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What Summer Camps Looked Like in the 1970s and 1980s

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We’ve come to the last installment of Camp Kveller’s retro photo series. Here’s a look into summer camps in the 1970s and 1980s — a time of feathered hairstyles and shorter shorts. (You can see the past photo essays here: 1910s & 1920s, 1930s & 1940s, and 1950s & 1960s.)

Summer camps in the ’70s and ’80s pretty much look like they do now — except for the fashions, of course.

Enjoy!

Camp Tawonga

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Campers and Canoes, Center Day Camp, 1970 [Documenting Maine Jewry]

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JCC Camp Chi, 1970s

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JCC Camp Chi, 1970s or 1980s

 

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JCC Camp Chi, 1970s

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JCC Camp Chi, 1970s

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Talent Show, Trails End Camp, 1970s or 1980s

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Camp Solomon Schechter, 1970s

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Camp Ramah New England, 1974

Camp Tawonga

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JCC Camp Chi, 1977

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Camp Eisner, Late 1970s

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Camp Solomon Schechter, 1970s or 1980s

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JCC Camp Chi, 1970s or 1980s

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Camp Eisner, 1981

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JCC Camp Chi, 1980s

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JCC Camp Chi, 1980s

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Counselors teaching baseball, Trails End Camp, 1980s

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Roasting marshmallows, Trails End Camp

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Swimathon, Surprise Lake Camp, 1989

Thank you to all the helpful contacts at the various camps: Jessica Lantos of Documenting Maine Jewry, Casey Miller at Trails End Camp, at Camp Tawonga, at Ilana Carp at JCC Camp Chi, Casey Cohen at Camp Tawonga, Nancy Scheff of Camp Ramah, Kip Miller at Surprise Lake Camp, Louis Bordman and Alison Simpson at Eisner Camp, and Josh Niehaus at Camp Solomon Schechter for their help.

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