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Summer Camps to 1948
A collection of photos of the early summer camps at Chopawamsic RDA.
Camp Goodwill Open House
A brochure for the 1939 open house at Camp Goodwill.
Camp Lichtman Brochure
An advertising brochure for Camp Lichtman, an all black camp in Chopawamsic RDA.
Camp Pleasant Newsletter
Camp Pleasant had a newsletter at each camp to celebrate camp happenings.
A publicity poster for the all-white Chopawamsic camps.
Camp Goodwill in the News
An article on the open house held at Camp Goodwill, 1939
Camp Lichtman Publicity Poster
Camp Licthman celebrated the character building effects of the great outdoors on African American youth.
Camp 2 Counselors
Camp counselors stayed close to the children.
Camp 4 Photo
Kids play with clay outside of the the cabin of Camp 4.
Junior Gets Medical Attention
The Family Services camps focused on the health and welfare of poor children and their mothers.
Girls not allowed
Outside play sometime meant no girls in the boys huddle.
Around the Unit Lodge
Boys gather around the unit lodge to play.
Buddy Check Before Entering Water
Water safety was a high priority for the Boys Club in 1936. They always swam with a buddy.
Out for a walk alone
Nature can inspire the need for solitude in all of us.
The Ole Swimmin Hole
It wouldn't be summer without a dip in the ole swimmin hole.
When can we play
Outdoor, unstructured play time was an important part of the camps.
Whistle when in doubt
A game in progress.
The young men of Camp Lichtman gather in front of the camp administration building. Photo courtesy: Scurlock Studios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Young men gather to look at a snake. Photo courtesy: Scurlock Studios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Camp Licthman outdoors
Scurlock Studios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Photo courtesy: Scurlock Studios, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution