Two nights ago a fire destroyed three of the seven bungalows at a girls camp in Oak Ridge named Camp Nyoda. Now reaching its 100 year anniversary and owned by the fourth generation of the same family, the camp was founded in 1917 by Lee and Grover Smith as a place for the Montclair, NJ chapter Camp Fire Girls to learn outdoor skills.
Kathe Knitch, a Montclair resident whose teenager has attended the all girls sleep away camp, started a fundraising page through Give Forward. The fund is named Camp Nyoda Fire Fund. She hopes people will give to help rebuild the bungalows so girls can spend this summer at their beloved camp.
Says Knitch, “Nyoda is rich in history and also is home to a tree farm. It is a classic old fashioned get back to nature camp where most of its magic comes from the relationships that the girls form.”