“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Canfield in Mahoning County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Camp Stambaugh

Camp Stambaugh Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 22, 2021
1. Camp Stambaugh Marker
Inscription.  The Boy Scouts of America began in 1910, and by 1912, Scouting was established in the Mahoning Valley. Camp Stambaugh opened in July 1919. thanks to a gift from the estate of prominent local industrialist Henry H. Stambaugh (1858-1919). In his will he had named his friend and business partner Phillip J. Thompson as trustee of Stambaugh’s 86.5 acre Indian Creek Farm. Stambaugh’s expectation was that Thompson would convey the property to the local Scouting organization. In 1919 the property was mostly a treeless pasture and one could see Indian Creek from Stambaugh’s hay barn near Leffingwell Road. That first summer a Council Ring was carved from an old limestone quarry just north of the creek.

In the early 1920s Camp Stambaugh was reforested. In 1923 Indian Creek was dammed to create a four-acre lake. Scouts built a bridge over the creek in 1925, and in the next two decades many cabins and structures were built. The K.L. Brown Pavilion, named for Scout Council executive Kenneth Brown, was erected in 1947 using the foundation of Henry Stambaugh’s barn. The Rotary Club of Youngstown funded the construction of a swimming
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pool in 1963. A donation of land from the Marino family added 28.5 acres to the camp in 1946. In 1985, the Scout Council purchased the adjacent 223-acre Swanston property. Camp Stambaugh is the second oldest continuously operating Scout camp in Ohio and is tied for ninth oldest in the United States.
Erected 2020 by Friends of Camp Stambaugh, Edward M. Barr Foundation, and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 47-50.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1919.
Location. 41° 0.364′ N, 80° 43.941′ W. Marker is near Canfield, Ohio, in Mahoning County. Marker is on Leffingwell Road (County Route 74) 0.8 miles east of South Raccoon Road, on the left when traveling east. Streetside, at the entrance to the camp. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3712 Leffingwell Rd, Canfield OH 44406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Canfield Fair (approx. 1.4 miles away); This Tablet Placed Here in Honor of William H. Kilcawley (approx. 1.4 miles away); Canfield Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Canfield Christian Church
Camp Stambaugh Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 22, 2021
2. Camp Stambaugh Marker, side two
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Old Mahoning County Courthouse (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (approx. 1.9 miles away); Canfield WPA Memorial Building (approx. 1.9 miles away); Canfield Congregational Church / Canfield United Methodist Church (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canfield.
Camp Stambaugh Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 22, 2021
3. Camp Stambaugh Marker
Camp Stambaugh Roadside Parking Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, March 22, 2021
4. Camp Stambaugh Roadside Parking Area
Tan gates in the distance provide vehicle access to the camp’s roads.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 23, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 359 times since then and 148 times this year. Last updated on September 3, 2022, by Grant & Mary Ann Fish of Galloway, Ohio. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 23, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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