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Beardslee Summer Camps

The Beardslee Homestead is host to classic American summer camps that feature educational and fun activities for kids including blacksmithing, knife forging, woodworking, metal-detecting, beekeeping and honey production, archery, target practice, orienteering, fishing, hiking, swimming, kayaking, river tubing, astronomy, organic agriculture, sustainability, animal husbandry, gardening, fire-pit cooking, and so much more. Camps are limited to 10-20 kids each session who live in the converted cow barn dormitory underneath the astronomical observatory, and have access to the entire property, including the library with more than 1,000 volumes about American history, Western civilization, science and astronomy, agriculture, and more. On hand in the library are also an antique map collection and copies of The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Dangerous Book for Girls, the Hillsdale College American Heritage Reader, Frederick Hayek's The Fatal Conceit, and more. The Beardslee Summer Camp is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience real farm life of the past that is, at the same time, connected to the future. Two weeks at the hands-on Beardslee Summer Camp provides real-life experience, professional formation and skills, and just plain and innocent fun and even spiritual growth in a safe environment rarely found. Occasionally distinguished leaders stop by the farm to say hello to the kids and offer life-changing inspiring stories and lessons of leadership and American values.

FOR THE SUMMER OF 2024, THE BEARDSLEE HOMESTEAD HAS PARTNERED WITH THE MONTFORT ACADEMY OF WESTCHESTER COUNTY TO DESIGN A FUN-FILLED AND EDUCATIONAL CAMP THAT ALSO INCLUDES AN OVERVIEW OF THE COLLEGE-ADMISSIONS PROCESS AND VISITS TO UPSTATE NEW YORK COLLEGES.  CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW FOR SUMMER CAMPS 2024.

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Camp Classes
and Experiences

Distinguished Leaders who live in New Berlin and nearby

  • Lessons in Leadership and American values

  • Astronomy and the Night Sky

  • Pizza Making, including Mozzarella making

  • Metal Forging and Knife Making

  • Woodworking

  • Root and Birch Beer Making

  • Landscape Design

  • Solar Energy

  • Wind Energy

  • Water Energy

  • Water Filtration and Purification

  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship

  • Tomato Sauce Making

  • Apple Cider Production

  • Landscape and Portrait Painting

  • Go-Cart building and racing

  • Soap Production

  • How to use a gun

  • Fitness and Exercise at the farm's gym center

  • Hamdi Hulukaya

      Founder, CEO, and Chairman, Chobani Yogurt

  • Major General Peter Lennon, U.S. Army, (Ret.)

      Mayor of New Berlin

  • Mark Golden 

      CEO, Golden Artists Paints and his brother Tom Golden

  • ​Frank, Betsey, and Rosario Baio

      Founder, CEO, and Manager New York Pizzeria

  • JoAnne von Zwehl

      President, Rosa Mystica and CEO M.A.N. Foundation

  • Jeff Keller, Broadway Actor and Singer, who played the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera for 18 years

  • Chris Stanton

      Project Developer, Northland Power, Highbridge Wind Farms

Camp Activities

  • Fly fishing in the Unadilla River

  • Fishing in seven ponds

  • Hiking

  • Kayaking and Canoeing

  • Swimming in the river, ponds, or pool

  • Hot and Cold therapy in our sauna and cold bath

  • Picking Apples, Grapes, Sunflowers, Hops, Lavender

  • Picking Tomatoes, Basil, Oregano, Carrots, Lettuce

  • Chasing chickens and collecting their eggs

  • Potting and rooting plants in the greenhouse

  • Blacksmithing and Knife Making

  • Tent pitching for sleeping

  • Woodworking

  • Civil War Battle Re-Enactments

  • Bicycling

  • Observing the universe in the Astronomical Observatory

  • Metal-Detecting

  • Archery with hand-made bows and arrows

  • Orienterring with compasses

  • Hunting

  • Target practice

  • Baseball and Basketball

  • Tennis and Badminton

  • Disc Golf

  • Bocce 

  • Football and Soccer

  • Study in the library

  • Evening Camp Fires and Smores

  • Work out in the gym

  • Ride a Vespa

  • Horseback riding

  • Pray in the Chapel

  • Do a Pilgrimage at Rosa Mystica

  • Butterfly watching in the milkweed field

  • Birdwatching

  • Fire-pit cooking

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