One of University Settlement’s most important gifts in its earliest days was the donation of approximately 100 acres of bucolic property at the foot of Mount Beacon, 60 miles up the Hudson River from our home on the Lower East Side. It was 1910, and the Settlement quickly established its renowned residential camp facility there, a haven for generations of New York City children, where thousands fled urban life and experienced nature for the first time. Part of the camp’s philosophy was to spread a message of hope, tolerance and community building. A corps of Work Campers helped staff the camp in the decades after World War II to learn the art and the value of community work and selfless service. Generations of other young adults were counselors, and many remain the Settlement’s most fervent supporters today.

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