Sarah Pirtle and the Discovery Center

Journey Camp

Join us for a time of fun, laughter, and new friends.

We make a villlage in the woods

“Thank you for creating such an amazing camp. There is no other place quite like it.”
– A parent

“I think you help the whole Pioneer Valley by holding this camp.”
– A grandmother

Welcome New Campers

Here’s a description of our camp and what we do to help first-year campers feel welcome. Here is our camp inclusion statement. You can also read these testimonials and check out the photos on our Facebook page.

Girls Week 2023: Friendship Camp


This week is a time of shared fun, kindness, and supportive new friendships among all ages. Each day we will build stick houses on the Pocumtuck Ridge, play games, sing and hear stories as well as learn how to talk things out. A choice of workshops will include art, dance, hikes, writing, and story-building. Overall we’ll make sure everyone feels included so there is a solid feeling of belonging and social safety. We’ll remember how to talk to the earth.

Dates: Monday, June 26 – Friday, June 30, 2023
9 am to 4 pm
Campers: 7 to 10 years, $350-380, sliding scale
Grapes/counselors in training: ages 12 to 16, $175 returning Grapes, $200 new Grapes

(Please email Melissa at for more details on how to apply to be a Grape.)

We’re Celebrating Our 30th Summer

To add your own comment to the Wall of Support,
write Sarah at

More Information

How to Reach Us

Melissa Delorenzo, Administrator
Administrator phone: (774) 280-2490

Sarah Pirtle, Program Director
Phone: (413) 625-2355

Our camps comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and are licensed by the local board of health.

Sliding Scale Honor System

Journey Camp fees offer a sliding scale. The bottom of the scale is where our subsidized fees begin. In other words, every family paying at the bottom of the scale is receiving a self-chosen scholarship because the amount doesn’t cover our expenses in running the session.


Do you want to speak to a parent to ask questions? Parents on the Advisory Council are available to talk to you.

Journey Camp is a peacebuilding camp impacting the lives of many young people for the last twenty years by giving an experience of a supportive and empowering community. We provide a vision of how to join generations of people who make contributions to the world.