Camp Fuller Timeline

Construction begins on the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Anne Sullivan begins teaching Helen Keller and a patent for earmuffs is given to Chester Greenwood which forever changed winter comforts for millions.
Camp Lawton is started by the Providence YMCA and is located in Silver Springs, Rhode Island. During its tenure, it moves to several other locations at Prudence Island, North Scituate, North Kingstown and Mount Hope.
The “Titanic” sinks on its maiden voyage with a loss of over 1,500 lives, the Boston Red Sox open Fenway Park and the “Oreo” cookie is introduced to the world.
The Providence YMCA leases 15 acres of land in South Kingstown from the Congdon family to be used for its summer camp. The camp consisted of seven primitive tents and the cost of attending was five dollars per week. Lester Clee serves as the first camp director.
The first successful blood transfusion is performed, Babe Ruth makes his major league debut in a Red Sox uniform and the first stone is laid at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Frederic H. Fuller purchases the 15 acres of leased land, known as Turner Point from the Congdon family for one hundred dollars. The real estate taxes on the property are $ 11.00 per year. Mr. Fuller then donates the land to the Providence YMCA and Camp Lawton is re-named Camp Fuller in his honor. The waterfront consists of six boats and a slide on top of the “wharf”. Campers help with the meal prep and eat in the dining tent.
Women are given the right to vote after the passing of the 19th Amendment, the American Civil Liberties Union is formed, the National Football League is formed and Prohibition begins.
Camp Fuller acquires its first motorized vehicle and the tennis courts are constructed. Additional leased land is purchased from the Congdon family expanding the footprint of the camp.
President Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House, construction begins on Yankee Stadium, and the Eskimo Pie receives a patent.
The Dining Hall is built at a cost of  $6,500.00 and becomes a central landmark for meals and special events at camp. Porcelain dishes replace the old metal dishware, a hand water pump is installed making the new building one of the finer eating establishments in South County.
The Harlem Globetrotters play their first road game in Illinois, Charles Lindbergh flies nonstop from New York to Paris aboard his Spirit of St. Louis, the first “talking picture” is shown in New York City and the population of the world reaches two billion.
The Providence YMCA authorizes the “Boy’s Department Committee” to purchase more land and further expand camp property. A garden is planted near the Congdon family farmhouse and the harvest is used for camp meals.
Walt Disney introduces Mickey Mouse to the world with the premiere of “Steamboat Willie”, Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo around the world, the first commercially made sliced bread is sold in Missouri and Congress approves funding to start building what will become the Hoover Dam.
Camp Fuller purchases 3 canoes along with its first sailboat named “Oswald” and unofficially launches the renowned sailing program. More boats and an expanded program follow shortly thereafter.
The 3M company introduces Scotch Tape to the US, Clarence Birdseye launches the first frozen foods to go on sale in Springfield, Massachusetts and Mahatma Gandhi begins the famous 200-mile Salt March and Planet Pluto is discovered.
Peckham’s Meadow becomes the new home of Junior Camp with the addition of three new tents bringing the camp total up to eleven. Big things are happening at Fuller!
A gallon of gas costs 10 cents, the Empire State Building is completed in New York City, the Star-Spangled Banner officially becomes our national anthem and the Dick Tracy comic strip makes its debut.
The first “Gypsy Trip” leaves Camp Fuller aboard an old hay wagon with a “good old horse” named Minnie for a three-day adventure trip around South County. The chapel and the Junior Council Bowl are constructed which both add new dimensions to the spirit of Fuller.
Oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia; the United States passes the Fair Labor Standards Act which establishes a minimum wage and Sea Biscuit defeats War Admiral at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore.
Camp Fuller survives one of the most devastating storms to ever hit the New England Coast. Hundreds of lives are lost and much of Rhode Island is battered. Camp Fuller survives the storm with minor scrapes and bruises.
Yankee legend Lou Gehrig ends his 2,130 consecutive game streak, World War II begins in Europe and the first Little League Baseball game is played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
More land is purchased from the Congdon family heirs which grows the Fuller footprint and positions the camp for further expansion and the ability to serve more children each summer.
Anne Frank makes her first entry into her famous diary, the US retaliates for Japan’s invasion of Pearl Harbor and Daylight Savings Time begins for the first time in the US.
The director of Camp Fuller is summoned to the US Coast Guard Station at Point Judith to receive instructions for operating motor boats during wartime. The Frank W. Matteson Craft Building is approved for construction at a cost of $ 1,765.00
The Battle of Iwo Jima ensues with 30,000 US Marines landing on the island, Harry S Truman assumes the office of the presidency after the death of FDR. Later that year, President Truman announces the surrender of the Japanese.
