Print the LIST of things to bring for the SUMMER CAMP
Every summer, for more than 48 years, friends gather at La Ferme d’André. Girls and boys, aged 5 to 15, francophones and anglophones, arrive from all corners and take over the grounds. There are so many things to discover and to reinvent: One hundred acres of fields and forests, barns, an arts and crafts studio, a pool, a wooden teepee, more than 20 horses to ride and all sorts of animals to pet and feed. A reassuring atmosphere, great meals and regular bedtimes… the rest of the day belongs to the children and to their initiative and imagination. They forge their own relationships, find their favourite activity and create their own schedule.
The carefully selected camp counsellors accompany them along their extraordinary adventures. They embark with the children on a journey of discovery in a fun and respectful fashion. Campers are always in good hands at La Ferme d’André thanks to our super team! Motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic, our counsellors will make you truly make child stay unforgettable! Lodged in a magnificent century-old house, the children get a good night sleep in dormitories that have been converted for their comfort. They share their meals with the counsellors in our colourful and lively dining room. The rest of day, they roam every parcel of The Farm: the Tarzan Barn, the Animal yard, the Rabastan, the Bunnydrome…
After visiting 60 summer camps in Quebec a couple of years ago, the Quebec Camp Association granted La Ferme d’André with the ”Top Pick” award!
You do not know us yet?
La Ferme d’André is open to the public during our two “open house” days which take place in May and September. For more information on our open doors, click here. Warning !! It is not possible to visit the farm at other times unless you have made an appointment. To do this, you must contact us!
Did you know?
La Ferme d’André is now a non-profit organization (NPO) since 2013. This change of status is intended to ensure the sustainability of the farm in the fulfillment of its mission: to contribute to the happiness of children.
Working at La Ferme André
Want to work at La Ferme Andre? See page We hire.
At La Ferme d’André, children get a chance to try different types of activities depending on their likes and what they feel like doing. They can:
- Feed and care for the animals
- Ride a horse in the riding school
- Collect eggs in the henhouse (occasionally) to enjoy them at breakfast
- Watch a sheep shearing session
- Go for a hike to discover all 100 acres of the property
- Enjoy a hayride
- Dress up in the Theatre Barn
- Brush or take for a stroll a dog, a llama, a cow, a goat, a donkey…
- Run, jump and climb in the Tarzan Barn
- Relax in the Rabastan (cedar teepee)
- Pet rabbits in the Bunnydrome
- Sing by the campfire while enjoying toasted marshmallows
- Bake cookies for the evening snack
- Participate in the meal preparation
- Pick fresh vegetables from the garden
- Create in the arts and crafts workshop
- Care for the animals with Céline, our veterinarian
- Pick wild berries in the woods
- Hose down and wash the horses on hot days
- Organize or participate in a treasure hunt
Sessions, rates and discounts
|Summer Sessions 2018|
|June 24th to July 1st|
|July 1st to July 8th|
|July 8th to July 15th|
|July 15th to July 22th|
|July 22th to July 29th|
|July 29th to August 5th|
|August 5th to August 12th|
|August 12thto August 19th|
|August 19th to August 26th|
Each session starts between 2pm and 4pm and ends the next Sunday (between 2pm and 4pm). The sessions are of height (8) days and seven (7) nights.
Summer 2018 rates*
First week $719
Subsequent weeks $649/week
*Taxes not included
In the event that you cancel your child’s stay, you will forfeit you deposit.
Early Bird Registration
• $25 on sessions reserved before 2017 January 1st
• $15 on sessions reserved between 2017 January 1st and March 1st
• $40 on sessions for your child’s 1st sibling.
• $75 on sessions for all other children.
