Camp O'Bannon Sign

Wish list

We like to think of Camp O’Bannon in the summer as a family of 90 or so. So pretty much anything a family needs, we use too. We do provide t-shirts and shorts for the campers each day, so clothes donations can be better used at other social service agencies.

And our beds are ‘camp size’, so sheets are not a need.

Other things we use include:

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothpaste
  • 'Fun' and regular bandaids
  • Laundry detergent
  • Art & crafts supplies
  • Sports balls of all sorts-basketball, volleyball, soccer, football, and playground
  • Kitchen towels and dishrags
  • Packs of new underpants (boxer briefs for boys) and socks
  • Flip-flops
  • New and gently used bathing suits and tennis shoes

Our History

1920s - 1930s

* “Fresh air” camp supported by the State Ohio opens

* 20th Century Club and Newark Kiwanis Club begin involvement and support

* Camp relocated to present site

* One of the original 6 United Way Agencies

1940s - 1950s

* Adjacent properties purchased and facility improvements completed


* Outpost program begins and locates to present site- 145 acres adjacent to Blackhand Gorge


* Camp embarks on facilities and infrastructure upgrades

* Conselor-in-Training program begins


* New pool constructed on camp property


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