The Early Years:  1939 through 1948

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1939-1940

  • The camp, located on the old Kibbe Place, was purchased by Austin "Pop" W. Welch from John Bondarenko in 1939.

  • The first cabin was built in October and November of 1939.

  • History of the Camp in Pop's words as printed in the BBC News.

1941

  • This was the camp's first year of operation.

  • A small group of 16 boys attended the camp.

  • In addition to the "First Cabin", there were also 4 sleeping shelters.

  • The only names of staff that we have associated with the camp in 1941 are Austin Welch, Tony Balski (age 16), and Margaret McKeogh.

  • The shelter cabins were used for sleeping quarters from 1941 through 1945.

  • Riflery was offered the first year the camp was open.

  • Session attendance was: 6/29 - 15, 7/13 - 18, 7/28 - 15.

  • There seems to have been only three 2-week periods this year.

1942

  • Session attendance in June was 15.

1943

  • Bert Auld, Pop's nephew began attending the camp (age 9).

1944

1945

  • David Easton and George Curtin (age 15) started attending camp.

1946

  • Tuition was $20 for each 2-week period. There were 4 2-week periods plus an extra 1-week session at the end.

  • Session attendance was: 6/27 - 44, 7/11 - 49. 7/25 - 38, 8/8 - 29, Special Session 8/22 - 21.

1947

  • Richard Anderson (age 11) and Donald Bab (age 11) came to the camp this year.

  • Inspections were done on cabins A, B, Bunkhouse, and Dorm.

  • This was the year of the first reunion.

1948

  • Barry Adams (age 12), Richard Anderson (age 12), George Holland and Bob Moreau (age 13) came to the camp this year.

  • One of the major events of the summer was a 3-day Indian/Pioneer war. The Pioneers lived on the island.

  • Bob Moreau was appointed the first ever Captain of the Junior Leader Corp.

  • Barry Adams, Donald Bab and George Holland were appointed full Junior Leaders.

  • Richard Anderson was appointed Acting Junior Leader.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Camper Roster. Staff Roster, and Awards Lists

1941

1942

1946

1947

1948

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