More than one week package
First week: $719*
Subsequent weeks: $649* per week
* Taxes extra
To get an idea of costs…
|1 WEEK – 1 CHILD||1 WEEK – 2 CHILDREN|
|Early bird discount||– $25||Early bird discount||-50$|
|Sibling discount||—–||Sibling discount||-40$|
|Sub total||$694||Sub total||1348$|
|Total* including taxes||$798||Total* including taxes||1549$|
|2 WEEKS – 1 CHILD||2 WEEKS – 2 CHILDREN|
|Session ($719 + $649)||$1368||Sessions 2X($719 + $649)||$2736|
|Early bird discount||-$50||Early bird discount||-$50|
|Sibling discount||——||Sibling discount||-$40|
|Sub total||$1318||Sub total||2646$|
|Total* including taxes||$1515||Total* including taxes||3042$|
* Totals have been rounded.
Assistant / Apprentice – Monitor Program
Does your teenager want an enriching work experience ? Every year, select few teenagers are trained by our team composed by monitors and qualified coordinators. A great opportunity to become a futur monitor !
According to the age of your teenager, he/she will be admissible to the assistant or apprentice program :the requirments are they must be 15 years old as of June 24th 2018 for the assistant program and 16 years old as of the June 24th 2018 for the apprentice program.
For further information, please visit our website We’re hiring.
Registration 2018 summer camp
The registration period will begin December 1st.
List of items to bring
PRINT THE LIST OF THINGS TO BRING (summer camp 2016)
This is a very precious checklist to keep at hand when packing your child’s luggage. Don’t forget! You must identify all your child’s belongings! (Toothpaste, rain boots, socks, etc…)
Arrivals and departures
Every Sunday between 2 and 4 PM. Please, do not arrive before 2 pm!!
What’s for lunch?
All meals are cooked on location at La Ferme d’André. Our menu is nutritious and well-balanced. A good part of the products used to prepare the meals come directly from our farm. Meat, poultry, eggs, fine herbs and vegetables are featured in our meals. The children are welcome to help out in the kitchen. They can either pick vegetables in the garden or get involved with meal preparation. Now that’s a hands-on approach to learning that green peas do not grow in cans but rather in nature! The campers are also welcome to set the tables, and if they wish, they can help with the dishes while singing the camp’s own songs or listening to the latest hits. Of course, everything is done in a collaborative and helpful way.
Here are a few examples of meals and snacks that we offer:
Note : Food allergies, intolerances and dietary restrictions are taken into consideration.
Q What time should we drop off and pick up our children?
A Arrivals and departures are scheduled on Sunday afternoons, between 2 and 4 PM
Q What do the children eat?
A Our menu is designed to appeal to children and includes food they like such as lasagna, grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, hamburgers cooked on a BBQ and one-pot meal soups. Fresh cut veggies with dips or salad are served with every meal. Desserts are not too sweet. Fresh fruits are served for the afternoon snack and cookies and milk for the evening. On occasion, we offer “discovery meals” such as fajitas, Chinese rice and noodle soups. We never serve fast food or deep-fried food, but we do offer sweets and popcorn during the Saturday night dance party!
Q How do you handle food allergies?
A The safety of the children in our care is extremely important to us. We developed a method in the kitchen in order to meet the needs of everyone in regards to allergies, intolerances and dietary restrictions. We are considerate of religious restrictions and vegetarian diets. In the case of an allergic reaction, we will use the EpiPen® prescribed for your child and take him or her directly to the Ormstown Hospital located just 7 minutes away from The Farm.
Q Who supervises the children at the swimming pool? A A certified lifeguard is on duty at all times.
Q What is the ratio of camp counsellors to children?
A There is one counsellor for every six children. However, children are not divided into homogenous groups but rather are free to experience the camp in multi-age groups as the children choose their preferred activities. Counsellors are stationed at strategic areas throughout The Farm to ensure a continuous supervision of the children.
Q Should the children bring lots of clothing?
A No. Laundry is done every day.
Q What happens should my child wet the bed?
A We check each bed on a daily basis. If you wish, you can include in your child’s luggage bedwetting underwear such as GoodNites®. Rest assured that we will handle the matter discretely.
Q Where do the children sleep?
A In dormitories located in the stone house with all-night supervision.
