What’s in a Name?
The original Salvation Army camps all shared the same name: “Fresh Air Camp.” As the program grew and leaders began to secure land, each received a distinct name. The Fresh Air Camp in Glen Ellyn, Illinois illustrates this early name evolution after it relocated to Wisconsin in 1924. It became Wonderland Camp in 1932, when it was named after another camp in the Eastern Territory. As they evolved, moved, opened, and closed, camps’ names continued to change. For example, Mo-Kan became Three Trails, Silver Lake became Northwoods, and Chicagami closed. Regardless of these changes, they are all important pieces of history that, together, helped form today’s Salvation Army Central Territory camp program.