THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS
C.C.C. CAMP TEN MILE RIVER
SAVE THE DATE!
T.M.R. C.C.C. DAY
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Ten Mile River Scout Camps
1481 Crystal Lake Road
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rain or Shine
us on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at Headquarters Camp, T.M.R. and help us
celebrate the 80th anniversary of both the Civilian Conservation Corps
and our very own C.C.C. Camp Ten Mile River.
The Civilian Conservation
Corps was a popular New Deal public work relief program founded by
President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It operated from 1933 - 1942,
for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families, ages 17-23 and all
veterans. The C.C.C. provided unskilled manual labor jobs related
to the conservation and development of natural resources in generally
rural lands owned by federal, state and local governments.
Workers were called “Enrollees” to distinguish them from soldiers.
C.C.C. Camp Ten Mile River was a forest fire control camp with a
capacity of 200 Enrollees. Its primary purpose was the fire protection
of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps and the adjacent property. The
first forestry work started on January 2, 1934 under the direction of
Ralph Unger and eight foremen. The Enrollees were also called out
to fight forest fires anywhere in the region. During the camp’s 3
½ years of operation, Enrollees blazed fire breaks, removed fire
hazards, built and improved camp and lumber roads, and built campsites,
all on the property of the Ten Mile River Scout Camps.
Local residents were hired to construct the camp, especially
carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Every junior C.C.C. camp
was allowed to enroll 16 experienced woodsmen from the vicinity of the
camp. These “Locally Employed Men” or “LEMS” instructed the
Enrollees in the proper use of tools and to assist in supervising the
actual work. The influx of money as a result helped the local
economy during the depths of the Great Depression.
Enrollees socialized with local women at dances and other occasions,
some organized by the Camp. Some Enrollees decided to settle down
in the local area after leaving the C.C.C. and their decedents still
live in the Upper Delaware River Valley today.
organized and recruited locally and moved all over the U.S. as
needed. Three companies served at Camp Ten Mile River: Co. 1245
(Yaphank, LI), Co. 2214-V (Barre, VT) and Co. 299 (Masonville, NY).
The Ten Mile River Scout Museum is
searching for all former employees
and enrollees at the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) Camp Ten Mile
P-85, Narrowsburg, NY) and their decedents. The Museum is also
seeking photos, paper, memorabilia and artifacts from the camp.
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Here are some of our planned highlights:
Lunch and snacks will be
available for purchase. The Ten Mile River Scout Museum will be
open for visits. This
open to the general public.
- Guided walks of
C.C.C. Camp Ten Mile River.
- A self-guided G.P.S.
walking tour of C.C.C. Camp Ten Mile River.
- A midway featuring
displays of C.C.C. memorabilia and artifacts, C.C.C. vendors, displays
by local historical societies and museums and organizations like the
National Park Service.
- Viewings of the
P.B.S. American Experience documentary: The C.C.C.
- A panel discussion by
C.C.C. experts, including an F.D.R. reenactor.
- A talk and PowerPoint
presentation on the C.C.C. by author Peter Osborne.
- A Tree-planting
T.M.R. C.C.C. Day is being organized by the Ten Mile River Scout Museum
with support by the Ten Mile River Scout Camps. For directions to
T.M.R. Headquarters Camp, visit our web site at tmrmuseum.org.
For additional information, E-mail us at email@example.com.