WATERFORD — For the last 100 years, youths have visited Waterford to swim, do crafts and learn skills at Camp Hervida. In celebration of the 100th anniversary, the camp community came together this weekend.
Activities included campfires and games for the whole family.
Many former campers came out to enjoy the 100 year celebration and a committee put together a table with items like shirts, note cards with camp photos on them and Donna Foster’s book “Learning, Laughing and Lots of Adventure: The Story of Camp Hervida” that was for sale.
Stories in the book are about her adventures and contributions from more than 50 people who live or once lived in Washington County at the camp near Waterford on Ohio 339.
Foster attended the camp in the 1960s as members of the Stanleyville 4-H club.
Those stories were not the only ones being kept alive at the event; old news articles and photo albums were present, along with people sharing memories by word of mouth.
“My grandfather helped start this camp in 1922,” said Alan Stacy.
His grandfather was Lloyd Snyder Stacy, and the Stacy Dining Hall at the camp is dedicated to him.
“The dedication was done when I was 15… I’m 70 now, so that seems like a long time ago now,” he said.
Alan Stacy’s father attended the camp often, and his mother did too as a 4-H advisor.
“My father and aunt attended the camp when it was just tents to sleep in and a dammed up creek to swim in,” he said.
The swimming pool was built before Alan Stacy started attending the camp as a child.
“I was here for multiple summer camps, and really only went home to wash clothes in the summer,” he said. “For me and many others here today, this is home.”
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