Did you know that one of Baltimore’s longest-running traditions is a summer camp for children?
Camp St. Vincent has been in continuous operation since 1907, when it was founded at the Cloud Cap country estate in Paradise - near Catonsville, MD. It was an age of growing awareness about the effects on children of living in poverty in hot, noisy polluted cities. St. Vincent de Paul was one a handful of pioneers across the US to to create “fresh air camps.” A 1907 story from the Baltimore Sun describes the camp through the lens of Edwardian ideals:
. . . children are given an oportunity to enjoy a two weeks' stay in the country, where healthful food and a big roomy house and all of the playthings that make life worth living for both boys and girls make those 14 days a time never to be forgotten by the children.
In the intervening years, Camp St. Vincent has had several homes, and evolved through many iterations. The one constant has been an emphasis on providing a healthy summer camp experience to underprivileged children.