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Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp turns 75

Ohio 4-H Foundation board members sitting down for a photo after the dinner.

This year Ohio 4-H is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp. In January, the Ohio 4-H Foundation helped kick off these celebrations by hosting its first Regional Dinner at the Canter’s Cave main lodge.

Volunteers, donors, and supporters from across southern Ohio were invited to Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for an evening of fellowship as guests connected over their shared love of 4-H. Adams County 4-H alumnus Matthew Swearingen and Scioto County 4-H alumna Kathaleen Kuhn-Book shared their stories with guests and spoke about the impact 4-H continues to have on their lives today.

Fred Deel, a retired 4-H educator and current Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp board Guests listening to Fred Deel speak about the history of Canter's Cave 4-H Camp.member, also took the opportunity to speak about the history of the camp and told guests about how attending camp at Canter’s Cave changed his life.

The staff at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp and the 4-H professionals in southern Ohio have big plans to continue celebrating the 75th anniversary of the camp all year long. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Camp Open House on Sunday, May 5 and keep an eye out for additional information about upcoming events on the Canter’s Cave website. You can also join Ohio 4-H in its goal of raising $75,000 for 75 Years by donating to the Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Fund. All donations will go towards making many needed improvements around camp and helping Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp continue for another 75 years!