Here's a sweet album I picked up years ago. It's called "Musical Memories of Chalk Hills Camp", and the insert that came with it dates it to 1961, and places its recording in the Appleton vicinity, although the camp itself was just over the border into Upper Michigan.
Having long been in love with the "Musical Memories of Camp Bryn Afon" album, I looked at this cover and wondered if lightning had struck twice in northern Wisconsin during the 1960's. The first listen showed that, while I wouldn't put this record quite on a par with the Bryn Afon collection, it has its own charms. I love the sound of kids singing together, there's a lot of nice harmony (if a bit tentative in places), and plenty of great old songs. The album contains 37 tracks (the same number as the Camp Bryn Afon album!), ranging from under 30 seconds to upwards of 2 1/2 minutes, over the course of about 40 minutes.
I'm particularly fond of track 22 (Living in Tents and Cabins), which for my money is the standout track, and track 23 (Swinging Along), a counterpoint piece which was heard in our car during every vacation we took during my childhood. I do cringe during "Christopher Robin" (track 7), as this is a song which was in my mother's repetoire, and the girls on this album had been taught a glaring error in the melody at one point (coincidentally, the album was recorded at my mother's Alma Mater, Lawrence). But this is an exception, as most of the album is a joy to experience.
Chalk Hills Camp was closed by the Girl Scouts after the 2001 season, but there is a nice website about and for former campers and staff, here.
The files before are listed by number, to save time and space. The names of the tracks are attached to the files themselves, and they are tagged with the names as well. These song titles can also be viewed on the record labels and the insert.
Track 1 - Track 2 - Track 3 - Track 4 - Track 5 - Track 6 - Track 7 - Track 8 - Track 9 - Track 10 - Track 11 - Track 12 - Track 13 - Track 14 - Track 15 - Track 16 - Track 17 - Track 18 - Track 19 - Track 20 - Track 21 - Track 22 - Track 23 - Track 24 - Track 25 - Track 26 - Track 27 - Track 28 - Track 29 - Track 30 - Track 31 - Track 32 - Track 33 - Track 34 - Track 35 - Track 36 - Track 37
Album Cover (JPG) - Record Label Side A (JPG) - Record Label Side B (JPG) - Insert (JPG)