We’re going on a campout!

Camping on Brown Island - SJ Historical Society photo

Camping on Brown Island – SJ Historical Society photo

It’s time for the August edition of the SJ Historical Society’s History Column…

What child doesn’t love this? Before Brown Island (pictured here in 1903) was developed for residential use, it was a favorite place for San Juan Island kids to camp out – just kids, no parents.

Jackie Douglas Hubbard was one of those kids in the summer of 1935, when she was ten years old. She says it was a summer tradition to borrow a family’s row boat and paddle over to the island for overnight fun with sleeping bags and picnic food. Jackie says it was quite safe, as they knew they were watched over by parents in Friday Harbor who could check on them from their homes overlooking the harbor.

Do you have summer island traditions from childhood to share? We’d love to hear them at the San Juan Historical Museum.

Posted on August 5, 2015 at 5:55 am by

Categories: Around Here


  1. Thanks for posting this, Tim! My mom, the camper, is thrilled, too! Ahhh — the good ol’ days!

    Comment by Shaun Hubbard on August 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm
  2. Wow thanks for this.

    Comment by Steve McMurtrie on August 5, 2015 at 6:57 pm
  3. My Grandma Jackie is the coolest cat….what an incredible sense of adventure. She’s still got it at age 90!

    Comment by Tally Swanson on August 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

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