FUN ACTIVITIES

Camp Fun for Everyone!

A typical day at camp starts with morning flag raising, followed by breakfast.  After breakfast, various sessions kick-off, with 3 or 4 sessions to choose from, including: crafts, baseball or softball, challenge course or an activity with the Camp Naturalist.

turtle photoThe Camp Naturalist starts with a brief introduction in the Nature Barn. These are just some of the Nature programs offered at camp.

  • Morning Hike:

    walk the East Quarry in the early morning hours, see the sunrise, listen to the early bird, catch a glimpse of a deer, welcome the dawning of a new day.

  • Glacial Groove Walk:

    visit the "Most Famous Glacial Grooves in the World", experience first hand the island's past as it was carved 30,000 years ago.
  • Fish Identification:

    learn how to identify the fish of Lake Erie using a dichotomous key, learn the anatomy of a fish, and understand how fish live in water.

  • Fossil Walk:

    shells, insects, brachiopods, coral, plants, who knows maybe even a fish or a small prehistoric creature is what you may find on this walk, learn how fossils are formed and what eras certain fossils come from.
  • Marsh Life:

    learn how, what and who live in marsh lands, visit an actual marsh and collect samples like real scientist then back to the Nature Barn to identify and discuss.
  • Night Hike:

    crickets and temperature, sounds of the night, stars and their lore, wintergreen sparks and others (an experience to long be remembered).

crafts photo

Crafts at the camp change from year to year. In the past we have worked with tie-dye, hemp & bead necklaces, sand candles, whimsy dip, marbling, painters hats, puffy paints and foam magnets to name a few. The campers all gather in the Craft Barn to enjoy their craft session.

Following lunch, some activities may repeat, and usually a breach-front activity is added along with a snorkeling trip to the nearby quarry, accompanied by one of the Camp's Lifeguards. Fishing in the quarry is also one of the more popular activities.

beach photoThe beach is located on the north side of Kelleys Island and is one of only two sand beaches on the Island. Campers can choose from a variety of activities in and out of the water. Activities include swimming, polar bear swimming, snorkeling, sailing, canoeing, wind surfing, motor boating, out posting, sand castle building, participating in bonfires and beach Olympics, or just hanging out on the beautiful beach in the warm sun.

recreation hall imageAfter dinner there may be planning for various skits in the recreation hall followed by a campfire in one of the Camp's two fire pits, one at the beach-front and another at the south-end of the Camp. Skits or a dance may follow, utilizing a new sound system recently installed in the recreation hall.

The Rec. Hall, as we like to call it, is a giant 100 x 60 ft barn equipped for dancing, singing, camp meetings, skits, and rainy day fun. It is complete with a sound system and windows flanking both sides with an overhead door for the ultimate outdoor experience.

You can visit the Canteen, located in the Rec. Hall, during open hours and you can buy t-shirts, hats, postcards, souvenirs, pop, candy, popcorn and snow-cones.

For additional information regarding camp, please watch the short video presentation below.

flag raising photo

Facilities

Kelleys Island 4-H Camp can sleep 181 campers/ counselors. The boy's cabins, numbers one through five, are located on the west side of the dining hall. The cabins to the east of the dining hall, numbers six through thirteen, are the girl's cabins. Each cabin can sleep up to thirteen people with the exception of an extra cabin behind the Rec. Hall, which sleeps only twelve. For the adult program staff, there are fourteen beds, six in the back staff area and eight in the director's cabin.
Also, the 4-H Camp includes; a dining hall, recreation hall, craft barn, nature barn, sand volleyball court, basketball court, archery and rifle ranges, an ASE course, horseshoe pits, two large athletic fields and clean rest rooms.
Each summer, the camp hosts over 3000 young people from 4-H groups, high school marching bands, church groups and inner-city areas at a minimal cost to each camper.