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work party, workshop, personal accomplishment,
life transition, celebration, birth, retirement, graduation,
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FOUND!!
Mary Jo (Magnotti) Pluchino and
Jeanmarie (Gina) Magnotti

Hello there.
I just happened to be searching for Ayeisha Abdul and Michelle Walker when I happened to search for Camp Talako. What a wonderful surprise; and no I didn't realize I was lost. Nor, for that matter does my sister Jeanmarie (Gina) Magnotti.

I would love to be part of any reunions in the future,
by all means please add me on your list.

Sincerely,

Mary Jo (Magnotti) Pluchino

WELCOME!!

FOUND!! MARK "GUITAR" EVANS

Mark "Guitar" Evans

Hi Pam - just discovered your website.

I was a counselor at Camp Lanowa the summer of 1971. I'd love to reconnect with campers/counselors from that summer. Can you remind me who was the camp director at that time? One of the entries is from the brother of "Raccoon". I believe he worked as a kitchen aide that summer. It was the best summer of my life.

I well remember the tears when kids departed the camp. I think we made a difference. So many highlights, including the overnight hike around the lake in which we were caught in a horrendous rain storm and made a shelter with sleeping bags. Boy did we get soaked!

Thanks,
Mark Evans

WELCOME, MARK!


FOUND!!
Sandra Martinez (Burns)
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

I was a camper @ Camp Oh Neh tah for several years as a child (ages 8-11) and still,
at my now ripe old age of 42, carry those memories with me.

It is so great to see that children are still benefiting from the experiences of all the camps. I made new friends, learned archery, to swim, alot about nature, teamwork, integrity, unity & so very much more.
I remember crying every summer when it was time to go home & then
counting the months until I could return!!

My summers spent at Camp Oh Neh Tah were some of the best times in my life and I believe they helped shape my life back then as a preteen, as well as the person I eventually became. I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to attend.

Keep up the great work & thank you for the memories.

Sandra Martinez (Burns)

WELCOME!!


FOUND!!

Kathy Merrill
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah


Just found the Camp Oh-Neh-Tah alumni website and saw my name in the lost column. So am sending this e-mail. Hopefully all is still functioning. Had a dream last week about the camp...just imagine after all these years and went looking for a website.

Thanks, Kathy Merrill


Welcome, Kathy!

 

 

FOUND!!
Fern Mautner Beschler
Camp Manitou


Just stumbled across your website and I recall I was a Junior counselor at Camp Manitou when I was 16---so that would have been the summer of 1957. Olga was head of Camp and a very wonderful woman. It was a significant part of my teen-age years and I was there for several summers and remember having some campers visit my home in Edgemont, Westchester after camp was over.

I went on to college (Mt. Holyoke) and was a counselor at Camp Treetops in the Adirondacks between my Junior and Senior years. that was such a great place, I ended up sending both my kids there as well as assorted nieces and nephews over the years.

Manitou became a part of who I ended up being, since I worked with kids practically my whole life and have a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Bridgeport (CT). I believe I met Mrs. Kauth during the summers I was at camp.

Fern Mautner Beschler
Jamaica Plain, MA

Noonway!!

 

Find us on Facebook!
You will find more GVF - BAL alumni onFacebook
by searching for these groups:

 

KauthCampsAlumni
Girls Vacation Fund - Camps Manitou, Talako, Oh-Neh-Tah, Tawanka Archives
This alumni photo album was removed by Facebook at the request of the
Girls Quest / Girls' Vacation Fund, Inc. lawyer.
Comments and more than nine hundred photographs were removed.
I will recreate the group and upload the photos again under our current name.

Kauth Camps Alumni
We have Mrs. Barbara Kauth - Stine's permission to use the surname
of her parents, the founders of the BAL-GVF brother and sister camps.
We also believe it is most fitting to use their name as it is representative
of the true spirit of our c
amp family.

  • Camp Kiwago BAL Alumni 1952-1982 (Harriman State Park-NY)
  • Boys' Athletic League - Camp Orenda, Sebago, Wakonda, Lanowa and Kiwago
    and

  • Camp Wakonda 2011

FOUND!! TIMOTHY ALSTON!
BAL/GVF

Hello I was surprised to see this site. Growing up in the 70's my family went to these camps. My sister Joanne Alston went to Manitou for quite a number of years and my brother David Alston went to Sebago and Kiwago and was a senior camper and Counselor at Kiwago. I, Timothy Alston, was a camper at Kiwago for several summers myself and a senior camper for part of a summer. Every now and then during the summer months I often think about driving up and seeing if the camps are still there this is actually how I stumbled on this site as I was trying to find out how to get there. Please add me to the found list if possible
WELCOME, TIMOTHY!


FOUND! Alexandra Lynch

Hey there -- add me to the "found" list:
Alex Lynch, Camp Manitou camper 1969 to 1974-ish...also counselor in 1978 and AD in 1980.

My brother, Bob Lynch is also around. He was Raccoon from Camp Lanowa for a long time, camper, counselor, etc. Thanks!

