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Edison Wildcat Camp at Elkhorn Valley

Edison Local Schools students are enjoying a few days of respite at the Wildcat Camp this week at Elkhorn Valley near Bergholz.

   About 55 pupils in grades 1-6 are attending activities at the Christian service camp on June 25-27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., where they gather with school and camp staff and participate in games and other events intended to break the ice and foster team building. Edison Local Assistant Superintendent Julie Kireta said the Wildcat Camp began amid the COVID pandemic and has provided some fun learning in the great outdoors.

  “Edison began Wildcat Camp in 2021 as a result of the COVID school closure. At this time, the district felt it was important to support student social-emotional learning and provided structured activities to give our students time to interact and engage with one another,” Kireta explained. “Many of the activities are developed to promote problem-solving and communication skills.” 

   She added that the district was pleased to offer activities in an outdoor setting as students gear up for the next school year.

   “The district is happy to be able to provide our students with the opportunity to get outdoors, practice communication and team-building skills through fun activities. Our students and staff that attend all enjoy their time at the camp.”

   Students from Edison and surrounding schools have attended the retreat in the past to establish teamwork and friendships. Elkhorn Valley, which is located along Ohio 164, offers camps, retreats and other festivities for school students, church groups and more throughout the year.

   For more information about the Wildcat Camp or other offerings, contact teachers Dani Carroll at, Faith Hoobler at, Mikayla Tice at and Stephanie Thronely at or  Elkhorn Valley Executive Director Mark Laughlin at

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