Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transforming experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located on 200 acres in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, we serve hundreds of children and families each year - free of charge.
Flying Horse Farms provides magical, transformative camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families – free of charge. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, camp first opened its gates in 2010 and hosts about 900 children and families each year.
The children who attend camp have illnesses including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and craniofacial anomalies. We’ve designed every detail of the camp experience to help our campers leave sickness behind while they’re here.
Our camp experience
Swimming, boating, fishing, canine therapy, high ropes, archery, and arts and crafts are just the beginning of the adventure at Flying Horse Farms. Each activity is designed to ensure every camper can participate and feel a sense of pride, accomplishment and freedom.
Our healthcare team
Flying Horse Farms is proud to have the support of eight Ohio children’s hospitals and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Campers receive first-rate care at our on-site health center, The WellNest, staffed 24/7 by medical professionals from children’s hospitals across Ohio and the Midwest.
In 2005, Columbus couple Jenni and David Belford were moved to build a permanent, year-round camp for children with serious illnesses. They coined our name from the book The Big Red Barn, in which a “golden flying horse” weather vane sits atop a barn on a farm where kids and animals play freely.
Flying Horse Farms is the first camp in the Midwest to become a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded in 1988 by actor, philanthropist, and Ohio native, Paul Newman, the Network is a community of independently managed and financed camps and programs creating opportunities for children with serious illnesses and their families. The Network has evolved from one camp in Connecticut to a growing global community touching the lives of 732,000 children and families from 50 countries, across five continents.