Love the website and the Facebook postings. Alexandra

Kola, Alexandra!


FOUND! Barbara Garcia Rodriguez
 
Welcome, Barbara!!


FOUND! Pat Sgroia Kiefer

Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, 1956-1964.

Married. Retired. Living in Smith Mt. Lake
Welcome. Pat, we've been waiting for you!


FOUND! Marissa-Ann Secreto

First of all, you are pure awesomeness for doing this for everyone who had the camp experiences that made them who they are today...me included!!

My name is Marissa-Ann Biagi, formerly Marissa-Ann Secreto.
I attended Camp Oh-Neh-Tah from 1987 through 1992, the CIT in 1993, Kitchen staff in 1994 and Drama Assistant in 1995.

BEST days of my childhood!!! Are there more photos available? I was only able to access 3. Thanks SO very much!!!

~Rissa

Welcome, Rissa! (More photos at our Facebook site.)


FOUND! Jermaine Street

Hi, This is cool.

I attended Camp Lanowa in 79 & 80, Camp Sebago 81 & 82, Camp Kiwago 83 & 84. I was a junior counselor in 84.

I am still reliving the BAL foundations. We learned so much together.
I miss everyone.

Jermaine Street
Welcome, Jermaine!


FOUND! WADE WHEELER
Wade Wheeler found.

Hi, I am an Orenda alumnus 1971 to 74.

I thank the BAL and GVF for their generosity in providing scholarships to underprivileged campers such as myself. I enjoyed the activities while learning to be a future leader. The counselors and directors were very good to me, wish I could remember everyone's name. The names that stick out are John Francis, John Johnson, David Passoff, Danny Hughes and the cooks who fed us well Lillie Mae and her sister Carrie.

Thank you GVF & BAL.
Welcome, Wade!


FOUND! Barbara "Bobbie" Smith
Barbara (Bobbie) Smith, Camp Talako 1968-71 (I think), Oh-Neh-Tah my first year.

I remember Miss Fannie, Crisco, Twiggy, Joanne Gleason, Miss Pam, Miss Bunnie, Miss Elaine, Miss Gale, Wick (whom I've had the pleasure of running into on several occasions in my life). A senior camper Lisa, (we did a skit together) and am really looking for Michelle Walker we spent a couple of summers there together. And had I come back the following year I probably would have been coming back as a CIT.

Kola, Bobbie!

 

FOUND! DONNA O'SHEA PACCIONE

My name is Donna O'Shea.
I went from to Oh-Neh-Tah from 77-81
.

The first year I was in Peek-a-mouse, then I was always in Onondaga and had Reni as my counselor (always the coolest).

I miss it soo much. Some of the best times of my life were at Oh-neh-tah. Council fires, advancing from the bucket to the lake, and the hot chocolate - still havent had hot chocolate like that. I remember at one of my first meal times the counselor said we are having welsh rabbit - I was like ewww Im not eating that - finding out - NO RABBIT - just toast points and melted cheese - YUM!

Great Times, I have to come visit. I would love to come up to help set up for opening season. Keep in updated!

Thank you, Donna Paccione

Welcome. Donna!


FOUND! Tom Brereton


I stumbled across your website while searching for photos of Camp Kiwago. I was a camper there 1954-1959 (a senior camper in my last year.) I’m disappointed you don’t seem to have many recent updates, but I’m doing the best I can for you in that respect.

I wasn’t really a kid from Hell’s Kitchen. My parents had joined the middle class and already bought their own first home in the Bronx (Throgg’s Neck) in 1953. But I was allowed to go there because my mother was Donald Kauth’s secretary at an outfit called NODRAA (sp?), the fund raising business for GVF and BAL.

My father also had a part-time job (in addition to his day job) running a very finicky machine that moistened and put real old-fashioned postage stamps from huge reels of them on their outgoing fund raising letters. (They used real stamps because they thought that made a better impression on their prospective donors.)

I also remember meeting Willard Kauth himself in my mother’s office.

Anyway, it’s great to be reconnected. Thanks for your effort in maintaining this website.

Tom Brereton
San Antonio, Texas

 

FOUND!
Rosalind Brathwaite

I attended Camp Talako in 1965- 1967. I was a “leftover”
the first year and a senior camper and CIT the other years.

Learned to swimmy and row a boat and canoe. How to build a fire. Caught a huge frog my first year there.

I remember Miss Fanny and her Grandson Donalee,
who I had a crush on. Loved the food.
Remember the potty in each cabin?
And the last one to use it had to empty it. But of course, who would admit?
I remember flag raising. It was such a wonderful time in my life.

Thanks GVF/BAL!!
Welcome home!

 

FOUND!!!

Rene Bacotti - Camp Manitou- 1975, 1976, 1977
NOONWAY!

 

FOUND!

Fred Sarkees

Hello,

I was a counselor at Camp Orenda in 69-70-71

Looking for counselor Dvid Niven who came from Scotland Please help me find him Please post my name as someone "found".

