Camp Libbey

 



 

 

Nestled along the scenic banks of the Maumee River, Camp Edward Drummond Libbey is located just outside Defiance, Ohio. Accredited by the American Camp Association for its high standards in both facilities and programs, Camp Libbey has offered a variety of camping experiences since 1936. With almost 350 acres of fields, forest and ravines,

Camp Libbey is a great place to get in touch with the environments and learn about animal and plant life, ecology, history and much more. In addition there are a variety of programs for girls that include swimming, canoeing, kayaking, performing arts, crafts, horseback riding, archery, tomahawk throwing and numerous summer and resident camp programs during the summer. There are also hiking trails, including a quarter mile trail that is wheel chair accessible.

Community Resources
In addition to the camp activities, more opportunities can be found outside of Camp Libbey.  Within a half hour of Camp Libbey one can find:   Sauder Village in Archbold which is an historical village where you can learn how families lived over 100 years ago or visit Auglaize Village, a recreated village with 41 new, restored and reconstructed buildings (circa 1860 – 1920).   Also, in and around Toledo, visit the Toledo Museum of Art, Imagination Station, Toledo Mud Hens or Toledo Walleye sports teams and the nationally ranked Toledo Zoo.  If you are up for a road trip, travel west to South Bend, Indiana, where East Race​ can be visited, an artificial white water course that runs through the city. 

Program Resources
Environmental Center is a unique 2,500 square foot facility complete with wildlife observation area, nature exhibits, discovery laboratory, library, darkroom, aquarium and  large all purpose room for  program space use.  The JR. Naturalists program will give campers a hands-on experience with a variety of wild life creatures such as reptiles and insects.  
Campers will learn what makes each animal special, how their adaptations help them to survive, how they fit into the food chain, and other amazing facts can be learned during the Naturalists program.  Programs fill up quickly so make reservations as soon as possible.  In addition campers can visit the Camp’s Green House and work on seed collecting, forestry and gardening.  
 
Adventure Challenge Education Programs  offer an experience to participants to increase their communication skills while becoming effective at group problem solving. Attempting and succeeding in these activities often gives one a feeling of accomplishment, self-worth and recognition that seemingly impossible situations are in fact quite possible. Spend time scaling the 35 good climbing wall, participate in team initiatives programs, challenge the High Ropes or for the thrill seeker zip along the 350-foot zip line.  


 
Facility Resources

 

 
Sweet Breeze Cluster or otherwise known as Susan B Anthony Lodge, Elizabeth Blackwell Lodge and Sojourner Truth Lodge are located toward the front of camp near the Administration Building. Each of these full seasoned buildings is equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, and separate sleep area with bunk beds that sleep 16 and has a great room with fire place.

 

Linden House, with its older architecture and seclusion gives it a charm all its own.  Built in 1939, it is the oldest building at Camp Libbey and  has been updated to include a modern bathroom and kitchen facility as well as a fireplace in the great room. This building is handicapped accessible and sleeps 28 persons.

 

 

Woodland Lodge is a large group facility equipped with full kitchen, bathroom/showers area and a great room with fireplace. This year-round facility has floor length windows on the east and west side of the building, giving the great room an open and airy feeling.  

 


Woodland Units, connected by sidewalks to the east are five separate modern buildings which can be used year round.  Set in a beautiful ravine area with windows overlooking a natural, undisturbed view of the woods, each of the buildings sleeps eight.

 

 
Juliette Low Lodge ,  at the front of the camp,  is located amidst a cluster of trees. This lodge is one of the largest sleeping units in camp and an ideal setting for large troops. There are two dormitories on either side of the building which sleeps 16 in bunk beds, with each side having its own bathroom with showers. The center of the building has a large meeting area with fireplace and a separate kitchen and preparation center.  

 
Watzi, Jakata, Sherwood and Frontier are platform tent units on the far northeast side of the camp. Each of the tent units has a one sided cooking shelter with fireplace, picnic tables, outdoor fire ring and a modern bath/shower house. Watzi Tent Unit sleeps 40 persons whereas Jakata, Sherwood and Frontier all sleep 36.  All tent units have one tent that is wheelchair accessible.  

 
Skandy Primitive Unit, is located east of the main camp entrance off Hwy 281 and is accessible by road or by back packing in from a path located south east of the dining hall. The hike takes you down and up a nice size ravine leading to the unit, which has a nice shelter house with a raised fire ring and picnic benches.  This camp site has no tents or equipment so these items must be brought.

 
The Administrative Building houses the camp office, Trading Post, health center when camp is in session, storm shelter and two conference rooms that can be reserved for program space. The large conference room holds 75, has a small stage and can be set up with tables and chairs.  The small conference room holds 50 and can also be set with tables and chairs. Room reservation and costs are available upon request.

 

 
The Dining Hall set in a wooded environment is fully equipped with a commercial kitchen, fireplace and bathroom facilities. This year-round facility has a large porch which extends across the front of the building with two major entrances into the hall. The dining hall holds 200 people, 25 tables of eight persons each.  

 

 
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