Silver Bay Institute Groups (August 1908)
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This lantern slide shows the nine YMCA groups who visited the Silver Bay YMCA in August 1908: educational directors, physical directors, railroad secretaries, boys secretaries, religious work instructors, army and navy, advanced-physical directors, secretarial institute, and county work. The Silver Bay YMCA is a facility over one hundred years old that primarily hosts conferences, trainings, and private events on its seven-hundred-acre campus. During the late 19th-century, Silas Paine purchased the Silver Bay Hotel, where he offered guests a “sylvan fairy-land.” In 1900, Luther Wishard proposed to reserve the hotel for YMCA conferences; Paine agreed. In 1903, Springfield College developed a close relationship with the Silver Bay Summer Training Institute and had representatives on the Lake George Committee. Many faculty members and undergrads spent the summer working there, and students who desired a more extensive course of preparation were given credit at Springfield College School for work done at Silver Bay. The Silver Bay Association was incorporated in 1904. In 1909, a new auditorium with a slate roof was built to replace the old one, which had burned down. The YMCA used the Silver Bay campus as a training center for their staff, who worked in factories, foreign missions, college campuses, and in urban social centers. After Sir Robert Baden-Powell organized the Boy Scouts, the idea took root across the United States. Recognizing that the movement needed organization on a national level, the YMCA hosted an experimental training camp for Boy Scout leaders at Silvery Bay. The camp focused on nature studies, woodcraft, and camping skills. In 1918, Silver Bay opened a boys’ school founded on principles of cooperative education. This was originally digitized in March 2003, but rescanned because the image was too small.
|John F. Sweeney & Son|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|Young Men's Christian Association of North America|
Army and navy
Religious work instructors
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