Camp Timber Tops

Greely, Pennsylvania | C.1931

Photo Credit: Elly Wallace

Don’t be late for the 8:10am flag-raising! 🎺 One of the oldest all-girls camps still in operation in the United States, there’s never a dull moment at Camp Timber Tops—unless one’s waiting for a letter from home.

Located amongst the pine-filled hills of the Poconos, this camp began as a passion project for Selma Black and her husband, Hughie. First founding the co-ed Pine Forest camp in 1931, the Blacks saw an opportunity to bring children to the great outdoors from the densely packed streets of New York City.

Beginning with a group of 24 children, the camp grew rapidly under Selma and Hughie’s direction, and soon it became a full-fledged family affair. In the early 1960s, the Blacks and their children would found Camp Timber Tops for Girls and a neighboring Lake Owego for Boys right across Route 6—making a late-night sneak out quite tempting!

There is no shortage of activities for lucky campers here, though tough cabin inspections should be expected. With canoeing, horseback riding, s’mores by the fire, and late-night privileges for 10th graders (oOoooh!), it’s no secret that Timber Tops is a highlight of a childhood Summer.

Waking up for yet another flag-raising, young campers don’t seem to mind as French Toast awaits them in the dining hall. Each day brings new activities, friendships, and the possibility that loved ones at home may have finally gotten your postcard.

:memo: Written by: Seamus McMahon

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