Nancy Reagan made memorable visits to summer camps in Maine, NJ and Virginia

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan, who went to summer camp as a kid, visited a number of camps to share her “Say No To Drugs” message during her time in the White House.

Reagan, who was the First Lady for Ronald Reagan’s two terms in the 1980s, made one particularly memorable visit to Agassiz Village Summer Camp in Poland, Maine in July 1987.

A local news has a story reminiscing about the visit with file footage.

Reagan, who died at age 94 on Sunday, also made several visits to a couple of camps – Camp Goodwill and Camp Pleasant – in the Northern Virginia suburbs in the early ’80s and YMCA Camp Ockanickon in New Jersey in July 1984 (pictured below).

In news accounts of her camp visits (Here, Here and Here) she always noted how much she herself loved camping and going to camp when she was a kid. She spent five summers attending the now defunct Camp Ketchua in Michigan.



Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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