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  • Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Camper holding a snake.

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  • Young men and women working on writing for publications at Camp Wel-Met, 1948

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Boys and Girls at Camp
Early American organized summer camps were single gender camps, although the primary focus on outdoor activities was the same for both boy and girl campers. However, particularly among lower income families, boys were more likely to be sent to camp than girls. Girls that did go to camp were able to experience activities and sports denied to girls at home. However, co-ed camping soon became more common and campers were able to enjoy activities together.

Photo Highlights:

This Walden camper of the 1920s explores nature adventurously with a snake comfortably draped around her neck.

Above right, men and women work together to produce publications for the campers at Camp Wel-Met in 1948.
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Photo titles
Camp Walden. Denmark, Maine. Ethel Katzenstein attended the girl's camp in the 1920s. Camper holding a snake.
Young men and women working on writing for publications at Camp Wel-Met, 1948