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A Prince George public school picnic in 1915

The organized outdoors

Picnics, camping, fishing trips and other outdoor adventures often had sponsors. The biggest union in the city in the 1950s, the IWA had big Christmas parties in Prince George for all young people.

From the 1940s on, service clubs organized outings for young people and others for adults. Schools organized picnic and field trips into the forest. Of course, scouts had camps and camping trips.

In her diary, Mrs. Tyner noted: "Aug 15, 1917 Children at Presbyterian S.S. pic-nic at The Cache (between First Avenue and the Nechako River). Winifred won 2nd prize in race"

The Prince George Citizen, said on July 26, 1921, "The Presbyterian Sunday school picnic, held on the old baseball grounds at South Fort George on Friday afternoon last, was a very successful event, the weather being perfect, and the children, who turned out in large numbers, had a whale of a time."

On June 20, 1922, The Prince George Citizen reported, "The senior girls of Knox Sunday school, and some friends, took advantage of the fine picnic weather last Friday and went to the Island under the Fraser bridge, where games and races passed the time merrily..."

Churches also ran several summer camps in the forest near Prince George.

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