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Camp Atwater, Perhaps The Oldest Summer Camp For Black Kids, Turns 100
Camp Atwater in North Brookfield in Central Massachusetts was established in 1921 on water's edge of Lake Lashaway. The camp was established during an era when black children were barred from summer camps. Camp Atwater's mission organized around providing an outdoors summer experience for African-American boys. The camp, formerly St. John's Camp, occupies 75 acres and includes 325 feet of water frontage. Cabins, boats, fishing, and campfires all support their current mission, "to offer a quality residential camp experience within an afrocentric framework for all camper participants."
This year, Camp Atwater turns 100 years old. NPR's WBUR in Boston reported on the camp and did a video story as well.