Out of the Woods: The Story of Cornwall's Forests

Camp Mohawk

Cooking at Camp Mohawk, 1920s
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Camp Mohawk was established in 1919 as a summer camp for girls and (separately) for boys. The camp was initially referred to as a "Tri-County Camp," having been formed by the Fairfield, Litchfield, and New Haven County Committees of the Y.M.C.A.







Eating watermelon at Camp Mohawk, 1920s
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Boys camped at Mohawk from June until July, girls from July until August. Camp Mohawk was originally a Christian camping program with religious services and Bible class every Sunday.








Postcard view of the Birch Chapel at Camp Mohawk
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The camp's chapel was outdoors among the birch trees, blending religious services with nature.









"Governor Templeton with the Boys in Birch Chapel,"
from the 1925 Camp Mohawk brochure

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"[Camp Mohawk was] established to provide a wholesome, enjoyable, out-of-door vacation for the boys and girls… from twelve to eighteen years of age and at the same time to help them to attain to a well-balanced Christian character."

~ Camp Mohawk brochure, 1924








Badminton at Camp Mohawk, 2000s
Courtesy of Camp Mohawk


The camp became all-girls in 1967. Today, Camp Mohawk is a traditional summer camp for girls ages 7-15. Camp activities include horseback riding, canoeing, sailing, arts and crafts, and field hockey.










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