Summer Farm Camp, for 35 boys & girls ages 7-12
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), Alex Fals and Greg Elliott as co-Directors. 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.
Andrew Curtis, Farmer & Co-Director
Andrew Curtis was raised at Journey’s End and has absorbed nearly three decades of philosophy, wisdom and skill from several generations of camp leadership including Ralph and Marie Curtis (his late grandparents), Carl (his late father) & Tim Curtis (his uncle). He is a 2011 graduate of College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine where he earned a bachelors degree in Human Ecology. Andrew’s studies included Agriculture, History, and Botany, which led him back to Journey’s End to put renewed energy into farm practices and projects. Andrew enjoys working with his hands and the natural world; he is equally at home cutting firewood, hoeing corn, making jam, or tinkering with his 1965 Volkswagen Beetle.
Greg Elliott, Co-Director
Greg Elliott, a 2006 graduate of Earlham College, is a former camper and has worked on staff for nearly 10 collective years -- as a helper, a counselor, and as Assistant Director. He grew up attending Quaker Meeting at Journey’s End and has developed a strong interest in peace and justice issues. He has been a workshop leader for the Peacemaker Training Institute and recently worked as the Friends Relations Associate at the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Greg is excited to return to Journey’s End this summer and share his love of music, nature, improv comedy, and spirituality.
Alexander Fals, Co-Director
Alexander Fals, from Naples, New York, attended Journey's End Farm Camp for five summers as a camper and worked on staff for another seven summers. His grandparents, George and Mary Sherwood, sent all eight children -- including Alexander's mother, Lauren -- to Journey's End. He studied Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York, and taught English as a second language to first-graders in Popayan, Colombia. When he's not at camp, he works in fine arts and music. Alexander plays banjo, guitar, ukulele, and Kora (West African harp). He's also experienced in ceramics, silkscreen printing, glass blowing, candle making, pen and ink drawing, and painting with both watercolor and soil pigments. Alexander comes to Journey's End to share a deep love for the outdoors and a great faith in the healing powers of farm life. This will be his second year on the directorial team.
Kristin Curtis, Co-owner
Kristin Curtis has called Journey’s End home for over 30 years. After graduating from Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, with a BA in Spanish, she taught Spanish and music at Olney Friends School in Barnesville, Ohio, where she also served as a dorm “mom” for female students. She met and married fellow teacher Carl Curtis (Dec. 2002) in an on-campus, all-school ceremony. After relocating to Journey's End, Carl took on the directorship of JEFC, while Kristin worked as a copy editor at Highlights for Children. Kristin now oversees the annual and daily operations of the camp and farm, in addition to running our maple syrup operation. Her warmth and even keel make her a calming force and role model to all, especially the female staff. She loves to sing, hang out laundry, and is especially fond of JE salads. Carl and Kristin’s three grown sons, Jason, Ira and Andrew, are each involved in camp and farm activities in various capacities.
Lily Allgood, Head Gardener
Lily Allgood, a Maine native, pulled up stakes and moved to Pennsylvania in 2013 to be with Andy Curtis at Journey’s End Farm. With a background in culinary and visual arts, and a degree in Human Ecology, she didn’t expect to become a farmer. With no prior experience, save a few backyard chickens, she made a go of it and fell in love with gardening. She has since taken on the role as Head Gardener, growing wholesome food for the camp, the family, and the Hawley Farmers Market. Lily also helps year-round with farm chores and behind the scenes camp nitty-gritty. She still loves to cook (often for a crowd), and makes a little art on the side. One year, she made it her New Year’s resolution to like eggplant, and now it’s her favorite vegetable.
Tim Curtis, Director Emeritus
Tim Curtis was raised at Journey’s End while his parents, Ralph and Marie Curtis, directed camp. A graduate of Earlham College, Tim holds degrees in English and Biology and speaks fluent Spanish. He has been involved in Journey's End for most of his life, most recently as director from 2010-2016. Tim and his wife, artist Helena Guindon, returned to Helena's native Costa Rica in early 2017. Tim is known for his commitment to kindness and fairness, his uncanny ability to remember everything, and of course, his unmatched wit. In his time at camp, he has passed along much invaluable knowledge to campers and staff. Fortunately many of them are returning to carry on the tradition. The new directors anticipate calling upon him for advice as they move forward.