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ABOUT FAMILY CAMP
Journey’s End Farm Camp combines the warmth and safety of a good home with a wholesome program guided by a caring staff and planned for and with the children—an enjoyable balance of work and play that builds confidence, self-esteem and friendships, and teaches responsibility and self-reliance skills while allowing freedom and room for individual growth. Journey’s End was established in 1939 and has been operated by the Curtis family at its present location since 1960.
Why Journey’s End?
For more than 70 years, we have seen the wonderful effects that J.E. has on children. With the farm as our core, we do more than provide a fun experience. We also help our campers gain a greater understanding of who they want to be, how their actions impact the world, and what they are truly capable of.
Time and time again, we hear from parents how much their children have grown over just one summer at Journey’s End. Some people call it “JE Magic,” but we believe that these changes are brought about simply by being a part of our loving community and experiencing the joy of farm life.
So don’t be surprised if your child teaches you about zero waste, or knows all the words to “One Tin Soldier,” or volunteers to weed your garden. Just hope he or she doesn't demand that your next family pet be a milking cow!
Who comes to Journey’s End?
We accept boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12. Campers are from a variety of backgrounds, mostly from the urban and suburban areas of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and D.C., but also from small towns and cities, rural areas and occasionally foreign countries. We actively seek diversity as a fundamental need to foster cultural and social understanding and communication.
What is a typical day at camp like?
7:00 AM Wake-up & Animal Chores
7:45 Table-setters bell
10:30 Assembly – singing, choose activities
12:15 Table-setters bell
12:30 PM Lunch
Swimming – at the pond
4:15 Assembly – snack, choose activities
5:45 Table-setters bell
What kind of animals are at Journey's End?
We typically have cows, calves, pigs, chickens, goats, rabbits, donkeys, cats, fish, and alpacas on the farm as permanent residents, and find ducks, geese, frogs, toads, turtles, snakes, and songbirds come by for visits. Campers help care for the permanent resident animals, including feeding animals and milking the cows, and are encouraged to care for and about the other creatures that cross their paths.
What facilities are there at Journey's End?
We have separate bunk areas for boys and girls, with the bunk houses you'd expect at a camp, as well as tree houses and large tents for camper sleeping quarters. We have a large grassy field for games. The barn hosts the cows for milking as well as a wood shop with hand tools for camper activities (trained staff will use power tools to help with projects). We have a central activity building with a fireplace for rainy days and fireside stories. Our ceramics room has kick wheels and an electric kiln. Our pond has separate areas for experienced and new swimmers, as well as a separate area for kayaking, and we always have certified lifeguards on hand when campers are on or in the water. Twice a week, everyone hikes out to one of our cookout spots in our 100+ acres of woods, and many other camp activities take place in the streams and on the trails throughout the property. We host a community supported agriculture (CSA) program on the farm that provides us with much of our produce during the summer, so we have many vegetable and berry patches in the sunny spots around the property, and campers help get their food from dirt to dinner. And that's just the start! We encourage visits by prospective campers and their families during open house to come see JE for themselves.
How does Journey's End build community?
We encourage campers to be themselves and to welcome others as they are. Every sesseion we have secret pals or "spals," where campers and staff are paired with another member of camp and provide small gifts and thoughtul gestures for their spals-- perhaps it's sending over your helping of dessert or knitting a hat just for your spal. Every birthday that occurs during camp is marked with song and celebration. Every morning we have Meeting in the woods, which is a chance for shared spiritual experience and connection among all members of JE. We encourage all members of JE to nurture their own spirits as well as care for the other spirits, human and animal, they encounter in the world.
What’s Different about Family Camp?
Although Family Camp follows roughly the same schedule as Farm Camp, it offers age-specific programming during the morning Activity period to help meet the needs of the varying ages present. This is a great time for campers to bond with their peers and experience the farm and the workshops at their own level. Typical activities include Hiking, Farming, Swimming, Ceramics, Woodshop, Outdoor Games, Animal Care, Ultimate Frisbee, Group Singing, Fishing, Drama, Cookouts, Berry Picking and More!
Workshops May Include:
Introduction to Green Building
Edible Wild Plants
Family Camp is also a great time for children to “try out” Journey’s End with their family to see if it’s the right place for them!
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“Our daughter attended Journey’s End over 20 years ago, and we still recall the deep impression it made in her development. She now lives in an earth-friendly community where she can live out her passion for respecting the earth and all the people on it. I know this attitude was fostered by her early life experiences such as Journey’s End.”
- Camp Parent
"I had the best time ever at Journey's End Farm Camp"
-Joe from Parsippany, NJ