what are school's out camps?

School's Out Camps at Clapping Hands Farm are designed to be a perfect "day off" – an exiting array of art projects, nature explorations, group games, with good company, COMBINED with a relaxed pace, and lots of room to choose what you feel like doing. At some of our Schools Out Camps, children are welcome to sign up for the week or by the day; other camps are building a community and project over a weeks time and full week participation works best. 

School's out for a variety of reasons. . . teacher work days, conferences, holidays, and spring break. . . we have a schedule of times that we are planning "School's Out" fun at Clapping Hands Farm. I know that track out and vacation schedules vary, and I am happy to consider additional dates for your convenience, JUST ASK!

HOMESCHOOLERS are always welcome at our School's Out Camps, which work wonderfully as a "teacher work day" for parents and a fun day of art, games, outdoor explorations and other fun for the young people.

upcoming schools out camps 2014

TOYS AND GAMES CAMP! March 31- April 4, 9-5 Spring Break for Chapel Hill-Carroboro public schools, so. . . a one week camp at Clapping Hands Farm! Come have fun outside! Games and toy making! Ages 7 - 13. With Louise Omoto Kessel,   Jan Burger and Jimmy Magoo. 
$250/week or $60/day. 

Go to our Register Page for the online registration form and to fill out Camp Forms. 


Louise Omoto Kessel is the camp director at Clapping Hands Farm. She is a professional storyteller, a printmaker (woodblocks), an environmental educator (founder of the Haw River Festival, former Park Naturalist for a NC State Park, former caretaker for the Nature Conservancy, worked on the Hudson River Clearwater "flag ship of the environmental movement), and the homeschooling mom to Jabu age 11 and Makayla age 7.

Holmes Graybeal is the farmer, the builder and the Dad of Clapping Hands Farm. Much of what's wonderful about this place is here because of Holmes and he assists in many ways with the smooth functioning and fun at our camps.

Camp Counselors will assist Louise with each day of School's Out Camp at Clapping Hands Farm. We aim to keep the staff-camper ratio at 1-5 or better (and it's usually more like 1-3).

A guest artist will be invited to join us if enrollment is 10 or more campers. 


TO REGISTER please send an email with your child/ren's full name, date of birth and WHICH DAYS you wish to register for.

This will put your children on the roster TEMPORARILY. To CONFIRM their registration, please send payment in full and and send in our camp forms. Camp Forms can be found on the "REGISTRATION" page of our Camp Website: ClappingHandsFarm.com

Cost for Schools Out Camps is $45/day for one day camps. Please see camp descriptions for cost for week long camps. 


Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it, a hearty lunch, and a complete change of clothes (just in case we get soaked or incredibly dirty).

DRESS FOR THE WEATHER! We will be outside all day. We have a large camp shelter in case of rain, and will make a campfire on a cold day. 

Campers should NOT bring electronic toys or other things that would distract from engaging in creative activities with our merry group!

CLAPPING HANDS FARM is set 3/4 of mile back from the paved road. We are "off the grid" with solar powered electricity, a hand pump at the well, and no public utilities. There are acres and acres of field, forest and ponds to explore here. Our "facility" includes a large open camp shelter, outhouses, and gravity powered hand washing sinks.