Frances Hummer Remembers Her Time Spent with Lakeside Institute

Posted on July 15, 2015

This season, Lakeside Institute is celebrating 100 years of impacting youth at Lakeside Chautauqua. Frances Hummer’s first contact with Lakeside was 65 years ago, when she attended the camp.

As a 12-year-old, she discovered that Lakeside is “the safest place on Earth.”

Hummer describes the Institute as a camp format, with workshops, food, the Bible and fun. She fondly recalls a pillow fight she battled on the third floor of Wo-Ho-Mis.

During her time at camp, she would enjoy Lakeside the way it was meant to be enjoyed; with reading, swim lessons, shuffleboard, strolling around the grounds and ice cream.

Hummer also found her best friend at Lakeside Institute and the two still keep in contact today.

She said that “the flavor of Lakeside” contributes to the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. She does not have to hide herself when she comes to Lakeside.

Ever since she camped here, Hummer had a feeling that nothing bad could happen on its grounds. It has a kind and gentle atmosphere that wraps its arms around the people who come here.

The Institute was a getaway for her. There is a feeling of freedom for Hummer, and it remains a place where she can simply go to have a good time and enjoy life.

She “gets her religious fix” at Lakeside, and because of her time with the Institute, Lakeside remains a constant in her life, as well as her family’s.