“Everything I hope my daughter will grow up to be is modeled by the people at Clapping Hands. They are diverse, creative, ambitious, fearless, smart, and full of love.”
– Emma Skurnick, teaching artist, parent

See  photos of our previous camp seasons at our Facebook page.

COVID-19 Update & Upcoming Programs: We will not have camp at the farm this summer. HOWEVER we are launching an amazing array of engaging, interactive, connecting ONLINE WORKSHOPS for young people and adults; a weekly CHF COMMUNITY GATHERING on ZOOM; and a FAMILY CONCERT SERIES. Check out what we've got planned!
Our UKULELE BAND practices are on pause currently to support social distancing, and all our spring performances have been cancelled. However, music is available for you to practice at home. And see our MAY NEWSLETTER for info about private lessons with camp staff.
Our camp finances have been directly impacted by COVID-19, which prevents us from having camp on the ground this year. Though camp as we know it is not happening this summer, many of our operating expenses continue, and considerable work went into lining up a full summer of programming before we decided to cancel.
Because of this, donations are especially meaningful to us this year! If you are able, please consider a we-want-Clapping-Hands-Farm-to-be-here-when-we-get-to-the-other-side-of-this donation!!
I have been a huge fan of Clapping Hands since its inception because I witnessed the impact it had on the lives of children I referred, all of whom needed scholarships. The joy, creativity, and utter FUN they experienced was the highlight of their summers, but it was the physical and emotional safety they experienced in that empowering, loving, and supportive environment that was the true impact. It was literally transformative in the lives of many of those children.” – Jo Sanders, former director of the Family Violence Rape Crisis Center in Chatham County Explore our website for more information about our scholarship program and becoming a donor.
Our Annual Fundraising Letter Campaign usually wraps up come Spring, but our favorite fundraising project---- fundraising PARTIES--- are also on hold with social distancing. . . . so I am re-opening our FUNDRAISING LETTER campaign. Please consider volunteering to send some of those letters! This project needs to get us through this year!
Please read this wonderful letter written by one of our campers/counselors Lenore Ramos. It is an inspiring story!  If you are inspired to SUPPORT our scholarship program you can make a tax deductible donation by clicking the DONATE NOW button below.
If you would like to SEND this letter to your friends, family, and contacts who believe in young people, art, and community!  Please email us at clappinghandsfarm@gmail.com to join our letter writing team! Even a small number of letters sent can make a BIG difference!
We will be needing VOLUNTEERS, both young people and adults, for our ONLINE PROGRAMS this summer.
Young people need to fill out an application, even people who have been working every summer for years. Interested people are encouraged to read our WORKING WITH US pages and to submit an application for volunteer and paid positions.
VOLUNTEER with our new ONLINE PROGRAMS, at Work Days, with our Fundraising projects and more! I am hoping to involve people in volunteering either from home or at the farm one at a time or in tiny groups with proper distances respected. Still thinking everything through and prioritizing safety in figuring out what we can still do. Most helpful thing is to fill out our volunteer form if you are interested.

“Louise does a great job of creating a safe place. What I mean by a safe place is that kids are free and comfortable to create and be themselves. Or even if they show up and don’t know who they are, they leave knowing themselves better.”
– Valine Zeigler, parent