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  • Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Campers on a swimming platform. 2nd Float.

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  • Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Postcard of girls building a fire by the lake.

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  • Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Camper poses with hiking gear.

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  • Lois Greene Stone, Camp Watitoh, Becket, MA, 1950

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  • Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Edith W. and Margaret.

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  • Girls swimming at a country camp, circa 1950

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Gender Segregated Camps
Boys were more likely than girls to go to summer camps, particularly in the 20s and 30s, although a higher percentage of Jewish Children of both genders went to camp than among any other urban ethnic group. While boys were often seen as needing an encounter with primitive wilderness, girls were often considered important contributors to the home economy, where they would care for younger siblings and help out with other household chores.

Photo highlights:

1920s photos from Camp Walden in Maine show girls hiking (with camping gear), swimming from a platform, and enjoying a bonfire on the beach (top row). Many girls at camps enjoyed doing traditionally male chores like wood chopping and fire-starting, while they struggled with rough living conditions.

The bottom, middle image shows campers playing sports in shortened, above-the-knee athletic bloomers. Bloomers were considered acceptable for women in athletic endeavors, yet often worn by campers only in isolated country settings when safely away from public eyes.

Other pictures show girl campers practicing archery and swimming. 1950s camps often maintained single sex facilities for some activities including bunking and swimming.
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Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Campers on a swimming platform. 2nd Float.
Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Postcard of girls building a fire by the lake.
Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Camper poses with hiking gear.
Lois Greene Stone, Camp Watitoh, Becket, MA, 1950
Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Edith W. and Margaret.
Girls swimming at a country camp, circa 1950