S’more to Love: Vintage Summer Camp Photos

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 5Image via Gene Lester/Getty Images.

As a kid (and, admittedly, until I was fifteen years old), there was one thing in the year that I looked forward to more than anything else: summer camp. For nine years, I spent one glorious month of each summer building campfires, jumping into freezing cold lakes, sleeping in cabins with nicknames like ‘The Wreck,’ and maniacally belting out the lyrics to old camp standards like “You Are My Sunshine” and “Old Lady Leary.” My years at summer camp not only taught me practical skills — such as CPR, how to use a compass, and proper friendship-bracelet color-coordination — but, with my fellow campers and counselors hailing from as far away as Venezuela and Australia, made the world that much larger to a kid growing up in relative isolation in the woods of Maine.

To ring in August’s arrival, I thought it would be fun to celebrate summer’s last hurrah with some of the internet’s best vintage camp photos. While you’re at it, grab some marshmallows and bug juice, and join in a round of “The Circle Game” (which, for the record, I now realize is the saddest song to have ever been written).

Vintage SUmmer Camp photos - 7Image via Flickr user Saddle Shoe Habitat

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 3Image via Flickr user califboy101

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 1
Image via Flickr user William Bird

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 4Image via Lambert/ Getty Images

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 2 Image via Flickr user William Bird

Vintage Summer Camp Photos - 5 Image via Digital Gallery

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  1. Jane Dowrick 08/11/2013 at 3:42 am #

    love the photos – would enjoy knowing the camp names and locations if available – one of them looks familiar – like a camp on Orcas Island off coast of Seattle – am I right?

  2. dowhitz 08/11/2013 at 3:44 am #

    enjoyed the photos – one looks like camp on Orcas Island off coast of Seattle – am I right?

  3. meiketeamconfetti 08/12/2013 at 2:41 am #

    Love these!

  4. Sarah 08/12/2013 at 8:13 am #

    Ah! Love these photos of summer camp. If there’s one thing I miss about summer, that’s it. My camp just turned 90 this year, and I love looking at all the old photos, including one of my mom at 11 or 12 standing outside of her tent!

  5. vera 08/27/2013 at 12:19 am #

    love love love this

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