Roosevelt Firebird Family Camp


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Family Fun Kayaking at Camp Roosevelt Firebird

Giving You What You Need

Peace of Mind Included

We believe our Family Camp is a safe way for families to vacation and have a blast together. We invite you to come experience “camp” with your whole family.

Our camp is rustic, gorgeous, completely private, and situated in the Appalachian foothills on an undeveloped 9-mile long conservation lake. We have all the activities you could imagine at a summer resort. But let’s be clear — this is a rustic camp and not a country club.

If this sounds appealing, come join us. Smell the fresh Appalachian air. Listen to the sounds of the forest. Gaze at the fireflies and the stars. Whether you’re into swimming, boating, biking, playing tennis, hiking, or just chilling on the porch in the shade or around the campfire…we’ve got it. And of course, there will be lots of laughs. It’s camp!

Independent Family Camp has a small experienced staff who will guide you, answer your questions, facilitate some activities and make suggestions. Socially distanced campfires and community may be a part of it but you’re welcome to go it alone and do your own thing. Bring your meals, get ready to paddle, boat, hike, and do countless activities – all at your own pace when you want. Come experience Camp Roosevelt Firebird and be a kid again!

A Day At Camp Roosevelt Firebird

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How Family Camp Works

Each family gets its own private cabin, bathroom, cooking area, and campfire ring. An assortment of boats are available to reserve (canoes, kayaks, corcls, a pontoon boat, paddle-boards) based on interest.

Imagine a fun-filled day full of choices. Be active or just chill. Your family moves as a unit (or ½ a unit) selecting what to do and when to do it. Most activities will be open and accessible all the time, though some such as the tennis courts, swim area, and archery must be scheduled in advance.

What about food? You cook your own meals. We provide picnic tables, gas or charcoal grills, ice, mini-fridges, fire pits, cooking grates. We give you a lesson on how to use our adobe pizza oven and provide a few of our favorite recipes for cooking over an open fire. There are many restaurants and grocery stores within a 25-minute drive as well. But we suggest you stay at camp. It’s beautiful!

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A Spectacular Site

It’s remote, rugged, and historic.  So many rich tales full of compassion, justice, and hard work all rooted right here on our very soil.

It’s private at the end of a dead-end road. Not a light or house can be seen at night. 105 acres of woods, pastures, creeks, and shoreline. Our property is surrounded by inaccessible public land. 


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We’re 2 hours from Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh in the rolling foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, nestled on the quiet shores of Leesville Lake  – home of Ohio’s best fishing. Leesville is a 9-mile long conservation lake managed by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.   

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  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis Courts (2)
  • Basketball Courts (2)
  • Swimming (lifeguards provided)
  • Archery when possible
  • Wood Fired Pizza Oven
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Outpost tent camping 
  • Hiking / Creek walks
  • Trail Running
  • Field Games
  • Draw / Read / Chill
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Group Campfire
  • Tree-house platform
  • Fishing: poles, fishing dock, shoreline fishing, and two rowboats
  • Hammock
  • Creek Walk
  • Hiking
  • Tennis Ball Golf


Availability based on evolving Health & Safety Recommendations 


Wood-Fired Sauna 

Access to our Mountain Bikes 

Knee Boarding on lake

Pontoon Boat Tour of Lake



(your cost — all within 30 minutes) 

Tubing down Tuscarawas River

Golf Trip

Horseback Riding 

Single Track Mountain Biking


What We Provide

  • Private cabin
  • Private bathroom – shower -sinks
  • Camp Style beds (nylon surface mattress)
  • Fans in cabin
  • Clothesline
  • Porch
  • New picnic tables
  • Grill (gas or charcoal)
  • Private campfire ring/cooking grate
  • Outdoor frying pan, assorted outdoor cooking ware
  • Unlimited Ice
  • Firewood
  • Mini-fridge in each cabin


  • Assigned boats for your family’s entire stay (canoe-kayak-paddle board-rowboat-paddle boat)
  • Assigned paddles and life-jackets(PDF’s)
  • Private porch at each cabin
  • Worms for sale (fishing)
  • Outdoor water source at your cabin
  • Pamphlet detailing stores, activities in the area
  • Sports Equipment (basketball, volleyball, tennis raquets and balls, soccer ball, frisbee, etc.)


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Health and Safety

We are carefully following the residential camp guidelines that have been published by the CDC, Responsible Restart Ohio, Carroll County’s Board of Health standards for campgrounds. We also are following advice from the American Camping Association and the Association for Camp Nurses and camping professionals across the country. We have been monitoring these sources since mid-March 2020 and are taking a conservative approach. Above all, we pledge to provide a safe environment for our visiting families and our staff working on site. Still, we must emphasize, as a family you are taking on a risk and we cannot guarantee your safety. Like you, we do not fully understand this virus nor can we predict the future.

Please understand, these policies are very serious. Our staff are living on-site and leaving only for essential activities. We understand each individual family has handled the pandemic in its own manner. However, your family must play by our rules. If you can’t, sadly, we will have to ask you to leave. The safety of our camp community – visitors and staff – trumps the freedom of the individual.

Therefore, we have developed policies to ensure a safe environment. We will review these policies with you upon your check-in to camp. Please review the policies now before registering so there are no surprises. Some policies are in flux due to the recent uptick of the Delta Variant. Contact Joe with any possible questions or concerns before registering. Below, is a checklist detailing specific policies and procedures in shorthand. Links will be provided, as they become available, for those policies requiring more detail. 


