Cabins and Lodges
The Tree House, a unique and wonderful way “to get high” in the woods.
In the midst of the woods, by a gurgling brook, rising 19 feet above the ground, veiled by Beech branches stands “the Tree House”. A 24’ x 16’ screened-in room was an incredible effort of donations and volunteers, completed in 2008. The 4’ diameter Beech tree stands proudly with its new adornment. This Beech was destined to be harvested many years ago when longtime Boy Scout and Camp Buckeye supporter, Jim Rila, from Freeport, asked how much the loggers were going to pay camp for the tree. He then ‘bought’ the tree, giving the equal amount of money to camp to save the tree. It now invites an adventure of getting a birds eye perspective of the sights, sounds and smells of the woods. Truly a cabin for those with a “higher calling”. It is available for guest rentals, sleeping 10-14 youth (mattresses available).
The Agape Lodge, originally built in 1954, is the beautiful and rustic multi-purpose central facility of the camp. With a stone fireplace as its heart, faux-stone floor, comfortable leather furniture and welcoming atmosphere, it is the ideal place for civic and corporate gatherings as well as family and youth events.
Remodeled in 2004, the lodge offers new tables and chairs that can be set up for each group’s specific needs, doubling as a dining hall when needed. On the south end, an adjoining commercial sized kitchen provides ample space for food preparation for both small and large groups, as well as a laundry area. At the north end of the lodge, there are restroom facilities and 3 sleeping rooms with both bunk and double beds, one with a private bath and shower. This area can sleep up to 22 people. Fully heated in winter, the Lodge can accommodate approximately 100-150 people in its main room. A large, covered front porch provides a second outdoor stone fireplace and seating area to gather with friends as well as table games such as carpet pool, foosball, and ping-pong. An even larger rear porch adjacent to the parking area provides an additional sheltered area for open air dining, games, or activities. The Lodge may be rented in its entirety, or without the kitchen or sleeping quarters, and may be rented for day, evening, or extended periods. The Lodge can be utilized for corporate business meetings, reunions, graduations and more, and is also available for weddings and receptions.
Peace Pavilion — This pavilion, located on the upper level near the cabin area, provides a sheltered area for outdoor cooking with its central fireplace. There is electricity and water is available nearby. The pavilion can accommodate groups of approximately 50 with its picnic table seating.
Woods Pavilion — Nestled in the woods between Hickory cabin and Grace Adirondack, this new shelter built in 2004 provides a unique gathering area for those camping on the lower level. Picnic tables can seat approximately 50, and make it an ideal area for meals, nature, craft, or Scout merit badge activities.
Nestled in the woods where the Pileated Woodpecker’s rat-tat-tat echoes, the Founders’ Pavilion, 40’ x 80’ is a large and spacious area for groups of all sizes, with a seating capacity of up to 150. Located near the Playground area and shower house, the shelter is available for family reunions and other gatherings as well as for regular camp activities. The Pavilion has running water & kitchen equipped with two gas stoves, refrigerator & freezer for guest use. The Founders’ Pavilion was completed in 2007 and was built in honor of the camp founders, Nate Miller, LeRoy Mullet, and Ken Stoltzfus, Sr.
Located on the upper level and ’bookended’ between Hospitality and Joy Cabins (with a combined sleeping capacity of 34), the Friendship Center is winterized and will also soon have basic food preparation facilities. As an open meeting room, it provides the ideal place for small groups to gather. The combination of the joined Hospitality and Joy cabins and the Friendship Center, with their own fire rings, a back porch, picnic tables, and small swing gazebo, makes them an excellent choice for weekend retreats or family groups. Friendship Center can be rented alone or with one or two of the attached cabins. This complex is near the volleyball and basketball courts and is just at the top of the path leading down to Perseverance Pool.
