A Brief History
Camp Wyandot, Inc. was founded as a Camp Fire Council in 1913. In 1928, the council became an Ohio nonprofit corporation and purchased Camp Wyandot in the Hocking Hills. As of April 30, 2013, Camp Wyandot, Inc. became an independent organization and is no longer affiliated with Camp Fire. Today, Camp Wyandot serves boys and girls with summer day and overnight camps and our Wyandot Explorers Club program.
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Wyandot Explorer Events

Wyandot Explorers Halloween in the Hills 2014

Halloween in the Hills was a spooky success this year at Camp Wyandot! 91 adults, children, and volunteers attended to play crafts and games (provided by Gladden House), hike, try archery, trick-or-treat, and even visit the not-so-scary haunted house in Buck cabin. 

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Erika Senk, Sara Schaefer, and Gladden House youth co-directed and led Halloween in the Hills 2014. The overnight event at Camp Wyandot followed an eventful schedule: first there was time for families to decorate their cabins, then they could enjoy crafts with Gladden House youth, hike, try archery, go bating at night, trick-or-treat along Cabin Row, and finally they visited the not-so-scary haunted house in Buck Cabin. The event concluded with a s’mores celebration. Amidst the chilly weather and evening rain, our explorers’ enthusiasm for this fun fall event was not shaken. They each earned a new patch for Halloween in the Hills. Thanks to all our volunteers: Bonez, Twirp, Frenzy, Doodlz, KitKat, Pez, Melon, Striker, Fran, Juniper, Shamrock, and Skittles.

Wyandot Explorers Fall Fun Day 2014

The chilly weather on Fall Fun Day 2014, October 4, at Dragonfly Day Camp in Highbanks, was vanquished by the warm fire and eager attitudes of our Wyandot Explorers!

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Erika Senk directed Fall Fun Day activities and continued the new traditions of Camp Wyandot. The event, named The Colors of Fall, consisted of an Artistic Scavenger Hunt, a Stupendous Squash Session, a Leaf Creature project, and Falling Leaf Tag. Young Explorers adventurously tasted and experimented with a variety of raw and cooked squash. At the end of the day, not even one explorer could disagree that squash is tasty (especially the Pumpkin cookies and spaghetti squash!).   The event concluded with an October Poem, the Explorer Law and Promise, and council fire lighting, which included one lighter for each explorer category – Science and Environmental Exploration, Self-Exploration, Creative Exploration, and Community Exploration. Finally, the Explorers engaged in making s’mores and drinking delicious warm apple cider. It was indeed a fun fall day with Camp Wyandot.

Wyandot Explorers Spring Skills Weekend 2014

The rain during the annual Spring Skills, May 17 – 18, at Camp Wyandot, did not damper the spirits of the first generation of Wyandot Explorers!
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“Leo” building shelters with Wyandot Explorers.

Ben “Arktos” Seafros, former counselor and Camp Wyandot, Inc. Board Member, co-directed Spring Skills and reinforced the traditions of Camp Wyandot and the new call to council fire, Wy-an-dot!  Chanika “Moon” Svetvilas, previous Program Coordinator, introduced the new Wyandot Explorer traditions which included a new law and promise written by Christine Davidson with additional support from Ingrid Biery and Alice Hohl and the council fire lighting that included one lighter for each explorer category – Science and Environmental Exploration, Self-Exploration, Creative Exploration, and Community Exploration.


Sixty eight Wyandot Explorers, siblings, parents, and leaders attended and participated in learning archery taught by “Arktos,” fishing and orienteering taught by “Leo,” and canoeing/kayaking taught by “Flower.” They also took a nature hike, built nature shelters, revived the Camp Wyandot garden and planted oak tree saplings led by previous Executive Director Lindsey Christ and “Leo,” and made colorful headbands with Sara Schaefer.


Wyandot Explorer Award 2014

They sang their hearts out, and at council fire Wyandot Explorer Clubs each presented a skit about their year of activities filled with accomplishment, new awareness, humor, and song. Each Explorer member who has completed 3-5 activities in all four categories will receive a Wyandot Explorer Award annually designed by Logan Schmitt, a Columbus College of Art and Design student, and based on the compass rose and the four colors of the Camp Wyandot, Inc. logo.  Each color represents a different Explorer category – green: Science and Environmental Exploration, red: Self-Exploration, dark blue: Creative Exploration, and light blue: Community Exploration.  Special thanks to Jeanene “Jed” Dixon whose recent donation to the Wyandot Explorer Club program helped fund our new Explorer awards.


The clubs that attended Spring Skills included the Delaware Explorers, Eastmore Explorers, Excited Deer, Minions with Mustaches Who Do Stuff, Downtown Mega Club, Nature Trekkers and a new member of the Starry Sky Club.


Special thanks to all of our volunteers who made Spring Skills a success! –  Blade, Cheshire, Duwop, Huke, Jed, Khalessi, Mission, Pieces, Sparrow, and Twitch.


Wyandot Explorers Promise:

I promise to do my best to be fair and responsible and

To do my part to make the world a better place.

And to live by the Wyandot Law.


Wyandot Explorers Law:

I will strive to

Respect nature

Be honest, just and responsible for my actions and words

Be kind to others and help where I see need

Be courageous

Work hard and make healthy choices

Respect others and show gratitude to those who have helped me


Improve my mind so that I may reach my full potential; for myself, my family, my community, and my world.



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