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.
Looking for Adventure Camp (ages 12-17)?
Earth Camp Weekly Descriptions
Camp takes place Monday – Friday from 9am – 3pm with before/after camp hours available+
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.
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. Camp is open July 4th (Four day camp option available this week only).
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!
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.
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?
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!
Earth Camp Fees
Earth Camp costs $197 per week.
- Early Bird Discount: $177 per week if registered by March 31st, 2019
- Due to the July 4 holiday, we offer a 4 day camp option for a rate of $157.60 for the week of July 1. Campers would attend Monday-Wednesday and Friday.
Extended Camp Hours
Common Ground offers Before and After Care 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
High Ropes Adventure
Add more adventure to your camp week! Campers will test their stamina, agility, and flexibility as they push pass perceived limitations; while being on a challenge course suspended 20 feet above ground.
- Minimum Age: 10 years
- Minimum Height: 4’10” tall
- Maximum Weight: 250lbs (Subject to harness fit.)
- High Ropes Adventure Fee: $28 per week
Zipline Canopy Tours
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.
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.
- $25 / week
- Download Bus Schedule
Where is Common Ground located?
Common Ground’s address is 14240 Baird Road, Oberlin, OH 44074. We are located about five miles west of downtown Oberlin in Henrietta Township.
How do I register my child for camp?
Online registration will be open March 1
How much does camp cost?
Earth Camp: $197 per week.
Adventure Camp: $227 per week.
Financial assistance is available through donations from local corporations, organizations, and residents. Families pay an adjusted camper fee if they fall within certain guidelines. A $10 application fee is required and can be applied towards registration.
Can I sponsor a camper?
Yes, you can. Every dollar donated goes directly to providing a camp experience for a child who would not otherwise have had one. No amount is too small to help. You can donate through our website, in person, calling our office, or by physically mailing it to us.
How many years has Common Ground offered a summer camp?
Common Ground began hosting summer camps in 1996.
When does camp operate?
Camps run weekly from 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday. Our camp season is from Monday, June 24th to Friday, August 2nd. 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.
How many campers and staff are there at your summer camps?
We employ approximately 16 Camp staff members. There are typically between 80-120 campers on a given camp day.
How old does my child need to be to attend camp?
Earth Camp accepts children ages 6-14. Adventure Camp accepts children ages 12-17.
How do campers get to and from camp?
Many of our families choose to drop off and pick up their children. Drop-off time is at 8:45 AM and pickup begins at 3:00 PM. We also provide Before and After Camp for an additional fee.
A lot families choose bus transportation for their children for an additional $25 per week per camper. We have bus drop-off and pickup locations in Oberlin, Elyria, and Lorain. Parents/guardians are responsible for transporting their children to the pickup and drop-off locations.
What is our camp philosophy?
Earth Camp and Adventure Camp are special places. At the heart of our work is a striving to enhance young people’s sense of relationship with themselves, each other, and with the world. Our belief is that children who attend camp gain a stronger sense of the diversity of life and possess new tools to assist them in sustaining relationships with their peers, families, and the community-at-large through understanding diversity, peacemaking, human worth, dignity, and respect, and through their own role in the world.
We believe that children should have a safe and nourishing structured environment where they can grow in the company of their peers and under the guidance of positive role models. We seek to provide a space where children are free of bullying, all forms of violence, and negative influences. Rather, camp is a place where human dignity and respect are cherished, where children are affirmed and encouraged to grow into their full potential in body, mind, and spirit, and where children can be simply that, children. Rarely will one hear a staff person raising their voice to a child at camp. Positive reinforcements are utilized in behavioral management and we talk campers through behavioral issues, helping to understand the natural consequences of their actions rather than responding punitively. We devote energy towards fostering group cohesiveness, in recognition of the importance of community and believing that children succeed in a positive group setting. There are very few competitive elements at camp and we emphasize the ability of each child to succeed in her/his own way.
We are committed to being one of the most diverse youth programs in Lorain County. Earth Camp and Adventure Camp are non-profit summer camps and all revenue generated goes towards operating expenses and providing more children with a camp experience. Approximately 75% of children attending camp are able to attend with financial assistance. It is Common Ground’s goal to provide a summer camp experience for children of ALL backgrounds and ALL walks of life.
