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Date Posted: 19:14:33 05/05/20 Tue
From 1951 to 1955 I attended a summer camp for boys located in north central Pennsylvania just a few miles from the NY border near Elmira. The camp was owned and operated by a couple who were teachers on Long Island , NY. Their name was Wallace. He was a Vocational Arts teacher and she was a school nurse. They had a daughter, RuthAnn, who was in the same age range as the campers.
I served as the camp bugler. I got the job through friends of my Mom who worked in a factory in Philadelphia. I "auditioned" on the upper train platform of 30th Street Station on Philadelphia, and was "hired" on the spot.
Camping was free, I got uniforms, meals and a camp punch out money card for shopping in the camp store. Thy also sent some cash home to my family. I don't know how much.
Each day, there were two swim periods. The morning swim was in the camp pool, and was focused on lessons, strokes and water safety. The afternoon session was at the "beach" of the large pond, they called the lake, and was just recreation, competitions and good fun.
For both swim sessions, all boys and the counselors swam naked. The director wore a swimsuit. At all swim sessions, the directors daughter participated, wearing a one piece swimsuit. All of the campers, who ranged from 9 to 15, and the staff, all high school and a couple of college age guys, swam naked. Mrs. Wallace, dressed in camp shorts and shirt often came to both the pool and waterfront.