Lantern Review of Falcon Camp

When one thinks of “camp,” the mind might envision the pine forests of the northwoods or even the foothills of the Rockies or Appalachia, but two miles down a winding wooded road in the Ohio Valley lies a classic camp gem under the canopy of old hardwoods. If you were to spend just a couple of hours here, you might have the temptation to see Falcon Camp as an almost old-fashioned style camp. Spend a few weeks here, however, and what’s revealed is that which makes sleepaway camp such an important part of any child’s youth. This “end of the road” camp marks a stark contrast to today’s technologically driven world. Yet, this serves as a wonderful metaphor for discovering enduring values that provide a firm foundation to thrive in today’s wired world through the simple pleasures of friendship, responsibility and self-reliance.

Falcon Camp enjoys a stellar reputation in this neck of the woods and the reputation has begun to spread throughout the country over the last two decades. This reputation is built from a steadfast adherence to promoting values like independence and respect delivered through a program that focuses on growth within a cabin community. The boys and girls summer homes are simple and well-maintained, creating an atmosphere that subtly encourages the campers to get back to the basics.

The campers typically travel to each of the four daily activities separated into groups by age and gender. Within this framework, they choose from a broad range of waterfront and land activities, with horseback riding being a standout.

There’s something refreshing about the simple life that’s embraced here. It creates a culture of authenticity that’s a direct reflection of the camp director’s obvious passion. Dave Devey’s very direct approach is born from his years of experience in working with youth and yields a confidence in the special atmosphere here.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • 110 Campers per Session
  • 2-week, 4-week, 6-week, 8-week
  • Founded in 1959
  • $

Director's Message

Celebrating outdoor fun since 1959, Falcon Camp is designed for boys and girls ages 6-16 to develop life skills, meet new friends and have fun over a 2, 4, 6 or 8 week camp session. Widely recognized throughout the Midwest as Ohio's premier summer camp, this ACA accredited camp offers both gender separate activities as well as planned co-ed events. "Fun for Now, Skills for Life."

Program Highlights

  • 25 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Waterfront
  • Academic
  • Forest
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Sailing
  • Nature
  • Canoeing
  • Drama

Travel Information

Plane to Pittsburg and Akron/Canton Airports, or by car


Falcon Camp

(800) 837-2267

(330) 627-4269

Dave Devey