Founded in 1917, Camp Miakonda is the sixth oldest Boy Scout camp in America and was considered one of the country’s finest during the 1940s and 50s. In many respects it still is one of the best. But, it might also be haunted.
Camp Miakonda is home to the legend of Bloody Mary.
No, it’s not the same Bloody Mary legend you’re probably thinking of – a mirror with crimson eyes staring back at you in the dark. No, this one involves a headless woman who wanders the wooded acres of Camp Miakonda.
As the story goes, this Bloody Mary was murdered by a lover and buried, they say, beneath the water tower at the campground.
When the moon is full and the night is still, the spirit of Bloody Mary rises from her grave in search of the man who betrayed her. So hungry her soul is for vengeance that it’s said she cannot rest peacefully until her former lover is brought to justice.
Though, without a head on her phantom shoulders, she has no eyes with which to see and will clutch at the first warm body who crosses near, bringing that unfortunate soul with her back to the grave in the hopes it’s the one who stole her life.
The word, “Miakonda,” means “crescent moon,” and you can almost imagine a group of young scouts seated in a semi-circle around a popping, crackling campfire with a bright moon glowing in the clear, crisp sky above. All eyes wide as their scoutmaster sits across from them, stoking the flames and whispering the story of Bloody Mary into the night air. Their young ears alert for the slightest sound of movement behind them; muscles tight and ready to launch them into a sprint should a twig snap too loudly. The shadows of the forest dance uneasily in the light of the fire and each one of them begins to wonder…
Is this just another one of those “tall tales” that gets passed from generation to generation around a campfire, or is there some kernel of truth to it? Is she really out there, somewhere in the night, groping her way through the darkness and ready to snatch some unlucky soul back to the grave?
Camp Miakonda is located at 5600 W. Sylvania Ave. in Toledo, Ohio.