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Since its establishment in 1940, Camp Whitewood has been known as a "home away from home" for many children in its surrounding communities.  It started as a 4-H camp, and still serves 4-H participants and non-participants today.  

Camp Whitewood touches the hearts of those who experience it,

allowing them to discover who they are, and take that confidence with them out into the world.  


From sleeping in tents and swimming in the creek, to cozy cabins and a beautiful addition of a 9 acre lake in the late 1960s, 4-H Camp Whitewood has undergone major improvements since first established in 1940.

For the past 72 years, 4-H Camp Whitewood has been known as a "home away from home" for many members of Ashtabula, Columbiana, Trumbull, Mahoning, Lake, Geauga and a number of other counties in Ohio.


Today, Camp Whitewood has expanded to a land of opportunities for all living in Northeast Ohio with Camps, and use of the Grindstone Creek Lodge for different events and activities like Family Rentals for birthdays or reunions and Weddings.

For more information on the history and renovations of camp, scroll down through the History section for a breakdown of Camp Whitewood decade by decade.


In 2010, Geauga County, just miles away from Camp Whitewood, was featured in "The Art of Living with Marilu Henner." Geauga County is the 4th largest Amish settlement in the world with a population around 14,000.

Camp Whitewood offers homemade Amish meals for residents, pancake breakfasts for the public, and even homemade canned fruit spreads in the Camp Store located on the grounds for anyone to purchase.

Here at Camp Whitewood, we pride ourselves by helping out the Amish community with many work opportunities around the property. 



In 1976, 4-H Camp Whitewood became a member of the American Camp Association. Each year camp is required to meet the standards and regulations for health, safety, and program qualities the ACA upholds in order to stay accredited.

The ACA celebrated 100 years of camping in 2010 with different camps all around America.

Being a part of camp is powerful and life changing for many, and when most experience it for the first time they often become hooked. View the video below for more information and history about the past 100 years of the American Camping Association, along with stories from current and past members.



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