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2020 Summer Camps Have Been Cancelled

Dear Parents:

The intended start of summer camp is one month away. Luzerne County is still in COVID-19 Red Phase and Yellow Phase timing is uncertain. The Lands at Hillside Farms intensely modeled what camp would look like under Yellow Phase, assuming Yellow Phase will be achieved by mid-June.

The Lands at Hillside Farms’ mission is founded on sustainable decisions with the love of neighbors at its core. We recognize that our summer camp is not the cheapest camp offered and there are reasons for this. Our staff to camper ratio is 5:1 at the high end. We bring in experts to speak with the children about wildlife, natural resources, agriculture, and more. The campers are immersed into the agriculture experience in a hands-on manner, and there is a base education center where the campers gather for peer interaction as well as for relief from harsh heat or rain.

Yellow Phase, our current best-case scenario, requires practices that would completely change the nature of the camp, making it nothing more than usual. The Lands at Hillside Farms is not about “usual” and does not see the economics of the situation being worth one millionth of a percent as much of the safety of your children, our neighbors.

With this, we regret to inform that The Lands at Hillside Farms will be cancelling regular summer camp for 2020. This decision was exceptionally difficult to make, as education is what we are. We hope you forgive us for these circumstances and will consider our camp in future years.

We ask that you please be patient with us as we determine the best manner to deliver your refund.
It will likely be a manual check sent to your address on file.


Children’s Grief Camp begins later this summer and may be delayed depending upon our COVID-19 Phase, but every effort will be made to hold Grief Camp, even if holding the camp during the fall is necessary.

Our Education Director, Sierra, is working on summer educational opportunities for "would have been" campers in the instance that we achieve COVID-19 Yellow Phase. Please stay tuned in case your child has the desire to experience The Lands at Hillside Farms in a form other than camp this summer.

We sincerely appreciate every one of you and are deeply grateful for your understanding.

With Regret,
Chet Mozloom
Executive Director

About the Lands at Hillside Farms

The Lands at Hillside Farms is a historic, non-profit 501(c)(3) 412-acre educational dairy farm. Our mission is to teach life choices that are healthy, logical, and sustainable so that those born 200 years from now will have access to the same or better opportunities and resources. The Lands at Hillside Farms belongs to everyone. When you purchase our products you are not only supporting the physical property, you are supporting a healthier and higher quality of life for you and your family.

This farm was purchased from the Conyngham family for $4.2 million in 2009. Today we continue to make substantial monthly mortgage payments and will continue to do so for many years. Please know that every dollar spent on products and every dollar raised through fund raising is responsibly reinvested in this magnificent living classroom.

Each year The Lands welcomes thousands of regional students of all ages and means. Here, any one of us can be a farmer, a historian, a scientist - but far more importantly, we can get in touch with values too many of us have forgotten in a busy world.

Students work side-by-side with educators and "co-faculty" farm animals to learn about science, agriculture, ecology, history, nutrition, animal husbandry, land conservation, sustainable living, and community service. Students also have the opportunity to observe diversities to enhance their educational experiences. The Lands offers several curriculum-based farm programs, all which meet Pennsylvania Academic Standards, for grades K - 12.

Our education programs also include Green Guides sessions for vulnerable youth, Summer Camp, and Children’s Grief Camp. You can learn more about our experiential learning offerings by clicking here.