HISTORY

Otyokwa: A Group of Persons Forming a Single Fellowship  

 

Established in 1935 at the height of the Great Depression and closed at the onset of World War II, Camp Otyokwa was established by the Munson family to provide a haven for kids from their hometown of New Britain, CT wanting to experience the great outdoors.

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As a thriving boys camp from 1935-1941, it provided city kids a crash course in outdoor skills, physical labor and play, and self-reliance, in what at the time was the ‘Far North’ of Maine. The extensive photos and writings from the time show 75 boys spending days swimming, hiking, playing games, and establishing trail networks, some of which still exist on the property. 

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While Otyokwa was only operated for five years, the counselors and older campers enjoyed their last bit of youth at Otyokwa. Pictures from the camp’s last summer of ’41 show smiling faces in waning August light.

Otyokwa and its simplicity and beauty has been enjoyed for years.  
We look forward to sharing it with you in this new chapter of its history.