Camp Eureka is a not-for-profit day camp that welcomes children of all ages and their families. Unique in its encouragement of parental participation, the camp further distinguishes itself by visiting a variety of local farms, working in co-operation with the farmers to support them financially and offer a showcase for their produce and contribution to the community.
The camp’s parent organization, Motherhouse, a 501(c)(3) was founded in 2000 by Debra Tyler and is dedicated to providing time, space and guidance for mothers and their partners. We like to say that Motherhouse helps those who nurture. Says Tyler (who also acts as the camp’s director)…
Our core staff and steering committee consists of four members:
Margaret has grown up a home schooled farm kid and loved every minute! The daughter of our fearless leader she has been a part of Camp Eureka from the word go. Over the past couple years she has discovered a gift and a love for teaching and runs programs at Local Farm with her mom. Her passions outside of farming and teaching include music singing in particular, contra dancing, horseback riding, cooking, reading, crafting, mythology and designing and making dresses.
Also the founding mother and director of Motherhouse, Camp Eureka’s director, Debra, is passionate about small scale farming and bringing the magic of summer camp to families. For more than 20 years she ran Local Farm in Cornwall, CT as an organically managed, raw milk dairy and only recently quit selling milk in order to devote more time to sharing her skills with others. She is also a student at Hartford Seminary, a closet artist, keyboardist for Still the Homegrown Band, and a delighted grandma!