By 1:15 on, May 30, 2020, it was gone. No longer in existence except in the hearts and memories of so, so many people. A beloved scout camp since 1929, Camp Stigwandish is no more.
Known to most as “Stig,” the campground had several hundred acres of woods, muddy roads, an awesome dining hall, great ponds, miles of trails, vintage cabins plus fun and good times for everyone.
For 91 years as a Scouting camp, it served generations of area youth. At the beginning it mainly served local scouts from Lake, Ashtabula and Geauga Counties. But then as the word spread, scout troops came from all over Ohio as well as other states.
Campers of all ages, but mostly scout youth cherished the places they knew so well. Adventure. Johnny Appleseed. Eagle Nest. Pop Corey. Solitude. Pioneer Village. Paul Bunyan. Adirondack. Outpost. OA Ring. Dead Horse Ridge. Woodcrafter. Daniel Boone. Grand River. Tecumseh. Casement. Dan Beard. Kit Carson. Iroquois. Ted Mullens. Along with the Baden Powell Training Lodge, Boat House, Quartermaster headquarters, the Trading Post, Chapel, Ranger Cabin, White Trail, Mill Creek, Standing Rock, the Pool, archery, rifle, shotgun, swimming, the telescope, Camp Office, Buckeye Lodge, and Rotary Cabin, when you were at Stig, the only life that existed was within the woods for a short, precious time.
Memories of Klondike, Summer Camp, Haunted Woods, Stampede, OA call out, NYLT, Day Camp, Ordeals, Merit Badges, Woodbadge, Wilderness First Aid, Turkey Cook Out, Work Sessions, hiking , fishing, canoeing , swimming, etc, etc. will always be cherished.
For Cubs, Webelos, Scouts, Tenderfoots, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle, Brotherhood and Vigil Honor some, or all of this path up through the ranks was achieved in scouting and Stigwandish was there to help them on their journey.
May 30 was a very sad day and a huge tragedy for the youth of our counties. But the memories will never fade. The lessons and skills learned will never be forgotten and the friendships made will be treasured.
Goodbye old friend, you are already greatly missed. It is hard to forget a place that gave us so many memories.
Yours in Scouting.
Lynn M. Egensperger