Sylvan Lake in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
New Life for Children
at the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp
They needed and got a good dose of being wanted.
The Detroit Free Press began the Fresh Air Camp in 1906 to give underprivileged Detroit children the experience of two weeks of recreation in the countryside. Most were on their first trips away from home, their first rides in new modes of transportation interurban trolleys, automobiles, buses which brought them to a whole new world in only an hour. Until 1962 the camp gave children sunshine, fresh air, fun and good food. Generations of village residents shared in play and entertainment with the visiting children.
"The essentials of honesty, decency, cleanliness and order...were breathed in with the air at an age when impressions go deepest."
Memory of Fresh Air Camp participant in 1941 letter to Detroit Free Press
You Auto Know
In 1906, the Detroit Free Press encouraged kids to "wrap up a nickel in a piece of paper and send a poor child to camp."
Erected 2013 by MotorCities National Heritage Area, National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the MotorCities National Heritage Area series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1906.
Location. 42° 37.177′ N, 83° 20.054′ W. Marker is in Sylvan Lake, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker can be reached from Pontiac Drive, 0.1 miles north of Ferndale, on the right when traveling north. Marker is at the entrance to the Sylvan Lake Community Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2456 Pontiac Drive, Keego Harbor MI 48320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sylvan Lake Inn (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakland County Boat Club (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Escape (approx. Ό mile away); "X" Marks the Spot (approx. half a mile away); Ordered by Mail - Sent by Rail (approx. half a mile away); Learning and Growing (approx. half a mile away); "Body by Fisher" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Welcome to Beaudette Park (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylvan Lake.
Also see . . .
1. Children Romp At Fresh Air Camp. Short (1:18) video on YouTube showing children at the Detroit Free Press Fresh Air Camp. (Submitted on May 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Sylvan Lake A History. Information and photos of the Fresh Air Camp start on page 36. (Submitted on May 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on May 20, 2021, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.