Below you will find everything you need to know to prepare for overnight camp. We've included information about travel and carpooling, meals, communicating with us while at camp, as well as what to bring and what not to bring. At the bottom of the page, you'll find the week overview as well as a sample day schedule. Should you have any unanswered questions, don't hesitate to give us a call or send us an email.
Traveling to The FARM
Thank you so much for journeying so far to be with us this summer. We are excited to have you out. Our location is about a two hour drive from SFO without traffic, so we ask that you plan trips accordingly for camp start and end times.
Camp activities will begin at 4:00pm. If you plan to drive, please arrive between 3:00pm - 4:00pm to check-in, get settled in the bunks and see the site.
Driving: Detailed directions will be shared closer to summer for all registered campers. We will also create a carpool list for interested families.
Flying: Pick up from SFO only. Please schedule for flights to land no later than 11:30am. (If you are unable to make that window, please contact us before booking your flight to work out details.)
Our final day of camp will include a 10:00am demonstration of what our campers have created. We hope you'll be able to join us! When we are done showing off our projects, we deconstruct as a camp and families are invited to join in (should you desire). Please expect to be on campus until Noon.
Departing Flights from SFO: Please schedule flights from 4:30pm onwards. Our staff will plan to leave the site at noon, but traffic can be highly variable in the Bay.
All campers will be provided with 3 square meals a day, as well as snacks throughout working sessions.
Our new site has a commercial kitchen, and we are currently finalizing our meal provider. Feel free to reach out to us directly with any concerns about food allergies or specific dietary needs.
More info coming soon!
getting in touch during the week
The Farm is outside of reliable cell range. We will be coordinating with our hosts to figure out the best plan for incoming and outgoing calls - likely a wifi based system such as Skype or WhatsApp - and will inform families well in advance of camp.
In the event of an emergency, we suggest you send an email to the info@ address. The site has adequate WIFI, and we are more likely to receive your message in a timely manner through email.
Be sure to bring a enough clothing for the whole week; there is no laundry on site. Please, label everything. Kids lose stuff (we have a treasure trove to prove it). Help us help you get it back from our lost and found by labeling everything.
Layers for varying weather
Sturdy, closed-toe outdoor shoes
Daily clothes including pants (required in the shop)
Sun hat + sunglasses
Sleeping bag + pillow
Toiletries + toiletry bag
Headlamp + batteries (headlamps are best for our purposes. A red-light setting is ideal for reading before bed without disturbing other campers.)
Water bottle (labeled with name)
OPTIONAL & SUGGESTED
Journal/pens + pencils
Books or a dedicated e-reader
Envelopes (addressed) and stamps (we'll send their mail!)
Sunscreen if you prefer a specific kind (we will provide our own)
If you are coming long distances, we can provide sleeping bags, pillows and towels. We will ask if you need these in a survey before camp.
WHAT NOT TO BRING
As a camp, we're not anti-tech. However, a week building cool projects with old and new friends is made richer with fewer distractions. Here are items we'd prefer didn't come to camp.
Cellphones, computers, gaming devices + tablets (dedicated e-readers are A-OK)
Pets (our hosts prohibits during pick-up or drop-off)
Weapons (pocket knives are ok)
Expensive clothing or equipment. It will get torn, lost and/or broken.
Cash. There won't be anything to spend it on.
Sunday: Welcome to Project Ember! Introductions + goal setting, expectations, evening hike + small groups, campfire
Monday: Welcome to the shop: tool training + an introductory mini-build challenge
Tuesday: Project Announcement - Initial design sessions and building
Wednesday: A day of steady progress
Thursday: Project time in the morning, beach-day in the afternoon, followed by movie night
Friday: Final full project day, closing campfire
Saturday: Demonstration! Deconstruction and Departure
A SAMPLE DAY AT OVERNIGHT
7:00am - 7:30am - Wake up! A little time provided for individual morning rituals
7:30am - 8:30am - Breakfast
8:30am - 9:00am - Large group circle, following by project groups meeting to officially start the day
9:00am - 12:00am - Project Session A: Planning - executing - snacking - progress - mistakes - revisions - play breaks
12:00am - 2:00pm - Lunch followed by a short siesta + game break
2:00pm - 5:00pm - Project Session B
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Dinner (often full of riddles, card games, etc)
6:00pm - 7:30pm - Free play+build and/or shower time
7:30pm - 9:00pm - Campfire + Small group meeting: A time for checking in on personal goals, successes and failures
9:00 - 9:30pm - Winding down and getting ready for bed
9:30 - 10:00pm - Quiet personal time
10:00pm - Lights out