CELEBRATING THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS
AND
C.C.C. CAMP TEN MILE RIVER

1933-2013


SAVE THE DATE!

T.M.R. C.C.C. DAY
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Headquarters Camp, Ten Mile River Scout Camps
1481 Crystal Lake Road
Narrowsburg, N.Y.
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rain or Shine

Join 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.

C.C.C. Companies were 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 River (Camp P-85, Narrowsburg, NY) and their decedents.  The Museum is also seeking photos, paper, memorabilia and artifacts from the camp.  Please contact us at questions@tmrmuseum.org for additional information.

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 event is open to the general public. 

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 questions@tmrmuseum.org.

SEE THE ARTICLE ON THE T.M.R. C.C.C. DAY IN THE UPPER DELAWARE MAGAZINE.

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