Camp Buckeye to be remembered

Camp Buckeye to be remembered

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Lucy Richards, executive director, and Laura Milarcik, instructor for the Nature Discovery Program, will show photos from the past and present of Camp Buckeye, which is located on 90 wooded acres near Dundee Falls, on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the community room at the Dover Public Library.

Richards and Milarcik will tell how this Boy Scout camp established in the 1940s became a Christian conference and retreat center in the 1980s. People are welcome to share their personal experiences as a Boy Scout and/or summer camper at Camp Buckeye.

Today the camp sponsors many programs and outreaches. It offers guest group facilities, fundraisers and Nature Discovery classes. During the summer camping season, people of all ages can have experiences in nature.

“Lucy and Laura are great ambassadors for Camp Buckeye,” said Sherrel Rieger, library program specialist, “because they not only have fond memories of the camp, but also have a passion for introducing the joy of camping to others.”

Richards began serving at Camp Buckeye as the office assistant when her youngest son graduated from high school. She was eventually asked to be the executive director and said she has enjoyed seeing lives changed by time spent at Camp Buckeye. She believes being at camp gives everyone a chance to slow down and enjoy the simpler side of life.

Milarcik was first introduced to Camp Buckeye as a camper when she was 9. Today she serves as an instructor for the Nature Discovery Program and aids in the office with special projects. This program helps to unite her passions of the outdoors and history.

Call the library at 330-343-6123 or register online at

The Dover Public Library is located at 525 N. Walnut St. in Dover.

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