Earl and Pauline Humes founded Camp Regis in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State shortly after World War II. The first year the camp was open, 1945, the French government sent children who had been rescued from concentration camps. Joining them in camp were little contessas from Spain, whose nanny had sewn the family crest on all of their clothes. The first campers – and their counselors – were Jews and gentiles, Japanese and German, black and white. The idea of camp as a melting pot was a radical one in the 1940s.
The spirit of the camp, where boys and girls age 6 through 16 can spend the summer in the woods and on the water is one of traditions. Traditional activities include sailing, swimming, tennis, hiking, sing-alongs, art, drama, and stories around the campfire. Camp Regis is unusual in its emphasis on diversity. The Humes’s founded the camp as a way to bring together children from all backgrounds and to teach them the value of diversity. As Earl and Pauline were Quakers and members of the American Friends Service Society, they wanted the children to have a full camping experience in a non-competitive, non-violent, inclusive, atmosphere. The traditions live on today with their son Michael, who is the current owner/director of Camp Regis.