Sheldon Calvary Camp


Much has changed at Calvary Camp since 1936: buildings and swimming pools have been built, what were separate camps for boys and girls are now Coed Camp, and generations of faces have changed. Yet the essence of Calvary Camp remains the same.

Presented here is a brochure and application from the 1944 camping season. While we had trouble finding the original web page from that era, we did recreate the application with the original language and photos. The layout had been adjusted to fit your screen. It is interesting to see both how much the camp has changed and how much it has remained the same.

Operated by


Dr. Morris Slocum, Chairman
J. Shirley Austin
John P. Bankson
Joseph Fogg
John Gibson, Jr.

Alan C. Gregg
J. F. Hillman
Mrs. Charles B. Jarrett
The Rev. Arthur B Kinsolving, II
Mrs. W. M. McKelvey
G. Pearson Rhodes, Jr.
Alvin S. Riley
Mrs. Mark Shields
Geo. P. Stephenson
Miss Marjorie Thompson
Mrs. George Wilkins


Alan C. Gregg, Camp Director
The Rev. James O. Carson, Calvary Church, Camp Chaplain and Assistant Director

Dr. Longaeker, Physician
Mrs. Barbara Carlson, Office Manager
Miss Madeline Dierkes, R.N., Camp Nurse

Sheldon Calvary Summer Camp is located four miles west of Conneaut, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie. It is composed of 52 acres, part of which is beautiful woodland. A 1,000 feet of lake-front provides a beautiful beach for bathing and beach suppers. The Camp itself includes a large screened mess hall and modern kitchen All buildings are electrically lighted. Pure, tested city water is used in the camp for every purpose. Hot and cold shower baths are available. Two large recreation buildings are suitable for indoor campfires and movies. The camp owns a modern movie machine.

There are two baseball diamonds, a basket ball court, a volley ball court, three tennis courts and a modern well equipped shooting range. The camp maintains membership in the National Rifle Association and awards medals for proficiency in marksmanship.

Eight boys and a leader are housed in modern permanent buildings, equipped with electric light. There is a golf course one mile from camp which may be used for a reasonable fee.

Sheldon Calvary Camp is not operated for profit. It exists for the sole purpose of giving boys and girls the opportunity of spending a part of the summer at a well equipped church-sponsored outdoor camp. Because of a large contribution made for its initial building, it is possible to establish a low weekly rate.

Calvary Camp is distinctly a church camp. One of the ministers of Calvary Church is always in attendance. The religious side of the camp is well balanced and certainly does not go to the extreme in any way. There are three regular weekly services, at eleven o’clock Sunday morning and a campfire vesper service Sunday evening, ant the Holy Communion for confirmed boys and girls Sunday morning at seven-thirty o’clock. No matter what the program of the day, all activities are brought to a close with taps and prayers each evening.


A college graduate will be place in charge of each of the three camp divisions-Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. The counsellors are not only in charge of their respective cabins but take an active part in the entire life of the camp. Each counselor is chosen because of his ability in some particular field. The counselors give special and individual instruction during the afternoon activity periods, in boxing, fencing, swimming, photography, archery, rifle range, or in any activity which a boy might select. Besides the counsellor instruction, mature men and women have complete charge of all the athletic, swimming, and craft hour activities. In both the boys’ and girls’ camp, an American Red Cross life saving instructor is always in complete charge of all waterfront activities.


The daily program of the camp is one which is built around activity for it seems to be solid judgment that if boys are kept physically busy fourteen hours of the day, they will sleep soundly the other ten. From the time the bugle sounds in the morning announcing “all out for setting-up exercises” until taps sound at night, the camp moves on a well-balanced and planned schedule. We do know where every boy is every hour of the day and just what he is doing. The camp enrollment is limited to 128 boys simply because this size group adapts itself best to group competition, and at the same time the director and other members of the staff are able to become personally acquainted with each boy. The director at all times wants the boys to feel that they may come to him any time day or night. The spirit of Calvary Camp has always been that of a great big family.

The camp is divided into three divisions: Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors. During the athletic period the campers are competing with other boys of their own age limit in all of the group athletics such as tennis, mush ball, basketball, volley ball and soccer. If a boy is particularly interested in swimming, he not only has the regular swimming periods each day, but also he has an opportunity for extra instructions during the craft hour in the afternoon. It is at this time that boys advance themselves in the American Red Cross swimming contests.

