West Virginia camp getting second life as an educational facility

The National Park Service has plans to give a southern West Virginia island summer camp opened in the 1940s for the children of the Electro Metallurgical Company a second life as an educational facility.

The National Park Service, which purchased the “Isle of Fun” camp shuttered in the 1960s in 1993, is renovating the camp.

“When construction is complete, Camp Brookside will serve today’s youth as a residential youth camp and educational center,” a page about the camp on the National Park Service website states. “The staff of New River Gorge National River is currently meeting with community partners to discuss their ideas for programming at the camp.”

Opened by the Electro Metallurgical Company, a division of the Union Carbide Corporation in the summer of 1947, Camp Brookside served children of the employees of the company’s plant in Alloy, West Virginia. Children took a two-hour train ride from Alloy to Brooks for a two-week session on the island located in the southern section of the New River.

A six-minute documentary produced by the National Park Service tells the story of the camp and details the plans for its rebirth.

via Daily Journal

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. 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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