Visit a most extraordinary children's summer camp in Vermont operating during the 1920s and 1930s where the attendees built the castles and life-sized, sea-worthy pirate ships where they lived for the summer and played. Learn how these talented youth experienced the ultimate boyhood fantasy by building a huge pirate ship and living on it during extended voyages across Lake Champlain, New York, and Canada. Over eleven incredible summers, Francis Godfrey Baker, engineer, boat builder, and visionary, led groups of intrepid teenagers on an odyssey of life-changing experiences while traveling aboard their pirate ship, Aladdin. Baker believed that a little ingenuity and determination turned boys into men; he steered them on a course of events through raging weather and water, meetings with extraordinary people and self-sustainability. He showed them the amazing power that comes through teamwork and camaraderie. This is the first in-depth account of the Adventurers' Camp, and the first time rare photographs of the boys' activities have been presented. Join the crew of Aladdin as they embrace an era where life on the water was filled with magic and conviction that made dreams come true.
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