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The New Castle YMCA opened Camp Fred L. Rentz along the Slippery Rock Creek near Elliot Mills in July 1930. It was named for Fred L. Rentz (1869-1946), the longtime owner and operator of the New Castle News, whose generous contributions supported the project. The camp opened on Tuesday, July 1, 1930, and was officially dedicated a week later on Thursday, July 10. Young boys of the YMCA attended week-long camps here while enjoying swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, baseball, and other activities. (1948) Full Size
Camp Rentz was primarily a “boys only” facility, while the YMCA’s Camp Eastbrook in Hickory Township was utilized as a “girls only” camp. Camp Rentz was operated by the YMCA into the early 1980’s and then closed. The property was sold off. (1948) Full Size
A check-in board allows the camp directors to know who is currently swimming in the creek. A lifeguard stand overlooks the swimming area. Johnson Bronze employee Paul Cuba is looking towards camera. (1948) Full Size
A baseball game in progress at Camp Rentz. (1948) Full Size
Ping pong is a major activity at the camp. (1948) Full Size