(1874 – 1954)

The two oldest YMCA camps in the United States, Camps Dudley and Wawayanda, were both founded in 1885. Camp Dudley moved to the Adirondacks but its twin settled in northwestern New Jersey where Charles R. Scott, the leader and director, named the camp “Wawayanda” after the nearby lake. Scott became the first president of the American Camping Association, an organization he helped found; he became Secretary of all New Jersey YMCAs; and, in 1910, he organized the nation’s first Lifesaving Corps at Wawayanda—all of which helped establish our camp as a site for premiere leadership, constant innovation, and the youth program for which all other camps looked to for guidance.