It was over 70 years ago—the summer of 1943, to be exact—but I remember it as if it were yesterday. My first trip to Chewonki. I was a 9-year old who lived in Pittsburgh PA. My brother George, who was nearly 5 years older than I, had gone to a summer camp in Maine the year before with a group of his contemporaries from Pittsburgh. The summer had been a great success, but the camp they had attended had closed down because of the war. Someone in the group had heard that Clarence Allen of Rivers Country Day School in Boston ran a no-nonsense camp called Chewonki on the coast of Maine, and so many in the group had decided to go there in 1943. My parents concluded that, at age 9, I was old enough to accompany my brother, and so the deal was struck. Gas rationing was in full swing in the summer of 1943, so there was really no alternative but to travel to Maine by train. From Pittsburgh that involved an overnight trip to Boston. In those days the Pennsylvania Railroad had a sleeper train that ran every day from Pittsburgh to Boston, leaving at 4:00 in the afternoon…… By early afternoon the following day, we crossed the bridge at Bath and headed on towards Wiscasset. On the day camp opened each year, the train made a special “whistle stop” at the Montsweag station, which was nothing more than a hay field that had been specially mowed that morning in anticipation of our arrival. … And so we arrived at Camp Chewonki, tired and frazzled after a long trip, overwhelmed by the many new sights and sounds of a boys’ camp about to open for the season. … I must have repeated this trip three or four times over the next few summers when I was a camper, but few recollections of those later trips have survived. It was the first trip to Maine by train in 1943 that has always taken the top spot in my memory bank. Bio: Bill Hetzel was a camper for five years in the 1940s and head sailing counselor for five years in the 1950s. He was on the Board of Trustees for over 30 years and its Chairman from 1986-1990. He is currently an Honorary Trustee.