For over a decade, Natick Community Organic Farm has hosted Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages – from Daisy and Cub Scouts to Eagle and Gold Award Scouts – as they learn and work alongside our farmer/educators at this unique community resource. We offer Scouts a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, local eating, environmental stewardship, and much more! Farm animals, vegetable and flower gardens, beekeeping, sheep shearing, greenhouses, maple sugaring, an historic barn, and a forested woodland trail are just some of the options for exploration at the Farm.
Pitch your tent, make dinner over a campfire, and enjoy the night sounds on the Farm!
Help feed and water the farm animals in the morning, and collect your own eggs for a hearty farmers’ breakfast. One dozen eggs and 12 oz. maple syrup are compliments of the Farm.
When: Sept – Nov and April – June,
Friday or Saturday night
Time: 3pm check in & 12pm check out
(first two adults free)
We are happy to work with Scout leaders to tailor our programming to satisfy your Scouts’ badge requirements. Areas of study on the farm include:
- > Organic Farming
- > Soil Ecology
- > Vegetables
- > Flowers
- > Bugs
- > Bees
- > Geology and Soil
- > Farm Animals
- > New England Forest History and Ecology
- > Worms and Composting
- > Eating Local
- > Trees and Maple Sugaring
- > Sheep Shearing
When: Sept – June (some programs are seasonal)
Time: Mon – Sat / times customized to fit your schedule and based on Farm staff availability
Materials: Materials and badges not included unless specifically stated
Fee: 1.5 hrs: $80/10 Scouts and $8 each additional Scout
2 hrs: $100/10 Scouts and $10 each additional Scout
The Farm is a great place to be a Girl Scout. Whether you join us for a farm experience or a badge program your troop will enjoy all the sights and smells and sounds this special place has to offer. (Note: the Farm does not purchase or distribute badges.)
Girl Scout Troops are welcome to join us for any and all Farm programming, including:
- Afternoon chores
- Farm tours
- Sheep Shearing in late spring
- Maple Sugaring tours in early spring
For a full list of programs and badges, here is our Girl Scout Program Guide.
During sugaring season we’d love to have you and yours come on down to the Farm and see how this New England favorite gets made. Learn to tap a tree, hear how the Native Americans and colonials would have made maple syrup, and experience process for yourself in our sugar shack.
Tours run for about an hour and must be booked in advance. The fee is $8 per person.
We expect to sugar between February 24 and March 23 but cannot guarantee we will actively be boiling on any particular day.