Thursday, June 5, 2008

Press Release: Camp Wyandot's 80th Celebration!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 29, 2008

CONTACT:  Amy Boyd, CEO, Camp Fire USA, Central Ohio Council

                      614.481.8227

                      

MEMORIES BEING MADE IN NATURE FOR 80 YEARS

Old Friends Discuss Fond 

Memories from Camp Wyandot 


Even though the photograph is from almost seventy years ago, it causes a flood of emotion and memories for Ally Morrow (left) and Grace Simpson (right).  The picture was taken at Camp Wyandot in Hocking Hills in the early 1940s and the two local women still cherish the carefree times they spent at camp. 


Seventy-six-year-old Grace recalls that Camp Wyandot had an impact on her life when her family moved to the Beechwold (Clintonvile) area from their Missouri home at the age of ten.  She struggled with leaving her animals and friends behind but found a second home in nature at camp where she made countless friends. She even became a camp counselor and club leader for hundreds of children in central Ohio. Grace now lives on the east side of Columbus and is still involved in Camp Fire USA, the non-profit organization who holds Camp Wyandot and other programs with the goal of reuniting children and nature. She is the past President of the board and currently serves as an honorary lifetime board member.  Her children and grandchildren have continued the tradition of making incredible memories at Camp Wyandot.  


Ally, who grew up in Clintonville and now resides in Delaware, is still involved in the organization’s fundraising luncheons at the age of eighty-three.  She still vividly remembers the tears in her eyes when she was voted camper of the week in 1936.  She loved crafts and being outdoors, and continued as a camp counselor which lead to her to a career as the Executive Director of the Central Ohio Council in the 1950's. 


Both Grace and Ally feel it is important for kids to get outdoors, experience nature and be a part of camp.   They feel fortunate to be a part of an organization that impacted their lives in such a positive way and hope that children continue to have similar experiences. 


Camp Wyandot is holding their 80th celebration on June 7th from 10 am – 5 pm at Camp Wyandot.  The public is welcome to come, enjoy nature and join in the celebration with crafts, hiking, swimming, lunch and an alumni celebration!  Also, summer camp enrollment is open!  Visit www.centralohiocampfire.org or call 614.481.8227 for more information.


About Camp Fire USA  

Camp Fire USA is a not-for-profit organization that builds caring confident youth and future leaders by reuniting children with nature. The organization is gearing up to celebrate their 100th anniversary and the Central Ohio Council’s goal is to bring 10,000 kids to the woods by 2010, Camp Fire’s centennial year.  The Central Ohio council has been serving our community for 85 years.  Last year more than 2,000 children were served locally.  Camp Fire USA’s Central Ohio council was cited in Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods, under suggestions for transforming our communities. The book discusses the crisis of “plugged-in kids” and the impact on our children’s behavior and development.  For more information visit www.centralohiocampfire.org or call 614.481.8227


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