30 photos of abandoned summer camps that will give you the creeps

Weird Explorer/YouTubeGraffiti in an abandoned Girl Scouts camp warns people to turn around.
  • Jared Rydelek of Weird Explorer found an abandoned Girl Scouts camp outside of Utica, New York.
  • Jason Huckeba of the YouTube channel Huck Outdoors explored an abandoned summer camp that a film crew used for the set of a horror movie.
  • The YouTube channel NJ Outdoors featured a tour of an abandoned summer camp on the Jersey Shore.

Anyone who attended summer camp surely has fond memories of campfires, swimming pools, and cabins set in sprawling, wooded campgrounds.

But when a camp closes down and leaves the grounds abandoned for decades, those same structures become, quite literally, the stuff of horror films (“Never Hike Alone,” a “Friday the 13th” fan film, was shot at an abandoned summer camp in California).

Here’s a look inside three creepy abandoned summer camps.


Jared Rydelek of Weird Explorer found an abandoned Girl Scouts camp two hours outside of Utica, New York, in Beechwood State Park.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeCabins can be seen through the trees.

Rydelek often travels for work as a professional contortionist and sideshow performer, and started a Youtube channel to document his discoveries.


“I think I was up in Utica because I had a gig at a college nearby,” he told INSIDER. “I had a free day so I tried to find some off-the-beaten-path type of places to check out while I was there.”

Weird Explorer/YouTubeThe tarp was swaying eerily in the wind.

He found a story about the abandoned Girl Scouts camp on Atlas Obscura and decided to pay a visit.


The camp dates back to 1929 and closed in 1996.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeAbandoned tents.

It closed due to financial difficulties, according to Standard News.


Some of the cabins were still standing, while others collapsed entirely.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeWhat used to be a cabin.

Some of the cabins had succumbed to damage caused by rot, weather, or vandals.


Graffiti littered the abandoned campground.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeThat’s not creepy at all.

One of the boarded windows displayed the message “Go back.”


Every inch of the empty swimming pool was covered in graffiti.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeAn abandoned swimming pool at the camp.

The swimming pool was nothing but concrete.


It’s unclear how much graffiti dates back to the original summer camp and how much is from more recent visitors.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeGraffiti on another cabin.

According to Atlas Obscura, the town of Sodus is upping security in the area to prevent vandalism.


A tree had fallen through the ceiling of an abandoned bathroom.

Visiting abandoned buildings comes with risks.


The bathrooms themselves remained somewhat intact.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeAn abandoned bathroom.

The toilet emptied out into a shed below.


Rydelek was drawn to the history of the abandoned summer camp.

Weird Explorer/YouTubeAn abandoned fire pit.

“I imagined just how busy and full of life it must have been for decades of campers visiting,” he said. “But now the site is dead and being taken back by nature. It’s such a meditative and introspective thing to walk around the ruins and imagine what things must have been like compared to what it’s like now.”


Jason Huckeba and Matt Dunn were hiking in the San Bernardino National Forest when they found an abandoned summer campground in the area.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeThey decided to check it out.

Huckeba hosts the YouTube channel Huck Outdoors. Matt Dunn has a channel of his own called Lead Me Outdoors.


“We just happened to stumble along the camp as we were hiking that day,” Huckeba told INSIDER.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeA cement structure at the camp.

The San Bernardino National Forest covers more than 800,000 acres in California.


Many of the main lodge’s support beams had burned, putting the building on the verge of collapse.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeA burned support beam.

Much of the campground showed signs of fire damage.


Some of the buildings remained relatively intact.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeA wooden shed that may have been a mess hall.

The floor of this shed was covered in broken glass.


In the lodge’s kitchen area, they found production schedules for a film called “Never Hike Alone.”

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeA production schedule from an independent film.

The project was an independent “Friday the 13th” fan film set at Camp Crystal Lake and filmed at the abandoned camp, according to IMBD.


The site featured ominous graffiti, but it may have been left over from the set of “Never Hike Alone.”

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeThe sign reads ‘The end is near, the beginning is here.’

Huckeba and Dunn came across objects that were likely props from the movie such as candles and a stuffed doll made to look like a dead body.


The remains of a swimming pool were fenced off.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeAn abandoned swimming pool.

The pool was empty except for some swampy water.


Across from the pool, there were showers and changing rooms.

Huck Outdoors/YouTubeThe men’s showers.

Signs in the brick designated them as men’s and women’s areas.


The showers, separated by small brick walls, were still standing.

The brick structures held up better than the wood lodges.


YouTuber Patrick Botticelli from NJ Outdoors featured an abandoned summer camp on the Jersey Shore called Camp Albocondo.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeGraffiti on the chimney that says ‘Find your bliss.’

The host estimated that the camp owner’s house was built in the 1950s and was abandoned 10 to 20 years ago, but little about the site is known.


The kitchen ceiling had fallen apart, and the fridge was strewn on its side.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeThe ceiling caved in.

Debris covered the floor.


The wallpaper in the kitchen was a throwback to the 1980s.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubePlaid wallpaper.

Plaid wallpaper is no longer a home design trend that’s high in demand.


In what was probably a child’s room. Paintings of animals decorated the walls.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeWhimsical paintings on a dilapidated wall.

Much of the wall was damaged, obscuring the design.


The walls showed signs of termite damage.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeTermite damage.

It’s wise to hire home inspectors to check for termite damage before buying a home.


The ceiling of the garage was made of wooden beams.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeThe garage ceiling.

Someone clearly put effort into the property at some point before it was abandoned.


Built-in shelving units appear to have held fishing equipment.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeShelving in the garage.

There was a fishing weight left on one of the shelves.


The deck area outside the house had caved in completely.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeWhat once was a deck area.

Nature was slowly taking over the property with branches growing in between slats of wood.


The diving board of the swimming pool was nothing but a pile of broken concrete.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeNo more diving board.

The host of NJ Outdoors said that the cement surrounding the pool hadn’t been installed with the proper support.


All that was left was merely a hole in the ground where the pool once was.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeNo more swimming here.

The steps to the pool were partially covered by a tarp.


Exploring abandoned places requires treading with caution.

NJ Outdoors/YouTubeBroken glass and a broken door.

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