Erie County 4-H Camp on Kelleys Island provides a supportive and inclusive setting for all youth to reach their fullest potential in a diverse society. Both residential and day 4-H camping programs have a rich history of providing educational programming to thousands of youth through hands-on, experiential learning.
Our sleeping facilities consist of 14 stand-alone cabins which can hold up to 12 campers per cabin. We also have a dedicated space for visiting adult staff. A separate building contains modern restrooms equipped with multiple showers, sinks, and toilets.
Our field, which is over 2 football fields in length, can accommodate many activities and games. We also have a sand volleyball court, a regulation basketball court, swings, campfire circle, challenge course, and a variety of shaded grassy areas. The field is a great space for star gazing since the camp is a long way from light pollution due to the city.
The camp has 300 feet of shoreline on the north side of the island. Our sandy beach is equipped with a large, guarded swim area in Lake Erie. Power boats and canoes can be launched from the beach area. There is a full shelter, volleyball area, a campfire circle, and shade trees.
The dining hall and kitchen are the center of our camping facility. They are equipped to provide healthy meals and snacks in a modern, sanitary facility. Our staff serves meals buffet style and is able to provide a wide range of menu choices for your camp to choose from.
The Recreation Hall is a 120’ x 40’ building that allows a covered area for evening or rainy day activities. We have a sound system that your group can use to play music, games, and a stage for skits. We also have our Canteen, or camp store here where we sell drinks, snacks, t-shirts, and sweatshirts.
The craft barn is central to our campus and is where the making of “arts and crafts” take place. Making tie-dye shirts, bird houses, kites and friendship bracelets are just some of the more popular craft activities.
The Nature cabin hosts numerous activities related to exploring plants and animals found in the outdoors. Programming varies from year to year but has included bee keeping, ant farms, reptile exhibits, and farm animals. The cabin includes a room with one-way windows and red outdoor lights so that visitors can watch animal life outside the cabin at night behaving naturally without being aware of the people watching through the window.
Days often end with a meeting around the campfire to discuss the day’s events and plan for the next day. Occasionally there are skits performed and many camp stories are told around the fire.
Kelleys Island 4-H Camp
Business Office 2900 Columbus Avenue • Sandusky, OH 44870 • (419) 975-0778 ••• 4-H Camp 403 Ward Road • Kelleys Island, OH 43438 • (419) 746-2794
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