Original Ground and Buildings
In 1952 Reverend Herbert and Clara Householder deeded 5.1 acres of land to the Scioto Conference of the United Brethren In Christ to build a camp ground.
The first building was a kitchen and dining hall built in 1952, it was later converted into a dorm which we now call Mary & Martha. The next three buildings constructed in the early 1950ís were the Chapel, the kitchen & dining hall that we currently use and another dorm that we now call Ruth & Naomi. These buildings were all constructed from rough saw mill lumber from trees that were donated and cut into boards at local saw mills. There was another large dorm built in the mid 1960ís that we now call Peter & Paul, giving the camp three large dorms that have 28 beds each.
Smaller cabins were built in the late 1950ís and early 1960ís by Churches who used them for their delegates at annual conference. Some of the eight smaller cabins were built by Liberty Church, Eden Church, Jackson Heights Church, Greenfield Church and Reverend Virgil Hull. The Liberty, Greenfield, and Jackson cabins have had bunks installed in them and are currently used as dorms. Three of the other cabins are used for workers, another cabin is now divided into a First Aid room in the front with a workers cabin in the back and the Eden cabin was destroyed by a tree.
Later Buildings and Improvements
The campground contains 13.6 acres at present. In 1977 Reverend Herbert and Clara Householder donated another 3.2 acres to the camp and in 1996 the camp was given the opportunity to purchase an additional 5.3 acres from Mary Hampton of Junction City.
In 1981-1982 new stationary bunks were built in all the dorms and rodent proof mattresses were purchased for them.
In the early 1990ís the camp board enclosed the sides of a small shelter house and installed bunks in it to make it a dorm. We currently have a total of 137 beds in the 7 dorms.
After the 3.2 acres were added it created an area for the Householder Youth Center. The 36 feet by 80 feet shelter house was constructed in 1986 in memory of Reverend Herbert and Clara Householder. Presently it is still just a shelter house structure but the camp board has always planned to enclose it and add 18 feet to each side to use for class rooms if and when funds become available.
In 1991 the kitchen area was completely remodeled and a refrigerator / dry storage room was added on to it. New table tops were installed in the dining area about the same time.
In 1996 the Max Robinette shower house was built to replace the old one that was built in 1965. We were blessed with a gift of 15,000.00 dollars from the Merillat Foundation and several other large gifts from area churches. The new shower house was named in memory of Max Robinette who passed away in 1991. Max had served on the camp board for several years and was the President of the board at the time of his death.
The old shower house has been converted into a camp maintenance building, and the old carpenter shed has been converted into a camp office.
In 1998 the front section of the Chapel was remodeled and at the same time the camp was able to acquire pews from the Elgin United Brethren Church at Elgin, Ohio. The seats & pews have been changed & replaced several times in the past years. The remodeling work on the front of the Chapel replaced work that had been done in 1961.
In 2000 The West Pleasant Hill United Brethren in Christ Church (Rockbridge Ohio) provided the funds for the construction of a 24 foot by 24 foot utility building to keep the tractor, mowers and various other items in.
In 2002 the Columbus First United Brethren in Christ Church donated most of the funds and most of the labor to build the Martin-Meadows evangelist cabin in memory of Reverend Roger Martin and Bishop Clyde Meadows. Reverend Martin had been their pastor for several years and had been active with Scioto Youth Camp for many years. He also was a camp board member at the time of his death. Bishop Meadows had been a member of Columbus First for several years and had been active with youth all of his life.
Use of Scioto Youth Camp
Our weeks of camp are divided into four different age groups.
Our records from 1965 show at that time there were two weeks of camp. There were three weeks of camp in 1970 and 1971. In 1972 camp went to the current four weeks with a break during the 4th. of July week.
In the past years there were several other weeks that different Church groups used our facilities for their own summer youth camps. We have on going agreements with these groups and they compensate us for using the campgrounds.
The Scioto branch WMF ladies and another ladies group sometimes use the camp for weekend retreats. The camp has also been used for gospel sings around Labor Day.