“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.

Coronavirus Update & Camp Registration: All our APRIL programs have been cancelled. We are waiting until MID APRIL to make decisions about the rest of our camp season (May- August).  We will communicate with all our registered camp families at that time.
We encourage you to REGISTER for summer camp even with all the current uncertainty, but suggest that you NOT send in full payment at this time
We will provide refunds, though we will be suggesting a $25 registration fee remain with us on a voluntary "more if you can/less if you can't" basis. Many of our expenses will continue whether camp happens or not.
Our 2020 SUMMER CAMP Schedule is SET! Registration is open now to EVERYONE! 2020 CAMP REGISTRATION
Our UKULELE BAND practices are on pause currently to support social distancing, and all our spring performances have been cancelled. However, we are exploring the possibility of some Zoom rehearsals or get togethers and music is available for you to practice at home.
Our Anything Goes Spring Break Camp has been cancelled so we can all stay home and stay safe!
We join you in this time of not knowing! After a January and February of the most robust camp registration we've ever had, I did not expect to be WONDERING if summer camp would happen at all!
What I DO know is that whether camp happens or not, many of our expenses will continue. So, please consider a "we want Clapping Hands 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!
Our counselor hiring process is on PAUSE until Mid April when we make decisions about the fate of our summer camp season. BUT at that point if camp is a GO, we need to ALREADY HAVE your application.
EVERYONE who is interested in working in 2020 needs 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 at Work Days, at Camp, at Events, 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