Last week’s Sunday News feature on a longtime summer camp, this one inspired by Rudyard Kipling, reminded us of how integral and important New Hampshire’s summer camps have been and remain for our state.
Whether it’s a camp that attracts the children of Presidents (the Obama daughters) or of other nations (Israeli special forces hero Yoni Netanyahu was a camp counselor), or Granite State sons and daughters, the camps are a strong thread in our fabric.
The Kipling-inspired camp takes its name, Camp Mowglis, from the author’s “The Jungle Book.” And its founder was a woman concerned that boys in cities were missing out on lessons from nature.
It was encouraging to see correspondent Bea Lewis’ photos of today’s campers at the camp’s rifle range, where respect for and proper use of firearms is still taught. (We hope there was a spoiler alert for any Democratic presidential candidates visiting when the feature was published.)
Donors to the Union Leader’s Santa Fund each year also help city youth participate in New Hampshire summer camps. We can’t imagine the state without them.