Camp Joy

Camp Joy (HM2HLG)

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N 39° 6.97', W 84° 31.766'

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Side A Camp Joy was born at the site of Seven Hills Neighborhood House and original location of St. Barnabas Episcopal Mission Church. Displacement and loss caused by Ohio River flood of 1937 inspired St. Barnabas' rector and his wife, Laurence "Cap" and Sadie Hall, to act on behalf of the children of Cincinnati's West End. The Halls conceived of Camp Joy as a haven where kids could find a respite from impoverished surroundings in the city and its sweltering summer heat. The camp was a success and continued after the Hall's assignment to another parish. From 1940-1944, Rev J. Brooke and Mrs. Betty Mosley continued to nurture the people of the West End through St. Barnabas and Camp Joy.
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In 1945, St. Barnabas Episcopal and the West Cincinnati Presbyterian churches merged to preserve both congregations, whose memberships were declining. Under Presbyterian pastor Maurice "Mac" McCrackin the newly merged congregation voted in 1947 to integrate and welcome its Black neighbors. The merger integrated Camp Joy, too, making both church and camp trailblazers for integration in the area. After moving several times, Camp Joy found a home on 317 acres in Warren County, west of Clarkesville (Clinton County) in 1959. In 2017, Camp Joy celebrated its eightieth anniversary and welcomes

more than 13,000 campers annually, including children facing medical challenges, in foster care, or enduring hardship. The camp also serves area schools by providing outdoor education programs and businesses by offering leadership and teambuilding retreats.
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2018
Placed ByCamp Joy and The Ohio History Connection
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Date Added Friday, June 7th, 2019 at 11:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 713594 N 4332574
Decimal Degrees39.11616667, -84.52943333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.97', W 84° 31.766'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 58.2" N, 84° 31' 45.96" W
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