Camp Wolfeboro: Scouting during the Pandemic

Camp Wolfeboro, a Scout camp located on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River in Stanislaus National Forest, at 5,800 feet above sea level in the Sierra Nevada, closed for one of the few times in its history in 2020, as a result of the pandemic. When camp reopened in 2021, Golden Gate Area Council, which owns the camp, implemented a variety of new safety precautions.

This exhibit studies and seeks to explain Camp Wolfeboro as a microcosm of Scouting during the pandemic and environmental change. The exhibit features photographs that document the effects of the pandemic on camp itself, as well as how visiting Scouts, Scouters, and camp staff have been affected by the pandemic, specifically in regards to their Scouting activity. You can browse the exhibit sections below.

"Be Prepared: COVID-19 at Camp Wolfeboro" explores the changes that the pandemic caused to camp. It showcases the closure of camp for the summer of 2020, as well as the precautions taken for the summer of 2021.

"Scouts in the Pandemic" includes oral history interviews and photos of Scouts, covering both their experience at Wolfeboro and also their experience with Scouting during the pandemic.

"The Staff Experience" includes oral history interviews from staff members, who discuss their experience with camp during both 2020 and 2021.

Finally, "Nature and Environment in the High Sierra" showcases the environmental changes that happened to Wolfeboro during 2020-2021. The section discusses the Henry Fire, the drought that has affected much of the western United States, and other changes in the environment.

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