Camp Rotary
George Washington Council

Rotarty Island map Threre are many, many Scouting sites called Camp Rotary in the USA. The Camp Rotary in Mercer County was located on Rotary Island in the Delaware River and was part of Trenton, New Jersey. Both Camp Rotary and Rotary Island had several other earlier names. This page shows some newspaper articles about the camp. Again, I thank the Trenton Times for allowing me to use their Archives for this research.
Plan Scout Camp on Rotary Isle
1918 May 13, Trenton Times, Page 12
Park Island Will Be Used For All Sorts of Activities For Boys Scout Executive Durling and the committee of scoutmasters, recently appointed, will go to Park Island this week to make plans for the opening of an all-year Boy Scout camp for the boys of this city who are affiliated with that organization. Use of the island has been offered the scouts by the Rotary Club, which owns the place. It is planned to establish a camp for the benefit of the boys to which they will be enabled to go to engage in all Scout activities, spend week-ends and pass tests for merit badges and for promotion In scoutdom. The camp will be the outdoor headquarters for Trenton scouts. The camp there, however, will not take the place of the regular summer camp conducted on Marshall's Island for a period of one month. Plans are now under way for the opening of that camp. The committee aiding Mr. Durling in those matters consists of J. Oliver Smith, William Naphey. Frank Groom, Carl Lehman and Frank Hindley.
Rotary Doing "Good Turn" by Island Giving
1918 Jun 14, Trenton Times, Page 1
In the language of the Boy Scout, Trenton Rotary Club has done a realty "good turn" in making it possible for the establishment on Park Island in the Delaware River a summer camp for poor kiddies and an all-year camp for Boy Scouts. In fact it is predieted without qualification that the place will prove to be the greatest outing centre for children dwarfed by cramped surroundings and meagre opportunities and for the greater development of the youth through the Boy Scout movement than can be found anywhere in this section.
The proposition from its inception is unique. Out of the suggestion of William B. Maddock. president of Rotary has grown a scheme which is notable, not alone in the manner of its accomplishment, but in the fact that the Rotarians. big hearted and generous at great expense acquire the island and all the possessions on it, and hand it over to a cause which cannot help but prove the most beneficial.
Want Park Known as Rotary Island
1929 Jul 27, Trenton Times, Page 27
Rotarians Ask City Commission to Drop Old Name of River Camp Sites
Park Island, the home of the Kiddies' Camp and the Boy Scout Camp. will likely have its name changed within a short time to Rotary Island. The change of name is asked for by Rotary as the club now owns the island, and is dedicating it to camp use for poor children and Boy Scouts. The request for the change of name will be acted upon by The City Commisslon at its meeting Friday. Mike Kuzma writes in his blog:
"Rotary Island Located in the Delaware is situated across from where Sanhican Drive and the road to Trenton State Hospital merge. Access was by Pole Boat which was attached to a cable so you wouldn't get swept down stream."
How did Rotary Island get its name?
Click above for an except detailing the early history of the naming of Rotary Island from a book by John Daly.

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