The establishment of children’s camps were rooted in the progressive movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and reached their peak development in the 1920s and 30s. Whether promoting equal opportunity for girls, providing experiential learning opportunities in an outdoor setting, or serving as recreational boarding schools, these camps were often a child’s first introduction to the world of nature and outdoor recreation.
This walking and boat tour will explore the architecture and history of three sites that exhibit the evolution of camps over the course of the 20th century. We’ll visit and tour Pyramid Life Center, where we’ll enjoy lunch. Next, we’ll travel to Southwoods. Lastly, we’ll boat to Word of Life for a tour of the historic camp on Schroon Lake.
The tour will be led by Hallie Bond, independent scholar and co-author of A Paradise for Boys and Girls: Children’s Camps in the Adirondacks. The tour begins at 10 AM and ends around 4 PM.
The fee is $50 for AARCH members and $60 for non-members. Lunch is included.