Scenes from Camp Wanamaker, circa 1927. While it might look similar, Moonrise Kingdom this wasn’t. In 1901 John Wanamaker began a summer camp offshoot of his successful Wanamaker Commercial Institute in Island Heights, New Jersey, which functioned as a military-style boot camp for his youngest employees—some as little as 10 years old. The children, who needed their jobs at Wanamaker’s to scrap together a living, would have otherwise been unable to attend school or camp if their employer hadn’t supplied it for them.
In between military training exercises, the kids swam, participated in competitive sports (hence the trophies), and played in marching band.
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