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Create. Explore. Discover.

Embark on a journey of creativity, exploration and revelation with Camp Lively Oak. At Old Homestead Farm, children delve into the natural wonders of the outdoors through the lens of art, movement, and imaginative play. From traditional activities like archery, fishing, and nature walks, to innovative creative exercises, our program is designed to ignite your child’s curiosity about the natural world while giving them new tools for self-expression and self-exploration through the arts. We’ll guide children in fostering an appreciation for nature’s beauty and show them how nature can breathe life into various art forms–all while giving them the freedom of play in ample outdoor space.

Camp Model

At Camp Lively Oak, we are committed to maintaining a safe, secure environment for our campers. Our program model, crafted by seasoned youth development professionals and educators who are also parents themselves, incorporates small counselor-to-student ratios and a focus on children’s individuality. Campers will feel seen, heard, and celebrated in their uniqueness–not swept up in a current of busyness. FUN, creativity and playfulness are the heartbeat behind everything we’ll do. Join us this summer and let our experienced counselors guide your child on a weeklong journey of self-discovery while they make new core memories and forge new friendships at Old Homestead Farm.

9 am Arrival and Morning Mischief

9:15 am Birding Scavenger Hunt 

10:15 am Snacks and Songs

10:30 am Archery & Group Games

11:30 am Lunch 

12 pm Yoga in the Barn 

12:30 pm Water Play Shenanigans

1:30 pm Nature Walk 

2:30 pm Icy Treats

2:45 pm Adventures in the Art Hut  

3:45 pm Closing Ceremony and Dismissal

Camp Lively Oak charges $240 per camper, per session. Attendees can opt into transportation services to/from Wilmington to Old Homestead Farm (pick up at 8:30am and drop off at 4:30pm) for an additional $80 per week, as available.

All registrations must be paid in full by April 1st.

  • Registrations with unpaid balances cannot be guaranteed after April 1, 2024.
  • Final payments made by check must be postmarked by April 1, 2024. Summer Camp Refund Policy:
  • Cancellations prior to April 1, 2024, a full refund, less your deposit, will be issued.
  • Cancellations on or after April 1, 2024, no refund will be issued.
  • In the case of an injury or serious illness that prevents your camper from attending their session we’ll work with you to get your camper into another week, if there is an open spot, and a doctor has cleared them to participate. If for some reason we can’t, we’ll keep a credit on your family account for up to one year. Refund considerations, less the deposit, may be made. A signed letter from the acting physician stating the camper’s inability to participate in camp activities will be required.
  • Campers leaving early or arriving late for their session will not receive a refund or prorated fee.

At this time, Camp Lively Oak serves children ages 6-9 years old, but please check back with us about age ranges as we grow.

Group assignments are based on the age of campers, and we will have group sizes of 10-12 children per every two counselors.  You may request other campers to be in your camper’s group and we will do our best to make all reasonable accommodations to keep campers together.  

Our team at Camp Lively Oak is dedicated to making sure every camper feels comfortable and secure while enjoying their time with us. To achieve this, we require all campers to follow certain core rules of behavior.

First and foremost, we prioritize safety and ask our campers to make safe choices at all times. They must be mindful of their surroundings and understand the potential risks of their actions. Additionally, we expect our campers to treat each other with kindness and respect.

Our team recognizes that each camper is unique, and we handle any behavior concerns on an individual basis. We believe in teachable moments and will work with our campers to help them understand how their actions impact others. However, we have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying of any kind. In severe or repeated cases, the director may choose to send a camper home.

We want all of our campers to have an unforgettable and enjoyable experience at Camp Lively Oak. To accomplish this, we urge parents to speak with their children about the importance of following camp rules and reaching out for help as needed. Our team is always available to offer support and assistance to our campers, and we are committed to ensuring that every camper has a positive experience with us.

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Amber Watkins

Camp Lively Oak Director

A North Carolina native, Amber Watkins spent her childhood roving the woods around her house and making weird art projects in Greensboro North Carolina.  Over the summers, she attended  a myriad of nature camps which inspired her lifelong passion for the outdoors.  As a teen, she volunteered as a junior camp counselor, then eventually becoming the waterfront director at Camp Keyauwee, a nearby Girl Scout camp. Amber, is a lifelong Girl Scout, having joined in kindergarten and growing with the organization until highschool when she earned her Gold Award– the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Even as an undergrad at Appalachian State University, Amber would return each summer to work at Keyauwee, until life in the mountains eventually called her away. In her third year at ASU, Amber served as an Americorps volunteer for the Children’s Playhouse–a nonprofit providing creative, educational play experiences for children while also supporting parents. Once completing a master’s degree in social work, Amber went to work with troubled youth in the backcountry of Asheville through wilderness therapy. Her mission to empower young minds continued, and in 2010, she began working for the Boys & Girls Clubs. There she put her resource development, public relations, and volunteer management skills to use for almost a decade.

When Amber’s second child was born on the eve of the COVID pandemic, she decided to take a break from the non-profit world to be a full-time mom.  Momming didn’t stop her from helping start a brewery with her husband, Jud, and acquiring Old Homestead Farm in 2021. Nowadays, she volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and PTA officer, all while dreaming up plans for Camp Lively Oak adventures!

A North Carolina native, Amber Watkins spent her childhood roving the woods around her house and making weird art projects in Greensboro North Carolina.  Over the summers, she attended  a myriad of nature camps which inspired her lifelong passion for the outdoors.  As a teen, she volunteered as a junior camp counselor, then eventually becoming the waterfront director at Camp Keyauwee, a nearby Girl Scout camp. Amber, is a lifelong Girl Scout, having joined in kindergarten and growing with the organization until highschool when she earned her Gold Award– the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Even as an undergrad at Appalachian State University, Amber would return each summer to work at Keyauwee, until life in the mountains eventually called her away. In her third year at ASU, Amber served as an Americorps volunteer for the Children’s Playhouse–a nonprofit providing creative, educational play experiences for children while also supporting parents. Once completing a master’s degree in social work, Amber went to work with troubled youth in the backcountry of Asheville through wilderness therapy. Her mission to empower young minds continued, and in 2010, she began working for the Boys & Girls Clubs. There she put her resource development, public relations, and volunteer management skills to use for almost a decade.

When Amber’s second child was born on the eve of the COVID pandemic, she decided to take a break from the non-profit world to be a full-time mom.  Momming didn’t stop her from helping start a brewery with her husband, Jud, and acquiring Old Homestead Farm in 2021. Nowadays, she volunteers as a Girl Scout leader and PTA officer, all while dreaming up plans for Camp Lively Oak adventures!