Thank You,
Fred Sarkees

Welcome!!

 

FOUND!! Michael Woodson
My name is Michael Woodson. Me and my brothers Reese and Buddy attended Camp Orenda from 1978-1983;
New Lanowa in 1984, and before that we used to go to Old Wakonda 1973-1978 I also worked @ new Sebago 1991

Camp was some of the best years and best memories.
Welcome, Michael, Reese and Buddy!!


FOUND!! LAURIE SMYTH

Hi, I had a notion and typed in Girls Vacation Fund/Boys Athletic League. And this site I found. Into a reverie I fall as I think back upon my summers as a camp counselor.

I worked at Camp Talako as the Drama counselor during the summers of '71 and '72. I came out from California at the suggestion of my high school drama teacher who had been the drama counselor for a summer or two whilst she was in college (sometime in the late "50's, early "60's).

I had never been sent to camp as a child so I had no idea what the "camp" experience was going to be like. It was a lot of hard work and early morning risings to the tune of reveille. "Oh how I hate to get up in the morning"! I will always believe it was unnecessary to have children say "Miss" before they said my name.

The evaluations of the children at the end of their two week stay was a strange notion to me. I think I called home, collect, to be reassured by my mom, a former elementary teacher, that it wasn't so hard to do.

The rain in the summer was crazy and the muggy hot unreal, the lightning wild that nearly struck me as I stumbled up the hill with the children after nap time. Thunder roared through the mountain like elves playing ninepins in the mountains. And Rip Van Winkle suddenly made sense... The rain fell upon the leaves of the trees in the hardwood forest and the sound was unlike any sound I had ever heard. I loved the sound!

What was that tree that tasted of wintergreen we chewed on to clean our teeth when we woke with the children on camp-out mornings? The green landscape amazed me! Our hills turn brown in the summertime here in California.

I probably should not tell of the late night trysts with the brother camp's counselors whilst children slept soundly in their cots. But they were fun, and they really did happen! But not with that gorgeous green eyed counselor from Maryland from the boys camp miles away-oh darn those miles!

I loved Sunday whites-an old fashioned notion for a west coast girl. And singing at every meal was great fun. What about those pack-baskets? It took me over 30 years to finally get myself one. They are just so very cool!

And I found my way home each evening as I faced the west and watched the sun disappear. "Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lakes from the ... from the sky. All is well, safely rest. God is nigh." I loved the days end. I read stories and poems to my campers at night before bed. And quietly reassured the homesick ones that all was well and I too missed my family so far away. I would sit on the edge of their cots and wonder if I was saying the right things to them. I think I sometimes cried too. And Taps would play in the night and lanterns dimmed. Quiet the night was with the lake just lapping the edges of the shore. Quiet night. Sleeping children.

Peace, Laurie

WELCOME LAURIE!!

FOUND! Jim Dillon
Hi,
I went to Camp Orenda for 6 years in late '60's-early '70's; it was wonderful! I learned to swim, fish, row a boat, etc. The legacy lives on-but I'm part of a small group that has started a Boys & Girls Club in Sunnyside, Queens, N.Y. I often mention the B.A.L. Back then, all the members were tough working-class Irish, Italian and Jewish kids (James Caan was one of them) now our kids are all Hispanic and Bengali. I always remember my B. A. L. and Camp Orenda days fondly!

Jim Dillon,
Sunnyside, Queens
Kola Jim!!

 

FOUND!! Nana Sledzieski
I can't believe there is a website for alum! I will have to browse. I was a camper from 1975 through, perhaps, 1981. I have often thought of how that camping, and CIT experience has truly and deeply affected me. It made me keenly aware and respectful of nature--what a blessing for a girl growing up in a New York City apartment. Just the other day I was reflecting on how I can't even imagine how I spent my summer vacations in an apartment. I could only remember my camp experiences and those of when my family eventually moved.

Today I am the owner of a Montessori preschool and I have always known in my heart that I have taken the principles learned during my weeks and years at Manitou: treat each other kindly, make your bed, pitch in, pass the salt and pepper, leave no trace, honor the sky, honor each other.
Kola, Nana!!

 

FOUND!! Steve Taylor

My name is Steve Taylor a Brit.

I was a counsellor at Sebago in 1981 and a unit leader in 1982. Stan feingold was director. Fun times

Kola Steve!!

 

FOUND - Glenn Kyle

Bill Denton was my great Uncle and he had a nickname of "Sarge". He always spoke of how much he loved being at camp each summer.

My Dad Robert Kyle, Aunt Gloria and Uncle Charlie were all campers at BAL/GVF camps in the late 30's or early 40's.

I believe my Dad and Uncle were campers at Sebago and my Dad may have also worked in the kitchen.

I was a camper at Kiwago in the 60's and truly enjoyed my 3 summers there. Mr. Kauth and the staff made every moment memorable and different.

