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The History of Columbus Youth Camp!
Columbus Youth Camp was founded on March 28, 1935 with Q.G. Noblitt presenting the Foundation For Youth with the deed to the property and a sizable donation for development. The Civilian Conservation Corps began work on a lake, several trails, and six log cabins. The camp was dedicated in 1937 and the first camp was held soon after. In 1938, the teachers of the Columbus City Schools donated funds to build the Lois Wetz Memorial Building. During the next five years, more than 5,000 trees were planted throughout the camp. In 1958, the Engelking family donated 40 acres bringing the camp to 115 acres. Since the late 1970s five additional cabins have been added along with the Noblitt Shelter House and Science Lab.
Today, the Columbus Youth Camp boasts 137 acres of rolling landscape only 15 of which are developed. Seven miles of trails link eleven cabins, two challenge courses, the lake, a limestone fire-bowl, an outdoor theater, and the shelter house with meeting and dining facilities for more than 100 people.
Columbus Youth Camp provides camping opportunities for Foundation For Youth members, a broad range of challenge education activities, adventure out-trips for all ages, and environmental education programs for school groups. The Columbus Youth Camp is also a member of the American Camp Association.