Camp Woody, Woody Island and Long Island (Alaska) Index


Camp Woody and Woody Island Adventures INDEX

Long Island (Alaska) Adventures INDEX


Celebrating over Fifty Years of Camp Woody (1956 - 2007 and counting):

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Scroll to the Bottom of this Introduction and Map To Find the Camp Woody Articles.  Further Down is The Long Island (Fort Tidball) Map and Index.

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The Camp Woody sign as it appeared in the 1970s, with Mirror Lagoon in the background. Marianne Boko routered and stained it using information she got from the Forestry Service.  Travis North photo


This map of Woody Island, Alaska is adapted from a photo of the wall maps made by Marianne Boko, which hung for many years on the wall of the dining hall in Camp Woody.  I superimposed the major place names and alternate names in green letters, and tinted the lakes blue.  Camp Woody’s location is in red.  Mirror Lake became Mirror Lagoon in the Earthquake and Tidal Wave of 1964 when the dam was washed away and the island sank six feet.  The top of the map is roughly north.


Introduction and Chronology:

This index contains stories and photo albums of Camp Woody from its inception to the 1970s. Here is a brief timeline of Camp Woody: formal, organized camping begins in the summer of 1952 at Fort Abercrombie near Kodiak.  From 1953 to 1955, the camping program is held in abandoned Army buildings on Long Island.  In 1956, Camp Woody opens on Woody Island when the Kodiak Baptist Mission regains title to over 600 acres.  The property now includes several large buildings left by the Navy.  In 1961, the chapel and craft house are moved from FAA sites across the island to the chapel grounds, and go into immediate use.  The 1964 Earthquake and Tidal Wave change Mirror Lake into a lagoon, forcing the camp to switch the swimming area to the much more distant Ehuzhik lake.  By the 1965 season, the Evangel has been sold to the Sea Scouts, who continue to allow its use (as the S E S Chinook) for camp transportation until the engine gives out in the winter of 1970-71.


In the mid-to late 60s, camp feels the influence of former campers, who return as staff, bringing a new, youthful, Spirit-filled emphasis. The 1971 season is when volunteers from California, campers from previous years and several young Navy men converge on Woody as Jesus People (see the "Always Jesus People" article), bringing their music and energetic faith with them.  The change is reflected in the operation of the camp throughout the 1970s. By the summer of 1971, the Evangel has been sold to Rev. Norman Smith, but it takes some time to raise the funds to replace the engine and make repairs.  During the 1971 and 1972 seasons, the camp depends on the help of local crab boats to transport the campers as the Evangel languishes in the boat harbor in Kodiak. In the spring of 1973, the Evangel gets a new engine, and resumes service for Camp Woody. 


In 1977, Rev. Norman Smith retires as an American Baptist missionary, and it is also the last year of regular Smith family participation in Camp Woody.  That summer, I marry Deborah Sullens, former Camp Woody counselor, beside Tanignak Lake. These articles chronicle the years when I, as a son of Norman and Joyce Smith, participated in Camp Woody.  From my birth in 1953 to 1977, I was at camp every summer, including the first twenty-one seasons of Camp Woody. I hope others can continue this saga and help to fill in the rest of the story.


Camp Woody Articles and Photo Galleries List


The Evangel Goes to Camp (the Early History)Camp Woody Early History

An article with photos chronicling Christian camping from 1952 through 1961 (at Abercrombie, Long Island and Camp Woody)


The Evangel Goes to Camp: A Week at Camp Woody in the 1960s

A first-hand account, based on experiences at Camp Woody as it was from 1961 to 1970


Camp Woody in the 1970s Camp Woody 70s Memories

A collection of features and memories of camp in that decade, with topics such as the Chaffins, the buoy swing and more, including some secrets and surprises!

Camp Woody in the 1970s Year By Year (In Two Articles): Camp Woody 70s Year By Year 70-74 and Camp Woody 70s Year by Year 75-77

A first-hand account of experiences while on staff at Camp Woody, with memories and photos from each year, 1970 to 1977

NEW! Back to Camp Woody: 1996 - 2005

An article about the Smith family's return visits to Camp Woody in the last decade, including Tim's service as lay pastor in 1998 and the 2005 dedication of the memorial bench for Rev. Norman Smith

NEW! Camp Woody Today 2006

NEW! Camp Woody Words Quotes and photos from the 2006 staff

Two articles about our summer of service, the remarkable people we served with, and the wonderful experience of Camp Woody as it is now.

FINALLY HERE! Camp Woody at 50 A Report from the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of August, 2006

Coming Soon: Camp Woody 2008: The Summer of the Young Photographers


Camp Woody: Camp Woody 1950s Scrapbook

A photo scrapbook of the people and activites of Camp Woody from 1956 to 1959


Camp Woody: Camp Woody 1960s Scrapbook

A photo scrapbook of the people and activites of Camp Woody in the 1960s

Camp Woody: Camp Woody 1970s Scrapbook

A photo scrapbook of the people and activites of Camp Woody from 1970 to 1977

All Around Woody Island (a Photo Gallery)

An article with photos chronicling many summers on one of Alaska’s most beautiful islands



The door to an abandoned ammunition depot at Fort Tidball hangs open, inviting us to come and visit Long Island, one of Alaska’s most interesting places.


Scroll to the Bottom of this Introduction and Map To Find the Long Island (Fort Tidball) Index of Articles and Photo Galleries.


Long Island (Alaska) Map, Articles and Photo Scrapbooks List:

This colorized map of Long Island was created from a photo of Marianne Boko’s Camp Woody wall maps. The red letters indicate the general locations and types of some of the World War II military installations. The info comes from the Kodiak Military History Museum site. Long Island was then known as Fort Tidball, a part of the Army’s installation at Kodiak called Fort Greely. Most of the facilities on the island were not completed until 1943, about the time the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska were taken back from the Japanese. The base was put in caretaker status in 1944 as the action of World War II left Alaska and the military focus shifted closer and closer to Japan.

The Evangel Visits Alaska's Historic Long Island (Fort Tidball) in the 1960s and 1970s

An article with photos chronicling our yearly visits (1950s to 1977) to one of Alaska’s most interesting places


New! A Long Island Photo Gallery Part One: Castle Bluff including photos from the 1940s to 2005

New! A Long Island Photo Gallery Part Two: Deer Point including photos from the 1940s to 2005

New! A Long Island Photo Gallery Part Three: Headquarters South to Burt Point including photos from the 1940s to 2005


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