Program and Activities

CAMP ACTIVITIES

Swimming · Archery · Nature · Canoeing · Kayaking · Pedal Boating · Recreation · Creative Arts · Pioneering · Music · Games · Fishing · Barnyard Animals · Theater · Dance · Horseback Riding (as an additional option) · and so much more!

A Typical Day at Camp Farley
The daily program for day and overnight campers typically consists of five activities. The first three activities are predetermined to provide a well-balanced variety of experiences throughout the week. Primary activities include a daily free swim along with a combination of arts, recreation, and nature programs throughout the week. Depending on their age, campers also enjoy at least one archery, canoeing, and barnyard activity as part of this weekly formula. Songs, skits, and announcements are often integrated during transitional periods between activities and during snack times.

7:00 AM OPTIONAL MORNING PROGRAMS (Polar Bear Swim, Barnyard, Running Club)
7:30 AM-7:50 AM GET READY FOR DAY
7:50 AM-8:00 AM FLAGPOLE ASSEMBLY
8:00 AM-8:30 AM BREAKFAST
8:30 AM-9:00 AM CABIN CLEAN UP (Overnight Campers)
8:30 AM-9:00 AM DAY CAMPERS ARRIVE
9:00 AM-9:30 AM GROUPS GET READY FOR DAY
9:30 AM-10:30 AM PROGRAM #1
10:30 AM-10:45 AM GENERAL CLEAN-UP
10:45 AM-11:00 AM SNACK
11:00 AM-12:00 PM PROGRAM #2
12:10 PM-12;45 PM LUNCH & REST
12:45PM-1:30PM REST & LUNCH
1:30 PM-2:45 PM PROGRAM #3
2:45 PM-3:00 PM SNACK
3:00 PM-4:00 PM PROGRAM #4
4:00 PM-5:00 PM ELECTIVES
5:00 PM-5:15 PM DAY CAMPERS LEAVE
5:15 PM-5:30 PM PREPARE FOR DINNER (Overnight Campers)
5:15 PM-5:30 PM FLAGPOLE
5:30 PM-6:15 PM DINNER
6:15 PM-7:00 PM CABIN POW-WOW
7:00 PM-8:15 PM EVENING PROGRAM
8:15 PM-8:45 PM GET READY FOR BED
9:00 PM LIGHTS OUT 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Camp Farley's camp program represents a dynamic and fluid experience, with the ability to adapt to changing situations such as weather, camper interest, staff specialties, and other factors. Camp is more than shooting an arrow, rowing a canoe, or making your favorite arts & craft project - it's a place where kids develop, make friends, and experience different things.

Discoverers (Ages 6 - 8) - These campers are scheduled for a variety of camp activities each day to make sure that they are given a chance to participate in a wide range of camp activities including a daily free swim. Discoverers participate in arts & crafts, nature, barnyard, recreation and swimming activities. 

Explorers (Ages 9 - 15) - Explorers are scheduled for a variety of camp activities each day that includes a daily free swim program, arts & crafts, nature, barnyard, recreation, canoeing, kayaking, and archery. Ropes Challenge Course for overnight campers ages 12 and up (due to COVID precautions, we are not able to mix day campers and overnight campers in the high ropes group).

GENERAL CAMP ACTIVITIES

Nature - Campers develop awareness and stewardship of the environment through hands-on projects, games, and nature walks.

Arts & Crafts - Creative projects stimulate creativity using natural and recycled materials. 

Archery - Campers 9 & older will practice target shooting using re-curved bows. 

Animal Care - Campers learn about feeding, safe handling, grooming, and the care of native and domesticated animals under the supervision of trained staff.

Performing Arts - Campers explore self-expression through music, dance, drama, and performances.

Recreation - Non-competitive sports & games offered. Campers participate in a variety of games, often selected by choice. These may include kickball, volley ball, soccer, Frisbee golf, Gaga, and other popular field games. 

Outdoor Living Skills - Campers learn basic outdoor skills, including fire building, outdoor cooking and shelter building.

CAMP FARLEY'S WATERFRONT

Camp Farley's Waterfront is situated on Mashpee-Wakeby Lake. The lake covers 729 acres with three small islands (Jefferson, Keith and Cleveland Islands) and constitutes one of Cape Cod's largest and most pristine freshwater lakes. The lake is fed by groundwater and drains into the Mashpee River. Camp Farley is also very fortunate to be located directly across from a 135 acre undeveloped peninsula (Lowell Holly Reservation), the tip of which is known by campers as "Mouse Island". As an added measure, the water quality of our beach is also tested weekly by the county lab to ensure its excellence.

Camp Farley's Beach Facilities feature a large boat house, storage racks for various watercraft, nice sandy beach, small dock for pedal boats and fishing, and a large commercial swimming dock with three separate swimming areas: 0-4' deep for non-swimmers, 4-6' deep for intermediate swimmers, and a deeper, sectioned off area for advanced swimmers. Aquatic activities are carefully organized to maximize fun and minimize risks, and certified waterfront directors and lifeguards work together to supervise every waterfront activity. Campers (and staff) wear lifejackets whenever involved in waterfront activities, regardless of their swimming ability, except when swimming. Camp Farley offers, on an optional basis, a variety of watercrafts such as Pedal Boats (ages 9+), Canoes, (9+), Kayaks (ages 12+) and Stand Up Paddle Boards (12+). Combine all this with a fabulous lake to enjoy for swimming or just having wet fun, and you've got one of the coolest and most exciting places to be during the summer!

The first day of each weekly summer session, campers participate in a swim evaluation so they can be placed within an appropriate section/depth of our waterfront. Campers can choose not to go swimming at any time during the week, but must stay with their group while hanging out on the beach or sitting on beach's tiered seating area.