Summer Farm Camp, for small groups of children ages 7 through 12
Some ingredients of a Journey’s End summer are:
- daily work and play outdoors in our 210 acres of fields, streams, woods and gardens
- responsible participation in caring for animals, harvesting fruits and vegetables, cleaning up, creative problem solving
- practical skill development in activities such as wood shop, woodcraft, ceramics, knitting, macramé, fire-building, gardening
- hilarious fun on mud hikes, creek hikes, dressing up in costume, doing improv skits, playing shoe golf
- fresh, nutritious food responsibly grown in our gardens and raised in our pastures
- daily reflection time during morning meeting under the trees, on the grass, in the hay, or around the fireplace
- love and encouragement from a mature, caring staff, acceptance in a camp community grounded by a spirit of respect
Journey’s End Farm Camp was founded in 1939 in Honeoye, NY, by Leon and Edith Allen, parents of Marie Allen Curtis. Following Marie's marriage to Ralph Curtis, the newlyweds eventually settled on the Curtis farm in Sterling, Pennsylvania. In 1960, they took on the directorship of Journey's End Farm Camp and moved it to the farm in Sterling. Ralph and Marie served as directors until 1987, when they passed the leadership to their sons, Tim and Carl, with Carl’s wife, Kristin, helping off-stage. Since Carl’s passing in 2002, co-Directors have included Chris Martin and Greg Elliott as well as Kristin, with Tim arriving from Monteverde, Costa Rica, to spend parts of each summer at camp. Tim was Director, in residence with his wife Helena, from 2010 - 2016. The 2017 season will see a transition to the next generation with Andrew Curtis (Carl and Kristin's son) as Director. Kristin remains on staff and is one of the voices you will hear if you call the office.
Journey’s End, both the farm and the camp, has been life-transforming for generations of children. Our second-generation campers number in the dozens. Each session we have several campers whose parents attended camp or worked here as counselors, and we’re starting to welcome third generation campers.