The History of Berkshire Boys Camp

The Early Years - Up Through 1948

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1939 - 1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948


1939 - 1940

  • The camp, locateed on the old Kibbe Place, was purchased by Austin "Pop" W. Welch from John Bondarenko in 1939.
  • The first cabin was built in October and November of 1939.




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    1941

    The camp's first year of operation was 1941.
  • A small group of 16 boys attended the camp.
  • In addition to the "First Cabin", there were also 4 sleeping shelters.
  • The only names of staff that we have associated with the camp in 1941 are Austin Welch, Tony Balski (age 16), and Margaret McKeogh.
  • The shelter cabins were used for sleeping quarters from 1941 through 1945.
  • Riflery was offered the first year the camp was open.
  • Session attendance was: 6/29 - 15, 7/13 - 18, 7/28 - 15.
  • There seems to have been only three 2-week periods this year.




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    1942

  • Session attendance in June was 15.




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    1943

  • Bert Auld, Pop's nephew began attending the camp (age 9).


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    1944



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    1945

  • David Easton and George Curtin (age 15) started attending the camp.


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    1946

  • Tuition was $20 for each 2-week period. There were 4 2-week periods plus an extra 1-week session at the end.
  • Session attendance was: 6/27 - 44, 7/11 - 49. 7/25 - 38, 8/8 - 29, Special Session 8/22 - 21.




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    1947

  • Richard Anderson (age 11) and Donald Bab (age 11) came to the camp this year.
  • Inspections were done on cabins A, B, Bunkhouse, and Dorm.
  • This was the year of the first reunion.




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    1948

  • Barry Adams (age 12), Richard Anderson (age 12), George Holland and Bob Moreau (age 13) cmae to the camp this year.
  • One of the major events of the summer was a 3-day Indian/Pioneer war. The Pioneers lived on the island.
  • Bob Moreau was appointed the first ever Captain of the Junior Leader Corp.
  • Barry Adams, Donald Bab and George Holland were appointed full Junior Leaders.
  • Richard Anderson was appointed Acting Junior Leader.




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    1939 - 1948
    1949 - 1956
    1957 - 1965
    1966 - 1973

    Updated: 5/23/2004