Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Camp

I came across these vintage summer camp photographs a couple of days ago and the story that goes along with them. And because I believe that family and children are what it is all about, I thought you might enjoy this. Give a little if you can!

For years, the Washington Evening Star raised money to support the summer camps. A 1950 editorial cartoon by Jim Berryman encourages readers to donate. When the Evening Star folded in 1981, The Washington Post took over the campaign.

For many poor children, the tents of Camp Good Will in Rock Creek Park were their first taste of the outdoors.

The Associated Charities summer outings program took poor Washington children on day trips to the country.

In 1904, Associated Charities established Camp Good Will, which was where the Rock Creek Golf Course is today.

Camp Good Will was for whites only, so black Washingtonians raised money for a summer camp for African Americans. Camp Pleasant was established in Tuxedo, in Prince George's County.

Founded in 1882, Associated Charities worked to improve the lives of the poorest Washingtonians. Volunteers visited slum dwellings such as these. Today, Associated Charities is called Family Matters of Greater Washington, and Camp Moss Hollow is the direct descendant of Camp Good Will.

All photographs courtesy of Family Matters of Greater Washington.

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