Camp Atwater was founded in 1921 by Dr. William De Berry in North Brookfield, Massachusetts and remains a cultural, educational, and recreational camp designed for African American children.

It was first named St. John’s Camp, but changed to Camp Atwater in 1926 when Ms. Mary Atwater donated $25,000 with the stipulation that the camp’s name honored her late father, Dr. David Fisher, a well-known successful physician in the town.

It is now owned and managed by the Urban League of Springfield and is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with a focus on its original mission… to foster the emotional and intellectual development of African American youth. (Sources: and


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