31 Items in This Collection
1) [Medomak Camp] Reel 1
Scenes of the surrounding countryside with the camp in the distance. Footage of workers raising large tents at Senior Camp. Two shots of the camp grounds. A train arrives. Several m...   more
2) [Medomak Camp] Reel 2
A few shots of campers and counselors posing for their tent group photograph. Footage of campers doing morning calisthenics and then playing, swimming, diving, and rowing in a pond....   more
3) [Medomak Camp] Reel 3
A shot of bunk beds in the cabins, or “dens,” for Cubs, boys seven to nine. Boys examine a tree with a counselor. Shots of a baseball game. Boys playing horseshoes and tennis. A few...   more
4) [Medomak Camp] Reel 4
A shot of Senior Camp. Several shots of various tent groups. Footage of the tent groups marching and lining up for the flag raising with counselor Leslie “Uncle Dud” Sutherland. Foot...   more
5) [Medomak Camp] Reel 5
Footage of the Rangers loading up their truck and leaving Camp Medomak, including a shot of a big send-off at Senior Camp. A few shots of Rangers stopping and unloading the truck. Foo...   more
6) [Medomak Camp] Reel 6
Reel 6 contains footage of two canoe trips taken by Frank Poland, his wife Grace, their companions and their guides, one of whom is Ross McKenney. The first trip is on the West Branch...   more
7) [Medomak Camp] Reel 7
A shot of a camp site on a lake. Footage of boys in canoes. A few shots of a boy preparing and sailing a model boat. A shot of a sail boat near the Ark. A shot of an older man. A s...   more
8) [Medomak Camp] Reel 8
Footage of men and boys dressed as Native Americans at a Pow-Wow. Footage of Medomak campers and visitors from the girl’s camp, Camp Wyconda, playing, swimming and diving in a lake. A...   more
9) [Medomak Camp] Reel 9
A shot of a portage, boys carrying their boats and gear across land. A shot of boys at a camp site. Two shots of boys paddling canoes intercut with a shot of a deer running out of the...   more
10) [Medomak Camp] Reel 10
Two shots of the Rangers leaving Camp Medomak in a truck with six canoes roped on top. A group shot of the Rangers. A few shots of the Rangers in canoes. Footage of a camp site inclu...   more
11) [Medomak Camp] Reel 11
A few shots of boys rowing canoes past a causeway. Footage of boys rowing and pulling their boats through a river full of pulp, including a shot of a boy taking a photograph and one of...   more
12) [Medomak Camp] Reel 12
Two shots of cubs and counselors saluting the flag at Cub Camp flag raising. Cubs playing in the water, on a platform and on the Ark during Cub Swim with counselor George W. “Pa” Pushe...   more
13) [Medomak Camp] Reel 13
A shot of Junior flag raising and a shot of a boy blowing a bugle. A shot of several boys in swim trunks with towels running past the camera. Footage of boys swimming, diving and play...   more
14) [Medomak Camp] Reel 14
A shot of Frank Poland shaking the hand of a driver of a truck. A shot of the truck with six canoes on top leaving Camp Medomak. A shot of the truck and Rangers at a gas station. A s...   more
15) [Medomak Camp] Reel 15a
Two shots of group pictures. Two shots of flag raising at Senior Camp. Footage of boys swimming, playing and diving in the water during Senior swim. Footage of Seniors practicing li...   more
16) [Medomak Camp] Reel 15b
Footage of Rangers on a trip, including a shot of a truck with canoes on top, Rangers consulting a map, a sign that reads, “Dudley Trail” and one below it with, “A.M.C. Dudley Trail,” “...   more
17) [Medomak Camp] Reel 16
A shot of a sign that reads, “Camp Med-O-Lark” with two white birds on each side of the word ‘camp.’ A few shots of girls posing for group photos. A few shots of buildings on Camp Med...   more
18) [Medomak Camp] Reel 17
A shot of a sign that reads, “Medomak Cub Camp” with a wooden bear on each side. A shot of the farm house. A shot of flowers. A few shots of the camp. A shot of cubs walking through...   more
19) [Medomak Camp] Reel 18
Footage of Rangers viewing a map and choosing paddles outside the trip shack with Tom Sinclair and another counselor. Footage of Rangers on a pier practicing rowing techniques. Footag...   more
20) [Medomak Camp] Reel 19
Footage of William J. “Rockey” Brooks showing campers a loon’s nest with an egg in it. Footage of a track meet at Cub Camp with counselors Tot Hoople, Eric Sterling (with blonde hair)...   more
