Clapping Hands Farm
is located in Chatham County, Pittsboro, NC. We have a unique outdoor setting with acres of fields, forest, and pond to explore; here we have chickens, a garden, solar power, a hand pump at the well, all set back 3/4 of a mile from the paved road. Car pooling is normally organized from Chapel Hill, Durham, and sometimes from Wake County, Alamance County and Hillsborough.

Our programs are focused on ART and NATURE and feature working artists and naturalists as lead teachers, a culturally diverse camp community, a fantastic staff- camper ratio (1-5 or better), happy campers that return year after year, and new campers that we can't wait to meet! We started our summer camp program in 2000; we began year-round programs with Fall-Winter-Spring workshops, classes, teacher workday programs, school vacation and track out camps, etc. in 2007. We have programs for children ages 2-16, adults, and the whole family together.

Camp Director Louise Omoto Kessel am a professional storyteller, printmaker, and homeschooling mom to Jabu age 6 and Makayla age 3. I never attended summer camp as a child, but as a preteen I started working as a camp counselor and from then on I LOVED camp! It is my great pleasure to create summer camp magic here at Clapping Hands Farm. A big part of my joy and purpose in life is creating community and our camp is currently my liveliest expression of that. I love how a week at summer camp can create lasting friendships and connections for young people and staff alike. I love SO many things about our special camp. . . here are a few of the things that make it meaningful and rewarding to me:

* Many of our participants and staff come back year after year. . . I love being in touch with families year after year and watching these young people grow.

* Our summer camp is my personal opportunity to make the world "as I would wish it to be" for 25 kids plus staff, for week at a time, all summer long, right here where I live.

* Our teachers are working artists and bring the depth and experience of being "real artists" to every week of camp.

* We have a commitment to diversity and have successfully created a camp community that is diverse and accessible both culturally and economically.

Holmes Graybeal is the husband, dad, builder and farmer of Clapping Hands Farm. He contributes to the camp program in innumerable ways. . . from building our beautiful camp shelter, to growing vegetables for camp use. Much of what's wonderful about our camp setting is here because of Holmes.