Camp Livingston was started in 1920 on 18 acres in Indian Hill, Ohio on the site of the Helen Trounstine Camp. H. S. Livingston established the camp as a memorial for his only son, Lt. Robert Krohn Livingston. Robert Krohn Livingston was a decorated frontline serviceman from World War I who succumbed at 24 years of age in the influenza epidemic of 1918. Livingston’s father sought to establish the summer camp where children could experience growth and maturation in a trusting, caring environment. He equipped the site with barracks-style buildings and funded the conversion of the land to athletic fields. The Livingston Lodge is a historic landmark located in Indian Hill on north Given Road. This facility was once the recreation hall for the camp.
In 1969, the camp opened its current location on 680 wooded acres in Switzerland County, Indiana and in 1972 merged with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Cincinnati to serve the region including Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Louisville.
In 2001, Camp Livingston separated from the Cincinnati JCC and established new bylaws and updated their facilities greatly with the significant help of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati.
Nestled deep in the rolling, wooded hills of beautiful southeastern Indiana, Camp Livingston has offered an unmatched summer experience for Jewish children and teens for over 90 years. Camp Livingston has always provided a safe and nurturing environment where campers gain self-esteem, confidence and form lasting friendships with their cabin and unit friends, all within a fun and exciting atmosphere. Campers return year after year because of the bond and friendships Livingston helps foster that is uncommon anywhere else. Within this unique environment, campers come to know and love themselves, their community and their place in the greater world.