Did you spend your summer at a camp on the shores of Lake Erie? Lots of us did. Here's a list of the Top Ten Summer Camps in Erie County, Pennsylvania, in no particular order:
CAMP SHERWIN. Located in Lake City off of Route 5. Started in 1911. Run by the YMCA of Erie County.
CAMP SEQUOYAH. Located in Springfield Township off of Route 5, 19 miles west of Erie. Owned by the Boy Scouts of America. Started in 1929; closed in 1983. Here is a detailed history of the camp: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~paerie/scouts/CampSequoyah.htm
CAMP GLINODO. On East Lake Road in Harborcreek Township near Seven Mile Creek. Opened in 1930 by the Sisters of St. Benedict.
CAMP KIWANIS. Near Walnut Creek. Started in 1935 by the Kiwanis Club of Erie.
CAMP JUDSON. Located in North Springfield. Started in 1949 by the Northwest Pennsylvania Baptist Assembly.
GREAT LAKES CAMP FOR GIRLS. Located eight miles west of Downtown Erie. Also: Great Lakes Camp for Boys, located 11 miles west of Downtown Erie.
CAMP CALEDON. Located 14 miles west of Erie, owned by the Erie County Sabbath School Association. This camp existed in 1956.
CAMP NOTRE DAME. Located on Route 5 in Fairview. Started by the Diocese of Erie in 1959.
CAMP ERIEZ. Located in Lake City off of Route 5. Existed in 1976. Not sure of its history.
CAMP FITCH. Located in North Springfield.Started in 1914 by the YMCA. Read more about it here: http://www.campfitchymca.org/about.history.php
CAMP WHITE SWAN. Herb Palmer said, "In the 60's I went to Camp White Swan, which I believe was operated by the YMCA. It was located off Manchester Road in Fairview. PA. There is now a housing subdivision located where the camp once stood. Great camp with some great memories...loved the 'bug juice'!!!"
CAMP KATERI. This started as a day camp at Presque Isle in the summer of 1952. It was run by the Diocese of Erie. From 1960 to 1968 it was an actual camp on the shores of Lake Erie ten miles west of Erie. (It may have merged with Camp Glinodo in Harborcreek.)
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