Firelight Camps' mission is to create comfortable, stylish and revitalizing camping experiences that awaken our staff and guests’ appreciation for nature, inspire adventure and deepen connection with family, friends and community.
WE PITCH EACH CAMP WITH FOUR CARDINAL ELEMENTS IN MIND
LAND STEWARDSHIP: Our camps pioneer low-impact infrastructure and natural landscaping that help sustain rural and wild properties while providing guests with opportunities to explore and experience the natural beauty.
LOCAL CULTURE: We embrace the local culture and support the local economy through our food and beverage programs, and by partnering with tourism providers such as wine tours, guided hikes, and outdoor activities. This helps ensure that each camp has a strong sense of place.
CONNECTION: At the heart of our camps is the fire circle, a place to forge community and deep connections with family, friends and community.
IMMERSION: We want to honor the roots of camping and give our guests a true outdoor experience, to fall asleep to bull frogs and wake with the birds; to experience the sound of rain on canvas and stargaze by the warmth of the campfire. We invite our guests to relax into the natural beauty of our camps in a way that feels easy, comfortable and clean, while inspiring a sense of adventure and novelty for first-time campers.
As our business continues to grow we are always on the lookout for talented and enthusiastic individuals who want to grow with us. In particular, we are often looking for part-time, seasonal and/or sub positions, and we maintain ongoing internship opportunities for students. If you're as passionate about glamping and unique hospitality as we are, please see below for current openings and send resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Sweet Suites - Buckhaven Lifestyles - April 25, 2017
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New Roots Joins with Local Business Community to Offer Youth Entrepreneur Program - Ithaca.com - March 30, 2017
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Firelight Camps - Rochester A-List - July 4, 2016
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Local Standouts Receive Chamber of Commerce Awards - Ithaca Journal - January 27, 2016
Vision realized, Firelight Camps sees 'glamping' expansion - The Ithaca Voice - October 8, 2015
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Robert was the co-founder and co-owner of a recently sold boutique hostel and restaurant in Nicaragua called “La Buena Onda.” He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA ’13 from the Johnson School at Cornell University, where he was a Roy Park Leadership Fellow and ran Cornell’s startup incubator as an ELAB fellow. Robert was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, and has provided hospitality consulting services for the National Parks Service, Itza Lodge in Belize, and the luxury tent rental company, Contentment Camping. Read a short interview with Bobby.
In 2014, Emma and her husband, Bobby, co-founded Firelight Camps in Ithaca, NY, the premier glamping destination on the east coast. As co-owner and culinary director, Emma oversees food programming, food product development, merchandise and marketing, while developing new plans for expansion to other properties. In 2009, Emma and Robert opened La Buena Onda in Nicaragua, their first boutique hotel and café, which they sold in 2014. Emma was a top finalist on Food Network Star Season 10 and is the author of emmafrisch.com, with over 500 original recipes and cooking videos. Over the past decade, Emma has worked with nonprofits to help build healthier regional food systems in the northeast U.S., Kenya and as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador. She was the co-founder and executive director of the crowdfunding platform PEAKS, and is a founding member of Groundswell International. She holds a B.A. in Food Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing her first cookbook, Feast by Firelight, to be published in Spring 2018 by Ten Speed Press. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband, Bobby, and daughter Ayla. Read a short interview with Emma.
At Firelight Camps, Greg runs the show at the Ithaca glamp-ground, working hard to make our guests' stay superb on and off the property. After earning his BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in 2007, Greg went on to pursue a career in hospitality. Greg has a unique background helping develop businesses, including nightclubs, wedding venues, food trucks and fashion shows. Before landing at Firelight Camps, Greg was instrumental in helping to establish Red Newt Winery and Bistro as a leader in the Finger Lakes wine scene. Greg lives in Ithaca, New York with his girlfriend and his much beloved dog.
Matt has a passion for innovative, experiential hospitality and extensive experience acquiring, developing and managing hospitality and commercial properties. He was co-founder and developer of The Cooper Square Hotel, a $130 million / 145-room new-build hotel in Manhattan (now The Standard East Village), and co-managed the property from opening until its sale to Andre Balazs’ HotelsAB. Before building and managing The Cooper Square Hotel, Matt oversaw the development of over $100 million of commercial and residential real estate at East End Properties, a real estate development and management firm affiliated with The Related Companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Matt lives in New York with his wife and three children.