The Camp Experience
Thank you for your interest in Camp Whitewood’s Outdoor Education Program. This webpage is meant to give you a better idea about who we are and what we can offer. This is not a comprehensive list of all of our potential programming, so if there is an idea you have that you do not see in this guide, please do not hesitate to bring it to our attention. Our goal is to design the perfect Outdoor Education program to suit your needs and the needs of your students. We believe in the power and lasting positive impact of giving children a chance to learn and grow in an outdoor setting. We accommodate a wide range of groups and programs, so whether you are looking for a day program, a weeklong stay, or anything in between, Camp Whitewood is the place for you! Thank you and let us know how we can help you.
-Camp Whitewood Staff
Teachers, here is a pdf guide to our outdoor education program: CLICK HERE!
Get outside and enjoy the beauty of nature at Camp Whitewood! Our campers enjoy hikes through the woods and creek hiking in Phelps Creek where you may find salamanders and other critters!
Teachers or Camp Whitewood Staff can provide a wide range of outdoor classes for students. Some past examples are: creek or pond studies, bottle rockets, weather, geology, and wilderness survival.
The fun doesn't end just because the day is coming to a close. Enjoy campfires and other group activities or games in the evening!
Every camper enjoys playing in Camp Whitewood's lake. Canoe with a few of your friends and enjoy the beauty of Reflections Lake!
Arts & Crafts Programs
Explore your creative side and use your imagination as you create works of art in our craft hall. The kids above enjoyed getting messy to create paper mache balloons for an angry birds activity!
A favorite activity for our campers is archery. You may have a chance to learn the basics of archery from a certified instructor.
Camp Whitewood is located in southwest Ashtabula County off State Route 322. We are conveniently located within a 2 hour drive of several major metropolitan areas including Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Youngstown and Erie. Our address is 7983 S. Wiswell Road
Windsor, OH 44099.
The map to the right shows Camp Whitewood’s location with a 25 mile radius and a 60 mile radius.
Our Dining Hall seats 200 people at tables of 10. With all wood framing and a stone fireplace, it is the quintessential camp Dining Hall. Food is served family style from our Amish kitchen staff. We think you will agree with us when we say that our food far exceeds the typical “camp food” in its quality. No one will leave hungry! Our kitchen is also prepared to handle any special dietary needs as long as we know in advance.
Our cabins are divided into a boys and girls village. The girls village has 8 cabins that each sleep 14 and one that sleeps 16. There is also an additional cabin on the girls side that is typically used by chaperones and/or staff that sleeps 4. The boys side has 5 cabins that each sleep 14 and one that sleeps 12. There is also a cabin on the boys side that is typically used by chaperones and/or staff which sleeps 8. The cabins are heated and have bunk beds and mattresses.
Each village has its own bathroom and shower house. The showers have curtains or stalls for privacy.
The staff cabin is available for school and/or group staff that come to camp. It has a kitchen, living room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and back porch. The staff cabin can sleep 14 and gives adults a private place separate from the students.
Our health lodge is attached to the staff cabin and has a separate shower and room with two beds for the nurse. It also has a bed for any visitors and a fully stocked nurse’s station.
The craft hall is the perfect place for any craft or messy activity. If you have a craft in mind, please let us know and we can help plan it with you.
Also known as the Rec Pad, it serves as a covered outdoor gathering space centrally located on Camp. It has a stage, electricity, lighting and wooden benches. The Rec Pad can hold 180 people and also houses the Recreation Closet which holds a wide array of sports equipment such as basketball, kickball, volleyball, box hockey, football and more.
Grindstone Creek Lodge
A beautiful indoor facility that has a stage, auditorium seating, fireplace, and small kitchenette. The Lodge can hold 150 people and is a great place to hold large groups, break-out sessions and is a place to gather during bad weather.
Our archery range is equipped with both compound and recurve bows set to a variety of draw weights to accommodate all ability levels. Our archery program is lead by a certified archery instructor. Students will learn safety and basic archery techniques.
Our boat house is the meeting place and launch point for our canoeing and kayaking lessons. Students will learn proper paddling techniques while enjoying the natural beauty of our 9 acre Reflections Lake.
Our campfire circle has two circles of benches surrounding a fire pit. It also has lighting and electric hook-up. The campfire circle is the perfect place to tell stories, sing songs and roast marshmallows.
A high water quality tributary of the Grand River, Phelps Creek is pristine natural habitat protected by a conservation easement. Phelps Creek is a perfect place for students to experience firsthand concepts in geology, ecology, watersheds, and biology.
Native American Earthworks
Prehistoric Erie Indians built a fortification and village on camp grounds. A low wall still remains and is a great learning tool for any Native American program.
Programs & Schedules
We accommodate a variety of Outdoor Education programs at Camp Whitewood, from day trips to week long stays; we have the ability and experience to meet your group’s needs. Typically the students will be broken into small groups and go through a rotation of activities. If you have a program or idea that you would like to see but is not included here, please let us know so we can work together to achieve the program you want. These are classes and activities that our staff has experience teaching and have worked well:
• Stream Study
• Tree ID
• Fire building
• Survival Skills
• Teambuilding Challenge Course
• Air Rockets
• Outdoor cooking
• Animal Tracks
• Nature Crafts
• Campfire (songs, skits, stories)
All of our classes are taught to encourage hands-on experience and participation by students. We believe that students learn by doing. Our activities are both fun and educational, utilizing children’s energy and creativity to guide them towards a greater connection and appreciation for the world around them. Many schools and teachers come prepared to teach classes or lead activities as well. Camp is a great time for teachers to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom and connect with students in a different environment. We encourage teachers to use camp as a time to enhance the work done in the classroom. We are here to help and assist you.
Sample Daily Schedule
7:45-8:00 – Flag Raising/Hoppers to the Dining Hall
8:00-8:45 – Breakfast
8:45-9:00 – Cabins/Travel Time
9:00-10:15 – Rotation 1
10:15-10:30 – Restrooms/Travel Time
10:30-11:45 – Rotation 2
11:45-12:00 – Hoppers/Restrooms
12:00-12:45 – Lunch
12:45-1:00 – Cabins/Restrooms
1:00-2:15 – Rotation 3
2:15-2:30 – Restrooms/Travel Time
2:30-3:45 – Rotation 4
3:45-4:00 – Restrooms/Travel Time
4:00-5:15 – Rotation 5
5:15-5:30 – Hoppers/Restrooms
5:30-6:15 – Dinner
6:15-6:30 – Flag Lowering
6:30-7:30 – Recreation Time
7:30-9:00 – Evening Program (campfire, night hike, etc)
9:00-9:15 – Snack
9:15-10:00 – Showers, ready for bed
10:00 – Lights Out