Dorset Heritage Museum

Camp Inawendawin

My teenage summers were spent working at Camp Inawendawin on Paint Lake.  The camp was owed by the Andersons who treated the staff like family.  We worked hard in the kitchen and dining room 6 1/2 days each week with Wednesday afternoons off.

Each Wednesday we rushed through our work in order to hitch -hike to our cottage on otter Lake, hoping to get there in time for a late swim and supper.  Hitch-hiking was a popular mode of transportation for young people.  it was easy to hitch a ride and once in Dorset, we often walked the rest of the way.  If we were lucky, Jack Crozier would give us a ride in the back of his truck from the camp to Dorset when he came in to pick up the mail.  Dad drove us back tot eh camp next imorning in time to start work at 7:30 am.

We worked with Ellen Avery who was the main cook for the camp and Jennie McLennan who was pastry cook.  our pay cheques came at the end of the 2 months of summer.  We were paid $200.  for the summer with a $50. bonus.  Our pay included our lodging and food.  Camp food was excellent.  The campers were very well fed and desserts Jenny made could have won prizes!  After the evening meal, a sign-song usually got under way and ended with the singing of the Camp Inawendawin song.

Inawendawin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Inawendawin…lovely refuge in the Northland                                                                                                                                                                                    We will return again                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  To stand here hand in hand Inawendawin                                                                                                                                                                                          We know that time will never change you                                                                                                                                                                                          The greatest camp that’s ever been                                                                                                                                                                                     Inawendawin We love Inawendawin  We all hope to come again To dear old Inawendawin

Camp Inawendawin offered the girls swimming, canoeing, surfing, horse-back riding, overnight camping, crafts, drama and everything else a camper would enjoy.  The campers cabins all had names and each week a cabin was chosen as best camper cabin for its neatness.  Cabin names included Bob Inn, Bo Out, Sleepy Hollow.  Our staff cabin had as its name Hollow Log.  The name Inawendawin conjures up many happy summer memories of days and nights spen at camp on Paint Lake near Dorset.

Fond memories remembered by Lorna Cassie – Bywater


2 thoughts on “Camp Inawendawin”

  1. Some of my happiest days as a youngster! I remember many different cabin names but had such fun in Gallop Inn next door to Stagger Out with Marion Barker, Barbara Bradley, Sheila Horgan, Marian Hogarth, Margaret McCollum and Margaret Blackstock. Happy times, Diana Durand

  2. How wonderful to read your memories of Inawendawin! I was a camper there in 1963, I was 12. I remember the Andersons, and all our amazing adventures, Pain Lake was so beautiful! I sang a solo in the camp show.. recently reconnected with a fellow camper who won the Mixing Spoon award. She was from Nicaragua.
    The meals were so delicious, very true!!

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