Billy Brown’s idea or not, it certainly did keep him busy for a while as he “planned and designed” the camp’s twenty rustic spruce log cabins, several lodges, dining facilities, and a recreation hall. He even helped with the actual construction.
The camp was much anticipated by the Ogontz girls when it opened for the 1923 summer season. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, hiking, riding, tennis, golf, archery, shooting, team sports, arts and crafts, bird walks—all the amenities imaginable in a camp setting—were available from the start. But this was no ordinary camp, it was Abby Sutherland’s. The lake-side pavilion boasted an ample stage for theatricals, story-telling and poetry reading; campers were periodically examined by nurses to assure their good health, and tested weekly for good posture; nature study lectures were provided; French was taught by “a native Parisian lady”; tutoring was available in virtually any college preparatory subject; and military drill was practiced as part of the camp routine. A commercially-printed magazine-yearbook called The Fagot, was produced by talented campers annually. Just as at The Ogontz School, an Honor Girl was chosen at the end of the July-August season—the best all-around girl in sports, games, and camp spirit. Miss Sutherland’s impeccable standards were also observed in the up-to-date sanitation system, screened dining and food preparation areas, and water analysis. She left nothing to chance.