A Child’s World
Mary Gwynn, the camp’s founder, envisioned a special, nurturing environment where younger boys and girls could thrive at a noncompetitive camp that emphasized individual achievement.
Miss Mary started her residential camp for boys and girls or her “child’s world” in 1935. Hiking and pioneering were combined with fine arts, creative writing, and crafts to create a unique arts and outdoor-living-skills experience.
Throughout the camp’s development, its philosophy has remained constant. The strength of today’s Gwynn Valley continues to be Miss Mary’s commitment to a child-centered world where each individual is a vital part of the community. Self esteem, a connection to the natural world and joy in the accomplishments of others are focal points as we teach and recreate throughout the summer. Whether it’s playing a game of soccer, harvesting vegetables, hiking to your campsite, rock climbing, writing and performing an original play, or learning from a new friend, Miss Mary’s invitation to “do something difficult every day” continues to challenge each child to grow and thrive in an atmosphere of tolerance and trust.