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From plunging into cool waters from a rope swing to swinging an axe to building a bonfire, campers are free to choose how they want learn and grow this summer. Challenges abound with friends on the trail and in the cabin. Summer moves from moment to moment — building community by swishing sudsy dishes and weeding gardens to performing zany skits to experiencing challenges on wilderness trips.
On January 19,Szlama Ber Winer made his escape. From there, Winer made his way to the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, Poland, where he rendezvoused with the underground Oneg Shabbat group, which had made it their clandestine mission to chronicle the horrors that the Nazis had recently begun perpetrating upon the fellow Jewish residents of their city. At the time, of course, the group had no idea of the full extent of what they were actually chronicling.
Sinceboys at Alpine have explored the massive rocks, rushing waterfalls, and deep woods surrounding the camp. John absolutely loved every minute of camp and thinks that his counselor, Tate, hung the moon. I loved the fact that his cabin mates came from all over! He had Meet-the-Teacher night at school several nights ago.
But as anyone who has gone to camp will tell you, it isn't just about passing on the faith. Campers develop bonds and build personal skills that help shape their identities for years to come. A look at vintage photos from Jewish summer camps indicates it wasn't much different in decades past.
Roasting marshmallows, paddling around the lake, and learning camp songs may be part of your favorite childhood memories, but summer camps have been around a lot longer than that. Ever since Henry David Thoreau wrote his memoir about living in a cabin in the woods, Americans have been drawn to the idea of living simply. As more people moved off farms and into cities by the end of the 19th century, educators began promoting the value of connecting with nature — and these vintage summer camp photos prove it! Summer camp originally catered to boys, who no longer had to learn skills like chopping wood or building a fire.
This series consists primarily of photographs, along with a few photomechanical reproductions clipped from books or annual reports. The series is divided into 6 subseries, as follows:. Subseries are arranged alphabetically by individual or facility, and then in many cases further subdivided by photographer, then arranged numerically by photograph number. Subseries 4 is arranged chronologically by photographer.