WINDSOR TOWNSHIP — For 80 years, area children enjoyed a fun-filled summer at Camp Whitewood on South Wiswell Road. Then came the coronavirus pandemic and summer camps were canceled through Aug. 31 due to health concerns.
Now Camp Whitewood needs the support of the community and former campers.
“As a camp with the best interest of our families in mind, we supported the difficult decision to keep our 4-H campers safe by not running our overnight resident camps this summer due to COVID-19,” said Andrew Hudak, executive director. “As we face our quietest summer in 80 years, we’d like to look back and reflect on all the fun, friends and memories that we all have experienced at Camp Whitewood.”
To ensure Camp Whitewood will be there for future guests and campers, the camp needs financial support. More than 90 percent of camp operating revenue comes from enrollment and user fees. This summer without campers or revenue puts a severe financial strain on operations.
“We are looking for support to help us continue to offer a great facility and excellent programming to everyone who visits,” Hudak said.
Camp officials have set a goal of raising $30,000 to help reduce a portion of the financial strain.
Here are a few ways the community and former campers can help out:
• Consider contributing to the Buckeye Funder campaign to support Camp Whitewood.
Buckeye Funder assists Ohio State University faculty, staff and students to raise awareness about causes and achieve their fundraising goals, such as innovative projects, service trips, events, research and other Ohio State-specific ventures.
Any contribution is most welcome and will go directly to helping ensure camp is ready for campers after the pandemic. Go to https://buckeyefunder.osu.edu/4hcampwhitewood and choose to make a donation in honor or memory of a person or special event related to camp.
• Follow Camp Whitewood on Facebook and share the posts with your family and friends, especially friends made at Camp Whitewood. https://www.facebook.com/campwhitewood1940/
• Share or post your favorite camp pictures and memories to the page to help collect more camp history through your pictures and stories.