During the Summers of 76 and 77 I was Unit leader at Orenda with Cliff Sperber and John Johnson as the Camp Director and Ass't Director. We had some spirited basketball games with Kiwago as well as great socials with both Manitou and Talako.

I Thank all of the Alumni of all the Camps for making my years with BAL/GVF some of my fondest memories.

Special thoughts to Big Jim, Mr. D. Kauth, Glenn, Larry, and Chris Kauth, Cliff, John, Ben, Jimmy and Grace Simonetti. The kitchen boys of '76.

I wish all of you the very best always.
Glenn Kyle

Welcome!!

 

FOUND - Bobbi Stone - Camp Manitou
Just came across the website. I was a camper/senior camper at Manitou in the late 50s. Camp Manitou had a great influence on my life including continuing to spend the following thirty something summers "at camp" Those foundations also influenced my chosen professions of social work and teaching in New York City.
I affectionately remember Miss Olga and counselors Miss Betsy and Miss Carolanne. My best friend was Judy Butler.

 

FOUND - Ginger McGuire Puglia - Camp Manitou

I will send photos and a blurb once I return from Paris.
But you can add me to the "found" column.

Also I asked the family of my lifelong best friend from camp--Linda DeCarlo Mammone who passed away from Breast Cancer in May of 2004 to send a remebrance so she will be included on the website.

I have some other names of Counselor's and Sr Campers I didn't notice for some strange reason. I think I saw Auralie Ford, but I didn't see Pam or Debbie. You are not that Pam, are you? Also I cannot figure out why I can't find MaryBeth Weinberg?

I am wondering if you could forward my info to Jacquie Wider Perez. Tell her that Linda de Carlo and Andy Lamb and Ann Imperato used to sit at the same table with her in the dining hall. The day before Linda de Carlo passed away from Breast Cancer she asked me if I knew what happened to Jacquie.
Also, would you kindly reach out to Mary Gleason for me and ask if she is Mary from Judith Lieber?

 

FOUND - Jim Dillon - Camp Orenda

Hi,

I went to Camp Orenda for 6 years in late '60's-early '70's; it was wonderful! I learned to swim, fish, row a boat, etc. The legacy lives on-but I'm part of a small group that has started a Boys & Girls Club in Sunnyside, Queens, N.Y. I often mention the B.A.L. Back then, all the members were tough working-class Irish, Italian and Jewish kids (James Caan was one of them) now our kids are all Hispanic and Bengali. I always remember my B. A. L. and Camp Orenda days fondly!


Jim Dillon,
Sunnyside, Queens

 


FOUND!

Claire "Peaches" Willoughby
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

Ho Ho Hey!

 

FOUND!

 

JOANNE SNISKY

Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

Never say never! :-)

 

If you happen to see, and are puzzled by,
a deep red glow emanating from the western United States... fear not,
it is only my embarrassed blush caused by the fact that I failed to
add Anne Kauth's name to our "Found" list!
My bad...

FOUND!

Anne Kauth - Camp Kiwago

Belated Welcome, Anne!!


FOUND


Dara Kauth Wexler!
Camp Kiwago

Welcome Dara!!


FOUND!
Michael Meade
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah
Welcome, Michael!!



You will find more GVF BAL alumni at Facebook
by searching for these groups:

 

KauthCampsAlumni
Girls Vacation Fund - Camps Manitou, Talako, Oh-Neh-Tah, Tawanka Archives
This alumni photo album was removed by Facebook at the request of the
Girls Quest / Girls' Vacation Fund, Inc. lawyer.
Comments and more than nine hundred photographs were removed.
I will recreate the group and upload the photos again under our current name.

Kauth Camps Alumni
We have Mrs. Barbara Kauth - Stine's permission to use the surname
of her parents, the founders of the BAL-GVF brother and sister camps.
We also believe it is most fitting to use their name as it is representative
of the true spirit of our c
amp family.

  • Camp Kiwago BAL Alumni 1952-1982 (Harriman State Park-NY)
  • Boys' Athletic League - Camp Orenda, Sebago, Wakonda, Lanowa and Kiwago
    and
  • Camp Wakonda 2011

  • Camp Wakonda 2010

  • Camp Wakonda 2009

 

FOUND:

Richard Del Guidice
Camp Orenda

Welcome, Richard!!

 

FOUND!!

Karen Freede

Camp Talako

Hi! I was a counselor at Talako in the early 70s--('71-'74 I think).

Recently one of my campers contacted me! It was so exciting! We hadn't been in touch in about 40 years! I'd love to get the newsletter and info on how to use your site.

I am looking for a few counselors and campers.

Thanks so much!

Best to you all!

Karen Freede

WELCOME!!

FOUND
Monty Reich
(Orenda and Kiwago camper and staff member,
1950 - 1960)
Welcome!!

FOUND!
Taylor Tuvey,
attended Camps Talako & Tawanka
as a camper and senior camper;
Dave Tuvey attended Lanowa, and
my mother, Carol Ott Tuvey went to Manitou.
Bea Ott and Ruthie attended Talako.
Welcome!!

FOUND!

