Group Cabin Camps for Organized Groups
The basic element of the organized group cabin camp is the unit, which generally consists of sleeping cabins or barrack-type sleeping facilities, toilets and a unit lodge (activity building).
The sleeping cabins can sleep either 2 or 4 people while barracks can sleep up to 26 people.
Cabin camps also have a central washhouse, first aid building, dining hall, staff quarters, camp office and parking.
All buildings are unheated, but a few have fireplaces.
Located in five state parks, organized group camps were built in the mid-1930s as Federal Recreation Demonstration Areas by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Some of the camp buildings once served as living quarters for the CCC members who worked developing the parks.
Blue Knob - A 100-person capacity camp is available for overnight use to organized groups from May to September. The group camp offers sleeping quarters, bathroom and shower facilities and a large dining hall/kitchen complex. Rental periods may be as short as one night. A reservation system is based on previous long-term use, priority for youth groups, length of stay and number of people. Contact the park office for additional information. E-mail Blue Knob to request a camp application.
French Creek - Camp 1 holds 135 people and Camp Clewell holds 68 people. The camps are open from April 15 to October 15. Located in a wooded setting with open areas, the camps are near two lakes, hiking trails and other recreational opportunities. E-mail French Creek to request a camp application.
Hickory Run - Camp Daddy Allen holds 124 people and Camp Shehaqua holds 149 people. The camps are open from the second Friday in April through the third Sunday in October. Located in a wooded setting with adjacent play fields, there are over 40 miles of hiking trails, three state park natural areas and nearby lake swimming. The camps share a swimming pool that is open from about June 1 to Labor Day. Groups must supply their own certified lifeguards. Camp Daddy Allen has paved walkways and railings but does not meet the new ADA accessibility standards. E-mail Hickory Run to request an application.
Laurel Hill - Camp 1 holds 150 people, Camp 2 holds 140 people, Camp 3 holds 124 people, camps 5 and 8 each hold 150 people in barracks, and Camp 9 holds 47 people. The camps are open the first Friday in June to October 1. Located in wooded setting with open areas, the camps are near a lake for swimming, boating and fishing, and near hiking trails, visitor center, and basketball and volleyball play courts. E-mail Laurel Hill to request an application.
Raccoon Creek - Camp 2 holds 126 people and Camp 3 holds 80 people. The camps are open from mid-April through mid-October. Located in a wooded setting with open areas, the camps are near hiking trails. Each camp is equipped with a commercial-type stove and refrigerator. E-mail Raccoon Creek to request an application.