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Camp Shenandoah at Island Ford, Va (1912-1949)

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Boy Scout Camp Shenandoah, in it’s most recent iteration (and location since 1950), presently consists of 456 acres near Swoope in Augusta County on the eastern slopes of Virginia’s Appalachian Plateau. This site is the permanent location of the Scout camp for the Stonewall Jackson Area Council. However, few realize that “Camp Shenandoah” has been serving the youth of the region many more years and has a much deeper and richer history that extends back to the early part of the twentieth century.

This essay will explore the first renditions of Camp Shenandoah at its original location at Island Ford, Virginia, before it’s ownership by the Stonewall Jackson (Area) Boy Scout council, and how it became synonymous with serving the recreational needs of the youth of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.

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