Who is Dana How?
Dana How served as Executive Director of the Christian Association (CA) of the University of Pennsylvania from 1928 to 1958. He was a committed leader, providing oversight and support for the CA as well as the two summer residential camps in Green Lane, PA and three community settlement houses based in South Philadelphia and near the university. Those settlement houses (Western House, University House and Dixon House) were the main recruitment centers for campers.
The camps were known as the University Camps for Boys and the University Camps for Girls. How recruited Penn students to serve as counselors at the camps. Under his guidance the camps were racially integrated in 1946, and in the 1970s both sites became coed. They adopted the names Unami Camp for older campers and Deep Creek for younger campers.
These organizations flourished and grew under How’s leadership. In a 1940s-era pamphlet, he called for people to “join with us through your gifts in the happy privilege of lifting hundreds out of their hardships and unhappiness and of actually setting them on the road to a new and better world.”