minutes south of Philadelphia and 2.5 hours from New York City and Washington D.C. in beautiful, rural southern New Jersey.

Appel Farm Arts Camp
457 Shirley Road
PO Box 888
Elmer, NJ 08318

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Can I visit camp or meet the Camp Directors prior to registering my child?

We would love to have your family visit Appel Farm for a camp tour and to answer all of your questions. Camp Tours for 2012-2013 are scheduled on the following dates:

  • Camp 2013 Tour Dates TBA
     

Please call us at (800) 394-8478 to let us know that you are coming. If you are calling after 5:00 PM on Friday afternoon, feel free to leave a message and join us on Sunday!

We are also available for home visits if you are unable to come to a Camp Tour.

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How do I register my child for camp?

Registering your child for camp at Appel Farm is easy! You can register by phone, by mail or on-line with an $900 deposit to hold your child's space.

  • Call our Camp Directors, Cori and Jennie, at (856) 358-2472 or (800) 394-8478.

  • Mail your Camp Registration form to Appel Farm Arts Camp, PO Box 888, Elmer, NJ 08318.

  • Click here to register online, or for more information about registration.

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What is the daily schedule like at Appel Farm?

Our dynamic learning program is based around a five-period day with two Majors, two Minors, and a Free Choice period.  Your child’s Majors and Minors will meet for 75 minutes each, Monday through Saturday, and Free Choice will allow your child to explore other areas of the arts each afternoon, take a dip in the pool, or hang-out with friends. 

Sundays are a special time for campers to take a break from their normal routine to try new things, relax, and create their own schedule of varied workshops held throughout the day. 

Click here to learn more about the Daily Schedule.

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How do campers choose their activities?

Majors are offered every summer in core program areas: Theater Performance, Technical Theater, Music, Recording Arts, Dance, Visual Arts, Photography, Video, Creative Writing, Green Corps, Sports & Swim.  All Majors classes culminate with performances and exhibitions, to which families are invited. Campers choose their Majors soon after they register for camp using the Major Selections form, and choices are guaranteed.  Campers will have the option of changing their Majors during the first few days of camp.

Minors vary every summer and reflect the unique strengths of current staff. Campers can explore an art form, learn a new instrument or study a specific area in depth without the pressure of having to prepare for a performance. Several Minors are developed within each core program area. Campers choose their Minors on the first day of camp.Campers design a dynamic program centered on two Majors and two Minors that they will study six days a week for the entire session.

Majors

Acting Class, Theater Production, Theatrical Design & Set Construction, Stage Craft & Stage Hands, Costume Design, Chorus, Piano, String Ensemble, Wind & Woodwind Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Elmer Pops, Rock Band, Recording Arts, Rock Vocal Ensemble, Rockestra, Percussion Ensemble, Ballet, Modern, Jazz & Hip-Hop Dance, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fiber Arts & Crafts, Multimedia Art & Printmaking, Journalism, Instructional Swim, Soccer, GREEN Corps, Photography, Video, Creative Writing, Tennis, or Group Games.

Examples of Past Minors

Beginning Guitar Class, Rock Band, Elmer Pops, Chorus, Piano, Experimental Music, Improvisation and Comedic Acting, Musical Theater, Stage Combat, Set Design & Construction, Stage Management, Choreography, Dance for Musical Theater, Tap, Folk Dance, Murals, Color Theory, Landscape Painting, Story Art, Printmaking, GREEN Corps, Mosaics, Experimental Photography, Rocktography, Music Videos, Acting for the Camera, Memoir Writing, Playwriting, Journalism, Instructional Swim, Tennis, and Group Games.

Click here to learn more about Camp Activities.

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Who are the staff members working with the campers?

Our experienced, mature counselors, all over the age of 20, are carefully chosen to be positive role models who will empower your child to gain self-confidence, awareness and independence. With over 90 professional artists and arts educators from around the world, we offer a 1:3 staff to camper ratio, so campers are always sure to receive meaningful one-on-one instruction. Our extensive staff screening process includes personal interviews, reference checks, and a background check to ensure the safety of your camper.

Click here for more information about our staff.

