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 a haven for kids during the biggest economic cataclysm the world had seen up to that point. 

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 before the great war that was to come.

The original Camp Otyokwa began and ended in times of unease and strife, and our original idea to re-establish it as a communal place for creativity and togetherness has been challenged by our more recent crisis. But we believe in the transformative power of this place - its timeless energy is special due to its simplicity and its beauty. We look forward to sharing it with you and beginning this new chapter in its history.