Camp Fire Girls
Camp Fire Girls on a one-week stay at
Laurel Lodge, Cream Hill Lake, 1925 Collection of Cornwall Historical Society
The Camp Fire Girls was established in 1910 in Vermont and became a national organization in 1912.
Members were expected to learn how to mend stockings, manage a budget, sleep outside for a month (or least sleep with open windows), prepare meals, tie a square knot, exercise daily, learn basic first aid and avoid soda and candy between meals.
In addition, they were expected to study the career of “some woman who has done much for the country or state.”
Camp Fire Girls Hazel, Doris, Josephine, Esther,
Dorothy, Ruby, and Ruth in the woods
near Cream Hill Lake, 1925 Collection of Cornwall Historical Society
"…we have had such splendid times, such real living and comradeship as is found only in living together out of doors."
~ Camp Fire Girls advertisement
in Everygirl’s Magazine, April 1923
Camp Fire Girls on a hike near Cream Hill Lake, 1925 Collection of Cornwall Historical Society
"This great, big, beautiful country of ours is full of girls, real Camp Fire Girls, who love the keen air of out of doors and the smell of wood smoke and the freedom of hill and lake and plain…."
~ Jeannette Marks, Vacation Camping for Girls, 1913