How campers remember Josh and Leah depends on when they were at the camp. This page contains three photos taken at different times (the first two were provided by their granddaughter, Ditte Frederiksen McNeil):
Josh immigrated to New York when he was 11, from an impoverished shtetl in Russia. He knew no English when he arrived and his total formal education was two years of elementary school. At least two ex-campers who knew Josh assumed that he had been a graduate student in education who studied with John Dewey.
Josh's book Creative Camping describes his experiences running a youth labor camp in the 1920s. The book makes it clear that Josh had developed and implemented his group-centered approach to running a camp prior to starting Camp Robinson Crusoe.
Josh and Leah's granddaughter Ditte Frederiksen McNeil wrote:
The following photo shows Josh at the camp. It was taken in 1950, or thereabouts, by Melvin ("Mel") Snider, and in addition to Josh (left), it shows Mel's two sons Richard (holding the cat) and Gerry (who now uses the name "Lee").
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This page was last updated June 30, 2012