The Ortoha Youth Camp operates three weeks out of the year in late July and early August. When the youth camp is not in session, however, the grounds are available for other groups.
CAMP ORTOHA HAS SERVED AS A PERFECT SETTING FOR MANY YOUTH AND CHURCH GROUPS, AS WELL AS OUTDOOR SCHOOL CAMPS.
We are thrilled to provide other people and organizations the chance to enjoy this beautiful area and the very practical, functional facilities on the grounds.
Group Use Framework
Since its inception in 1945, Camp Ortoha has operating by leasing the eight acres of land it sits on from the U.S. Forest Service. There is an agreement, therefore, between the federal government (which owns the land) and the three local churches (which own the structures) regarding how the camp is to be used. The agreement identifies certain uses as having priority over others:
Priority 1: Programs for the disadvantaged or underprivileged (such as camps for disabled children, mentally challenged children, diabetics, or the hearing impaired)
Priority 2: Youth programs offering organized and supervised social, citizenship, character-building or religious activities
Priority 3: Family-type use
These priorities help guide the decision-making process when multiple groups submit a request to use the grounds for the same dates.
Camp Ortoha grounds and facilities:
Large covered gazebo
Mess hall with large kitchen
Four cabins furnished with bunk beds
Two cabins with indoor plumbing
Two bathroom buildings
Two shower buildings
Open field for group activities
Several outside picnic tables
Close proximity to Lost Lake for recreation
Close proximity to the Big Tree Botanical Trailhead and Interpretive Site
Close proximity to Strawberry Mountain for hiking
If you are interested in learning more about group use and availability please contact us:
Phone: (509) 485-2211