A boy's camp in Western New Jersey at Andover. This was my experience as a boy for four summers, sometime around 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945 - war yeas, some of them. Mostly we went to camp on the DL & W railroad; gas and tires were hard to come by in those days. They were rationed. After the war, of course, it was different.

I also served on the staff for most of my high school and college years. Anyone out there remember those years? Or me? I'd like to hear from you. Send me a note.

Here are some pictures from my years, and some before my years.

Recent notes and pictures from some other Wawayanda people, see the "letters" page.

JED the donkey That's Jim Wait on the left.  He ran the "campcraft" activity for a few years.  Jim served several years at Andover, and then did at least one year at the Johnsonburg site. The donkey was called "JED".  Interesting that the camp director that year was J. Edward Dodds.
Dinning Hall The dining lodge at the Andover site.  Of course this is not the way we usually saw it. It was usually full of big round tables and the hustle and bustle of the entire camp eating a meal. Fireplace and kitchen are to the right, the wonderful big wraparound porch to the left.
Could have been me, but it was probably a little before my time.  Note the canvass walled cabins. Note the large Wawayanda "W".  Probably the 30's, but only a guess.

Anyone recognize themselves out there?

swimming area
Overall view of the swimming dock, taken from the porch of the boat house. There were sleeping quarters for the waterfront director upstairs, and storage downstairs. A nice porch ran around on the second level. 

I don't see the slides in this photo.  I guess they came and went, maybe out for repairs.

Campfire program at the main council ring in the 50's.  That's Wendell "Wendy" Rasco, resident imitation indian. I'm to his right (assistant resident imitation indian), helping to supervise the game, whatever it was!
Art Lockett

Art Lockett was a junior counselor in my village (Forest) for a year, he slept in my cabin (#4). He was from Montclair, I recall, because he would frequently break out in the Montclair "fight" song. That was the early years of integration, which came in around 1950. Art's nick-name was "Dr. Sunshine", because he was the infirmary aid a couple of years. See Art in the 1956 staff photo at the bottom of the page.

New York Times:

LOCKETT-Arthur C. On September 18, 1999. Of Montclair, N.J. Beloved brother of Lowell B. Lockett. Uncle of Andrea M., David L. and Edward B. Lockett. Nephew of Eleanor Richardson. Funeral service Saturday, September 25th, 11AM at Saint Luke's Episcopal Church, South Fulton Ave. and Union St, Montclair, N.J. Interment Rosedale Cemetery, Orange, N.J. Inquiries Martin's Home for Service, 48 Elm St, Montclair. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hilda & Levi Lockett Memorial Fund, C/O Lawrence Academy, Box 992, Groton, MA. 01450.

Lowell and Art, 1946

Picture recently sent to me :

Hi, I came across your Waywayanda blog awhile ago, and was so delighted to see a picture of my Uncle Art (aka "Dr. Sunshine") there. I'm writing to add another photo of him with my father Lowell, his older brother who also was a camper there.

Sadly, my father died this week.

Andrea Lockett

Me and red
That's me on the right, teaching lanyard making.  We made so many lanyards, I think I could still do it in my sleep.  The camper was one of mine, in cabin #4.  His name was "Red".  Interesting: I had hair, but he didn't.  Maybe neither of us has hair on top now.

How's your hair now, Red?

Earl and Bea Armstrong
Earl Armstrong with his wife Bea.  He was camp director for a few years at Andover, then at Johnsonburg.  He was one of the main movers in the sale of Andover and, I presume, the purchase of Frost Valley.

In this photo, he and Bea are preparing for a staff  feed/meeting  after hours down in the farmhouse.

Staff 1953
1953 staff photo, Andover.  Earl Armstrong in the front.  Right behind him, to his left, Bob Herbst. In the third row, Bob Slater on the right end of the row (his right), and Chris Jones (me) second from the left end of the row.  Nurse Phyllis Ford in the center.
Staff 1954
Staff, 1954, Andover.  Earl Armstrong in the center.  Bob Herbst in the second row next to the nurse (Phyllis Ford). I'm in there somewhere!
Swimming dock
Here's the old swimming dock, complete with swimmers and guards.  The water was very deep out by the ropes.  The 8 foot tower is in the center, and you can barely make out the 15 foot tower on the far end of the dock.

Many happy hours here! That water was great to swim in.

I think this is "sinkeasy", but it could be from the OLD site at Lake Wawayanda (original).

The lay of the land, depth of the lake, view to the other side, and probable train tracks across the way suggest that this is "sinkeasy" at the Andover site.

Dinning lodge
Group picture in front of the dining lodge.  The banner says "Wawayanda" in the middle, JBC in the upper left, and YMCA in the lower right. 

That was a great porch, overlooking the open  grassy area and the lake. The camp store was around the corner, on the South end of the building.

Council ring
The main council ring.  Indian dances, fires, contests, songs, stories, ...  These were usually held at night, with roaring fire in the center.  Maybe this particular photo was staged for the publicity camera.
Staff, 19 ? ?.  In front of the dining lodge, Andover.  Anyone recognize anyone? Before my time, I think.

I'll provide a larger copy if you think you know someone!

View from the south end of the lake, where the  road into camp passes, this is almost from the farmhouse  porch.  Looks similar today, except today we don't see cabins.  Totem village, perhaps Forest lodge, is visible in this photo.
The swim dock.  Artificial respiration.  I don't think this is the recommended method any more, but it was in those days.  The 8 foot tower is visible in the background.
A staff photo from the early years.  That's Charles R. Scott right in the center.  I guess you'd have to call him one of the founding fathers. Charles died while visiting camp in the summer of 1954.  A good way to go: suddenly and in the place where you love to be.

Here's Kilbourne chapel more or less as I remember it.  A very pretty spot.  Seating on benches with back-rests.  Nice shade.  A lectern can be seen (left center). Preaching, singing hymns, prayers, ... There was a set of chimes which were often assembled for service on sunday morning, and one on my campers used to play them (David Chamberlain), as I recall. Also they brought up a small foot-powered reed organ.

There was a truck ride to a local church for Catholics (they were a small minority).  There were very few Jewish campers; I remember one camper and one staff member.

tent row
Cabin row.  Before my time.  Probably 20's or 30's.  Canvas walls.  There were a few of these left in Pioneer and Hemlock village when I was a camper.  In my time, most of the cabins were enclosed. They were arranged in small village groups. Each cabin held four double decker bunks; you could squeeze in an extra cot if you had to, but that made it really crowded.