Advanced Baking- Great British Show Competition
August 10-12th, 9am-4pm, Recommended ages 14-18 (contact me if you believe your child is capable of handling this camp but is below the recommended age, I personally do not believe that age dictates skill level but I want to make sure that in the advance camp this year we are teaching up and not down skill level wise)
Price: $310 ($300 if by check or cash)
Summer 2020 Update from BMK
If you have read this once, you can skip down to the info on the specific camp.
This summer’s theme is supporting other women in business and I’m excited to feature some fantastic local business women in the arts, food and construction world. I strive to always listen to parents on how I can make your life easier when it comes to summer camps. Here are some new changes:
We will have new goats (plus babies) and baby chicks starting in the spring so there will be time in all camps to play with the new and old animal friends. The new goats are mini goats as the old herd had to move onto a new home once we could no longer breed them.
REMINDER: BMK IS LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVEWAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THERE IS A PATH THAT LEADS TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE AND ENTRANCE TO BMK. DROP OFF KIDS AT THE LARGE SIGN AND CIRCLE AROUND THE DRIVE TO EXIT- THERE IS ROOM FOR TWO CARS. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK OUR AWESOME NEIGHBOR’S DRIVEWAY AND REMIND YOUR KIDDOS THAT THE PLAYGROUND IN THE GRASS IS THEIRS AND NOT PART OF BMK. PHEW- THANKS FOR READING…these neighbors made BMK 2.0 possible and their support has been amazing and respecting their property is important to us.
Early Drop Off: I understand that driving out this way can put a burden on those who need to get to work early in the morning which is why early drop off is available starting at 7:30am. However, because I have kids of my own to get up and going and set up for the camps takes about 2 hours each morning, I cannot offer entertainment for your kiddos. You may drop them off at the path and they can go into BMK and play in the game room, read books or play on tablets from home until camp starts. They cannot play outside as there won’t be anyone to supervise. I would like to offer early drop off for free and will continue to do so as long as it doesn’t create more work for me as I am hustling to get ready for camp start at 9am. If you plan on dropping off early- please contact me the week before. Normal drop off starts at 8:45am- but if you are here before 8:45am, please just drop your child off, there is no reason to worry about being a bit early and not having signed up for early drop off.
Late Pick Up: It is important to me that no one ever stresses out about getting here exactly at 12pm or 4pm for pick up. Life happens and we have to worry about being late to plenty of other kid activities- so let me take this one off your plate. Pick up is extended 15 minutes past the end of camp. If you are on the later side and are picking up a younger kid, please come down to BMK as I may be setting up for the next camp and I don’t feel comfortable leaving kids alone out front. I do have cameras set up, so if they see you arrive, don’t be surprise if they meet you on the path. I avoid being on my phone during camps except to take pictures but I do leave the ringer on in case you need to get a hold of me. If you are running late- just text me and let me know- it’s no big deal. If you need a regular late pick up- please contact me before signing up for the camp as I cannot always accommodate pick ups later than 4:30pm.
Morning & Afternoon camp options: This year I am offering both morning and afternoon camp sessions, you can sign your child up for both sessions and send a lunch for them to eat during the turnover between camps. There is no additional charge for them to stay for both camp sessions. The camps have been designed so that the morning and afternoon camps do not overlap in what the kids make and work well as a full day of activities. There are 2 full day camps for high school age kids. The rest work as two half day camps.
NATURE PLAY: We have expanded the adventure playground and hope to have a treehouse, extended ninja obstacle course and more added by this summer. There may also be opportunity for kids to play in the creek too depending on weather (I spent many hours this fall removing all thorny bushes from the creeks). Because of that- I recommend sending your child with a pair of shoes that can get muddy and potentially an extra set of clothes. These can be left here during the camp so that you don’t have to bring them each day. Please always check your child for ticks.
Waitlist: Contact me to be added to the waitlist for camps or to check if spots are available even if the website says otherwise. Camps are capped at a lower number than usual to allow for scholarship spots. If you are interested in sponsoring a child who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend camp (partial or full registration) or know of a family who could benefit from a scholarship spot- please let me know!
Advanced Baking- Pastries, European Cookies and mini Baking Competition
This year I have created junior advance camps to allow for this advance camp to be for those who are truly interested and passionate about baking and want to spend the time learning new advance techniques. We will be tackling laminated doughs and making melt in your mouth croissants. Kids will compete in teams to create a savory laminated dough dish using herbs and spices from the garden. French macarons have become one of the most popular items from BMK bakery and I’ll be sharing all of my secret tricks and tips so that the kids can add one of the most sought after european cookies to their arsenal of baked goods. Kids will then compete in teams to create a signature macaron to be added to the BMK bakery menu. The days will be filled with lots of flour, butter and sugar and incorporating herbs and spices as savory items are just as delicious. And back by popular demand, will be a mini Great British Baking Show style competition where the kids will bring their ingredients and have the opportunity to create a showstopper cake. The cake can be any flavor, size or shape but will be judged on creativity, style and taste. The bakers will have 4 hours to complete their cake and must have all items needed with them ( I have a large inventory of items so please feel free to check if I have something that they need and are unable to bring with them). We will have a lot of fun in this camp while working really hard and probably experiencing some serious lamination heartbreak when layers don’t flake and macarons crack…but this is the place to experience all of that as in the failures is where the kids learn and we will build each other up and work together to come up with solutions.