Campgrounds for Girl Scouts in Ohio

by Kerry O'Donnell
Girl Scout campgrounds in Ohio offer troops many activity choices.

Girl Scout campgrounds in Ohio offer troops many activity choices.

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The Girl Scouts of America organization offers girls between the ages of 5 and 17 activities which help build their courage, confidence and character. Activities include earning badges, community service and camping. Ohio Girl Scout troops have several campgrounds in the state which are run by the Girl Scout organization.

Camp Beckoning Trails

Camp Beckoning Trails sits on 108 acres in the Hocking River region. The camp, available for both troop camping and day camp activities, provides labeled hiking trails over hilly, woody terrain and streams. The camp also offers a large pond and a sweeping view of the Hocking River valley. Campers can choose a lodge, a platform tent unit, large a shelter house and an amphitheater to set up camp. Nearby attractions include Hocking Hills State Park, Old Man's Cave, Cedar Falls and Ash Cave.

Camp Cornish

Camp Cornish is located in Knox County. The camp is spread across 15 acres of woodland and surrounded by a creek. Facilities available to campers range from modern to primitive. Cornish Lodge features a beautiful stone fireplace, sleeping loft and a basement activity area. For campers who prefer to pitch tents for slumber, the camp also offers a platform tent unit, a small shelter house and an outdoor camping area. The camp is located near Ohio's Amish country and the Kokosing Gap Trail, a 14 mile paved path which connects Mt. Vernon and Danville.

Crooked Lane

For Girl Scouts in Morrow County, Crooked Lane is an inviting camp choice, with its 226 acres of woods, open areas and streams. The camp offers labeled hiking trails and a large pond for fishing and canoeing. Girl Scouts who camp here can participate in a challenge course and archery instruction. The camp also has a sprayground, which is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Accommodations include a lodge, a platform tent unit with a shelter house, two pavilions and an amphitheater.

Camp Ken-Jockety

Franklin County Girl Scouts have Camp Ken-Jockety in their backyard. The camp, located along the Big Darby Creek State and National Scenic River, offers campers 240 acres of nature, including woods, streams, open fields, wetlands and a pond. Campers choose from three lodges, two cabins or six tent units. Activities available include archery and canoeing.

Camp Molly Lauman

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachia is Camp Molly Lauman. The camp, located in Scioto County, sits on 170 acres and is only a 90 minute drive from Columbus. Campers can enjoy hiking in the woods, archery instruction and swimming in the camp's in-ground pool. Campers also have access to Big Bear Lake canoe launch, located next door at LakeView Ranch, adding canoeing to the list of activities available at the camp. Sleeping facilities available to campers include two lodges, one cabin and six tent units.

Camp Tea-Qui Mead

Camp Tea-Qui Mead, located in Ross County, gives campers the opportunity to visit some of the area's historical attractions. Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre, which is located in nearby Chillicothe, features "Tecumseh!", the outdoor drama about the legendary leader of the Shawnee Native American tribe. Other area attractions related to Ohio history include Adena and Hopewell Culture National Historical Park. The camp sits on 148 wooded acres and offers campers a lodge, a cabin and an amphitheater.

Camp Wakatomika

Licking County's Camp Wakatomika is located between Newark, Zanesville and Mt. Vernon, on 262 acres of woods. Campers enjoy hiking on the labeled nature trail, archery and a teams course as well as a trail to the Wakatomika Creek. Overnight camping facilities include two lodges, two cabin areas and four tent units. The camp also houses a dining hall.

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About the Author

Kerry O'Donnell has been writing professionally since 2008, when she began freelancing for the online magazine NewEnglandFilm.com. She later became the website's associate editor. She also serves as an associate editor of books for The Independent online magazine. O'Donnell holds an associate degree in criminal justice.

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