As it’s Passover, I thought I would share some incidences of Passover being observed in the some clubs.
This image is from the 1922 Victoria Boys’ Club camp. The picture is likely of a Passover Sedar (even though it is labelled as August 1922 – You can see the bitter herbs being dipped – something that is a key part of the passover meal, which indicates the photo has perhaps been mislabelled.)
This image shows what is likely to be boys from the Old Boys’ section (the 18+ year olds) rather than the main age group of 14-18. What you can see in this image is the boys dressed in their suits, with brill cream in their hair, showing that the boys took pride in their appearance for this event – even when they were on a camp.
In 1936 the Stepney Boys’ Club held a Passover Camp. A report of the camp, written by one of the boys and published in the club magazine said “A special kosher Passover camp was held at Stapleford Abbots during the Easter week-end. The main activity of the camp … was eating Motzos with snowballing and ice-hockey occupying a bad second place. No-one was allowed more than twenty-one blankets, the weather being considered sufficiently warm to make a larger number unnecessary.’ I love this quote! Clearly the camp was cold, I particularly like the image of boys being completely covered in blankets and I love the sarcasm involved in this. Passover that year began on April 7th, so perhaps the weather was really bad that year. Another thing that I love in this quote is the mention of Motzos being the main activity. I think it really captures the essence of Passover (aside from it’s religious connotation!)