sebago, maine

My wife has filled our home with beautiful things, including two beautiful sons. But, at times, its freeing to go out to my simple “shed”, kick back with a coffee, read a little, and have a nice cigar. The desk was picked up by my parents, probably 1973, at an auction in Maine’s Sebago Lake region. We spent the summers there when I was a boy. My brother, sisters, and I would tag along miserably, in and out, of antique shops and spend evenings at auctions.My parents would placate our complaints by buying us peppermint stick ice cream or chocolate cream pies made by the auctioneers wife. We would have preferred to be back at the lake catching fish, frogs, hiking, and swimming. And of course, I have an appreciation of old things, and I am sure its from those “miserable” trips to the antique stores. 

Now, my Granddad would take us to harness racing at Scarborough Downs. That was a whole different education…


Camp Fire, formerly Camp Fire USA, originally Camp Fire Girls of America, is a secular co-ed inclusive youth development organization. Camp Fire was the first nonsectarian, multicultural organization for girls in America. Its programs emphasize camping and other outdoor activities for youth.

Its informal roots extend back to 1910, with efforts by Mrs. Charles Farnsworth in Thetford, Vermont and Luther Gulick M.D. and his wife Charlotte Vedder Gulick on Sebago Lake, near South Casco, Maine. Camp Fire Girls, as it was known at the time, was created as the sister organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The organization changed its name in 1975 to Camp Fire Boys and Girls when membership eligibility was expanded to include boys. In 2001, the name Camp Fire USA was adopted, and in 2012 it became Camp Fire.

Camp Fire’s programs, including small group experiences, after-school programs, camping and environmental education, child care and service learning, build confidence in younger children and provide hands-on, youth driven leadership experiences for older youth.

Images (from the top):

1.  Photograph shows Charlotte Vetter Gulick (1865-1938) with Camp Fire girls at Lake Sebago, Maine.

2.  Camp Fire girls hiking, probably at Lake Sebago, Maine.

3.  Photograph shows Charlotte Vetter Gulick, founder of the Camp Fire Girls, shamelessly appropriating native american culture.

4. Camp Fire Girls making a camp fire or maybe practising smoke signals.

5. Camp Fire Girls campaign emblem.

6.  Camp-Fire Girls saluting the flag in Juneau, Alaska. 1915.

7. Camp Fire Girls at a Grand Army of the Republic parade in Washington D.C. 1915.