Diane Zimmerman
Camp Talako

Welcome home, Diane!

FOUND !!

Charlie Soto

Camp Orenda camper, senior camper and counselor 1961-1970
Camp Kiwago counselor - 1971

My sisters, Terri and Anne Marie were campers and counselors in the 50's & 60's at Camp Talako.

I have many fond memories during these years including learning how to swim, hiking across Harriman State Park, learning some survival skills at Camp Kirby and attending camp socials.

A special hello to Peter Weinberg, a family friend and mentor at Camp Kirby as well as Cliff Sperber, who went to Orenda at the same time as me.

Hello to Carol Parla and Sue Wick from Talako who I knew during the summer of 1969.

I do remember Eugene "Otto" Wilson who responded in the Found column. Hope you are doing well.

I would be interested to know if anyone has heard from former Orenda alum: Chuck Young, Joe Lett, Tommy Nelson, Randy Simpkins, John Francis, John Johnson, Ron Hunt, Freddie Baylon and John Mitsoupolous (former director - not sure of spelling) to name a few.

I kept in contact with Dave Passoff for a number of years but lost contact recently.

I currently live in Florida and would be interested in getting together with any Orenda or Kiwago alum who know me or attending any future reunions.
Looking forward to hearing from everyone
Take care
Charlie

WELCOME HOME, CHARLIE!!

 

... after typing in 'camp talako' in the search row i came across this site. i can't wait to be able to use the message board. i read that one camper mentioned miss fanny when she attended camp talako in the 70's. miss fanny was our cook back in the 50's. i remember her apple brown betty. miss panny was our camp director. miss chris, a counselor, was a schoolmate when i started Julia richman high school in nyc as a freshman.
i remember asking her if i should call her 'miss chris' at school.

jacqueline (werbitski) millan

LoL!! Ya gotta love it!! -- Pam

 

FOUND!!

Jacqueline (Werbitski) Millan

T is for the thunderbird, our emblem
A is for activities, they're fun
L is for the laughs there are so many
A is for adventure everywhere
K is for the kitchen and its cooking
O is that 'she' never will grow old
P put them all together it's TALAKO the camp we love a thousand fold
(i even remember the melody).

jacqueline (werbitski) millan
attended camp talako for 7 years in the 50's

WELCOME!


FOUND!

My name is Louise Taylor Arnold and I was a counselor at Camp Talako the summer of 1970. I would have been 17 then and my name was Louise Taylor.

I, too, have such fond memories of Camp Talako....the hot chocolate poured from aluminum pitchers, the open eating area, the Indian Lore, campfires, singing songs, open air cabins,making sticks adorned with feathers. I rembember campers that needed someone to listen....a Senior Counselor Kay (?) and the director Peggy (?) ....maybe.

Unfortunately, I had to leave early as my family relocated from NYC to North Carolina. I, too, would love to learn more about the camp from 1970 forward. With fond memories, Louise Taylor

WELCOME!

FOUND

Bob Tera

Hi,
Like other people, I came across this inadvertently. Thank you for taking the time to operate the website.

My memories of those days are limited. Maybe I had reason for blocking. I was either a camper and/or a junior counselor, possibly during two years in the mid to later 1950s at camp Orenda. I'm sure I was a charity case. There was a girls camp across the lake. No memories. I'm prepared to learn that my experience was not so good. Maybe I went home early one year. But I still want to know what I can. All of it will help me be a better person.

I remember a "geology" counselor named John Nichols. I have the names "Hamzi Moghrabi (sp?)" from Egypt and someone from Burma, "U something" in my memory. These two guys were among the first "foreigners" who were friends in my life. A positive eye opener, a learning experience.

I've got to go now, I'm at my business office. But I am excited to find the web site and will persue it when I make time.

Thank you again, Bob Tera

WELCOME!!

 

FOUND!

Barbara Danowski

Hello, I just camp across your web site!
I went to Camp Oh-Neh-Tah from 1965-67 (and was a 'junior-senior camper in '67), and loved it.

How do I register to be able to look at photos, join the chat forum, etc.? Thanks.


Welcome Barbara! The chat and photo gallery are both disabled at this time. You may want to look us up on Facebook by searching for any of teh above mentioned alumni groups. Best, Pam

Welcome!!

 

FOUND!

Jay Bossert

Hi there my sisters Jill and Joan went to Manitou. My brothers and I went to Lanowa Sebago and Kiwago.

My mother Pat worked in the city on 66th street next to the church to sign kids up. I also knew Ray Hurley and Mark de Palma.

Is there anyone there who remembers us?

Sincerely, Jay T. Bossert

Welcome!!

 

Here's a recent email from
Eleanor Lannen
...
camper, senior camper, counselor at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

In July, 1957, Miss Mary Wheeler, Kickapoo counselor, took 6 eight year old campers on an overnight camp out .

