For new students, Camp Hetuck is about building relationships and leadership skills. However this year, for James and Logan Downey, the camp was much more. It was also about strengthening their bond as brothers.

Each year at the Camp Hetuck Leadership Program, incoming first-year students spend two days learning about life and experiences at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Campers get the opportunity to meet fellow students, as well as learn about the people, places, and services of Ohio State Mansfield.

James has been attending Camp Hetuck for three years, and for the last two years he had been a camp facilitator. James explains, “I had such a great time when I first came here that I had to come back and experience the camp as a facilitator.”

For Logan, it was comforting knowing he had someone to help him as he transitions into college life. He says, “It’s fun having my brother here at Camp Hetuck. When I first got to camp, he helped me with my bags and get settled into my room.” He continues, “That little additional attention made it a lot easier while I go through this whole process.”

Camp Hetuck has become a tradition for the Downey family. Their older brother David, who is an accounting major at The Ohio State University in Columbus, also attended Camp Hetuck. Both James and Logan have
followed in their brother’s footsteps. James explains, “My brother, David, went to Ohio State Mansfield and said he had a great time. So naturally, I was excited about also attending here.”

David was both a source of information and encouragement for James, who also plans to give the same support to Logan. “I recommended he come to The Ohio State University at Mansfield for a more personal hands-on
experience in college. I also encouraged him to spend as much time here as his degree allows him and to enjoy the time he has as a student on the Mansfield Campus.”

James hopes Logan will get to experience the internship program. James spent his summer as an intern abroad. He spent two months in Madrid, Spain working as an intern for a company called AutoScout24, which is one of Europe’s largest internet car marketplaces. He says, “I got to work and learn in an entirely different environment, in an entirely different country. It was an amazing experience that helped open up my world a little bit and gain great experience.”

Logan is excited to start the new semester. He will be studying business administration at The Ohio State University at Mansfield. As for Logan, he is continuing his studies on The Ohio State University – Columbus campus studying to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

What does “Hetuck” mean?

Hetuck is the Native American word for Buckeye. The first recorded use of the term was in 1788 when Col. Ebenezer Sproat led the legal delegation at the first court session of the Northwest Territory, held in Marietta. The Native Americans greeted him with shouts of “Hetuck, Hetuck”. He proudly carried the Buckeye nickname for the rest of his life, and it gradually spread to his companions and other settlers. By the 1830’s, writers were commonly referring to locals as “Buckeyes.”

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