Every summer has a story...
I loved camp and I loved the attitude everyone had towards the campers. Having a sister that is special needs can sometimes give you weird looks but at camp everyone was so devoted to the campers it was amazing. Thank you for all the effort you put into the campers and thanks for allowing me to help. -S
Between 2015-2019, Good Works Farm held a week-long summer day camp for individuals with developmental disabilities and their typical siblings. At camp, labels disappear and campers are simply campers. Run entirely by volunteers, many of our buddies and group leaders are parents or older siblings. In small groups, our campers, buddies, group leaders and assistant group leaders engage in activities such as woodworking, music, art, animal therapy, games, gardening, and fishing.
In late 2019, Good Works Farm moved to a larger farm just 9 minutes from the previous location. This new farm is located in the Spring Valley Nature area. Because of the pandemic and in the best interest of all, camp 2020 was cancelled, but Good Works Farm did not forget their campers! Partnering with the Modern Woodmen of America, Good Works Farm put together camper care packages and personally delivered them to each of the previous year's campers, to let them know they were not forgotten.
Not only have they not been forgotten, but they've been at the forefront of the planning and improvements taking place at the farm! A coop was constructed to house the 13 chickens, a rabbitat (play area) was created for Oreo and Cinnabunny-their two dutch rabbits, and barn and pastures created for the 5 Nigerian Dwarf Goats (Buzz, Woody, Rex, Forky, and Ham)! Stairs were constructed in the barn so the loft can store all of Good Works Farm's supplies. The workshop is being remodeled where woodworking will take place. Good Works Farm is working with the USDA to install a High Tunnel system (greenhouse) and irrigation to expand our growing season. And plans are underway to dig a pond, create a parking lot, construct picnic tables, and add spaces that will enhance the camp experience.
What's more, Good Works Farm is now a Medicaid Waiver provider and will be able to accept Community Respite funds to pay for camp, in addition to the county funds and private pay funds they previously accepted!
In these uncertain times, it's difficult to say exactly what camp will look like in 2021, but Good Works Farm is dedicated to providing the best and safest camp experience possible, just as they have in the past. The Farm has taken certain steps to implement protocols for slowing the transmission of COVID-19 mandated or recommended by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Responsible Restart Ohio for Youth Day Camps, the CDC’s Youth Programs and Decision Tool, Green County Department of Public Health and the American Camp Association’s (ACA) extensive COVID-19 Resource Center for Camps (“Public Health Agencies”) which are reflected on notices posted at the Farm. The goal is to provide the same high-quality, meaningful experiences our campers have come to expect with health and safety always being our top priority.
Good Works Farm looks forward to seeing our campers and volunteers again in 2021. Summer has a story and we're going to make it a great one!
The mission of Good Works Farm is to enthusiastically empower differently-abled individuals to reach their fullest potential in supportive and meaningful environments.