Mar 15, 2018

Camp Charlevoix, the Best Growing Up Experience Ever

The first summer camps opened during the 19th century, with the theory that city life was bad for kids-- they needed several weeks of "fresh air" and "exercise."  One of the biggest, Camp Charlevoix, opened on the shore of Lake Charlevoix in northern Michigan in 1927 with the purpose of "building character" in boys aged 8 to 16.

During the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of boys from 23 states and a dozen countries spent their summers at Camp Charlevoix.  It became a model of what summer camps look like: sleeping in cabins; learning "Indian lore"; lots of outdoor activities, from archery to water skiing; and those cute young adult counselors.

The camp finally closed in 1984.

The Camp Charlevoix website has hundreds of pictures of the golden age of the camp, giving us a glimpse into the memories of the men who spent their formative years there (all photos copyright by their respective owners).

I'd like that counselor teaching me to swim.

A water-skiing class.

Cafeteria workers.

A weightlifting class.

Counselors looking a little embarrassed in their Indian gear.

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