Summer camp…These words conjure up images of campfires, sailing, hiking, and most of all, friendship! Do you remember when summer meant camp? Well, it still does! A summer at Camp Regis-Applejack provides campers with all of the images that you remember, plus many, many more, combining together to make a unique memory for today’s campers.
With so many summer camp programs around, what makes Camp Regis-Applejack different? When Earl and Pauline Humes opened the camp in 1946, they had very specific goals in mind. One goal was to establish a diverse community of campers and staff by providing an opportunity to live with others from varied backgrounds. The campers and staff developed an understanding and compassion for those who may look differently, worship differently, speak differently, or perhaps act differently from themselves. Most of the families who chose to send their children to Regis-Applejack wanted their children to be in a rich environment where it did not matter what your parents did for a living, what religion you were or were not, what color you skin was, or where you lived.
This interest in having a diverse community stems in part from the Humes family’s association with the Society of Friends and the Unitarian Universalist Association. Although Camp Regis-Applejack is completely non-denominational, much of the respect for individuals and their differences, the low-key, down-to-earth attitude, and the non-judgmental, non-competitive atmosphere stems from this background. Today, this tradition of diversity is carried on through the Humes’ son, Michael, who is now the owner/director of the camp.