Here's a Memory Book from summer camp on Seneca Lake, 1943. I think maybe I mimeographed that one. It was right in the middle of The War and --
|Flag raising by the mess hall -- that's a 48-star flag.|
[gas rationing, parents couldn't drive down]
"...the pineapple salads"
[canned goods scarce, pineapple completely unavailable]
"...the bathing caps sold at canteen"
[no rubber even for tires]
"...We learned this summer that Don Natapow had joined Marvin Lee, both former campers and counselors, in giving his life..."
Further on in the Memory Book we learn that in years past we'd had camp in July for boys and August for girls -- but now, in 1943, we were co-ed all summer for the first time. No explanation of why the change -- but it was because with ten million men overseas, there was no way to find enough counselors for a whole boys' camp.
Nice to see that some things never change -- in a two-page spread on the Waterfront we learn that "Every camper a swimmer" was this summer's motto of the Waterfront Department..."Aunt Lynn and Uncle Buddy are very proud of the improvement shown by every single camper. All merited the ...glory of a card bearing a Swimming Award."
You have to wonder if Bob Berman even remembers that at the Waterfront Carnival in 1943, he won an award for "breath holding." You have to wonder, for that matter, if he's still breathing at all.