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SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Founded in 1887 as Camp Lawton, the camp now known as Camp Fuller, originally provided a place for boys from Providence to experience the great outdoors.
After two decades the YMCA of Greater Providence purchased 66 acres on Salt Pond in Wakefield, with the help of Frederic Fuller. The camp was named for Fuller in 1914 and is still located at the pond-front site.
For 125 years, generations of families have sent their children to Camp Fuller to spend the summer on Salt Pond enjoying water activities, traditional sports and arts and crafts while building character.
Since its inception, tens of thousands of campers have attended Camp Fuller; among them is current Wakefield resident Scott Rasmussen.
Camp Fuller is a family tradition for Scott Rasmussen, who grew up in Cumberland and attended the camp in the 1980s and 90s before becoming a counselor and ultimately working there from 2002-2010. Before Scott, his father attended the camp in the late 1950s and his grandfather served on the camp’s board of directors. Today, Rasmussen’s 9-year-old daughter enjoys a portion of her summer playing in the same pond and partaking in the same camp activities her father and grandfather enjoyed.
On Aug. 4, Camp Fuller will celebrate its 125th anniversary and campers of many generations, like the Rasmussen family, will come together to remember their time at the camp.
“For people who go to Fuller this is a historical significant event,” Scott Rasmussen said of the camp’s upcoming anniversary. “It will be great to see different generations of folks in their 70s, 80s, 50s and 20s. They all go there for same reasons and have the same sort of memories; it’s that continued spirit and draw that I think is pretty neat.”
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