20th Annual Earth Camp


Danika Hall prepares herself as she slides into the water.

Photos by Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune

Elianna Little takes a slide at Earth Camp.

Gabrielle Lapecki goes face-first into the water at the bottom of the slide.

Jayla Cruz and Camari West race to the bottom.

Susan Park closes her eyes as she flies down the slide.

Orla Thompson rides a horse.

Silas Jenkins shakes a plastic bag as hard as he can to make his own ice cream.

Nearly 80 kids participated in Radical River camp last week at Common Ground’s 20th Annula Earth Camp.

The students went on hikes through 30 acres of land, rode horses, learned a few new songs, made ice cream, swam, and built paper bouquets. Director Ken Fraelich said Radical River week teaches students how the Earth is shaped by the rivers and oceans.

“We hope to introduce that everything is interconnected,” he said. Counselors help students understand that Common Ground was shaped by the Vermilion River, which runs through the property.

Kids from across Lorain County, ranging from six to 14 years old, are participating in this year’s camp.

Common Ground offers bus transportation for the students, making stops in Elyria, Lorain, and Oberlin.

Fraelich said his favorite part of the camp is watching kids getting along and playing together.