Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Guide to American summer camps from 102 years ago

As a bonus addendum to this afternoon's baseball-themed post, here is a rundown of all the summer camps that are listed in the classified-advertisement section of that April 19, 1913, issue of The Outlook.

It's broken down by boys' camps and girls' camps, and includes some of the details presented in the advertisements.

  • Camp Riverdale (Long Lake, New York): "Wilderness camp for boys in a famous hunting and fishing region. Mountain climbing, mastery of the woods, of the water, and of boats." [This camp closed in 1964, according to this website.]
  • Camp Wonposet (Bantam Lake, Connecticut): "Write for booklet." [Camp closed in 1997, but there's a Facebook page.]
  • Camp Oxford (Oxford, Maine): "A healthful, happy, helpful summer place for boys."
  • The Gilmanton Camp (Gilmanton, New Hampshire): "Equipment unsurpassed. Expenses moderate. Impossible to describe here."
  • Camp Wampanoag (Cape Code, Massachusetts): "Scouting over old Indian trails, land and water sports, prizes."
  • Navajo Camps for Boys on the Maine Coast: "Mountain climbing, boating, wonderful motor-boat and sail cruises, swimming, fishing, athletic sports."
  • Camp Winona (Moose Pond, Maine): "For boys, 8 to 15 years of age." [Still around!]
  • Minne-Wawa (Algonquin National Park, Ontario, Canada): "Booklet."
  • Camp Katahdin (in the Maine Woods): "The place to make boys manly."
  • St. Regis Camp for Boys (the Adirondacks): "Free tutoring in all subjects by experienced graduates. All land and water sports. Character building. Terms moderate."

  • Camp Ken-Jocketee (Vermont): "Riding, swimming, boating and mountain climbing."
  • Sargent Camp (Peterboro, New Hampshire): "On our own lake. ... Amateur theatricals, music. Food from farm. Songs and stories around the camp fire." [Still around! Called Sargent Center.]
  • Camp Eagle Point (Stinson Lake, New Hampshire): "The fields, woods, and waters. Athletics, water sports, horseback riding. ... Real camp life without discomfort."
  • Camp Fairweather (Francestown, New Hampshire): "Field and water sports, nature study, mountain climbing, dancing, elective instruction, tutoring."
  • Camp Wabanaki (Lake George, New York): "Instruction by a specialist in arts and crafts. Designing, out-of-door sketching, basketry, stenciling and leather work, water sports, tennis and nature study."
  • Wyonegonic Camps for Girls (Moose Pond, Maine): "Three separate camps, ages 9 to 21" [Still around! Is the "oldest continuously-run camp for girls in America."]
  • Kill-Kare Kamp (Mount Vernon, Maine): "Practical domestic science if desired." [This is a Kill Kare Kamp cottage that was established in 1917 and is still in operation. But I don't see anything about the Kamp itself.]
  • Camp Teconnet (China Lake, Maine): "On our own island. ... New dining hall, assembly house and tents. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, motor boating."
  • Quanset (Cape Cod, Massachusetts): "Swimming, canoeing, sailing, taught under the safest conditions. ... Original musical comedy under able leadership. Weaving."
  • Chatham Woods Camps (South Chatham, New Hampshire): "Fourth season. Booklet."
  • Alford Lake Camp for Girls (South Hope, Maine): "Bungalows and tents among the woods. Outdoor and indoor dining rooms, swimming, tennis, basketball, horseback riding, mountain trips." [Still around! Here's their Facebook page.]
  • Pine Tree Camp for Girls (on the summit of the Poconos, Pennsylvania): "Outdoor sports, carefully supervised. Swimming, canoeing at option of parents. Nature study."
  • Camp Winnecomack (Munsonville, New Hampshire): "All land and water sports, horseback riding."
  • Camp Setag (the Adirondacks): "Booklet."

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