About Camp Farley

Camp Farley is a private, independent, not for profit organization with a long tradition of providing an excellent camp experience to youngsters each summer

Camp Farley's mission is to create a supportive environment for culturally diverse youth and adults to reach their fullest potential by:

  • providing a safe, enjoyable outdoor learning experience,
  • providing opportunities to develop leadership, social and group living skills while fostering creativity, independence and responsibility,
  • offering a choice of age appropriate programs that build confidence and self- esteem,
  • encouraging an understanding and respect for the environment, animals, agriculture, and natural resources,
  • building an appreciation and acceptance of the differences in people, and
  • developing a caring community.

At Camp Farley youngsters learn through experiential or "hands-on" learning and gain valuable life skills needed to be successful - as children and adults. These skills include communication, decision-making, problem solving, sharing, and conflict resolution. They gain these skills at Camp Farley from traditional and contemporary camp activities, social interaction with other children & staff, and the unique experiences inherently found at a traditional summer camp.

Camp Farley goals are:

  • to have fun,
  • to learn about the outdoors,
  • to learn to live, work and play with others,
  • to learn self-reliance,
  • to learn to get along away from home,
  • to increase confidence and self-esteem,
  • to develop some new skills and interests.

The most readily identifiable educational objectives for Camp Farley are the processes related to the following five developmental goals:

  1. To provide opportunities for our campers to build good character, foster a sense of self worth and to help them to express and understand their feelings.
    1. Each camper will choose activities each day that allow them to explore their interests or challenge themselves to grow.
    2. Each camper will participate in getting-to-know-you games at the beginning of their stay at camp allowing them to begin to feel a part of the camp community.
    3. Each camper will receive encouragement and positive comments from staff members and be encouraged to share these same kinds of comments with each other.
    4. Each camper will have an opportunity each day to share their experiences during the day and how they felt during their activities and respond to the experiences of others.
  2. To promote an appreciation of and a sense of responsibility for the natural world and the resources our world provides.
    1. Each camper will participate in at least one nature activity each week.
    2. Each camper will participate in our camp's recycling program.
    3. Each camper will be encouraged to use reusable bottles for drinking water.
    4. The camp will provide elective activities that allow campers to explore our natural world and its resources.
  3. To promote a sense of good citizenship, leadership and responsibility to their group.
    1. Each camper will have the opportunity to share in tasks to take care of their camp.
    2. Each overnight camper will share in development of the rules for their cabin each week.
    3. Campers will participate in activities that help to build a sense of teamwork and leadership.
  4. To promote an environment which values and models diversity and allows campers to meet and get to know people from cultures outside of their common experience.
    1. The camp will strive to build a staff that represents a variety of cultures and nationalities and to welcome all campers.
    2. Campers and staff members will be encouraged to share experiences to learn about different cultures and experiences.
  5. To promote a sense of healthy risk taking to promote camper development and growth.
    1. Campers will be offered a variety of activities to choose from during electives programs and will be exposed to a sampling of camp activities during scheduled activities.
    2. The camp will follow the "Challenge by Choice" model - allowing campers to decide whether or not they are ready for the next challenge.
    3. The camp will ensure that campers wear all appropriate safety equipment and follow all safety rules when engaging in higher risk activities.