Sending Kids to Sleep-Away Camp…Outside the Tri-State

Falcon Camp Canoe

One of the most meaningful experiences you can give your child is a summer away at camp. It builds their confidence, allows them to explore a new place and meet new people, and will leave them with unforgettable memories and lasting friendships.

But East Coast camps can be exorbitantly expensive. Why not think outside the box and try a sleep away camp in my home state of Ohio? It’s only 8 hours away, the people are friendly and this camp has much to offer as any East Coast camp.

Dave Devey has been coming to Falcon Summer Camp for the last 50 years. Dave first attended Falcon Camp in 1964 as a young 9-year-old camper. Now, Dave is the current owner and camp director but to him it’s more than that. “Camp truly touches every aspect of my life.”

Falcon CampLocated on beautiful Leesville Lake in Ohio, Falcon Camp is surrounded by hundreds of forested acres belonging to the Muskingum Watershed District and adjacent to Falcon’s 130 acre farm.

Falcon Camp HorseWith miles of biking, hiking and riding trails, archery and rifle ranges, 2 horseback riding rings, athletic fields and courts, 30 boats, 8 mile lake, and nature everywhere creates the atmosphere for a wonderful traditional camp experience. Campers can also add programs for drama, nature study, video and creative arts, leadership training. Falcon camp truly has it all!

While many camps have similar activities, one of things that makes Falcon unique is that campers can choose their daily activities. Campers are encouraged to try everything and then concentrate on their favorites. Falcon offers 2 -8 week sessions for boys and girls ages 6-16 and also has a special intro one week ‘Young Adventure’ program for first time campers ages 6-10.  “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is Falcon’s mission and what young people accomplish every day at Falcon Camp. Falcon becomes more than just a camp for children; it becomes their second home.

When I spoke to Assistant Director, Nici Mahen she explained, “Falcon is a place where children can make small decisions independently that build the foundation for life’s larger decisions.” Nici became a part of Falcon in 1985! “Falcon has always felt like a second family to me.” In fact, Nici’s father, Bruce became best friends with Dave all those years ago when they were teens working at Falcon.

“We try to create a balance between tradition and continuity–which provides a level of comfort for returning campers–and encouraging kids to try new things,” Dave told me.

Camper Catherine Longhini agreed. “If I could describe Falcon Camp in one word I would say ‘family.’ The friends you make at camp aren’t just friends, they are as close as family can get. The bonds last a lifetime.”

Falcon Camp Archery

For campers who have never tried overnight camp, there’s Young Adventurers.This is one week overnight camp for younger children ages 6 – 9. Campers enjoy all the regular camp activities but with more supervision. The camper to staff ratio is an amazing 2 to 1 giving new campers the support and extra care that they might need.

For campers looking for a more intense creative outlet, Falcon has a new program where campers can experience the joys of photography, filmmaking, creative writing, and other multi-media projects. Projects range from commercials and documentaries to improving your photography skills and poetry.

Falcon Camp Tennis Group
The basics:
  Falcon is for boys and girls ages 6-16.
•  Days are broken up into 4 activity period.
  Campers can choose from 2, 4, 6 or 8 week

Falcon Camp, 4251 Delta Road S.W., Carrollton, OH 44615. (800) 837-CAMP

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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