National Geographic : 2002 Aug
BEAR ISLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE 03246 The Girls of Summer BY CATHY NEWMAN PHOTOGRAPHS BY PENNY DE LOS SANTOS NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSENIORWRITER Among the after-lunch announcements at Camp Nokomis for girls was this news: There would be a dance that night at Camp Lawrence, the boys' camp on the opposite end of the island. Senior and junior girls were instructed to be at the dock at 5:15 for the 15-minute ride. "Boys are normal creatures too. Try to be nice," suggested Debbie Parker, the camp director. The seniors, of high school age, radiated excitement. The juniors, grades two to six, expressed doubt. "Do they have fleas?" Kayla Szettella, a nine-year-old, wanted to know.