Summer Camps

A historic adventure awaits!

Summer camps at Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead offer an exciting way for children to experience a historic working farm.  Through hands-on farming activities and historic crafts, campers will learn about colonial history in an immersive, interactive, and fun environment.

Campers will engage in a variety of activities and take-home crafts all related to the theme of each week,  including but not limited to hearth cooking, textile production, working in the garden, blacksmithing, and learning about the role and care of the farm's heritage breed animals.

All camps run Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 3 PM at Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead in Ridley Creek State Park.

All camps provide an afternoon snack, and free time after lunch for cooling off in our stream, playing group games, reading, or just resting.  They also each culminate in a supervised swim in Ridley Creek. See our FAQs below for more information!

Registration for the season has closed and will reopen in February 2025.

Please contact  [email protected]  with any questions.


COLONIAL LIFE - 2 sessions!
June 24-28, 2024
August 5-9, 2024
Ages 7-13
Cost: $250 for members / $275 for non-members

Our most popular camp experience! During this immersive camp, campers will learn about life in colonial America and help on the farm just like a colonial child.  Activities may include hearth cooking, candle dipping, farming and farm animals, paper making, colonial toys and games, quill writing, ropemaking, blacksmithing, and more!

Great for campers who: are first-time campers at CPF, enjoy history or nature and playing outside.

July 8-12, 2024
Ages 11-16
Cost: $275 for members /$300 for non-members

An in-depth farm experience designed for campers to participate in the historic farming skills of the past.  This camp emphasizes more hands-on, full cycle farm activities and more advanced crafts related to the animals and plants found on the farm.

Great for campers who: enjoy playing outside, interested in history or farming, work in a garden at home, are comfortable with animals, and don’t mind getting their hands dirty!

July 29-August 2, 2024
Ages 11-16
Cost: $275 for members / $300 for non-members

This camp is a more in depth exploration of the trades and crafts of the 18th century. Campers will have a chance to work on more advanced projects in a variety of mediums.  There will be a start-to-finish approach to many of the projects allowing campers to experience many of the steps from raw materials to a finished product.

Great for campers who: are artistic or creative and enjoy drawing, painting, and other hands-on crafts, and interested in learning new skills!

July 15-19, 2024
Ages 7-13
Cost: $250 for members / $275 for non-members

This camp looks at the science behind 18th century technologies.  In the modern world we have a deeper understanding of what makes things work the way they do through physics, biology, and chemistry.  Campers will do a variety of activities that look at how those disciplines help us understand cooking, farming, and crafts.

Great for campers who: enjoy spending time outside in nature and are curious about science and the environment!

Funding for this project was awarded through the “Protect Your Drinking Water” grant program, administered by the Pennsylvania Environmental Council with funding from Aqua, an Essential Utilities company.

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Colonial Pennsylvania Farmstead

PO Box 158
Gradyville, PA, 19039, US

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