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What is included in my camp tuition?

Camp tuition is all-inclusive, including all programming and instruction; basic supplies and equipment (campers bring their own musical instruments and cameras); meals and healthy snacks; laundry services; healthcare; summer mementos; and transportation to and from bus and train stations in Philadelphia, or Philadelphia International Airport.  Appel Farm does not require camp uniforms, and we have a strict no tipping policy.

A bus is available for campers traveling from New York City and West Orange, NJ, for a small additional fee.

Campers will need a little spending money for personal use on off-camp trips or for the canteen. Spending money will be kept in a secure account and unused funds are returned at the end of the summer. Our canteen does not sell any food or drinks, just camp merchandise, stamps, and essentials like toothpaste and batteries.

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Is there any financial assistance for tuition?

Young people, who would not otherwise have the resources to participate in Appel Farm Arts Camp, may apply for this opportunity through the Rising Young Artist Scholarship & Tuition Assistance Program. 

Click here for more information about the Rising Young Artist Scholarship & Tuition Assistance Program.

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What forms must I fill out before camp begins?

There are several forms we need parents to fill out before campers arrive, including a Success Form, Transportation Form, Major Selections Form, Camp Contract, Camper Card, and Camper Health History and Health Recommendations Form. Once a camper is registered, parents will receive their forms as well as the Camp Handbook, which has loads of detailed information about the Appel Farm experience for the whole family.

You may also download your forms, or even complete some forms online.  Be sure to check out the Current Parent Area.

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How do campers get to camp?

Most camp families bring their children to camp, but we have transportation options for campers travelling alone. Appel Farm offers a chartered, chaperoned bus, for a fee, to transport campers and their luggage between New York City, NY, West Orange, NJ and camp for our 4 or 8-week sessions. We will also pick-up campers at Philadelphia International Airport, Amtrak 30th Street Station, or the Philadelphia Greyhound Station for campers in all sessions.

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What happens if my child feels homesick?

Homesickness is common in campers of all ages, and the Appel Farm community works hard throughout each session to help campers adjust to being away from home and learn coping skills. Appel Farm staff members are trained experts for campers struggling with homesickness, and will be sure to use proven strategies to nurture and empower campers to be successful away from home. We also provide a free information package called the Appel Farm Family Care Package to any camper families who are nervous about being away from home or going to camp for the first time. The package contains a DVD with the secret to a successful summer, coping tips and insider information about daily life at Appel Farm to prepare campers and their families. We find that most campers adjust to Appel Farm quickly as they make new friends and reunite with old ones.

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Is there a day for families to visit during the camp session?

Family Visiting Days for our 4, 6 and 8-week campers are held on the Sundays marking the midpoint of each 4-week session. These days are special opportunities for our campers to show their families around camp, participate in family workshops in the arts, and catch up on the news at home. Families are invited to join us for a BBQ lunch, or may opt to take their child off camp for the day.

Families are also invited to camp performances at the end of each session.

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How do I keep in touch with my child during the summer?

Receiving news from home, fun e-mails, letters, and care packages is a highlight of being away at camp! Parents are encouraged to send letters and e-mails to their campers frequently throughout the session. Each day parent’s e-mails are printed out and distributed to campers with their regular mail during rest hour.

Counselors encourage campers to write letters home often and we host “Letter Writing” parties occasionally to ensure all campers are motivated to keep in touch. Parents also might receive a video “letter” from their camper via e-mail. Of course, parents can keep track of their child throughout the summer at Appel Farm by checking in often at our website where we continually update hundreds of pictures of campers in action. Parents are also always welcome to contact a Camp Director with any concerns they are having or to check in on how their child is doing.

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In case of an emergency, how do I get in touch with my child?

We understand the importance of being able to contact your child in the event of an emergency. The Camp Directors live on site and are available to help your family at all times. During business hours, (Weekdays from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) you can reach the directors by phone at (856) 358-2472 or (800) 394-8478, or you can e-mail them at camp@appelfarm.org. If it is after business hours, and you have an emergency that cannot wait until morning, please call the Infirmary at (856) 358-2476. Our nurses are available 24 hours a day and can best relay an urgent message to the Camp Directors after hours.

