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1950's Camp Memories from the Mennonite Photograph Collection

Volunteers from the Mennonite Central Committee came to Paivika as counselors in the 1950s, and many of them took pictures that have now been shared with us.  The photos on this page were obtained through the assistance of the Mennonite Church USA Archives, Goshen, Indiana.  Many of the pictures were taken by Ina Ruth Krabill, a volunteer counselor at Camp Paivika in 1954.  The Mennonite Central Committee is a service agency, and we know that MCC volunteers came to Paivika from around the country.  So far, we don't know much about the volunteers and how they came to play such a prominent role at Paivika in the 1950s.  Anyone with information is urged to contact us.

Source:  Mennonite Central Committee Photograph Collection, under Volunteer Service, in a file entitled Camp Paivika/Camp Bennett, 1954-1959 (Catalog Reference: !X:13-2.5, Box 4 / File 32).

A Truck Hike, 1954
A Truck Hike, 1954

Roger leads Ceramics Activity
Roger leads Ceramics Activity

Campers bed down for the night, assisted by MCC Volunteer Counselors Mary Lou and Ina Ruth
Campers bed down for the night, assisted by MCC Volunteer Counselors Mary Lou and Ina Ruth

Billie on Horseback
Billie on Horseback

'The Rose Parade'
"The Rose Parade."  The young adults group had a New Years Eve party one night.  The next aftgernoon, the counselors and campers decorated the wheelchairs with crepe paper, branches, etc. and had a Rose Parade.  Here the Rose Parade is passing the cabins.

Volunteer Charlene with her campers.
Volunteer Charlene with her campers.

MCC Volunteers, Summer 1955
MCC Volunteers, Summer 1955

A camper all by herself on horseback
A camper all by herself on horseback

Checkers
Checkers




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