Raquette Lake Boys Camp

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Lasting Memories

With over a century of experience and
expertise, we are one of the oldest
traditional overnight camps in America.

Since 1916, something special has been happening along the pristine shores of Raquette Lake. For seven extraordinary weeks each summer, campers ages 6 to 15 have made Raquette Lake Boys Camp a special haven for building lifelong memories. The vast majority of boys return, summer after summer, to rekindle old friendships and make new ones. Many are second, third, and even fourth generation campers.

1920s Fencers 1920s Boys Sailing 1920s Boys Basketball

HistoryRaquette Lake Boys Camp is the same camp today as it was in 1916.

It has a long, prestigious history of excellence held up by its philosophical foundation. The traditions that have defined the camp and embodied its philosophy are still around today... a picture of unity and endurance, past and present.

1920s Boys Canoeing The raising of the flag at camp in the 1920s A boy running fast in the 1920s at Raquette Lake

The Roaring ‘20s

In 1916, on the edge of the Roaring Twenties, Raquette Lake Boys Club was founded on Woods Point in Raquette Lake, NY. It was started by a respected New York City teacher, Max Berg, who liked hiking, climbing, and the outdoors. His devotion to discipline and his love of the outdoors combined to create the high standards of excellence that define the camp.

The ‘50s

Moving into the Modern Era, Raquette Lake Boys Club became Raquette Lake Boys Camp. Improvements such as black-topped basketball courts and an upgraded waterfront changed the face of the camp, but not the core; the same traditions and values that started the camp still fueled it.

1950s Boys with oars Learning the printing trade in the 1950s Boys relax on the water in the 1950s at Raquette Lake Boys enjoy a meal at the 1950s Dining Hall
1970s Boys Running The Raquette Lake Baseball team from the 1970s

The ‘70s

The decline of the 1900s saw the continued growth of Raquette Lake. The radical changes in American culture made small impression on the staid character of the camp. The landscape changed again as facilities were enlarged, fields were expanded, and new buildings were added. Generators were brought to camp, tents were replaced with bunks, and additional luxuries were included such as a canteen, staff lounge, photo room, and bathrooms in every bunk.

Climbers in Uniform

Present Day

Camp today is camp as it’s always been. Generations of campers come back whose fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers came to Raquette Lake Boys Camp. Modifications to the infrastructure continue, but the commitment to Camp’s unchanging traditions, philosophies, and values remain.

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