There is another Camp Keewaydin, the "Little Brother of Temagami" Dunmore.

Keewaydin had gone from three campers in 1894 in Maine to 104 campers and staff in 1905. Riding this success, The Keewaydin Club (later renamed Ojibway Lodge) was launched from Devil's Island to provide hunting and fishing trips for adults. Except for the period of transition from Maine to Temagami, enrollment at the camp and guests at The Club experienced nothing but growth. 

In 1910 Commodore Clarke, the founder, director and majority shareholder, was confident and ambitious so he indulged his dream to recreate the old Gunnery camp. He had been a student at the Gunnery Preparatory School for Boys under the headmaster Frederick W. Gunn, the man considered today to be the father of the American camping movement.  Clarke selected a location on Lake Waramaug, Connecticut, the last location of the Gunnery camp. At the eleventh hour he was shown some captivating property on Lake Dunmore in the Green Mountains of Vermont, and bought it instead. This became the permanent location for "Waramaug Wigwam, a Keewaydin Camp for boys," as it was described in the 1910 brochure.


Little Brother of Temagami

This camp, although primarily for younger boys, is not meant at all to take the place of Manitou Wigwam, but to be supplementary to Temagami and Manitou. It has been established for the benefit of those boys who want to go to a Keewaydin camp, but who, because they are too young or because they think Keewaydin too far from home, or for any other reason, cannot come to Temagami.

It is conducted upon the regular [Keewaydin] lines and with the Keewaydin spirit.

         Excepted from Keewaydin Kicker 1911


George Wilson, a teacher at The Taft School, a boarding school in Connecticut, became its first director. Wilson had been a staffman at Temagami since 1905 and moved to Dunmore for the summer of 1910, starting with six campers. Junie O'Brien, a former Temagami staffman, remembered Wilson as a "pied piper, a man people followed." But Wilson gave up the directorship after the 1912 season and returned to Temagami as a staffman. Despite his enormous leadership ability, his real love, not surprising for someone from Temagami, was tripping not directing (see following page). General Breed succeeded him at Dunmore.

Photo: Keewaydin Camp in Dunmore, Vermont

The beach (above) at Dunmore with Mt. Moosalamoo in the background. A few of the first tents and buildings (top of the page) are visible behind the beach. Photos from the 1915 Kicker.

 

As the camp expanded and became a thriving operation with a second wigwam, it became formally known as Camp Keewaydin, reflecting the message that it was another Temagami but located in the United States. It was important to keep this link as Dunmore was a recruiting ground for Temagami. "The best camper at the end of season was encouraged to go to Temagami," Waboos Hare, the former Dunmore director recalled. "Then they were expected to come back on Dunmore staff."

The year 1918 marked the beginning of rapid expansion for Keewaydin with new camp openings that would change it into a camping conglomerate. 

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