“The Ubiquitous YMCA”

YMCA Petawawa

“Out here, where no counter-attractions to camp life exist, unless it be some excellent fishing, the social side has been developed to a marked degree by the ubiquitous Y.M.C.A. The association has placed twenty-two experts in their respective lines in its encampment. Battery committees have been appointed and the inter-battery athletic contests are the features of the play hours. … Field days … are patronized by everybody from the Camp Commandant … down to the humblest bugler. Camp concerts are held, and, judging, by the big audiences, they are much appreciated.” (1)

“They have started a regular baseball league in the 13th brigade here and so there are lots of baseball games going on in the evenings. (2)

Percy, being an Englishman, generally preferred football/soccer, but baseball became more frequent as the ranks of the Canadian Expeditionary Force began to fill with more native Canadians than British immigrants.

(1) The Globe (1844-1936). July 1, 1916. 12. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
(2) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, July 2, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The image is a postcard of the Camp Petawawa YMCA “hut” taken, obviously, in winter from a collection on flickr.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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