For many Americans, summer camp is the venue for a lot of life’s firsts: first kiss, first cigarette or first broken bone; it offers young children an intoxicating look at a life free from parents.
Camp MacJannet began in 1925 as a summer camp for American and French children on the shores of Lake Annecy in France. It was styled after American sleep away camps, never seen before in Europe, and was popular amongst American families who wanted to spare their children a 3 month European sight seeing tour. During the war the camp dissolved and was turned over to the Quakers for safe keeping and used as a refugee camp. In 1946 the camp reopened and brought together again young French and Americans (many of them war orphans). Click through to see all of the sun drenched images.