Summer Camps

 Background and Program

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is an environmental education center and demonstration facility designed to promote the appreciation of nature and encourage sustainable living practices.

Our summer day camp programs are designed to be active, fun, and educational. Day campers will be challenged, excited, and enlightened by our hands-on activities, experiments, demonstrations, crafts, and games that occur every day. Campers will gain an understanding of our interconnectedness with the environment and each other in a positive and hands-on learning environment.

Camp Staff

The FELC summer day camps are staffed and led by professional adult outdoor educators. This is Sr. Shirley’s eleventh year to lead the camps. Samantha Busack joined FELC this past year as an educator, and will be leading camp activities alongside Sr. Shirley and trained college interns. FELC campers will be with an adult staff leader at all times during the camp, and FELC volunteers will assist adult staff leaders to make sure that all campers are safe and attended to throughout the camp week. 


The FELC is a space for indoor and outdoor learning experiences. The center is a modern facility with a classroom space for inside activities. The environment around the center is a collection of natural learning environments. Within a short walking distance, campers can experience our children’s garden, woodlands, butterfly gardens and wetlands.

Scholarships Available

Scholarship funds for low-income families are available upon request. Scholarships for 2020 camps are provided through grants and donations from the B.A Seitz Fund of the Columbus Foundation, the National Machinery Foundation, the Ruth Weinken Bailey Fund, the Cliff Farmer Scholarship Fund the People’s Fund of the North Central Electric Cooperative and many generous individuals. Scholarships are available for children who wish to attend a camp, but whose families are financially challenged. For more information contact FELC Director Mimi Johnston at or 419.448.7485 prior to registering for a summer camp.

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