From the earliest days capturing images of Saginaw life on film was a well established tradition. Whether it was a studio photographer snapping group bunk pictures or an overzealous parent with a Brownie Hawkeye capturing his kid diving at the pool, a major post-season activity was filling photo albums commemorating the Saginaw experience.
Here you will see, albiet in black and white since it was the 50’s, an array of nostalgic shots we have collected from members of the choir as they say. They capture the flavor of the place and the sense of belonging that it fostered.
You can see in the bunk pictures above the full array of Saginaw logos that were in the works from the early days. A wide selection of hair styles too!
Activities we never did at home like hiking and overnights, campfires, canoeing, horseback riding, archery, and riflery were a part of the outdoor life skills we experienced at Saginaw.
There were plenty of sports activities we were familiar with like softball, basketball, track and field, golf, and tennis.
Not many remember this but in the 1940’s to 1960 there were Friday Night Fights in the Dell for the Juniors.
Marv Malamut, a boxer in college, was the counselor instructor for this at one point. Barry Greene recalled that in 1951 he was in Bunk 10 with Neil Abrams as his counselor and participated in his first and last boxing match of his career in the Dell.
The pool was a central hub of daily activity for all campers….instructional swim in the morning and free swim anarchy in the afternoon.
For those with true aquatic interest there was Junior and Senior Life Saving certification. I remember that for the boys this was offered right after morning mess and the water at that hour was downright frigid….lots of goose bumps and shrivel.
These field trips out of camp were awesome and often had the added treat of stopping on the way back for a snack or some sweets in Kennett Square at The Kennett Kandy Kitchen. Talk about sticker shock….check out the prices….Shakes for 15 cents, Fudge Sundae 25 cents, Banana Split 40 cents, and a Club Sandwich for 90 cents for the big spender.
The transition between campers and counselors was the waiters. A bunch of cocky big-man-on-campus types who served up your food and lots of camp lore.
There were a full range of girl’s activities in this era covering the gamut.
The bunk shots are always entertaining….formal camp whites…Uncle Lenny and Uncle Bill as bookends.
We have plenty of room for more memories from the 1950s so if you have any photos from this era that you feel would add flavor to this collection please scan them as JPEG files and email them firstname.lastname@example.org.