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As it was, it is today

Originally built in the 1920s as a camp to protect children pre-disposed to Tuberculosis, the county-owned property was named Luzerne County Fresh Air Camp.  Using fresh air, sunshine, and nutritious food as preventative medicine, there were not more than two unsuccessful cases of the thousands of children who attended the camp.

As Tuberculosis was eradicated, the camp was left unattended for several years.

In the 1960s, Father Joseph Ferrara, a priest assigned to the Hazleton/Lattimer areas, discovered the property while looking for a summer camp setting for his philharmonic chorus and orchestra students.

After signing a long-term lease with the county, he and his volunteers cleared the property and re-purposed it as Ferrwood Music Camp.

Today, under the stewardship of the CAN DO Community Foundation, Ferrwood continues to provide a summer music program and is the home to enrichment programs, that educate and promote life skills including nutrition, health and wellness, inclusivity, drama, and art programs.

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