Under Miss Mary's watchful eyes we cooked eggs in a paper bag over our breakfast campfire. The camp fire, by the way, was built by campers, who also gathered fire wood. I recently wrote about this overnight at a writing workshop. The other writers were intrigued with the recipe. And yes, the recipe works. I tried it out at a barbecue recently.

Supplies:
2 slices bacon
1 egg
1 lunch size paper bag
1 green stick

Open paper bag
Place the bacon strips across bottom of bag
Crack egg, then slip it into bag (very important not to break yoke)
Poke the green stick through the bag about 3 inches from the top of bag
Hold the bag near embers but avoid contact with embers and flames
Soon you will smell the bacon and hear it sizzle.
Be patient, wait a while longer until egg appears cooked (sunny side up) and bacon is done.

Like so many others, I enjoy reminiscing about camp and would love to hear from other Oh-Neh-Tah alum. Pam Scola, thanks for keeping this web site going. I hope to hear from you.

Sincerely, Eleanor Lannen


FOUND!!

Donna Millett
Camp Talako campers 70's

My name is Donna Millett, My sister is Bonnie Millett.
We attended Camp Talako in the 70's, she became a seinor camper, I was just an advid annual.
Took my swimming skills to the MAX and loved every min of it.
My sister loved Ms Fanny's cooking. My children now are in competitive swimmig awsome camp experience!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome!!


FOUND!!
Bonnie Sue Millett-DiPaola
Camp Talako 1968 1977

"Many many memories."
Welcome! Ho ho hey!!

 

FOUND!

Roger Busler

Just by accident, I came across the Kauth Camps website. I was a counselor at Camp Kiwago the summer of 1969.

I recognized two names in the Memorial Grove. One, Margaret Wagstaff, was a friend of my mother’s in Mansfield, Ohio who was responsible for connecting me with the camp.

And I was stunned to see the name Glenn Kauth. I believe Glenn was a counselor at Kiwago the summer I was there.

The camp songs especially brought back memories.

Welcome, Roger!!

 

FOUND!!

Eugene "Otto" Wilson
Orenda & Lanowa
My name is Otto from Cypress Hills Projects.
I attended Camp Orenda 1966-1971, then went to Camp Leonora 1972- 1975.

I used to do the Flaming Hatchet and the Flaming Hoop at both camps council fires. I went from camper, stayover, senior camper, kitchen boy, counselor, and unit leader.
Joined the Army after the summer of 75 and spend 21 years before retiring from the Military.

Please post my name so anyone who might remember me may contact me. Thank you.


WELCOME, OTTO!!

 

FOUND!

Dan Rutter
Kiwago In 78 and 79.

 

Welcome, Dan!!

 

LUANA TERRIBILE
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah alum

The Cheshire Cat has nothing on my smile after finding the brilliant website you created for all of us, camp alumni.

Formerly, Luana Terribile, I am now Luana Del Vecchio. Maui has been my home since 1978 except for a return to Boston in 2000. My husband and I returned to the islands in 2006 to a Maui rain forest.
HO HO HAY!!!!

 

GREG SHEPHERD

Hi, I was a counselor at Camp Kiwago in 1968 and 1969 and would like to join the alumni list.

I remember Larry and Chris Kauth as well as some of the campers from the KauthCamps website (for some reason, I wasn't able to access the discussion list on that site).

Anyway, please feel free to pass along my name and contact info (gregshep2000@yahoo.com) to any people from those OLD days. Thanks a lot! Greg Shepherd

Welcome home!

 

FOUND!

 

Petra Johnson Onofre

Camp Manitou alumni

1969 - 1973/74.

Welcome home!

 

FOUND!!


Joe Hurley
Camp Orenda

Hi , My name is Joe Hurley, I attended Camp Orenda from 76-79, Cliff was director, but not in my last year. Lots of great times.

I was very excited to find this site,
I often think about what happened to all the kids and counselors. The council fire ceremony was very intense,
fire eating and flaming hatchets, it was pretty wild!

I had a friend John Ruiz, he was a good artist.
I am going to sign up for the forum, have a great night!
Joe

Welcome Joe!!

 

FOUND!!


Al Meola

Kiwago

Welcome, Al !

 

FOUND!

My name is Gerard West
and I attended Camp Kiwago from 1976-1985.
I was a camper from1976-79, a senior camper in 1980 (attended Camp Kirby), I was on the kitchen staff in 1981, worked in the trading post in 1982,
and was a counselor from 1983-85.
Great times.

Welcome Gerard!!

 

FOUND!

I attended Camp Kiwago from 1972-1979

Steven LoPolito

Welcome Steven!

 

FOUND!

Paul Burnside

I went to Camp Kiwago starting as a camper in 1972 then was a senior camper, worked in the kitchen, was a counselor and waterfront director until about 1981.

What fun and good memories I have, especially when summer comes around. I see a few registered alumni from my days, Larry and Chris Kauth, Mungo, James Stamos and many more. I would like to add my name and e-mail,if possible, in hopes with communicating with a few of my past friends.

Sincerely, Paul Burnside

Welcome Paul!!

 

FOUND!!

