Saturday, September 6, 2008

Another piece of Camp Clark history.

This "history" was originally written on February 23, 2004 by Pete Mandell and can be seen on this website.

Pete Mandell writes...

I know where it was. I was there for about 14 years – 1940 – 1954, as camper, counselor and finally Assistant Waterfront Director.

My best guess is that the year is about 1944 - because the tent just visible on the extreme right (“Tent Two” ) was replaced by a cabin (“Gordon Cabin”) in 1945.

Camp Clark began on that site, operated by the New Bedford (MA) YMCA in 1928 on the former farm owned by a Mr. Clark. It was sold by the New Bedford Y to the Cape Cod YMCA in 1971 (’72?) and renamed Camp Lyndon – as a memorial to the late, youthful Lyndon Lorusso.

This information added by Shutterwi.

Additional charitable works of The Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Memorial Fund can be seen here, here and here. The Lyndon Paul Lorusso Charitable Memorial Fund honors the memory of Lyndon Lorusso, who died in 1971 at age 17. It was founded by Lyndon’s parents, Paul and Lila Lorusso, and has provided millions of dollars to help the youth of Cape Cod.

The Lorusso family provided funding to the Cape Cod Y to purchase the camp. It’s current address is 117 Stowe Road, Sandwich, MA. Basic info on Camp Lyndon can be found here.

Camp Clark maintained a mailing address in Marstons Mills throughout the 1940's and ‘50's, changing it to Sandwich sometime following that period.

The New Bedford YMCA wanted to sell the site to private developers in the early 1970's. The writer and a group on concerned former campers and staff banded together to prevent that from happening and were finally successful in having the campsite sold to the Cape Cod YMCA.

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