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  • 1903
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  • Springfield College
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  • This photograph portrays George L. Meylan, class of 1903 of the International YMCA Training School, now Springfield College. Through his personal contacts, speeches, and writing, he was an effective advocate of youth camping. Meylan was born in Le Brassus, Switzerland, and moved to New York at the age of fourteen. At the age of eighteen, he started working at the YMCA in Bangor, Maine. Here he met the Reverend George W. Hinckley, director of t... more
    This photograph portrays George L. Meylan, class of 1903 of the International YMCA Training School, now Springfield College. Through his personal contacts, speeches, and writing, he was an effective advocate of youth camping. Meylan was born in Le Brassus, Switzerland, and moved to New York at the age of fourteen. At the age of eighteen, he started working at the YMCA in Bangor, Maine. Here he met the Reverend George W. Hinckley, director of the nearby Good Will Camps. Hinckley’s philosophy and personality strengthened Meylan's belief in the value of camping. In 1904, he accepted the post of medical director at Columbia University, which he held until his retirement in 1929. He received an M.D. from New York University in 1906. While living in New York City, Meylan bought land a summer cottage at Lake Sebago, Maine, and in 1907 founded White Mountain for Boys. The Gulicks purchased land from him for a summer home, later locating the Gulick camps there. The two families quickly became fast friends. Meylan joined the Camp Directors Association of America (CDAA) soon after its founding in 1910, and he served as the organization's president four year later. When World War I broke out, he took a leave of absence to serve as the French Army's Director of Recreation. Soon after his return to the United States, Meylan purchased Camp Arcadia for Girls, where his daughter worked as a lead counselor. In 1924-1925, he again served as president of the newly merged Camp Directors Association. Meylan also served as president of the American Physical Education Association. In 1929, he retired from Columbia to devote more time to camping. A handwritten caption reads "Meylan". less
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