Camp Roosevelt Firebird's Family Camp - The Cleveland Moms

View of Camp Roosevelt Firebird from out on Leesville Lake

Camp Roosevelt Firebird is a summer camp in Bowerston, OH – a short 2 hour drive from the CLE. Regularly, the camp is open during the summer for that iconic sleepaway experience for kids interested in personal growth, the outdoors, & an amazing time spent with incredible people. When the global pandemic started, the thought of summer camp quickly became every parent’s solace, imagining summer plans involving our kids finally getting out of the house & looking forward to their annual camping experience. However, since things went longer than anyone hoped for, Joe Mendes, the owner of Camp Roosevelt Firebird had to cancel summer camp for 2020.

He then came up with the brilliant idea to open the grounds to families as a Family Camp where you come stay at a cabin or pitch a tent, enjoy the scenery, & spend time with your family all while social distancing. When you come to family camp, you have all the amenities they offer to your disposal. There is a plethora of boating options (kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, fishing boats, & even a pontoon boat – The Skipper!) The camp sits on Leesville Lake, a scenic reservoir that goes on for miles. If water isn’t your thing, don’t fret! There is a soccer field, volleyball, tennis, basketball courts, archery & more! Bring your bike for an epic mountain bike trail & shoes for all different types of hikes.

I had the time of my life kayaking!

On the pontoon boat – The Skipper! – So fun

& our son had the time of his life on the paddleboat!


If you’d rather sit back & just enjoy the view, you can do that too! The choice is yours at Family Camp. There are multiple fire rings available & plenty of places to just enjoy the sounds of nature. Part of what Camp Roosevelt Firebird does best is teach kids in the summer life-long skills to bring home & use later in life. One of their group projects was building an amazing cob pizza oven. Bring ingredients to make your own wood-fired pizza in their awesome homemade oven, it’s an experience like no other! The colors were just starting to turn when we were there so you can only imagine how beautiful it gets when the leaves start to peak!


Our recommendations: Bring a cast iron pan for easy cooking over the fire!


Be sure to visitย to book your stay today!

Camp Roosevelt Firebird is located at: 4141 Dublin Road SW, Bowerston OH

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