Pat Comerico Hedgecock
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah
1956-1964

and

Rita Arbia Halpin
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

My name is Pat Comerico Hedgecock. I attended camp Oh-neh-Tah as a camper, senior camper, jr. counselor and counselor from 1956-1964.
I have wonderful memories of my summers in East Windham.

My long time camp friend Rita Arbia Halpin is coming to visit with me tomorrow. We met when we were 10 years old and we are celebrating our 52 years of friendship!

Sincerely, Pat Hedgecock

Welcome, Pat and Rita!!

Ho Ho Hey!!!!!!!!

 

Happy Anniversary!
August, 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the website formerly known as "GVF Alumni", "GVF-BAL Alumni", and currently, "Kauth Camps Alumni".

Time seems to be flying! Over the years we're received tremendous support from alumni of the GVF and BAL camps.

I've received hundreds of email expressing the fond memories alumni have of their time at camp, this many decades later.

Many of us have been reunited with long lost friends from childhood. We've also grieved together and supported each other through our losses.

Speaking for our camp family, I want to thank each and every, for your participation, and for your generosity of spirit.

Here's to yet another happy, healthy, productive year!!

All best in the spirit of camping,

Pam
WebMaven: KauthCampsAlumni.com

 

 

SEARCHING FOR BAL ALUMNI

Hi

A couple of old timers.... really ... are finally in touch
and looking for additional alumnus.


So far:

Larry Kauth
Chris Kauth
Richard Kaval
Julian Hopley

Peter Weinberg
Jay Scarola
George Antonion
Marvin Kasper
Gbonne
Lawrence Mungo
Gilbert Williams
James Stamos
Gary Yellin
Cliff Sperber
John Reid
Larry Pottebaum
Luke McCann
Clyde Mason
Thomas Lowell
Robert List
Tom Killeen
Dave Costello
Rod Funston
Sean Cunneely
Darrell Bennett
George Hite
Eric Santiago
John, Jim, Jay, and Jeff Bossert
Bryn Scola
gregshep
Patrick Tarpey
Michael Nazarovech
Daniel Driscoll
Jimmy Driscoll
Steven Driscoll
Peter Sheridan
Thomas Sheridan
Joe Hill
Larry O’Connor
Jimmy O’Connor
Kevin
O’Connor
Robert F. DiUbaldo
Michael Radie
Tim Shands

Michael, Reese
Buddy Woodson

Troy Smith

Steven LoPolito
Paul Burnside
Al Meola



We welcome any leads.

Thanks,
G
eorge

You can respond to George's post in the

Community Discussion Board

in the "Where Are They Now" forum

 

Crafts cabin at Camp Oh-Neh-Tah

FOUND!!

Patrick Tarpey

I was a camper and received my first job at Camp Orenda in the kitchen. I even broke my arm at camp. Never stopped me from coming back again and again.
Camp Orenda to Camp Sebago and than to a YMCA camp; Camp Michikamau because whole bunch of us from Sebago were asked to make the change. A lot of them are still involved.

I attended Camp Orenda from 1979 through, I believe, 1983. Camp Sebago from 1984 to 1987 possibly 1988.

I know Cliff Sperber was my first Director at Orenda, followed by Charlie Lowrey. Raymond Hurley was my director at Sebago through Michikamau.

Camp was my first, last and current favorite. The lakes and people on them allowed us freedom to discover who we were and than be that person. Camp guided me to who I am today.

Thank you for this web site.

Patrick Tarpey
Camp Orenda
Camp Kirby
Camp Sebago

Sincerely,
Patrick and Hero

WELCOME PATRICK and Hero!

 

FOUND!

JoAnn Gleason
Camp Talako, 1961-1970

I'm am SOOOOO excited I found this !
My name is JoAnn Gleason (married name is Rerek).
I went to Camp Talako from 1961-1970
and my sister,
Mary Gleason
(nickname Twiggy) went to
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah from about 1960-1970.

I would love to be included in the newletter and be listed in the found column.

Welcome, JoAnn and Twiggy!!
(NOTE: I remember your sister Mary!)

 

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Barbara "Crisco" Randolph Burton
Camp Talako, 1963-1969.
Camper, Sr. Camper, Kitchen Girl.


Started camping from the Bronx. E170 St and Clinton Ave.

Now re-rooted in Western North Carolina. Off a State Hwy, up in the cut, my own campsite!!! Not quite, I purchased the lot with the camp cabins and teepee in mind.

I hope the attachment opens. Yours truly '06 and my only birthed child, 5/3/75 - 10/6/01. I'll come back another time and fill-in some of the blanks.
My brother went to Lanowa and my sister Manitou.

Have a very blessed day.

WELCOME HOME BARBARA!!

 

FOUND!
MICHAEL RADIE
WELCOME, MICHAEL!

 

Jen
Jennifer Lynn King Coudrey
August 18th 1974 - May 29th 2009

Daughter of Mary McLees Curley - Camp Talako Alumnus

Survived by her husband Robert Coudrey, mother Mary Curley,
Sister Kristen, Brothers Thomas and James,
and many other loving family and friends.