Policies and Procedures

Please understand some policies are fluid and evolving. We continue to consult with government agencies, our insurance company, and other organizations on a regular basis. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Check-in Procedures: verbal health check and temperature check at our gate
  • Check-in anytime after 10 AM, Check-out before 8 PM. 
  • Masks: Each member of your family must have a mask and show it to us upon entry
  • Camp Behavioral Norms Agreement (sign upon entry)
  • Waiver Agreement (sign upon entry)
  • Social distancing requirements (other families and our staff)
  • Guidelines for interacting with our staff
  • Description of how your cabin was cleaned before your arrival (supplies)
  • Your cleaning responsibilities during stay and at check-out
  • Supervision of your children
  • Mask wearing (When? Where?)
  • Emergency Procedures – 911 phone location, local health care, procedures for tornado, power outage, swimming rescue, and our emergency signal
  • No Smoking on Site — off-site location provided 
  • Alcohol Policy (permissible only at your cabin and not to excess)
  • No dogs or pets allowed (insurance does not allow)
  • Parking and driving rules on campus
  • Guests may leave site and return
  • Quiet hours at 10 pm. Sure, hang out but be respectful of your neighbors.
  • Refunds. If camp is cancelled due to the pandemic you will receive a full refund

Access to Technology

  • The Camp Life: We actually find it pleasant not having technology at our beck and call. You might enjoy the ability to unplug and a reprieve. However, there are ways to access technology if you need it.
  • WiFi: We do have a guest network for your use but be forewarned it is not always reliable nor as fast as you might be accustomed to — especially if many folks are using it at the same time. WiFi is only available near our lodge and office. You can sit in a chair and go at it.
  • Cell Phones: They work over Wifi if your phone is configured properly.
  • Power Outages: In the case of an outage. You’ll have to hike 300 feet up to a “secret” location on a forested hill. You can get cell reception there. You can also take a 10-minute drive to Sherrodsville or Delroy. In case of an emergency, we have a landline to call 911 and a generator for water.
  • Music: If you play music, please don’t blast it and keep it by your cabin. Also, check with your neighbors in adjacent cabins to make sure it’s OK. Don’t get us wrong, we love music as much as anyone and of course, there is a time and place for it. But the sounds of nature strike a lovely chord. Bring your own instruments. No better place for a “socially distanced jam session” than camp! 

Essential Items:

  • Mask for each person in your party
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils
  • Large Cooler
  • Large Tupperware Crate to store dry-goods (food)
  • Camp Chairs (1 for each person)
  • Charcoal 
  • Matches
  • Larger Water Container
  • Pillows
  • Bedding/Sleeping bags
  • Personal Toiletries
  • Flashlight/headlamp
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swim Toys
  • Dish Washing System (basins for wash and rinse, dish soap)
  • Small first aid kit
  • Flexible attitude

Optional Items:

  • Propane camp stove (double burner)
  • Fishing equipment
  • Personal Kayaks, boats – consult in advance
  • Extra memory foam/air mattress for two
  • (narrow beds, max 6’ 1” person)
  • Mountain bikes (helmet required) 
  • Swimming toys and noodles
  • Athletic equipment
  • Musical instruments
  • Tennis Racket / Balls
  • Books
  • Journal
  • Art Supplies
  • Board Games
  • Hammocks
  • Camera
  • Tent for outpost camping
  • Golf clubs (local courses)



Standard Roosevelt Cabins


  • $100 / adult per night
  • $60 / child (18-7) per night
  • FREE children 6 and under
  • $220 minimum per night 

Roosevelt Cabins:

  • Sleep 12 at maximum
  • Five cabins spaced along a steep slope
  • Newer updated bathrooms
  • Can be hotter. We provide large fans
  • Shorter porches, afternoon sun
  • Spectacular firefly and star show most nights
  • Treehouse and large playing field adjacent
  • Located 7-10 minute walk from main camp
  • Note: very steep hill – slow going for younger kids

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Standard Firebird Cabins


  • $100 / adult per night
  • $60 / child (18-7) per night
  • FREE children 6 and under
  • $220 minimum per night 

Firebird Cabins:

  • Can accommodate larger pods (2 to 3 families max per unit / 8 cabins total)
  • Firebird has a Unit 1 and Unit 2 (Each is segmented into 4 cabins; they are V-Shaped and can sleep 40 and shared bathroom in the center)
  • Bathrooms may be shared – 4 sinks / 6 showers
  • Much closer to lake and main camp
  • Nestled in tall white pines
  • Large long shady porches
  • Large screened windows look out on trees.

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Debbie Cabin


  • $175/night per adult
  • $75/night child age 18-7
  • FREE children 6 and under
  • $350 minimum per night

Debbie Cabin:

  • Sleeps 4
  • Full-size bed, real mattress
  • Futon Couch (sleeps two kids)


  • Bathroom/tub and shower
  • Small Sitting room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Closet
  • Mini fridge
  • Gas Grill

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Rita Cabin


  • $150/night per adult
  • $70/night child 18-7
  • FREE children 6 and under
  • $300 minimum per night

Rita Cabin:

  • Sleeps 4 (tight)
  • Full-size bed, real mattress
  • Bunk Bed


  • Closet
  • Walk-in Shower
  • Porch
  • Gas Grill
  • Picnic Table

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Camp Office: 4141 Dublin Road SW Bowerston, Ohio 44695
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Cell range around camp is spotty, so GPS systems are not always reliable. We recommend printing out directions.


Contact Info

Camp Roosevelt-Firebird
Joe Mendes, Owner/Director:

740.269.0137 Camp

216.849.9395 Camp Director, Joe’s cell