Camp History



In 1952, Abe and Eve Crittenden created a philosophy to share the enchanted place that is Plantation and transformed it into a farm summer camp for children. This vision included a place where people could live in peace with each other and nature, while having fun, continues to live on. In 1971, Abe and Eve transitioned the directorship to David and Ginny Crittenden who lived at Plantation with their three children for several years.
In 1985, David and Suzanne Brown became the directors of PlantationFarm Camp and ran the camp for 19 years. They carried Abe and Eve's vision into the 21st century, while maintaining the history and traditions that make Plantation unique. In 2004, David and Suzanne passed the torch to John Chakan and Kelly Marston, who honored the generations that came before them by striving to keep Plantation Farm Camp one of the finest summer camps in the country.

Now Plantation Farm Camp is owned and operated by Scott and Don Whipple, owners of Mountain Camp and Mountain Camp Woodside – www.mountaincamp.com. Plantation Farm Camp supports integrity, empowerment, courage, teamwork, happiness, enthusiasm, service and sustainability, with the goal of allowing as many children as possible to enjoy the camp experience.

Local History

The Pomo (or Kashia) Indians, a tribe that lived in the Northern California region, called Plantation "A Place in the Sun." For thousands of years, it was a peaceful place to meet and come together to celebrate the natural world. Since then, Plantation has continued to draw people to gather, relax, have fun, and enjoy this place in the sun.

Along the coast near camp is Fort Ross. In 1812 the Russians established a permanent base at Fort Ross on Bodega Bay, which was the main source of the fur animal they sought: the sea otter. This fort was the southernmost settlement of the Russians in North America. Every summer, during Living History Day, life is reenacted in the 18th century and is a popular field trip for campers.