21) [Medomak Camp] Reel 20
A shot of a sign that reads, “Medomak Cub Camp” with a wooden bear on each side. A shot of Harold E. “Couch” Martin and his wife Alva with their dog and cat. Footage of George W. “Pa”...   more
22) [Medomak Camp] Reel 21
A few shots of older men and a few boys gathering in the road in and around a truck. A shot of two men emerging from a tent with baseball gloves to talk to two other men. A shot of al...   more
23) [Medomak Camp] Reel 22
Footage of Rangers in aluminum canoes on a river, including canoes being roped through some rapids. A few shots of lumberjacks pulling pulp wood from the water as Rangers pole their ca...   more
24) [Medomak Camp] Reel 23
Footage of Rangers in canoes on the St. John River, including a shot of them rowing under a bridge in Fort Kent, ME, at the end of their trip. Footage of a baseball game at Senior Camp...   more
25) [Medomak Camp] Reel 24
A shot of an older woman talking to another older person as a dog plays nearby. Two shots of Mount Katahdin. A shot of girls, one of whom is wearing a Cazenovia College sweatshirt, po...   more
26) [Medomak Camp] Reel 25
Footage of a canoe trip, including men and boys in canoes, boys shooting a sluice in canoes, a shot of fish laid out on a canoe, men and boys building a wooden structure along the river...   more
27) [Medomak Camp] Reel 26
A shot of boys pulling a canoe through an abundance of pulp logs floating in the water. A shot of boys pulling a canoe through a sluice in a dam. A few shots of boys pulling a wooden...   more
28) [Medomak Camp] Reel 27
A few shots of young campers and counselors engaged in an activity. Footage of boys and girls in a swim meet. Footage of boys and girls and a few men and women at a dance. Footage of...   more
29) [Medomak Camp] Reel 28
Two shots of Cubs running and getting into a truck. Footage of campers exploring a fort, including Cubs being lowered into a hole in the ground, eating lunch, playing on a cannon and s...   more
30) [Medomak Camp] Reel 29
Footage of girls’ camp, including girls running various kinds of races, such as a three-legged race, performing a synchronized swimming routine as a crowd watches from the shore, and hi...   more
31) [Medomak Camp] Reel 30
A shot of a wooden sign with a bird on it that reads, “MED-O-LARK CAMP.” Footage of camp, including a group shot, a few shots of sailboats, girls swimming, diving, playing tennis, exam...   more
Medomak Camp Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Medomak Camp Collection, 1963
Camp 1971 Allagash Katahdin, 2568
Credit: Medomak Camp Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Counselor with bugle at day's end, Washington, Maine.
Credit: Excerpt from Medomak Camp Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Campers learn Maliseet traditions, ca. 1930s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (15,000 ft.) : sd. and si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Collection Date Range
1920 – 1970
Collection contains film of boys' summer camp activities. Medomak Camp was founded in 1904 by Frank E. Poland as a farming camp for city boys on the farm where he was born in Washington, Maine. In the early part of the 20th century Poland strove to create a challenging and rewarding outdoor experience for boys. Frank Poland ran the camp until 1958, when his assistant, Howard Hoople, took over until 1979, when it was sold to the Church of the Nazarene. Medomak was purchased by a former camper and became a public camp again in the late 1990s. Most of the early film was shot by Frank Poland. Beginning in the 1950s much of it was shot by Chet Shepard, a professional photographer and a member of the camp staff. Some of the surviving footage was taken for promotion, other footage was clearly designed for entertainment.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Donor James Newton inherited the collection as a result of a family connection to the camp. His connection began with his grandfather, who went to Medomak as a counselor in 1919. James Newton also attended Medomak; his last summer was in 1978.
People and Organizations
Medomak Camp, Chief Henry Red Eagle
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
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