New Pond Farm


Summer Camp

During five action-packed days children (ages 8-12) may become a beekeeper, a farmer, a naturalist, a vegetable gardener, a chef, an artist, a treasure hunter, or a scientist!

Form friendships with our residential campers from Norwalk, Bridgeport, & Danbury, while eating delicious foods from the garden and dairy, swimming in our crystal clear pool, going on a campout, and enjoying loads of fun games and activities! We look forward to seeing you!

A week of camp runs 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday and costs $550 for New Pond Farm Family Members and $625 for non-members
(includes daily lunch & snacks, a camp-out, craft materials, and a t-shirt)

Summer 2019

Session 1: July 1 – 5
Session 2: July 15 – 19
Session 3: July 29 – August 2

We would like to thank our Outdoor Partner, L.L. Bean, and local chapters of the National Charity League (Nutmeg, Redding, & Ridgefield) for supporting this program.

Our story begins in 1975 when our founder, Carmen Mathews, decided to share her glorious property with  children from the inner city.

“I’ve been given so much, been successful in my vocation and have had a happy life, I wanted to serve youngsters who might never have this kind of opportunity. I had a growing realization that the use of my lovely farm must evolve. I felt I had to use its advantages to help the disadvantaged. I had this exquisite terrain all around me and I wanted it to be used in the most wonderful way possible.” Carmen Mathews

Carmen and her friends converted the spacious turkey coop on the hill into the first bunkhouse. They brought in electricity to power a few lightbulbs, they hung up curtains and brought in cots, the cold water was supplied from a single hose running from a spigot, and the small supply of warm water came from the black hoses that two counselors criss-crossed along the roof to gather warming rays from the sun. From these humble beginnings our summer camp program has evolved into a well respected and well loved tradition.

Now housed in our beautiful 7,000 square foot Learning Center, our State-licensed camp hosts three ten-day sessions that bring together children from the inner cities of Connecticut (our residential campers) with children from the surrounding area (our day campers). Together these youngsters, aged 8-12, from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds form friendships, develop an understanding and appreciation of one another as individuals, and have a marvelous time discovering the many wonders of the farm. Their days are filled to the brim with activities like woodlands and wetland explorations, arts and crafts, swimming, camping, stargazing, harvesting fresh foods from the garden, working with our farmers, and having good old fashioned “unplugged” fun. They leave us with a strong sense of accomplishment, walking a little taller and always filled with positive memories.

We would be so grateful if you or your business would like to sponsor a camper! Please Sponsor a Camper Here