WORLD'S OLDEST CAMPS

 

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Listed on either U.S. Oldest Camps or Canada's Oldest Camps.

Notes

Camp Dudley

Until 2015 sponsored by YMCA of the USA when it chose to go independent.

Frost Valley YMCA Camp Wawayanda

Camp Wawayanda is the twin of Camp Dudley. In 1901, the two camps shared the Camp Dudley property and divided their campers and staff to open an additional program at Wawayanda in New Jersey. See Myth of the Oldest for a full description.

Camp Keewaydin

Keewaydin was founded in Maine in 1894, and moved its program to Temagami, Ontario in 1902 (this is the camp listed for Ontario).  In 1910, it opened an extended section of the camp in Vermont under the same name with same program and some staff from Temagami (this is the camp listed for Vermont). By 1918, the Vermont section had become a standalone camp program, with management and recruiting and management separate from the Ontario camp. They continued under one ownership. In 1938, the two camps were spun off under separate ownership. 

As an interesting footnote, in 2000 the Keewaydin Foundation, which by then operated Keewaydin of Vermont, became the owner of Keewaydin of Ontario and the two camps were reunited.

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Photo: S.S. Belle on Lake Temagami at Keewaydin Camp in 1920s

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