Providing summer activities for kids—and a place to escape Baltimore’s oppressive heat—was also an early mission of the Associated Jewish Charities. The Woodland Country Home, located in Catonsville, opened in 1922. Women, children and families would visit to regain their health, eat nutritious meals and enjoy the fresh air. The camp eventually became Camp Woodlands in 1948 and changed its focus to a day camp for children. It would close in the mid-1950s when the state bought the property for highway development.
Fortunately for the Jewish community, by then the JCC had established Camp Milldale in 1953 at Stevenson and Keysor Roads. The property, once Camp Crestmont, was purchased as a gift for the Associated Jewish Charities by Hugo Dalsheimer. Camp Milldale would move out to Woodensburg, Md.
For decades, generations of families would spend their summers on this bucolic property, swimming, playing sports and color war, enjoying arts and crafts and incorporating Shabbat as well as Jewish values and customs. J Camps on the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC campus would eventually replace Camp Milldale. Today JCC camps still offer children unique opportunities to connect with each other and with Judaism, while providing space for them to play, learn and enjoy their summer vacations.
Today, Jewish camp is recognized as playing a significant role in impacting future Jewish identity, It was for this reason that The Associated created a Center for Jewish Camping. By partnering with area Jewish day and overnight camps, The Center helps families find the perfect fit for their children.
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