Thank you to everyone who has supported Ohio 4-H Camp! There is less than one week left in our campaign; help us to reach our goal by donating today! Your gift will help ensure our 4-H camps are able to withstand the financial burden of not having 4-H camp this summer. Think back on your time at camp, some of your favorite memories from your childhood are of 4-H camp. Your contributions will help ensure future generations are able to continue making 4-H camp memories.
Camp Whitewood is the home to Lake, Columbiana, Stark, Geauga, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Portage, and Mahoning County 4-H summer camping programs. There’s not a person or camper who attends Camp Whitewood without hearing a different version of the Footprint Rock story. Whether it is a story about an Indian Princess running to find her one true love or trying to escape her family, the story remains one of the greatest traditions Camp Whitewood has to offer. Although the footprints were stolen in the 1950s, they were returned shortly after and can now be found in the Grindstone Creek Lodge. For some individuals, Footprint Rock is home to some of their dearest memories.
Camp Whitewood is where Portage County 4-H alumna, Sarah Kline made some of her best friends and memories she could have ever asked for. When she was 8 years old, Sarah went to camp for the first time and met a boy who, over the years, through late-night talks, shared a passion for everything camp and grew to become a great friend. When they became juniors in high school, Sarah took a chance at a counselor training meeting and asked Jarrett to be her prom date which started a beautiful relationship. They returned to camp many times but 5 years later when they returned as adult staff, following in the path of another great love story originating in that exact spot, he proposed on Footprint Rock. Some of the friends Sarah and Jarrett met through Camp Whitewood were even lined up to be bridesmaids and groomsmen. Camp Whitewood is their forever home that has blessed both with opportunities for growth and love from a family spanning multiple counties.
Sarah and Jarrett aren’t the only love story to originate from Camp Whitewood. Cheryl Hagerty shared that “4-H Camp Whitewood is a place where memories are made!” Being a camper generated the memories of crafts, nature hikes, line dancing, campfire skits, mail call, singing after meals, and being with friends. Being on the camp staff provided the memories of teaching line dances, playing parachute games, instructing archery, working in the camp store, eating Lena and Saville's delicious food, and working with a lot of awesome people. Cheryl said “being married at the campfire circle in May 1975, allowed my husband and I to start our life together in a location that allowed us to enjoy the natural beauty of the world, celebrate with friends who also had experienced camp, square dance in the rec hall, and have a very special place to remember.”
We thank Cheryl and her husband Lloyd for their support and donation to Camp Whitewood in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary. Would you consider making a donation to support 4-H camp in honor of your favorite camp memory?