Located in Centre County, the Stone Creek Kettle camp opened on June 5, 1933 (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12). The camp, which was located just outside of Huntingdon County, often did work inside Huntingdon County in the state forests. Better known as the Penn Roosevelt Camp, this camp was one of the few Black camps in Pennsylvania. When the CCC began, Black enrollment was not to exceed more than 10% of the enrollment, since that was about equal to the makeup of Blacks living in America. Blacks were mostly placed in segregated camps under the supervision of white officers and foremen. “As difficult as it was to place white camps near communities, the problem was greatly magnified when establishing black camps. The solution was to locate black camps on federally owned land far away from hostile population centers” (Paige, 1985, p. 94). Overall, there were approximately 200,000 black enrollees throughout the history of the CCC (Jackson, p. 68). The Penn Roosevelt camp closed on October 31, 1935 (Civilian Conservation Corps, 1983, p. 12).
The men at camp S-62 took great pride in their facility. They won an award for having one of the finest camps in the country.
A work crew and their supervisor, Walter Kauffman, from the Stone Creek Kettle (Penn Roosevelt) camp
Photograph courtesy of Paul Fagley, Greenwood Furnace State Park
The chimney still exists from the recreation hall, as does the forestry quarters.
You can view names of workers who served at the CCC camps by clicking on Civilian Conservation Corps Workers.
If you know of someone who served with the CCC, who is not listed on the worker's page, please complete a CCC Roll Call Form, and their name will be added to the list.
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources maintains information on all of the CCC camps in Huntingdon County and Pennsylvania. For more information on S-62 Stone Creek Kettle, you can click on the link.