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Camp Mohaven Celebrates 50 Years

Story by Heidi Shoemaker; Photos by Brent Ruth
Published 11/12/2012

Thom Juarros, Ron Streeter and Steve Carlson represent several generations of Camp Mohaven directors.

This fall, as Camp Mohaven celebrated 50 years of service to the Ohio Conference, more than 100 people from around the country returned for a weekend of fun, fellowship and reminiscing. Attendees included campers from Mohaven’s first year to counselors from this past summer.

“50 years old! That means that I was a camper the first year they opened,” commented Jacqueline Akert, former Mount Vernon Academy student and Mohaven camper presently living in Milwaukee. “I still remember a few of the girls who were in my tent [there were no cabins then]… I met my oldest and dearest friends at Camp Mohaven.”

Several key individuals from Mohaven’s past were also present to talk about their experiences, including Ron Streeter, a former youth director, and Joe Pool, MD (pictured with his wife, Thelma below), the camp’s last surviving property owner, out of five.

“After breakfast on Sunday, goodbyes were shared and promises to keep in touch were extended,” reports Dave Robinson, current camp ranger.

Mohaven continues to expand and develop. Donations for the two new bathhouses are welcome. Checks payable to Camp Mohaven may be sent to 18744 Turkey Ridge Road in Danville, OH 43014.

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