May 7, 2015 - 4:41pm --

Have you or your children ever wanted to take a sneak peek at what campers experience when attending summer camp?  On Sunday, May 17, Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp will be holding its second annual Open House to give you the opportunity to do just that. Many Extension professionals, camp staff, volunteers, and teen counselors will be on hand that afternoon from Noon until 4:00 p.m. to provide you with a just a taste of what summer camp has to offer.

Visitors will discover what camp has to offer, and information will be available regarding this summer’s 4-H camps and camp facility rentals. Several traditional camp activities will be scheduled throughout the day, including fishing, archery, hiking, crafts, and more. Hikes will leave for either Boone or Canter’s Caves on the half hour, and the pond will be open for fishing from Noon until 1:00 p.m. At 1:00, the paddle boats will take center stage on the pond. 


Visitors will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at archery and riflery; take a walking tour of the camp’s facilities; play basketball or putt-putt golf, or take part in a traditional campfire, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The campfire will be led by Dave Samples, retired Extension educator. The Open House will culminate with a live auction at 3:40 p.m. The auction will follow a brief presentation, “Discover Yourself at Canter’s Cave,” by Fred Deel, retired Extension educator, at 3:30 p.m.

Visitors to the Open House should register in the Main Lodge upon arriving at camp, before heading out on their adventures. Hikers should plan for the weather and wear close-toed shoes. The hikes will be somewhat strenuous. A limited number of visitors will be able to try the Flying Squirrel ropes initiative. Tickets for this activity may be picked up in the Main Lodge at registration. 

Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp is located just north of Jackson, Ohio, at 1362 Caves Road. According to Tracy Winters, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development, with OSU Extension Gallia County, membership in 4-H is not required for youth to attend 4-H summer camps.  For more information about the upcoming Open House or about summer camping opportunities available for Gallia County youth, contact OSU Extension Gallia County at 740.446.7007 or visit our website at