Camp Beech-Wood

The following information was taken from a scrapbook of Harold Weigartz who was a Camp Beech-Wood ranger from 1975 -1997. A special “Thanks” to Jan Stouch for arranging for us to borrow this scrapbook to share for posterity.

 

Camp Beech-Wood was a girl Scout camp located on 175 acres of land on Lake Road 4 miles west of Sodus Point. It was open from 1929 – 1996 and left wonderful memories for 3 generations of girls who participated in the fun activities that the camp provided.

Jean Seymour wrote a detailed history of the camp that was featured in the July, August, September and October 2013 issues of the Sodus Bay Historical Society Newsletter. In these articles she told of :

The Early Years

Growth and Change

The Final Years

Camp Beech-Wood: Remembered

Click this link to read this wonderful history. You can use the + and – keys to zoom in and out: https://drive.google.com/file/d/15GnpjBKjgUJupAC0MOn9bfGjEqTDwCAB/view?usp=sharing

 

In preparation for a stay at the camp, Camp Beech-Wood prepared a brochure for participants which acted as an orientation to the facilities.

Click this link to read the 1929 Brochure. You can use the + and – keys to zoom in and out:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/11Ogb-XPEMSx6Ry1uSUCFKYKhYnj5yOG6/view?usp=sharing

Click this link to read the 1947 Brochure. You can use the + and – keys to zoom in and out:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hpPtN1VA_TAQqUJX8g9ryb7G7uCL9AvV/view?usp=sharing

 

Camp Beech-Wood dining hall built in 1960

 

Over the years, maps of the camp were produced to help those who participated. Here we have maps from 1945, 1973 and 1991. Click this link to see these maps. You can use the + and – keys to zoom in and out:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C7iZ9UvOym9FxHsGnlpuyP-Cm0LerI5j/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Over the years many newspaper articles have been written about Camp Beech-Wood. Her are 4 newspaper articles from The Rochester D&C and Times Union from 1929, 1932 and 1933. Click this link to read these articles. You can use the + and – keys to zoom in and out:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Depy4Sc5mHHYFIm-Os9pzJZwTv7yhFPl/view?usp=sharing

Additional information about Camp Beech-Wood can be found at www.historicsoduspoint.com at these 2 links:

https://historicsoduspoint.com/old-photos/camp-beechwood-staff-1969/

Camp Beechwood Cobblestone Building

 https://historicsoduspoint.com/buildings/camp-beechwood-cobblestone-building/