Q Do the boys and girls sleep in separate dormitories?
Q Can you guarantee that my child will share the same room as his or her friend?
A Yes, we always manage to put friends together.
Q What kind of training do camp counsellors have?
A Most camp counsellors have been campers themselves, so they know The Farm extensively. They have been selected amongst many candidates for their motivation and enthusiasm. They receive a 60-hour pre-camp training as well as first aid and CPR training.
Q What do the children do in the evening before bedtime?
A They follow a comforting evening routine: they sit around the campfire, they eat their snack (cookies and milk), they sing songs, and finally they brush their teeth, put on their pyjamas and head to bed.
Q What do you do in case a child gets bored?
A This situation rarely occurs, but in such a case, we comfort the child. A camp counsellor gently gets the camper involved in an activity either by playing along with the child or by matching him or her with friends. Should the situation last, we will call you to help reassure the child.
Q Can we call our child to see how he or she is doing?
A No. This would result in an endless stream of calls given the number of campers. You can write a letter though. Children may go and collect your letter from the mailbox with a counsellor while walking their favourite animal.
Q What is the maximum number of children allowed to stay during a session?
Dear staff of La Ferme d’André, I would like to thank you all for the super vacations at The Farm. My children, Chiara and Enzo, spent two lovely weeks! I am sure that everyone works very hard at making the activities a success. My children will remember their vacations forever!
Until next year, Isabelle Bricout, mother of Chiara and Enzo
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Hello! I am so happy and yet moved to have found your farm because back in 1976, when I was 6 years old, I spent four weeks with you! Honestly though, I have missed my parents terribly, but beautiful memories from La Ferme d’André have remained engraved in my heart. I fell in love with nature since then!
Thirty years later, my love of horses and cows is still alive. I still enjoy sleeping under the stars or in the barn. The smell of hay as well as the song of crickets rock me to sleep when their season arrives. Campfires comfort me just as always. To shell peas is a thrill even today, and it is something that I do with my children with lots of love. I continue to advocate freedom and defend it! In conclusion, I believe that La Ferme d’André has influenced me forever!
Keep doing the good work with the youngsters! It’s fantastic. It will definitely have an impact on their lives! One day, I will send my children off to your camp! It’s a promise.
Cordially, Julie Bernard, mother of Léo and Félix
In the news
Many stories have featured La Ferme d’André. Read or watch the articles and the interview published over the years.
The Gleaner, article about our open house, may 2016
Le Devoir Newspaper article written by Josée Blanchette
Info Suroît, Vallée-du-haut-Saint-Laurent media, August 2013
Voir Journal, March 2013 YOOPA magazine, April 2013
The Gleaner Newspaper article written by S. Rennie
Radio interview with André
Brigade Animo, summer 2015
The elegant peacocks at La Ferme André need the brigade services to complete their summer style ! Dr. Clifford help Seb and Dr. Céline with the cut of their beautiful feathers.
Brigade Animo, spring 2015
The rabbits of La Ferme d’André need care. Dr. Céline teaches Andrea how to take care for the rabbits while with the help of Vincent, Seb and Dr. Dre Céline examine the teeth of adult rabbits.
Par-dessus le marché, summer 2014
The show Par-dessus le marché invites you to discover Quebec farms. At La Ferme André, children 5-14 years ride horses, sheep shearers, collect eggs and cook between swims. Future farmers? Who knows!
Brigade Animo, Spring 2014
Brigade Animo will give a hand to Dr. Céline, veterinary at La Ferme d’André. Aurélia lends him a hand while she gives chiropractic treatment to Henry, the Bernese Mountain Dog. Dr. Seb and Vincent benefit from their passage to compare the llama and alpaca, two animals of the same family.
Brigade Animo, Fall 2013
There is always a lot of work to do on a farm. Brigade Animo is going to lend a hand to Dr. Céline, veterinary at La Ferme d’André. Dr Seb and Vincent will help cut the hooves of goats Aurélia then carve the claws of Pivoine, the cockatoo.