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In 1966 the Ithaca Council of Camp Fire Girls purchased 20 acres at the present Hammond Hill camp site. The proceeds saved from 10 years of candy sales. During the following years, more land was purchased and shelters were erected. By 1971, all Council camping programs were held at CampKetapilua (the Hammond Hill Site.) The Hammond Hill site originally contained 85 acres with eight Adirondack shelters, five pavilions, a first aid shelter, latrines, pantries and a half-acre pond. In 1975 campfire made a commitment to develop a non-sexist program for both girls and boys. Thus the camp served girls and boys. In 1994/1995 the Ithaca council of Campfire was no longer able to exist as an agency and gave the camp to Cayuga Nature Center(CNC). In the summer of 1995, CNC offered “Adventure Programs” for older teens. In the summer of 1996, CNC hired Susan Rausch to design and direct a day camp programs for middle-school aged youth. Five one-week summer day camp sessions were offered, entitled “Explorer Camp.” The focus of the camp was “Outdoor Living and Survival Skills.” During the summer of 2000, an extension of the Explorer Camp, called Village Camp was offered for one week at the end of August. This program was designed to be an inter-generational program for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Parents and family members are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the camp. The program recruits campers from a diverse clientele and offers scholarships to all its participants as needed. In the Summer of 2001, the Village Camp extended to two one-week sessions at the end of August. In January of 2002, the CayugaNature Center, no longer being able to operate the camp sold the camp property and programs to Susan Rausch. In January of 2002, Earth Connection, Inc. was founded, to oversee the children’s programs to be held at the camp. Today, Camp Earth Connection continues to operate the Explorer Summer Day Camp Program as well as host other summer children’s’ day camps. Camp Earth Connection also rents it’s facilities to other community groups and hosts events throughout the year, including the Healing Hearts Women’s Fall Retreat.