Camp Photo Album

This section is about the people, the places, and the things we did at camp. Here reside the many facets of Camp Charlevoix life, caught in a moment of time, mostly by Bill Townsend.

See whom you remember.

See if you still can put a name to a face.

Activities: We start with pictures that show campers doing the many activities offered at camp. Each week two activities were selected. One to be taken in the morning and another in the afternoon. Monday through Saturday, following cabin clean up and in some years, calisthenics, the activity bell would ring and at about 9:30, the morning activities would start and run until 11:00. In the afternoon, following rest hour, the afternoon activities would begin about 2:30 and end at 4:30.  Those were the times for learning, doing and having fun.

           Water Skiing
           Camp Craft
           Indian Dance

Trips: Who can forget the trips? The ultimate in camping out. Camping out for several nights at a time. Living with flies, mosquitoes and bugs. They didn't call it bug juice for nothing!  Coming back to camp filthy and tired. What fun!

For a kid, there was nothing better. I still remember being selected to go on The Chain of Lakes canoeing trip. I was 12 or 13 and it was truly an adventure. Paddling for miles each day, camping at the edge of a lake each night and carrying all our gear with us in the canoes. Somewhere in some dark corner of my parent's home is the broken off blade of a canoe paddle that still contains the wood burned names of the campers and counselors who made that trip.

And I still recall the year we ran into a bad storm on the lake when we were returning from a long sailing trip to Young State Park at the end of Lake Charlevoix. At least 3 boatloads of campers ended up in the living room of a cottage on the lake where we sought refuge from the storm.  We were all soaked from the rain and exhausted from baling out the Snipe sail boat and hanging on for dear life in a white-capped lake.  Nothing tasted better than the cups of hot chocolate our cottage hosts gave us that afternoon as we waited for a truck from camp to pick us up.

What memories!


Special Activities: During several years I was at camp I was among the 50 or so campers who were fortunate enough to go on the Mackinaw Island Trip. Now that was a fun trip. Not only because you got to sit in the back of a truck for several hours on benches from the dinning hall, but more so because you got to buy and bring back as much Mackinaw Island Fudge as you could carry. Of course, not all of it made it back to camp.

The Pillow Fight on first night at camp was always a real icebreaker. A large smooth log was suspended from the rafters in the Club House and a camper at each end of the log had to do battle, without falling off the log. First one to fall was the loser.

Rainy day skits were a highlight of each camping season. You never knew what to expect or what would happen next when counselors and campers took the stage.

            Mackinaw Island Trip
            Pillow Fights

Events: There were many special events that took place during the course of the camping season.  Each had its own significance. The Carnival came at the end of the first four weeks of camp. It was a time for the changing of campers; the first 4-weekers going home and the second 4-weekers coming in. It was also a time to have fun, just like a real carnival.

Two favorite events each year was capture the counselor and capture the camper. These were but a few among many Green versus Grey competitions. The Final Relay Race was the defining moment in the competition; a multitude of smaller events with a baton being passed to the next contestants until they reached the final event in the race, the water boiling. I can remember times when only seconds separated the winner from the loser.

The Green-Grey Banquet that was the culmination of this intra-camp rivalry was always fun…at least for one of the teams. As I recall, the losing team had to wait on and clear the tables for the winning team. At the very end we saw the unveiling of a Green or a Grey name that was carved into one of the logs that circled the interior of the Club House.

Cook Outs each Thursday night were fun too, along with the big one on the Fourth of July.

And finally there was the big Rodeo that took place on the last day of camp.

            Capture the Counselor
            Final Relay Race
            Final Council Fire
            Final Banquet
            Green - Grey Banquet
            July 4th
            Cook Outs

Mugwump: In all the years I was at camp I never knew the origins of Mugwump. I only know that it was a creature that sat on the fence with his mug on one side and his wump on the other! I have no idea how or when it started. Perhaps some you visiting this site can provide some insights to this unusual game. For those who have forgotten what it was all about, a copy of the rules is posted along with some pictures of the Mugwump itself and a few of the runs.


Camp Reunion - 1983: In 1983 a reunion was held in Charlevoix. The Reunion Invitation letter is shown along with a few pictures.

Camp Pictures: Paul Gach from Grosse Pointe visited the camp every year, for many years, taking pictures of the campers and staff. Some of these pictures have survived.

            Picture Day
            The Cabins
            The Sections
            The Staff
            Counselors in Training
            Staff - Cowboys
            Staff - Nurse
            Campers and Counselors
            City Pictures

Other events too were captured on film, even though they were not particularly memorable.

            Laundry Day

Camp Memorabilia : Here reside some of those things that are now part of camp history. Images that we may remember well, but were just part of everyday camp life. The T-Shirt, the camp banner, the logs hanging from the rafters in the dining hall, etc. etc.


Charlevoix The Beautiful: The town of Charlevoix really was beautiful. And there are many places to be remembered by counselors and campers over the years. Here are some photos and images to bring back those memories.

 Jim Cooper Video: In 1956, Jim Cooper's family took some 8mm film of their visit to camp. This will take a little time to download, but it is very short.

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