Summer Camps

 Background and Program

The Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC) is an environmental education center and demonstration facility designed to promote the appreciation and understanding of nature, care of the earth, and sustainable living practices. Our summer day camp programs, designed for children ages 5-12, are active and educational, with fun and challenging hands-on STEM-based experiments, crafts, games, and plenty of outdoor exploration! Camps fill up quickly, and this year due to COVID, space will be limited, so register early!

Camp Staff

Day camps are staffed and led by professional outdoor and STEM educators, assisted by experienced interns and camp counselors.  All are trained in CPR and knowledgeable about best practices to keep campers healthy in the time of COVID. Samantha Busack, Education Coordinator, who oversees FELC’s in-person camps, the Camp in a Box program, and FELC Science Club, studied environmental science and education at Bowling Green State University, and brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity to FELC’s growing education offerings.

COVID-19 Policy

We strive to maintain a healthy environment for all campers and staff by following state and local mandates. For a complete review of our COVID-19 policy please visit our website at


FELC is a space devoted to both indoor and outdoor educational experiences.  The campus is comprised of a wide variety of learning environments, from an indoor classroom to woods, creek, wetlands, vegetable and flower gardens, a Sensory Garden, a Butterfly Garden, and a collection of locally indigenous animals. 

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to families experiencing economic hardship.  Applications may be filled out online or emailed/mailed on request.  Financial assistance funding for 2021 is provided by Marathon Classic, B. A. Seitz Fund of Columbus, and the Cliff Farmer Fund. Additional funds may be provided by local funds and private donors. See our annual report for a complete listing. For more information on financial assistance for FELC Summer Camps or other educational programs, please contact Samantha Busack at or 419-448-7485 prior to registering for a camp.

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