about camp fitch


Fitch has been growing kids stronger for 100 years

As a part of the international YMCA movement and an important element of Youngstown’s strong Association, Camp Fitch has grown a lot since it’s founding in 1914 on the banks of the Little Beaver River. Although the location changed to the shores of Lake Erie over 85 years ago, we still live by the Christian values upon which we were founded to model and instill in kids.

More than 16,000 people visit Camp Fitch for at least a few days every year through our resident summer camp, classroom field trips, retreats and other outdoor adventures. Many of these campers tell us they think it’s the best place in the world. This sentiment isn’t because of the fun and games — rather it’s due to the sense of wonder generated by the deep, lasting relationships forged here and a spiritual resonance so often stimulated by the time spent in the outdoors. The impact of a Fitch experience can last a lifetime.

We live by a few timeless values, such as putting others first and giving our best.

Our Board

Volunteers providing crucial support to move Fitch forward

Stakeholders that help make us who we are

Doing their best for North Springfield

Keeping things going and never taking a rest

In the Press

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