Within The American Legion, Department of Maryland,
there are two youth camps that are supported and run by The American Legion. See below for more information on these summer camps.
The American Legion, Department of Maryland, believes
in supporting the development of our youth in our local neighborhoods.
Toward that end, the Western Maryland District of the Department of
Maryland developed Camp West-Mar.
In November, 1959 at a meeting of the Western Maryland
District of The American Legion, it was agreed upon to hold a summer
camp for boys (ages 9 thru 12 years) on a trial basis. Further, it was
established that the boys would be from financially depressed families,
broken families or be juvenile delinquents. They would need to be recommended
by either their school principal, minister or social agency. Boys would
be selected from Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties.
The first encampment was held in the summer of 1960 with forty (40) boys in attendance. The
all-volunteer staff held the camp for one week at Camp Summit near Emmitsburg,
MD. That first encampment was deemed a success and the Western Maryland
District decided to continue with future encampments.
From 1960 thru 1971, various sites were used for encampment; i.e., Camp Echo Lake, Camp Airy
and Camp Summit. In 1972 camp was held for two (2) weeks at our present
sit on Brown Road, off Route 77 in the Catoctin Mountains. We are very
proud that the Western Maryland District purchased this land and went
on to construct the camp, known today as Camp West-Mar. To date, this
site consists of 6 cabins, an Olympic size swimming pool with bath house,
rifle range, archery range, man-made fishing pond, all-purpose court,
mess hall, ball field, outdoor chapel and a pavilion.
Camp West Mar remains the only all volunteer American
Legion camp in the country. As such, the Western Maryland District is
proud of the staff and their accomplishments in providing leadership,
learning, and fun to the boys who have attended the past encampments.
In the past 39 years of operation, over 3,200 boys have attended the
two week encampment, and 10,000 to 12,000 hours of volunteer time is
spent each year. Many volunteers stay 24 hours a day for the two week
duration of the encampment. Of the original Legionnaires and staff,
many are in their 70s and 80s and still active! Activities scheduled
each year for the boys include: softball, basketball, swimming, fishing,
archery and rifle range shooting. The camp tries to include a police
day, helicopter tours and demonstrations, military shows, shotgun shooting,
fire department equipment and personnel; as well as, many other activities
including bingo, movies and crafts. Two favorites of the boys has always
been our day trip to Hershey Park and an evening trip to watch a Frederick
Keys baseball game. The American Legion Camp West-Mar is very proud
to have operated an all volunteer encampment for 40 years. Wont you
consider giving your time and talents to the encampment? Those interested
should contact one of the local American Legion Posts in Carroll, Frederick,
or Washington counties.
SOUTHERN MARYLAND YOUTH CAMP Pictures
The Department of Maryland's Southern Maryland District is in the process of developing a youth camp near the state of Maryland's Boys Village in Cheltenham, Maryland. The aim of The Southern Maryland Youth Camp is to provide camping and recreational activities for our young people, including those with disabilities.
The objectives of the Youth Camp include, but are not limited to:
- Nurturing traditional values, support democratic
ideals, and to provide educational opportunities that may not otherwise
- Providing an opportunity to mainstream interactions
between children with disabilities and those who are not
- romoting a better understanding of nature through
a direct interface with the environment
- Helping to teach youth how to live in harmony
with their environment in order to promote the preservation of natural
- Providing primitive camping facilities for organized
- Providing domiciliary and recreational facilities
for all youth
- Providing facilities for picnics, hikes, athletic
contests, and other events
The Youth Camp is managed by the Youth Camp Board of Directors and Youth Camp
Operations Committee. The Board of Directors is composed of Legionnaires
from the Southern Maryland District of The American Legion, Department
of Maryland. The Board is elected by their respective American Legion
County Councils and is responsible for administration and Youth Camp policy.
The Youth Camp Operations Committee, consists of Legionnaires and members
of select organizations appointed by the Board of Directors. It is responsible
for the construction and day to day operations of the Youth Camp.
The facilities and programs are available
to all youth, regardless of sex, race, color, creed, or religious belief,
provided: Those wishing to use the Youth Camp must belong to a bonafide
youth group that subscribes to the above criteria; A requesting group
must complete an Application for Use and return it to the Youth Camp Operations
Committee 90 days prior to the requested date of use;
Additional Youth Camp Information Additional information
may be obtained by calling telephone number 301-782-3338 or
301-855-5001 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org . Leave a message
and a representative of the Youth Camp will return your call.
address of the Youth Camp is:
Southern Maryland District Youth Camp
P.O. Box 30
Clinton, MD 20735
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