Youth camp takes over Miami University campus

Thousands of members of the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State Summer Camp packed into Miami University’s Millet Hall this week for opening ceremonies for the annual gathering. It’s the first year for the camp, which is one of the largest in Ohio, at the Miami University main campus location. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
Thousands of members of the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State Summer Camp packed into Miami University’s Millet Hall this week for opening ceremonies for the annual gathering. It’s the first year for the camp, which is one of the largest in Ohio, at the Miami University main campus location. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

One of Ohio’s largest youth camps has taken over the main Oxford campus of Miami University this week.

Opening ceremonies at Millet Hall saw the more than more than 1,200 members of the American Legion’s Buckeye Boys State Summer Camp — along with hundreds of adult volunteers and parents — packed into the campus arena.

The camp, which runs through Sunday, includes educational activities focusing on American government and building leadership skills among the boys.

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It’s the first year the camp is being held in Oxford.

The speakers include Butler County elected officials among many others.

Buckeye Boys State is sponsored by the Ohio American Legion, the largest veterans organization in Ohio. At Buckeye Boys State, boys learn about city, county and state government through a nonpartisan, objective educational approach.

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Miami officials were able to lure away the boys camp from Bowling Green State University in Northwest Ohio, which had hosted the annual event for almost 40 years.

The youth organization signed up with Miami University as host through the summer of 2021.