Earth Camp

Camp runs June 25 – Aug 3rd. Save the dates! More information will be posted here soon.

Earth Camp 2018

Earth Camp is a fun, exciting, and educational summer day camp for children ages 6-14. Kids enjoy time outdoors while learning about themselves, others, and the environment. Each week features a unique environmental theme, ranging from wildlife studies to river and watershed exploration. Memories are made as campers enjoy experiences ranging from horseback riding and river walking to team building activities, art, hiking, music, drama, and swimming.

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What people are saying:

“My son absolutely loved the whole experience. He talks about it all the time, shows off his shirt, and has been bugging me to send him for the full summer next year.”

Weekly Descriptions


Week 1 — June 25-29

Use your imagination, senses, and curiosity to explore the earth around us. This week you will be challenged to increase your awareness of yourself, each other, the world around you, and how we’re all interconnected through interactive, environmentally focused activities.

A Bug’s Life

Week 2 — July 2-6

Bugs, bugs, everywhere! Did you know that bugs outnumber us 200 million to one? Interact with these creepy crawly creatures in their natural habitat on our 30-acre property. Come live a day in the life of your favorite insect! Camp is open July 4th

Radical River

Week 3 — July 9-13

Explore the east branch of the Vermilion River that runs through Common Ground. “Go with the flow” while taking river walks and interacting with “critters” that make the river their home. Learn about the awesome power of the river and the role it plays in our lives.

Wild Ohio

Week 4 — July 16-20

Inquire, investigate, and discover amazing plants and animals that are indigenous to Northeast Ohio. Explore the many habitats that are on our 30 acres through interactive, hands-on activities and nature hiking.

Nature Survival Quest

Week 5 – July 23-27

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in the wilderness? Learn about surviving in the wild and the basics of finding your way when lost. Become your own survivalist utilizing your outdoor living skills! Solar pizza anyone?

Best of the Best

Week 6 — July 30-August 3

We’re taking the BEST songs, games, and crazy activities from our first five weeks and smashing them together for one incredible week. This summer’s going to end with a bang!

Family Fun Fridays

Every Friday campers will enjoy swimming at Splash Zone in Oberlin! Campers will meet at Common Ground and travel by bus to and from Splash Zone to enjoy the festivities.

Later that afternoon, your family is welcome to join us for our Friday Family Cookouts where we’ll enjoy food, camper skits and fun activities with your campers.

Summer Camp Hours

Camp takes place Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Extended Camp Hours – NEW!

Common Ground is now offering Before and After Camp for your campers. Drop off begins as early as 7:30am and pick up as late as 5:30pm.

  • Before Camp Fee: $25 per week
  • After Camp Fee: $45 per week

Summer Camp Fees

Summer Camp costs $195 per week.
Early Bird Discount: $175 per week if registered by April 24, 2018
Financial Aid is available for camp fees due to the generosity of grants and donations Common Ground receives from local foundations and community members.


Caregivers have the option to transport their children to and from camp OR can take advantage of bussing options. Designated locations are in Elyria, Lorain, and Oberlin.

  • Bussing Fee: $25 per week.

High Ropes Adventure

Children aged 10 years, at least 4’10” tall, and less than 250 pounds can register for our High Ropes Adventure during regular camp hours. High Ropes Adventure is a challenge course suspended 20 feet above the ground. Children will have FUN while they push their boundaries, test their strength, conquer their fear, and achieve a greater sense of self-confidence.

  • Add High Ropes Adventure to your child’s camp experience for an additional $28 per week.

Zipline Canopy Tour

Because of your family’s participation in our camp season, we’d like to reward your family with 20% off of our world class zipline Canopy Tour! Receive your discount code after registering online for a week or more of camp.


Common Ground is located in Oberlin, Ohio. Head to our directions page and find out about other things to do and places to stay in the area, or you can learn more about our organization, which has always proudly been not-for-profit.