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06/27/2016 05:08 pm ET

These Vintage Jewish Summer Camp Photos Will Make You Miss Childhood

Kids of any generation know how to do summer right.

Jewish summer camp can have an affect on children that lasts a lifetime.

Kids who attend Jewish summer camp are more likely to practice Jewish traditions when they return home. But as anyone who has gone to camp will tell you, it isn't just about passing on the faith. Campers develop bonds and build personal skills that help shape their identities for years to come.

A look at vintage photos from Jewish summer camps indicates it wasn't much different in decades past. The snapshots below come from the archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, one of the oldest cultural archives in the U.S., according to its website. May these adorable photos remind us all to cherish the long, sultry days of summer.

  • Children playing at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
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    Children playing at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
  • Boys at a swimming lesson at a country camp, circa 1950, from the National Jewish Welfare Board Records.
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    Boys at a swimming lesson at a country camp, circa 1950, from the National Jewish Welfare Board Records.
  • Teenagers in a rowboat at summer camp, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
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    Teenagers in a rowboat at summer camp, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
  • A young woman, Lois Greene, at Camp Watitoh, July 1951, from the Metz-Green-Stone Papers.
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    A young woman, Lois Greene, at Camp Watitoh, July 1951, from the Metz-Green-Stone Papers.
  • Boys at Hebrew Orphan Asylum Camp from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
    Courtesy of The American Jewish Historical Society
    Boys at Hebrew Orphan Asylum Camp from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
  • Young woman reading to girls at country camp, circa 1950, from the National Jewish Welfare Board Records.
    Courtesy of The American Jewish Historical Society
    Young woman reading to girls at country camp, circa 1950, from the National Jewish Welfare Board Records.
  • Boys examining nature at a country camp, circa 1950.
    Courtesy of The American Jewish Historical Society
    Boys examining nature at a country camp, circa 1950.
  • Boys canoeing at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
    Courtesy of The American Jewish Historical Society
    Boys canoeing at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
  • Boys playing volleyball at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
    Courtesy of The American Jewish Historical Society
    Boys playing volleyball at Camp Wakitan, from the Records of the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of the City of New York.
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