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The first day of summer has now passed. Schools are out, the days are warm — it is time for the kids to go to camp. I wondered — when did the Jewish News first begin to cover some news or advertisements from summer camps?djn-1943-04-30-0-013

Well, from the first year the JN was published (1942) and continuing up to the present day, readers will find advertisements about and reports from summer camps. In recent times, the JN has devoted special sections to summer camps in December and February.

In the archives, one can also find advertisements for camps that some readers may have spent time at when they were children. For example, have you ever heard of Camp Mehia? This was a camp in the Michigan resort area known as the Irish Hills, or as its advertisement states: “The Highest Altitude in Southern Michigan.”

The camp was opened in 1935 on the shores of Wamplers Lake and managed by beloved Movsas and Shulamith Berkovich. In 1951, it was sold to the Detroit United Methodist Church and still exists today as the Judson Collins Center. And, it still has a camp for kids.

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

By: Mike Smith, Detroit Jewish News, Foundation Archivist

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