The Honor Plaques were painted on the inside of the old Nature Hut.
Tom Schneider lives in the house by the gate - he is a glass artist and the self appointed guardian of the Kamp. He's a lovely guy and took great delight in having someone around who actually knew about the place.
David and I with our mother and my wife Carol just returned from a trip down the lane and actually visited Kamp Kewanee - or what is left of it. Jane Oppenheim found it for us.
The land is, we were told, privately owned and is being leased to Keystone College. They are using it for environmental studies. The lodge has been restored (painted orange!!) but most of the other buildings are either gone or in various states of disrepair. I took pictures of all of the Honor Plaques painted on the inside of the nature lodge (1930 to 1947) although a few are gone and the rest are going - I don't think the building will be there much longer. The shop is in worse shape. 1000 is still standing but I resisted the urge to look inside.
The mapple tree is 25 feet high and most of the rest of the kamp is covered in forest - you would never believe the tent line existed. The rusted stanchions from the basketball court are standing as is some of the backstop behind the lower diamond.
It was both sad and, in a way, wonderful. We had the chance to use that land and now its going back to what it was before we got there.
1943 & 1927
Baseball Diamond towards Upper Tent Line
David & Peter Ratner at KK
David on the Road into Kamp
David Ratner and Jane Oppenheim
David Ratner at KK
From the shop - Harry Zevacki
Inside the Nature Hut
Lake Manataka 2
Mapple Tree (Background)
Peter Ratner at KK
The Dock by the Lodge
The Way Home
Tom Schneider - Guardian and Nice Guy