Flag Hill is constructed with funds donated by the Cranston Rotary Club. Among the dignitaries attending the dedication ceremony on August 1st was the governor of Rhode Island, J. Howard McGrath.
Israel is declared a nation, the World Health Organization is established by the United Nations, the English-built Land Rover makes its debut at the Amsterdam Motor Show and President Truman officially ends segregation in the American military.
Plans are drafted for the construction of new wood cabins with a latrine and flush toilets. Once completed, the new “Junior” Division will help Camp Fuller to modernize. The total cost to construct five new cabins is   $ 16,000.00 The additional cost to construct a latrine with a septic tank is estimated to be $ 5,252.00 and includes soap dishes. A giant leap forward, even without the soap dishes.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is founded in Washington, DC, The National Basketball Association is formed and Israel is admitted to the United Nations at the same time the cornerstone of its iconic headquarters is laid in New York City.
The new “Junior” Division is dedicated and named for its chief benefactor, Edwin F. Sherman. Those invited to the dedication ceremonies are cautioned about not traveling more than 15 mph on the camp road.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected president, the Hasbro Toy Company of Providence announces the debut of Mr. Potato Head and the “Today” show begins it long run starring Dave Garroway as host.
The Rotary Club of Providence dedicates the new ball field which is 400 feet long and 200 feet wide in memory of its past-president, Joseph E. Mahoney. The total cost of building the field at the time is $ 1,500. It soon becomes one of the most popular spots at Fuller.
Neil Armstrong is the first man to walk on the moon, over half a million people attend The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, Sesame Street is first broadcast on the National Television Network and the Pontiac Firebird hits the scene as the first “muscle car”.
Several counselors and staff request permission to attend The Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in upstate New York. Their request is denied, but they return a year later with a big idea.
The Beatles announce their break-up, an 8-track tape player sells for $39.00, Boeing’s first jumbo jet, the 747 makes its first flight from New York to London, and the first Earth Day is celebrated in the United States.
The very first SunProd takes Fuller by storm with over two hundred in attendance. The old green truck is used for a stage with borrowed sound and lighting equipment. Campers and staff camp out on the hill behind the Dining Hall overlooking Turner Point and are entertained by an enthusiastic group of campers and staff. The event still takes place every summer.
The Camp David Accords are signed bringing temporary peace to the Middle East, Volkswagen opens its first US plant to manufacture the Rabbit, the Great Blizzard knocks out New England and parts of New York and the CBS soap opera Dallas along with the block-buster movie Grease make their debut performances.
Camp Fuller officially enrolls girls for the first time in its history. Kimberly Santelia is the first to register. Once again, camp changes things up and moves ahead.
Dennis Connor skippers “Stars and Stripes” and brings the America Cup back to the US, President Ronald Regan tells Soviet Leader Gorbachev to “Tear Down This Wall”, the Golden Gate Bridge celebrates its fiftieth anniversary and the Dow closes above 2,500 for the first time ever.
Camp Fuller celebrates its 100th Anniversary amid much fanfare with a float pulled through Wakefield and an anniversary message by a sky-writing plane flying over camp.
After being imprisoned for 27 years, Nelson Mandela is released from jail. The first McDonald’s opens in Moscow and Mary Robinson is elected the first female president of Ireland.
Jungle Division is built and includes a modern palace. Sherman Division becomes the new home for younger girls and the younger boys move to Junior.
The first non-stop balloon flight around the world takes 20 days to complete. The Y2K computer bug paralyzes the digital world on New Year’s Eve.
A major addition to the Dining Hall is completed which includes additional space for seating and bathrooms.
Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Grand Slam. George W. Bush defeats Al Gore in the closest presidential election in US history.
Point Judith Lodge is dedicated as an addition to the Boy’s Junior Division and includes indoor bathrooms.
The American economy collapses causing world-wide financial panic reminiscent of the Great Depression.
The Skateboard Park is built near Sherman Division and is an instant hit with campers and staff.
The United States Treasury announces that Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty-dollar bill. The first solar-powered airplane successfully flies around the world.
The Turner Point Project is completed and dedicated after a major fund-raising campaign and 102 years after the land bearing the name Turner Point was purchased by Frederic H. Fuller. A beautiful new boathouse is opened along with an updated waterfront area.
A major pandemic takes over the world shutting down the global economy and wreaking havoc not seen for generations. Hundreds of thousands of people contract the dreaded virus and many succumb to the illness.
Camp Fuller opens its gates for another summer, in spite of the Corona Virus Pandemic. Adhering to all CDC and Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines, a day camp provides younger children with a healthy program and family camping is offered for the first time. Both are met with great success and enthusiasm. Camp Fuller innovates and scores big in unprecedented times.