YLA Camp Horseshoe Overview

Horseshoe Summer Experiences

Constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the United States Forest Service, the State YMCA of West Virginia (now the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association) opened Camp Horseshoe in 1940 and has operated it since. Today, just as it has since that opening, the Ohio-West Virginia Youth Leadership Association maintains Horseshoe’s guiding principles of creating community with everything directed to helping youth and adults strengthen their homes, schools and communities by becoming . . .

  • more responsible for their own lives
  • better motivated, prepared and committed to lead and to serve
  • action oriented, and
  • more responsible citizens of the community

2015 Ent. Summit

Horseshoe’s Teen Entrepreneurship Summits are fun, friends, learning, and produce results! Discover the principles of entrepreneurship, civic leadership and volunteer service in six days of fun interactive learning. Meet business persons and successful entrepreneurs, make connections and discover new possibilities for your future.


During Horseshoe’s Leadership Summits you will:

  • Discover your potential.2015 SR Leadership Summit
  • Welcome new experiences – chart your future – bring new enthusiasm and in the process discover all you can be and all you can offer.
  • Learn the basics of successful youth groups.
  • Make your youth group the best it can be when you return home!

Governor’s Youth Opportunity Camps help low income boys and girls choose positive activities, attitudes and goals. YOC helps children improve social skills and 2015 YOCconfidence, build self-control, learn to better relate to others and find hope for a better future. YOC promotes healthy lifestyles by teaching good personal hygiene, physical and mental activity, good nutrition and school success. Children thrive in Horseshoe’s guided atmosphere of purpose, positive role models, caring expectation, learning and constructive character building activities. The residential experience of family and community is Horseshoe’s distinctive difference in the lives of children.
Read our [ counselors’ comments ] about this exceptional youth experience.

2015-ADV-0774-19743909089_39c6b5bb46_kHorseshoe’s Adventure Camp for 7 – 12 year olds is fun and much more! It’s a good time with a purpose! Horseshoe is often a child’s first major step toward becoming an individual and developing social skills with their own peer group. There is no better way for children to learn about themselves and others, expand their horizons, learn to share and get along with others, develop a positive self-image, and have fun! We believe in camping, and hope each child will have the chance to experience this vital part of growing up.

Please visit [ Horseshoe Leadership Center Programs ] for information and registration materials for our numerous Youth Camp and Summit offerings.

Please visit Horseshoe’s [ Heritage Programs ] for information and registration materials for our numerous Heritage Program offerings.

We also offer family camping in the [ Horseshoe Recreation Area ].