July 10, 2020

To Our Currently Enrolled Camper Families and Waitlist Families,

Tuition payment refunds for the suspended 2020 season are currently being processed and mailed at this time. Our currently enrolled camper families will next receive our annual December newsletter which will include 2021 important dates, program updates, a group listing, and a statement reflecting payments and any tuition payment due on January 1, 2021.

Waitlist families will receive information on 2021 registration information in August. Those with age-eligible children (completing Kindergarten before Summer 2021 through 6th grade) should return the update slip by October 1, 2020 to be considered for the 2021 season. You will be personally contacted when any opening becomes available for your child(ren).

We certainly miss all of our happy campers and staff and the energy and enthusiasm they always create!  We can’t wait to have campers and staff back next summer to renew our Wildbrook friendships and resume all Wildbrook traditions! 

I would like to thank you for your loyalty and support throughout this unprecedented time!  Wishing you a fun, healthy summer, and hope all goes well as the children return to school in the Fall! Until our next mailing, be well, stay safe and healthy! 

My Best,

Gayle Lucas

A Cincinnati Tradition

Written by – Dave Oeters

For more than 60 years, Camp Wildbrook has been a Cincinnati summer tradition for many families in the area. The key the camp’s success, explains Gayle Lucas, the Camp Director, is the strong support from the community of former and current campers and counselors and their families, and the dedication of the entire Kraushar family.

Bob and Flo Kraushar founded Camp Wildbrook in 1952. Both were former schoolteachers in Cincinnati Public Schools. They realized there was a need for a private summer camp in the area after speaking to parents while they managed a playground group run by the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. They were also supported in the project by Dr. Albert Degarmo, a prominent local pediatrician. Camp Wildbrook quickly became popular with local families, offering fun activities for kids and recruiting the best counselors they could find. While Bob and Flo ran the camp during the summer, they continued to teach. In addition to the Camp, they have offered a swim club and rented space for events to community groups such as local fire departments and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Since that time, Camp Wildbrook has continued to offer quality programs based on the tradition started by Bob and Flo, but also fine-tuned and improved the experience for campers. For example, at one time the Camp offered horseback riding, but that program has been replaced with gymnastics and soccer in addition to old favorites like nature and camping, swimming, crafts, and drama and singing. Other traditions continue such as weekly Popsicle day for campers, and field trips for each of the groups.

“Many families have had three generations attend Camp Wildbrook,” explains Gayle. Parents who attended the camp look forward to sending their children. Many counselors were former campers. And former campers often call to ask about the camp and inquire where their children are on the waiting list. “Traditions are important, and parents want to share their experience with their kids.”

Just as Camp Wildbrook crosses generations with campers and counselors, it has crossed generations in the Kraushar family. All five of Bob and Flo’s children (Gayle, Karen, Scott, Dave, and Gary) have attended and worked at Camp Wildbrook. Gayle currently handles the day-to-day operations of the camp, and she worked for many years with her sister Karen as Co-Director of Wildbrook. Many of Bob and Flo’s grandchildren have worked at the camp in a variety of roles in the summer. Wives and husbands who marry into the family have also played roles at the camp. The dedication of the Kraushar family to Camp Wildbrook has made the camp experience truly unique.

Gayle explained that Camp Wildbrook has been an important part of so many lives in our area. Each summer is an exciting experience to see the tradition continue to grow. Gayle also credits the counselors and staff for the success of the camp. “We really do have the best counselors, and we couldn’t offer the programs and experience we do without them.”