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The craftsman
Volume XXVII, Number 5 (February 1915)

Helpful facts in building a summer camp: by a woman camper who knows all about it,   pp. 567-570 PDF (1.9 MB)

Page 568

to my heart, and now and then an occasional
guest shares my enthusiasm; but most peo-
ple, it must be confessed, look somewhat
askance at the ladder by which they are
reached! As they are a utilization of space
which would otherwise have been wasted,
however, such advantages as they possess
are clear gain.
  As I have intimated, both the finishing
and the furnishing of our establishment are
sadly unaesthetic; but, as our pocketbook
spoke in no uncertain tones, we console
ourselves for the crudeness within by Na-
ture's munificence without. The furniture
is lamentably and frankly cast-off, or else
the cheapest procurable. But there are
plenty of cots and beds, and "stacks" of
bedding; and the kitchen, with comparative
lavishness, is equipped with everything
which any reasonable camp-cook can desire.
The rooms and hall are carefully screened,
and all the demands of comfort and sanita-
tion squarely met.
  The original cost of this little establish-
ment was less than three hu
Within the last year an autom
added to the family. The
arose of a place to keep it;
inspired to add a strongly bui
ten feet wide, the entire lengt
in the back. This entrance
with the ground, and we si
machine up on the porch wh
It makes quite sufficient she
our mild climate; and it has
unexpectedly, to be the most
ture of the camp. We bega
"The Garage," but we no,
"Living Room." It is alwa
always cool. All through the
our dining table stands at
children play on it all day loi
pose the rest of us spend five
time there.
  But no mere enumeration
as these can give any conce
I love to call "our perman
During the first three years
possession I was in the cc
many young wives and any
desperately and almost chroi
of a vacation, and yet in n
enjoy or profit by an orthodo
a summer in Colorado was
given up, solely because I di
strength and courage to unc
the babies. Pinafore arrived
kin had ceased to be a most a
both had their full share o
ments; and it sometimes see
I could not have weathered
gales of this period without
healing intermissions in the
tine, those "visits home" to tl
troubled mother who has never failed
give me of her courage and her calm; :'
  During the first "big flight" after Pinr4-
fore was weaned, when I was able to leave
her for a whole golden October mornirfl
with the nurse, while I lay in the dry sedg.
with Peter and the Bachelor Uncle and2
watched for the whirring flocks to "comle
in" from the North, I felt the wrinkles'
smoothing themselves out of my forehead
and my spirit, and the physical and nervous
waste of four momentous years being re-
paired in a day. And, as the seasons pass
and the strain lessens, I am able to add
many active delights to the mere passive
process of recuperation. I have learned to
manage a row-boat in a safe and depend-
able, if not a finished manner; I carry

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