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Welcome To Camp Mary Orton

I am so happy to welcome you to Camp Mary Orton! We have been serving children and families since 1910! Camp Mary Orton now serves children, families, schools, community and corporate groups. When you choose Camp Mary Orton to host your next event, you’re not only guaranteeing a memorable occasion for your guests, but you’re making a much larger impact on the Columbus community.  When you choose to send your child to summer camp, host your next meeting, or hold your wedding at Camp Mary Orton, you’re helping to provide an enriching summer experience for an at-risk youth in Columbus, who otherwise would be unable to participate in everything a magical place like camp offers.  Feel free to explore the flexible options Camp Mary Orton has to offer using the menu at the top of each page. Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your interest in Camp Mary Orton!

Ellen Moss Williams
Godman Guild President & CEO

Learn More about Camp Mary Orton!
Our Mission
Our mission is to strengthen families and communities by providing opportunities for personal growth, a place to experience nature and respite, and a resource that contributes to the mission of Godman Guild.

Our History
Owned and operated by Godman Guild Association, Camp Mary Orton is utilized as a natural arena for a variety of Guild programs. In order to know who we are, one must first look into the Guild’s history.

In the late 1800s, immigrants settled in a tough area of Columbus known as Flytown to labor in nearby factories. Opportunities for children were slim.

The plight of these troubled youth caught the attention of Anna Keagle, a North High school teacher, who sought help from The Ohio State University. In 1898, the First Neighborhood Guild was established, housing the neighborhood’s first library and offering structured English classes, public baths, sewing and social clubs, and a kindergarten. In 1900, Henry Godman, owner of the Godman Shoe Company, made a generous donation and the Guild moved to a larger facility known as the Godman Guild House.

In 1910, Mrs. Annetta Johnson St. Gaudens donated 11 acres of land in the Flint Ridge area in order for the city children, “to love the trees and wildflowers and beasts of the soil.” Camp Johnson provided a summer refuge to the Flytown residents, with the objective of promoting good health. During the 1920s, other generous donations allowed Godman Guild to expand the camp to its present 167 acres. Edward Orton, Jr., an active Guild board member, contributed proceeds from his late wife’s estate. The lodge at Camp Mary Orton was built in her honor.

Today, Camp Mary Orton has greatly expanded its services to include the Greater Columbus private and corporate sectors. Our adventure activities complement the Guild’s mission to empower the individual, strengthen families and foster community.

Contact Information Camp Mary Orton  
7925 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43235
Phone: 614-885-1023
Fax: 614-885-3032
Email: Info@CampMaryOrton.org

Godman Guild
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201
Phone: 614-294-5476
Fax: 614-294-3933
Email: Info@GodmanGuild.org
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What We Offer

  • Catering Options
  • Wi-Fi
  • Temperature controlled historic lodge
  • Unique Meeting Spaces
  • High ropes and low ropes courses
  • Hiking trails
  • Outdoor pool
  • Volleyball and basketball courts
  • Horse-shoes
  • Playground and extensive lawn areas.

Our swimming pool and a selection of Adventure Activities are available for an additional fee.

Click here to learn more about our facilities and meeting spaces!