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Will my child have an opportunity to swim while at Appel Farm?

Appel Farm campers always enjoy our beautiful 25-meter swimming pool. Campers may choose to take swim as a Minor to learn aquatic and safety skills based on the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program or they can swim every day for fun during Free Choice in the late afternoon. The pool is also open several days each week in the mornings for early-bird lap swimming and on Sunday morning and afternoon for free swim.

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Do campers perform at the end of their sessions and can parents attend?

At the end of each session, campers perform or display the works of are they completed in their Majors in exhibitions, and camp families are invited to attend. We have a Mini-Session Showcase the last night of camp of each 2-week session, and an entire week of performances at the end of each 4-week sessions. Schedules for Performance Week are available for our 4-week camper families on Visiting Day. All camp performances are recorded and available on DVD for families who are unable to attend.

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How does laundry work at camp?

We launder campers' clothing and linens once a week, so put your camper's name on everything! Mark all clothing and personal belongings. You can use iron-on transfers, indelible ink or securely sewn labels. Campers are asked to put their dirty clothes and linens into the bunk’s laundry bags, which are brought to our on-site laundry facility the evening before their scheduled laundry day. Laundry is washed, dried, folded and returned to the campers the next afternoon.

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Should my child pack linens or a sleeping bag for camp?

We ask that campers bring two sets of sheets for their bed, so they can switch out their sheets on laundry day. Campers will also need a sleeping bag for our Overnight Camping program. Linens packets including sheets, pillow cases, a blanket, towels and washcloths, as well as sleeping bags, are available at no cost for campers who are flying to camp.

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What is the food like at Appel Farm?

A goal at Appel Farm is to make campers and staff more aware of the food we eat, the value of nutrition, and of larger concerns for the environment.

Each session, the garden is full of discovery, as campers learn about nature and organic gardening, growing seasons, and all kinds of familiar and unfamiliar fruits and vegetables. With each changing daily harvest, our chef incorporates fresh corn, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, green beans, snap peas, cucumbers, melons, and herbs into meals and salad bar offerings.

Meals are a wonderful time when campers and staff enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon and evening snacks as a community.

Meals are served buffet-style, and campers sit with their friends. The always-nutritious menu offers balance and variety that includes vegetarian options at each meal. Campers start the day with a meal that could include pancakes or breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit and granola, cold cereal or yogurt. At lunch and dinner, campers make selections of a main entrée, a vegan or vegetarian entrée, side dishes, soup, the salad bar and dessert. Fresh fruit, beverages, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are always available! 

Please inform us if your camper has any food allergies, or special food requirements.

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What happens if my child needs to take medication?

Medication is not a problem at Appel Farm. All medicine and healthcare is dispensed from the Infirmary, which is staffed by two resident Camp Nurses, and a Physician who visits camp each day. Campers visit the Infirmary after meals or before bedtime to take their medications.

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How many people will live in my camper's bunk?

All of our bunks house 8-12 campers with at least 2 adult counselors. Typically, our bunks are organized by grade levels and campers are able to request bunkmates who are in their same age group.

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Are there off-camp trips during the summer?

Campers participate in educational trips with campers and staff in their Majors, outreach programs into the community, and even recreational trips to the beach and other fun and educational sites around New Jersey.

Click here for more information on our Trips & Outreach program.

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What are examples of typical evening activities?

The entire camp community gathers every evening to enjoy an entertaining and educational activity to build community.

Some evenings we can be found participating in special events such as the Carnival, a photo scavenger hunt, dance through the decades, or even the World Fair on International Day; however, most nights the stage is lit up by performances by our campers, staff and guest artists.

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Is there a Counselor In Training program for older campers?

We offer a Counselor In Training Program that allows 4 or 8-week campers ages 16 and 17, or campers going into 11th or 12th grade, to develop leadership experience, give back to the community, and learn basic counseling and teaching skills. CITs are still campers. Like other campers, CITs will live in a bunk, participate in majors, minors and camp events, but will also assume additional responsibilities, and earn a few special privileges and benefits.

Click here for more information about the Counselor In Training Program.

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