Bethany Girls

Founded in 1914 by Miss Carrie Stewart of Middleport, OH, the group was originally called the "Busy Girls". The group was formed to provide friendship and spiritual support to "girls" leaving the farm and moving to the big city to get jobs. In this case, the term "girls" meant what we consider today to be young ladies - technically adults. The group was part of the Presbyterian Church and seemed to have remained in the Midwest. Carrie's sister Nellie was also a strong supporter of the Bethany Girls.

The younger sister group was called Moentita Girls.

Bethany Girls' motto was "Fear not, for I am with you."

Bethany Girls' Pledge: Trusting Jesus Christ for help, I will be myself at my very best; always ready to help others, ever loyal to my country and to God.

Masthead of the Bethany Girls News, September 1930



 

 

The Bethany Girls camp was located on 10 acres of Winona Lake in  Warsaw, Indiana. There are 6 known versions of the Bethany Girls Camp postcards, shown here,

 along with a detailed article about life at the Bethany Girls camp site.














 

Bethany Girls were "undenominational" with no admission fee or annual dues.

 

 

The founder of Bethany Girls passed away in February, 1936.

 



Hill Cemetery, Middleport, OH