Last month, we highlighted a trade catalog featuring a combination bed sheet, tent and sleeping bag. This month, we decided to continue with the camping theme and highlight a 1909 booklet about a boys’ summer camp in Maine, Camps Megunticook & Aroosticook.
Imagine beginning your camp experience with an ocean journey! That’s exactly how these boys traveled to and from camp. They departed from Philadelphia via the Merchants’ and Miners’ Transportation Co. and from Boston via the Eastern Steamship Co. On the way home, they traveled via the Eastern Steamship Co. and Metropolitan Line to New York and then by train to Philadelphia. In the end, a camper who left from Philadelphia traveled over a thousand miles round trip and spent a day in historic Boston and another in Cambridge.
Activities at camp focused mainly on the outdoors, including swimming, boating, canoeing, baseball, and fishing. They also practiced their photography skills by taking photos of wildlife around camp.
At Camp Megunticook, campers had the chance to try mountain climbing and go on camping trips to nearby lakes, caves, mountains, and rivers. There were also treasure hunts and, of course, campfire stories and songs. While at Camp Aroosticook, the boys traveled the surrounding area by taking short trips of one to six days.
Camps Megunticook & Aroosticook had both Junior and Senior divisions. The Junior sessions ranged in length from about four weeks to almost nine weeks while the Senior sessions were either seven weeks or about nine weeks. The booklet includes a more detailed schedule for the 1909 season.
In the Maine Woods is located in the Trade Literature Collection at the National Museum of American History Library. Take a look at Galaxy of Images to find out more about spending the summer of 1909 at Camps Megunticook & Aroosticook.