Boys’ age limit, 9 to 16 years.


The girls’ camp is arraigned in a manner similar to that of boys’ camp. Even as it is with the boys, so it is with the girls. The program is one which keeps everyone busy all the time. No uninteresting moments on Calvary Camp life! Needless to say the athletic hour in the morning is given over to sports fitted for girl participation, but there is also a keen spirit of competition. Mushball, volley ball, tennis, basketball, and field hockey give the girls a wide choice range.

The craft hour activities play a major part in the life of a girl camper. There is a very competent instructor in charge of craft work and many interesting hobbies are followed, and new ones are developed. Leather work, metal work, and plastic art are among the most favored craft. If a girl’s interest leads her to more active participation, she likewise has many things from which to choose: fencing, tennis, rifle range, swimming, hiking, bird lore badminton and archery afford many opportunities.

Girls’ age limit, 9 to 15 years. (Girls over 15 years of age, application subject to an interview with the Camp Director.)


A visitor to Calvary Camp is always impressed with the modern equipment throughout the camp. First and perhaps of greatest importance, are the sixteen cabins which house eight campers and a leader. The cabins are open on three sides, insuring plenty of fresh air, and are constructed with screens and storm shutters, which means the campers are protected in any kind of weather. Hot and cold showers are provided for all campers.

The marshal Infirmary is so furnished that it can easily handle any minor camp injuries, and also provide adequate means to segregate even the slightest colds. A resident camp nurse will be in attendance at all times. The newly enclosed recreation pavilion is used not only for rainy day activities, but also evening programs and certain craft hour activities. Thomas lodge is the meeting place for councellors when off duty and after the bugle sounds “lights out” at night. Throughout the camp all the athletic equipment is new and up-to-date. Three blue clay surface tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, soccer field, volley ball courts, give every opportunity for exercise for boys and girls of all ages.


DATES: The boys’ camp will open Friday, June 30 and will continue through July 28. No camper will be accepted for less than four weeks for it is the opinion of the Camp committee that this is the minimum time for campers to benefit from camp life. The girls’ camp will open Monday, July 31 and close Monday August 28.

REGISTRATION: A registration fee of ten dollars is required with each application. This amount is applied to the regular camp charge but will not refunded in case of cancellation.

CAMP FEE: The regular camp fee for the 1944 season is $18.00 a week, which includes a minimum of laundry work. The total boys’ camp fee is due and must be paid in full by June 30. The full amount for the girls’ camp is due and must be paid in full by July 30. No camp fees will be returned except in case of illness, when half the total amount is refunded if requested. Please make all checks payable to Calvary Camp and mail to 315 Shady Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa. After July 1, Mail to Lake Road, Conneaut, Ohio.

A minimum allowance of $5.00 per camper should be sufficient to take care of such incidentals as crafts, extra laundry, rifle, allowances and store charges, and camp sweater.

TRANSPORTATION: At the present time our plans call for transporting the Campers by P. & L.E. Railroad. The train leaves Pittsburgh at 10:25 A.M. daily, arriving at Conneaut at 2:15 P.M. Returning train leaves Conneaut at 10:20 A.M., arriving at Pittsburgh at 2:15 P.M. A charge of 50¢ per person will be made for transportation of camper and baggage, each way, from railroad station to camp.

SWEATERS: Each camper who does not have a Sheldon Calvary Camp Sweater is required to buy one.

HEALTH: A physical examination is required of every boy and girl entering camp. A health certificate is furnished upon receipt of application and the examination must be made within a week before leaving for camp. If a boy or girl should come to camp without the regular certificate, the examination will be made by the camp physician and a charge of $2.00 will be made. All minor injuries are cared for by the resident nurse, but it is clearly understood that the camp cannot be liable for expenses involved in case it is necessary to call in a physician from the outside, or in case of hospital care.

VISITORS: Parents and friends are always welcome at the camp but are encouraged to visit only Saturday afternoon and Sunday. In the immediate vicinity there are many fine tourist cabins for overnight guests and the camp office is always very happy to make such arrangements for those desiring them.