Other items about Carbide, other camps and general correspondence from site-readers


Under reconstruction!




the Union Carbide
Summer Camps:


 Carlton Gandee Memorial Fund
Camelot-Carlisle Songbook!
Sending kids to camp - cartoons
Logos/Pictures- Camps/ Carbide
Carbide Bldg 82, Demo 2009
Sword in the Stone - 2007 edition
Blue Creek Rails-To-Trails

Blue Creek history/rail
"Carbide News" Albums



Here is a link to another West Virginia camp (Brookside) built by Union Carbide and more lately rehabilitated by the National Park Service, plus volunteers. Our friend Angela Allison volunteered there in the Summer of 2014, and we shared some thoughts, ideas and camp memories


End of Another Era - Carbide's Main Office Building 82 -- March 2009 

Dave Gardner's trip to The Creek, August, 2006 -- Pictures!

Remembering Carlton Gandee -- March, 2006

End of an Era -- The UCC Tech Center water tank comes down -- July 2005

Karin Vingle Fuller Gazette-Mail article - Camps Make Memories -- April 17, 2005

Dave Gardner Remembers -- 2004

Year 2002 Camps Appreciation -- Bob Lilley

Bob Johnson Remembers -- 2002

Marina Hendricks Gazette-Mail article -- March, 2002

Karin Vingle Gazette-Mail column -- May, 2001

"The Carbider" article-- September, 2000

Letter from Scott Mease to the Charleston Gazette-Mail -- 1984

For many years, the Union Carbide Corporation in South Charleston, West Virginia, operated summer camps for children of employees. Camp Cliffside, near the Coal River, and Camps Camelot and Carlisle in the forest near Blue Creek offered a wide variety of sports, crafts, learning and fun activities. Each summer, hundreds of "Carbide kids" spent two weeks at camp during their pre-teen and teenage years. 

I remember my own 1950s experiences as a camper, junior counselor, and counselor in training as significant times of life as I learned to cope with nature and with being away from home for a while, to interact with others both younger and older, to generally grow a bit, and perhaps to learn how to make fewer dumb choices later in life.

When I heard that Dow Chemical Company was about to acquire Union Carbide, I was reminded that somewhere at Carbide there must be files and materials which were stored when the camps ceased operations. And those campers must now be living throughout the nation and the world. It is time to retrieve these materials from company and campers alike. 

I started this site in late 2000, in hopes that there are others who feel a little wistful that these camps are no longer operating, and that photos, awards, records and memorabilia deserve to be preserved. I have been moved and delighted by the response. 

If you or anyone you know has access to any "scrapbook" information on the Carbide camps, I would appreciate receiving scanned files, faxes or just information on who has what. I bet others would agree that together we can expand this page to be informative, fun, and yes, maybe a bit sentimental for all of us. 

Visit the site, view and sign the guestbook, and, by all means, get in touch -- with me and with your other camps alumni! This can be fun! 

Page prepared by Robert Lilley, Santa Barbara, CA -- Visit Lilley Health Enterprises

Contact me by e-mail at "mail (AT) carbidecamps.net" -- fax 805-967-8471 -- telephone 805-967-9394