Submitted by YMCA of Van Wert County

VAN WERT, Ohio - The YMCA of Van Wert County announces the Grand Re-Opening of Camp Clay, located at 9196 Liberty Union Road in Van Wert. This will be held on Saturday, May 14, Noon to 4 p.m. Free food, fun and informative flyers will be available starting at noon, with an official ribbon cutting scheduled for 2 p.m.

Not only does Camp Clay continue to have amazing "Survivor-like" team building courses including low ground initiatives and a challenging 35 foot climbing wall, high ropes course and zip line, they also have it with fully certified courses and instructors.

In addition to the certified team building initiatives, Camp Clay also offers a Nature Center with a wide variety of hands-on exhibits including bird viewing, animal tracking table, weather station, live animals and active bee hive. There is also a certified naturalist on-staff to assist with any event. A self-guided Nature Trail is also part of Camp Clay's attractions with 17 stops along a ½ mile dirt trail with native hardwoods and wet land area.

Camp Clay is also the home of the oldest known standing wood structure in Van Wert County, an 1837 hewn log cabin that has been completely renovated and reconstructed to house 18 beds, an outdoor summer kitchen, wrap-around porch, electricity and showers. This cabin is available for overnight rentals that break down to be less than $15 per person. If a more primitive stay is preferred there is also a 22 foot tipi available at Camp Clay.

For larger gatherings there is a 3400 square foot shelter house available with electric throughout-great for corporate events, weddings, reunions, and more. Along with this is a 6-7 acre outdoor space with a pond for fishing, paddle boating, canoeing and, coming soon-a NEW Aqua Park with a water climbing wall, blob bag and water tramp. The Aqua Park will be opening May 30, 2011 and will be available for viewing during this Grand Re-Opening.

Along with the opportunity to see first-hand all Camp Clay has to offer, attendees will also be able to see the 1800's Pioneer Days Spring Rendezvous, which will also be taking place the entire weekend May 13-15. See how life really was in the 1800's as individuals will be camping and carrying out 1800's competitions.

All who attend will also be able to enter to win great door prizes, including 5 free Aqua Park passes and a FREE Adult membership at the YMCA of Van Wert County. Attend the Grand Re-Opening of Camp Clay on Saturday, May 14, from Noon-4 p.m.

Information about this and other programs available at the Van Wert YMCA can be found by calling 419.238.0443, visiting or emailing Additional Camp Clay information can be obtained by emailing The YMCA of Van Wert County is partially funded by the Van Wert County Foundation and United Way.