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Near Castile in Wyoming County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp

 
 
Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2017
1. Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp Marker
Inscription.  For many enrollees, the CCC camp was their first experience away from home. Discipline, order, and uniform dress were part of the camp experience. The enrollees worked seven hours a day and then had some free time. On Saturdays, a half day was set aside for cleaning the camp site; Sundays were free days.

The recreation hall was the place for leisure activities. Many camps offered evening classes. Camp life included time for sports and fun as well. Athletic contests were a popular pastime.

CCC camps were a tremendous boon to the local economy; camps purchased many of their supplies from nearby farms and merchants. Local carpenters and masons were hired to direct the workers. Camp enrollees also participated in local community events.
 
Erected by Letchworth State Park.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
 
Location. 42° 35.455′ N, 78° 0.637′ W. Marker is near Castile, New York, in Wyoming County. Marker can be reached from Park Road/Octagon
Marker detail: Completion certificate image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Completion certificate
Over 8,000 men learned to read and write at CCC camps across the country; countless others were provided with marketable skills for life. Upon completion of an educational program, a certificate was issued noting each enrollee's accomplishments.
Road 2 miles east of Denton Corners Road (County Route 38). Marker is located near the Lower Falls parking area, about 2 miles southeast of the Letchworth State Park Castile entrance. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castile NY 14427, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Lower Falls Footbridge (here, next to this marker); CCC Statue (a few steps from this marker); Lower Falls Camp SP-49 (within shouting distance of this marker); Glacial History (approx. 1.2 miles away); William Pryor Letchworth 1823 - 1910 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Civil War Parade Ground (approx. 1.2 miles away); Camp Portage (approx. 1.2 miles away); First New York Dragoons / 136th New York Infantry (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castile.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp SP-49
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkEducationParks & Recreational Areas
 
Marker detail: Vocational Courses image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Vocational Courses
Vocational courses were offered in cooking, baking, truck driving, welding, electricity, carpentry, and automotive repair. High School subjects, including chemistry, mathematics, journalism, first aid, and career development were available as well.
Marker detail: Baseball Team image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: Baseball Team
Most CCC camps had a baseball team that competed with teams from local villages and other regional camps.
Marker detail: July 4th Parade image. Click for full size.
5. Marker detail: July 4th Parade
CCC float In Fourth of July Parade, Warsaw, New York, 1935.
Marker detail: Dance Flyer image. Click for full size.
6. Marker detail: Dance Flyer
Flyers such as this one, inviting local young ladies to dances at the park’s CCC camps, were posted in communities near the park.
Marker detail: Snow Emergency image. Click for full size.
7. Marker detail: Snow Emergency
The young men were often called upon to help in local emergency situations, clearing roads by hand in blizzards, fighting fires, and rescuing people from the gorge.
Marker detail: Toboggan Run image. Click for full size.
By Hans Stuart
8. Marker detail: Toboggan Run
Enrollees created a fast toboggan run that drew riders from the surrounding countryside and CCC camps within the park.
Marker detail: CCC Camp Pets image. Click for full size.
9. Marker detail: CCC Camp Pets
The young men made pets of raccoons, squirrels, and deer as well as dogs and cats.
Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp Marker Kiosk<br>(<i>marker is right panel of the two-panel kiosk</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 18, 2017
10. Life and Leisure in a CCC Camp Marker Kiosk
(marker is right panel of the two-panel kiosk)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 3, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 4, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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