St. Clairsville This year promises to be even bigger and scarier at the L.A. Youth Camp Haunted Trail.
Beginning this weekend, Oct. 20 and 21 and continuing Oct. 26, 27 and 28, screams will fill the air at the L.A. Youth Camp (formerly Bonnie Belmont Girl Scout Camp) near the Belmont County Fairgrounds in St. Clairsville. Hours are Friday, 7-11 p.m.; Saturday, 7-11 p.m. and Sunday, 7-10 p.m. The cost is $6 per person and all proceeds help support the 53-acre camp.
John Barath, president of the camp, became involved 15 years ago when his son, now 22 years old, was in Cub Scouts. The haunted trail was his son, Brandons idea. Brandon also designed the fliers for the event.
Approximately 30 volunteers have been involved in making the haunted trail bigger and better than last year.
Barath said last year over 300 people dared to be scared by the ghosts and ghouls on the 3/4 mile, unpaved trail.
The trail, containing over 30 spooky and horrifying scenes, will be lit by tiki torches and is rated PG-13, meaning that all children under 13 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The event will also include a maze, bonfire and food and drink for sale.
The event is sponsored by South Central Power, Tomorrows Corner and Boy Scout Troop 62 in Martins Ferry.
To reach L.A. Youth Camp from I-70, take exit 213, proceed to SR 40 West, go past Ohio University Eastern and take Country Road 84 to the left, follow CR 84 for two miles to the haunted trail signs posted.
The camp is available for use by Boy and Girl Scout Troops, Cub Scout Troops, church groups and other youth groups.
The camp has 11 cabins that sleep eight people and two larger cabins that sleep nine to 15 people. The camp also has bathrooms, showers, a kitchen and a pond for fishing.
Barath said he would like to get more weekday users.
For more information, visit their web site, lewisarboretum.com or visit them on Facebook at l.a. youthcamp.