The enrollees of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps published camp
newspapers as part of the journalism class taught by the camp's educational
advisor. Working on the newspapers gave enrollees experience in writing,
instruction in English and grammar, and training in art. The newspaper helped
develop reading skills in all the enrollees.
The camp newspapers had several goals: improving morale; teaching literacy;
building camp solidarity; and teaching social skills. They included illustrations,
jokes, details of work projects, and articles on citizenship, proper behavior,
safety, and health. These newspapers are a rich source of information about
work projects and camp life.
I have been researching, transcribing, indexing, and enjoying the camp
newspapers for the past three years. I have written informational materials,
created displays, developed rosters and histories, and given presentations on
the stories of the CCC enrollees as written and illustrated in the newspapers.
See my CCC Résumé and my CCC page for more information on work in this
CCC Camp Newspapers
|Civilian Conservation Corps
Sharon Hunt, In Their Own Words: The Camp Newspapers of CCC Co.
3840, Camp SCS-19-A,St. David, AZ, and Camp SCS-26-A, Patagonia,
Camp SCS-19-A, Co. 3840, Camp Newspaper Selection
A group of boys went to Tombstone to a dance. After the dance
they didn’t want to come home. We wonder why? Could it be the
Lost: One dirty shirt. When laundered please return to J.C.
The greatest advantage of the pool tables is that Lieutenant
has no difficulty in locating his First Sergeant and Clerks.
Index to the Colossal Cave Civilian Conservation Corps Newsletters, Excerpts:
"The CCC Boys of Colossal Cave at Work and at Play.”
Presentation at the Arizona History Convention, Chandler, AZ,
April 25, 2008. Excerpt
Cecil Wilson is pusher on the gang laying the pavement to
the Bridal Chamber and says that Hades isn’t the only place
that’s paved with good intentions.
And then there's Jimmy Bolles' Gang! "The Obliteration
Crew" it's called, but the boys themselves think that the
"obliterated crew" will soon be the moniker. Bolles is slaying
'em with work. Yeah, Jimmy is okay, but Motorcycle
DeLeon had the right idea when he asked Popeye,
"Whaddya think I am, a slave?
Camp Newspapers of SP-6-A, Manville Wells, Tucson, 2013
Anyone who has not been on K.P. has yet to see “Spot”
Roberts incorporate a kind of syncopated rhythm while
Let us remember boys that we still have our parents who
need our help. Let’s not be selfish and forget our dear
Mothers. If they did not need our help we wouldn’t have
The happiest man in camp is “Tiny” Knight when he gets a
letter from his “Honey”!
Santa Cruz County
Co. 2847, Walker Canyon, Nogales, AZ; Flux Canyon, Patagonia, AZ
Co. 1826-V, Madera Canyon, AZ
Co. 3840, Camp SCS-26-A, Patagonia, AZ
In Their Own Words: The Camp Newspapers of Civilian Conservation
Corps Company 3840, Camp SCS-19-A, St. David, AZ, and Camp SCS-
26-A,Patagonia, AZ. Tucson, Arizona, 2011.
In Their Own Words: The Story of the Civilian Conservation Corps As
Told in the Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Newspapers of Santa Cruz
County, AZ. Tucson, Arizona, 2011.
The little girl that Jerry is infatuated with in Patagonia
seems to take up three fourths of his thinking capacity.
Our Recreation Hall is all trimmed and decorated,
including a big Xmas tree.
On Xmas day there will be held a surprise program. (SCS-
We will save on rations for awhile since the dentist pulled
It will also give some of us fellows a chance to eat. (SCS-26-
Mr. David: “Christian, that dike has to be finished in a
L.P. Christian: “Well, sir, Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
Mr. David: “I wasn’t bossing that job, either.” (SCS-26-A,
“Here get behind this tree” BOOM-mm smoke has cleared
away so we can see that a road is in the making. Huge
piles of rock have been jarred loose by that shot of
dynamite. Ben Duncan and his crew of seven men easily do
the work of two hundred others in a day with their system
of moving rocks. (F-63-A, Flux Canyon)
Kelley: Say, Sam, I can’t get these arithmetic examples.
Teacher said somethin’ bout findin’ the greatest common
Foster: (in disgust): Great Scott! Haven’t they found that
thing yet? Why, they was huntin’ for it when I was a boy.
(F-63-A, Flux Canyon)
Tommie Gavagen says he is going to take his bed with him
next time he goes to Phoenix. When he came home the
other day, the boys in barrack four had removed the
springs that held the mattress, and put strings instead. (F-
30-A, Madera Canyon)
Luke Perricone, always friendly and smiling; brother of the
only male quadruplets in the world, will be made
conspicuous by his absence. (F-64-A, Walker Canyon)