Raquette Lake Camp for Girls

Raquette
Lake
Girls Camp

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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 Girls Camp a special haven for building lifelong memories. The vast majority of girls return, summer after summer, to rekindle old friendships and make new ones. Many are second, third, and even fourth generation campers.

Lasting Memories

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

1920's Canoers 1920's Girls Campers 1920's Girls Victory Sign

HistoryRaquette Lake Girls 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.

1920's Camp Ferry 1920's Girls Salute 1920's Girls Campfire Ring

The Roaring ‘20s

Raquette Lake Girls Camp was founded by Ray K. Phillips in 1916. She had directed Cedar Island Camp for Girls but was looking for something special, something larger, with a pristine lake. That’s when she found the Antlers Resort on Raquette Lake. Ray K purchased the resort and built the girls camp at the same time her cousin founded Raquette Lake Boys Camp across the lake. Since the start, both camps have operated separately but philosophically as one.

The ‘50s

Moving into the Modern Era, improvements such as clay tennis courts, horseback riding, 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.

Girls singing in the social hall 1950's cabin nap 1950's girl waterskiing at Raquette Lake 1950's girls listening to records
1970's girls dining hall 1970's girls

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, a ropes course was added, and new buildings were constructed. Generators were brought to camp and additional luxuries were included such as a canteen, staff lounge, and bathrooms in every bunk.

Row of girl friends

Present Day

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

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Learn & Enroll

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Give us a call to schedule a home visit. One of our director’s will meet with you and your family personally to answer any remaining questions you might have:

800.786.8373


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