Summer Camp

About Our Summer Programs

We did it safely for campers, families and our team for 2020 and we will do it again!  We opened Summer Camp 2020 on July 6, 2020 during the pandemic and we successfully created a negative COVID environment throughout the summer (and have continued programming safely as of August 2021) based on our COVID procedures/protocols, reduced registration and our amazing families.  We are definitely all in this together!

Welcome to HealthBarn USA, the only camp where you can eat, plant, cook and play!  We offer Summer Camp (ages 5 – 12) and Summer Seedlings (ages 3-5) in Ridgewood, NJ (we are no longer operating at Abma’s Farm). This hands-on fun and educational experience serves as an important building block for your child’s healthy future in the midst of our fast-food and high touch technology culture.

Our award-winning curricula empower campers to master organic gardening, culinary, nutrition and life skills (including putting values into practice) while having a great time!  The hands-on cooking includes our “test kitchen” as well as preparing a naturally delicious breakfast, lunch and snack each day with freshly picked ingredients from the garden. There is no need to pack any food! We will accommodate for food allergies upon request.

We are proud to be a New Jersey licensed summer camp and excited to announce that our organic teaching garden is a certified sustainable habitat by the  National Wildlife Federation!

**News about Re-Opening on 7/6/19 from Stacey, Founder, tune in.
**Blog post 2019 about Camp 2020 from Stacey, Founder, read more.

About Our Summer Programs

Welcome to HealthBarn USA, the only camp where you can eat, plant, cook and play!  We offer Summer Camp (ages 5-12 & 13-15) and Summer Seedlings (ages 3-5) in Ridgewood, NJ (we are no longer operating at Abma’s Farm). This hands-on fun and educational experience serves as an important building block for your child’s healthy future in the midst of our fast-food culture!

Our campers master organic gardening, culinary, nutrition and life skills (including putting values into practice) while having a great time!  The hands-on cooking includes our “test kitchen” as well as preparing a naturally delicious breakfast, lunch and snack each day with freshly picked ingredients from the garden, so no need to pack any food! We will accommodate for food allergies upon request.

We are proud to be a licensed New Jersey Summer Camp!

“I just wanted to send a quick note to say thank you for a great week! My daughter had a splendid time! She’s already asking when she’s going back, which is always a good sign!  Also, I really appreciate all the precautions you took to keep the kids safe, and it was just such a relief to give her something to look forward to, and other kids to play with, after such a long stretch without either. I love the mission of the HB, so it’s a huge relief to see it open for the summer, even though I know it must be much harder to be running it under the current conditions. You and the camp counselors did an amazing job!”

 – A Summer Camp mom

Summer Camp for children ages 5-12

Space is limited to 30 campers each week who are adventurous eaters, love to cook and get dirty in the garden, picky eaters who want to expand their palette and kids who love exploring nature.

Our camp is offered until September 1, this one-of-kind garden-to-fork experience runs daily from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (summer enrichment programming is available from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and early drop-off is available if arranged in advance, please inquire!).

Each week offers campers a new wholesome experience to learn firsthand where their food comes from and why eating fresh is best for their bodies and the environment, too.

See below for our Summer Seedlings program, for children ages 3-5.

In addition to our award winning, nationally recognized food and nutrition curricula, we offer “themed” weeks that culminate with a Friday finale.  The Friday finale reflects the week’s theme, for example Be a Chef’s finale has the campers opening up their own restaurant; and Be a Farmer has the campers opening their own farm stand including marketing, packaging and pricing their produce and recipes.

Voted Best of Bergen and Editor’s Pick by (201) Magazine and makes headlines for it’s amazing activities from hatching turtles to first-time watermelon to giant sunflowers!

Here’s the summer line-up for camp 2021:

  • Be a Chef: June 28 through July 2
  • Be a Farmer: July 5 through July 9
  • Be a Chef: July 12 through July 16
  • Be an Adventurer: July 19 through July 23
  • Be a Farmer: July 26 through July 30
  • Be a Chef: August 2 through August 6
  • Be a Scientist: August 9 through August 13
  • Be a Green: August 16 through August 20
  • Be a Chef: August 23 through August 27
  • Be a Healthy Kid: August 30 through September 1 (3-day camp will pro-rated) 

The Friday finale marks the difference of the week, but each week includes extensive cooking, organic gardening, environmental activities, nature hikes, active play and more!

Registration is open for summer 2021 for all families, early bird registration for summer 2022 will begin in January 2022.  Space is limited to 30 camper per week, register today!

Summer Seedlings for children ages 3-5

The Seedlings program is a nurturing activity filled weekly adventure as children rotate between harvesting and planting in our organic gardening; helping to prepare nutritious recipes from scratch, trying a variety of fresh foods; and being creative through art and crafts, too!  Inquire about attending more than one class per week if you need more camp time!

Registration is OPEN!  Join us for the 10-week series beginning the week of June 22, 2021.  Traveling for the summer?  Register for the 5-week sessions beginning June 22, 2021 or beginning July 26, 2021.

Classes are held once per week, with a choice of three session options:

  • Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm
  • Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm

Summer Seedlings for children ages 3-5

The Seedlings program is a nurturing activity filled weekly adventure as children rotate between harvesting and planting in our organic gardening; helping to prepare nutritious recipes from scratch, trying a variety of fresh foods; and being creative through art and crafts, too! The summer program is a longer format than the fall, winter and spring sessions.

Join us for one of two 5-week series beginning on either June 15th or July 20th. Enrollment for the full 10-week series is also welcome!

Classes are held once per week, with a choice of three session options:

  • Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30pm
  • Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00pm
  • Thursdays from 4:00-5:30pm
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Does Your Camper Want More Time at the Barn?

Had a great summer and your camper doesn’t want her healthy-lifestyle experience to end?  Sign up for our year-round seasonal programs held after school or on weekends.

As a member of the HealthBarn USA family, please inquire about our returning families rate for all of our programs.

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