Why We Do What We Do

Young people are interdependent with the natural world, yet know relatively little about it through direct experience. Through Camp Wyandot’s Overnight & Day camps, we encourage development of natural senses and provide an intimate connection with nature to enable youth to learn leadership, cooperation with others, and community responsibility while building self-awareness and forming friendships.

Camp Wyandot’s overall goal is to provide a quality experience that builds competencies and resulting confidence, creating positive life-long memories in a safe and supportive environment.

In an inclusive, engaging, and challenging environment, youth will:

  • Increase their social and cultural competencies and feel a sense of belonging
  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and cooperation skills
  • Increase self-confidence, independence and empowerment
  • Plan, make choices, reflect and learn from their decisions
  • Build a life-long appreciation and respect for the outdoor environment
  • Develop a sense of respect, responsibility and contribution to their community
  • Be involved in rich group experiences that are inherently interesting and fun
  • Be recognized for their accomplishments

How you can help

Camp Wyandot, Inc. is funded through program fees, grants and donations.  Your support is needed to help us move forward in our efforts to provide more children and families with our services and to maintain our property.  We must continue to grow our funding base.  In addition, we rely on volunteers at times, who may perform various tasks that are central to our success.

Overnight Camp

Our Overnight Camp includes programs for youths going into 2nd grade in the fall, to Junior in High School, and includes activities such as remote camp outs, creeking, hiking, crafts, swimming/swimming lessons, kayaking/canoeing, archery, nature study, and more. We offer leadership programs called “Counselor-in-Training” for High School Juniors/Seniors. Each week-long session is an adventure: sleeping in rustic cabins serenaded by night birds, crickets and frogs!

Our Day Camps

Camp Wyandot, Inc operates Otonwe Day Camp, northeast of Westerville near Galena at the John Beltz Retreat Center on Harlem Road. The site has a large barn for programs and rainy days and is on a beautiful wooded site with a small creek to play in. Camp Otonwe offers seven sessions for youth going into the 1st to 5th grade in the fall. The fourth of July session is a day shorter and is for youth from Kindergarten to the 5th grade in the fall. We have lots of fun, make new friends, and new memories!