Earth Camp and Adventure Camp have a strong environmental education component. We believe that by learning about our impact on the natural world, developing an appreciation of it and the interrelatedness of all beings, children will make more responsible decisions and live in the world more safely and gently. Our entire environmental education program is experiential, hands- on, and interactive, and intertwines components of other programs.
Is there a time during the week for parents/guardians to visit camp?
Parents/caregivers are welcome to stop by at any time during the week with prior notification.
Can parents participate in the Friday cookout and special program?
After carefully reviewing the surveys filled out by parents/caregivers, we are no longer opening the Friday cookout to family. We’ll still hold a cookout for campers and staff only.
What activities will my child do during camp?
We offer hiking and nature education/exploration, swimming, horses, arts & crafts, music & drama, peacemaking (cooperative group and team-building games), and a special programing every Friday afternoon often involving an outside facilitator. At the end of each day, campers participate in “optionals”, choosing any activity that they would like.
Our Teen Adventure Campers will enjoy many of the above mentioned activities along with a devoted focus on outdoor adventure challenge programming.
How are campers placed in groups?
Campers are traditionally placed in groups by age. On occasion, we find it beneficial for the success of individual campers and camper groups to place campers in groups outside their age range. While it may not be possible to honor all requests, we invite you to contact us if you would like your child placed in a specific group or with a specific counselor.
Are your staff CPR and first aid certified?
Yes, all counselors and specialists are required to have current CPR and first aid certification. The American Institute for Resuscitation provides training to our staff.
Who can campers talk to if they have a problem?
Staff strives to be attentive to all camper concerns. In addition to their counselors, campers are welcome to approach the Camp Director and Director of Youth Programs with any problems.
Can my child bring medicine to camp?
Under no circumstances may a child self-administer medicine. Only the Director of Youth Programs and the Camp Director are authorized to distribute medicine at camp. If a child needs to take medicine during the day, he/she must give the medicine to a staff person who will turn it into the administration. Pills must be placed in individual dispensers separated by dosage and day of the week in order to avoid confusion. Parents/guardians must write a signed note authorizing camp staff to administer medicine as well as instructions on when to do so and in what dosage. If a signed note is not supplied with the medicine, we CANNOT administer it.
What happens if my child has a medical issue or emergency during camp?
All counselors have first aid kits in their possession at all times. In addition, there are first aid stations in several locations throughout camp. Campers feeling ill may rest on air mattresses in the lodge. We contact parents/guardians whenever a child is ill or there is a medical issue that warrants a doctor’s attention. In very serious incidents, we call 911 and the child is transported to a local hospital. It is very important that parents/guardians indicate all medical conditions on the medical form included in the registration process.
Are your summer camps open to children with disabilities?
Our camp facilities are limited in being able to provide services for most children with physical disabilities. If you believe that your child with a minor physical disability and will succeed at Camp with limited assistance, please contact us before registering.
Is Camp open to children with special needs?
We have limited resources to provide services for most children with special needs. On occasion, we accept children with mild behavioral issues. If you believe that your child with mild special needs will succeed at Camp, please contact us before registering.
What happens when it rains?
Camp is rarely cancelled! We have four buildings for shelter and lots of rainy day activities planned such as arts & crafts projects and group games. If the rain is light and there is no danger of lightning, outside activities will continue. No refunds are given due to inclement weather.
What is the camps refund policy?
Camp withdrawals made at least 7 days before the start of my child’s registered camp week will receive a refund, less a $25 per week cancellation fee.
Camp withdrawals made less than 7 days in advance will not receive a refund.
Refunds are not given to campers who are excused from camp due to inappropriate behaviors or acts of aggression.
I have additional questions. Who should I contact?
Please contact Common Ground at (440) 965-5551 and ask for the Camp Director or the Youth Programs Manager.
What should my camper pack/bring?
Remember to label and bring:
1. Lunch – Please include a beverage in an insulated carrier (Monday-Thursday)
Friday Lunches are provided by Common Ground.
2. Morning snack. Afternoon snack is provided by Common Ground.
3. Rain Coat/Poncho
4. A complete change of clothes and shoes. Campers must wear closed toed shoes. No sandals are allowed.
4. Swimsuit and towel (Everyday)
5. Bug repellent and sunscreen.