Serenity Retreat Cabin
Tucked into the woods is an adult personal retreat cabin awaiting your arrival. Sleeps 6 maximum. Has a bedroom with a queen size oak Amish made bed, a loft with 2 twin beds, and a sofa bed. Full bathroom. A living room & kitchenette combo with a gas fireplace. Microwave, small refrigerator, toaster & coffee/tea maker. Three glass sliding doors overlook the woods where the pileated woodpecker dwells and deer roam. A memorial cabin created for your renewal and restoration. Located on the upper level.
For spiritual retreat and renewal, we encourage pastors to “come apart and rest” by using Serenity Cabin.
- Full-time pastors may use Serenity on a donation basis.
- For a pastor and one guest only.
- Maximum stay two (2) nights Two (2) times per year
- No linens provided for guest rentals. Linens for Pastor Retreat provided for two people.
Peace Cabin — Our newest cabin, built in 2004 due to the generosity of donors, Peace Cabin has a handicap accessible ramp and is closest to the Shower House and Agape Lodge facilities. This cabin is winterized and has electricity and sleeps 12 in bunk beds. Upper level.
Charity Cabin — The charming Charity cabin is always a favorite, tucked in close to the tree line and sleeping 12 in bunks. Winterized/electricity. Upper level.
Hope and Faith Cabins — Hope and Faith are ’sister’ cabins, built end to end, though with separate entrances. Each of these cabins sleeps 16 in bunk beds and are an excellent choice for families who wish to camp together. Winterized/electricity. Upper level.
Hospitality Cabin — Our largest cabin, sleeping 20 in bunk beds, and with two entrances, Hospitality is a perennial favorite, with lots of room to spread out. A door also leads directly into Friendship. (Hospitality and Joy cabins ’bookend’ the Friendship Center.) Private outdoor area. Winterized/electricity. Upper level.
Joy Cabin — Joy Cabin sleeps 14 in bunk beds, and has a door leading directly into Friendship Center as well. (Hospitality and Joy cabins ’bookend’ the Friendship Center.) Winterized/electricity. Upper level.
Hickory Cabin — Hickory is currently the only non-Adirondack cabin on the lower level. Rustic Hickory sleeps 16, and is also ideal for groups where the ’grown-ups’ may want to sleep indoors while the younger campers opt for tent camping outside in the wooded setting. Close to the Woods Pavilion, hiking trails, and Perseverance Pool. Winterized/electricity. Lower level.
Adirondacks are open air, highly rustic cabins for full enjoyment of the great outdoors. Three sides are wood, the fourth wall is 3/4 screened in. Bunk beds. All have electricity/NO heat (obviously!). The brave of heart are welcome to use them for winter ’polar bear’ style camping as well!
|Aspen||8||Upper level, in woods behind Playing Field.|
|Beech||12||Lower level, near Woods Pavilion.|
|Firewood||10||Lower level, near Perseverance Pool.|
|Grace||10||Lower level, outer edge of Woods Pavilion area. Secluded location.|
|Maple||12||Lower level, near Woods Pavilion.|
|Perseverance||10||So-named for its close proximity to Perseverance Pool|
Tent and RV Camping
Guests may bring their own tents or recreational vehicles to use for camping. Several lots very close to the lodge provide electrical & water hookups, and electricity is also available in the Peace Pavilion area. Tent camping is available throughout the campgrounds, on both the lower and upper levels.
The heated shower house, located on the upper level near Agape Lodge, provides convenient restroom and showering facilities, with a Men’s and a Ladies’ section. There is a smaller, more rustic showering/restroom facility on the lower level at Perseverance Pool. These facilities are in addition to the more primitive, outhouse style facilities located directly behind the cabin areas, as well as the single restrooms available inside of Agape Lodge.
Located across from Agape Lodge, and staffed by the friendly face of our Office Manager Lucy, the Camp Office is also headquarters for other camp personnel and part time volunteers or summer staff. The office is a beehive of activity in the summer months, but we will always have time to stop and answer any questions you may have about the camp, provide hiking trail maps, or give you a camp tour. Office hours are 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, or by chance or appointment! Stop in, enjoy a cup of coffee, and let us introduce you to Camp Buckeye!