Summer Camps in the Finger Lakes

Camp Casowasco, near Moravia on Owasco Lake, has been a Christian camp and retreat center since 1946. Photo courtesy Joshua House
by Kirk House

As America became more urbanized, people started to yearn for the countryside. Religious groups enjoyed summer gatherings or “camp meetings” – Keuka College grew partly from a years-long camp meeting near Penn Yan. At the turn of the 20th century, organized youth programs, wanting to set up countryside camps, searched for water and trees. They found them both in the Finger Lakes Region.

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