Mary McLees' daughter, Chicki McLees' niece,
Jen,
had been fighting a long and difficult battle with cancer
for nearly 7 years, and did so with amazing grace and courage.
She was just 34 years old.
We're all heartbroken but so glad she is out of pain.

Our appreciation to camp alum, Alex Rizzotti (Talako)
who was at the service, to the List brothers (Kiwago).
several of whom also attended the service.

 

Your GVF-BAL Alumni sisters and brothers
extend our deepest sympathies to you,
Mary, Chicki, Jen's family members and friends.


 

 

Camp Kiwago alum
Peter Weinberg

 

K O L A ! !


Welcome back !

Our new name,

"Kauth Camps Alumni"

as suggested by

Ms. Betsy Hager and Ms. Barbara Stine-Kauth,

Noonway!! Ho Ho Hey!! Noonway!!


In the spirit of camping...

kca

 

 

FOUND!

Joan Bossert-Bergin

OMG- I actually was on ebay looking for a manitou sweatshirt -even though I live in Florida- It always was so comfortable- My whole family all seven of us went to camp-

Me - Joan Bossert-Bergin-

my sister Jill Bossert- Squeri went to Manitou forever

I went one trip to Oh-neh-tah - But have always been a Manitou girl -

my brother Joe. Jim Jay and Jeff Bossert went to Sebago

and my cousin Ray Hurley was the director -

my brother John Bossert went to Kiwago-

My Mom did all the registration for Staten Island and we helped her every year-

I would love to go back now- but found this on accident - will come by again when I have a chance- I would love to hear from any old friend it would be fine to give out my email-- I would love to hear from some friends I haven't heard from in awhile--My daughter Sara is going on a 2 night encampment tomorrow with her girl scout troop- how funny!!

Happy camping to all be safe-!!

be back soon.

WELCOME TO THE BOSSERT / HURLEY FAMILIES


FOUND!

Juliet Marinelli

I went to Camp Talako for five summers when I was a
little girl, in 1973-1978. My name is Juliet Marinelli.
I had more enjoyment at Camp Talako than
perhaps anywhere else during my childhood.


Welcome, Juliet!!

 

Found!

Michael, Reese, and Buddy Woodson

My name is Michael Woodson.
Me and my brothers Reese and Buddy attended
Camp Wakonda from 1979-1983;
New Lanowa in 1984, and before that
we used to go to Old Wakonda 1973-1978
Camp was some of the best years and best memories.

Welcome!!

 

Found!


Tim Shands
of Camp Orenda 1968-1970 (?)
Looking for fellow camp mate Robert Israel.
Also Cliff Sperber in the "found column"
is a former counselor of mine.
This is a great web-site!
Sincerely, Tim Shands


Welcome, Tim!!

 

FOUND!

Hello!! My name is Dorothy McArthur, maiden name King. I went to Camp Talako in the summer of 1963, age 8 and 1964, age 9. At that timed I lived in Farmingdale, NY. I went away to camp for 2 weeks in 1963. In 1964, I was supposed to be there again for 2 weeks, but my visit was cut short due to the death of my Grandmother.

My sister Louise also went the same years, about a week or so earlier in the summer than I went. Louise is two and a half years older than I am, making her 11 and 12 years old for the same years.

We both loved our time at Camp Talako; we have never stopped singing the songs or talking about the wonderful times we had at Camp Talako. Long ago though is was, the memories still are sweet and dear.

Knowing that I have been unsuccessfully trying to find ANY information about Camp Talako for years, my younger sister Joan (who unfortunately never got the chance to go to Camp Talako) recently did a search on it and came up with your site. Imagine my surprise and delight to get her email to me with this information! I haven't been able to stop looking at the site since she sent it to me.

I remember so much from my camp days! All those great songs (one of the songs I remember isn't on the song list: T A L A K O. the words start like this: T is for the Thunderbird, our emblem, A is for ....I don't remember all of it, but it goes on to: O is that she never will grow old. Put them all together they're TALAKO, the camp we love a thousandfold! Do you have the (correct!) words to that song, too?); Christmas in July; Arts & Crafts; learning to swim; getting scrubbed down with brown soap in the lake after going hiking in the woods; hiking in the woods and seeing all of those great big boulders everywhere; s'mores; the smell of the pine trees (whenever I smell pine trees out in the woods, to this day it reminds me of Camp Talako); the mess hall; the cabins I slept in (I was never assigned to a TeePee, the most desired accommodation!); the latrines; NO-THANK-YOU portions (you always had to eat at least half of the regular portion); hot cocoa being poured from high up so it would make more bubbles; apple brown betty; having to miss nap time to eat graham crackers and milk because I was too skinny (NOT a problem anymore!); having my name sewn into every piece of clothing I brought; winning different colored giant feathers for the different activities participated in while at camp, at the last campfire on the night before we all left to go home; going to the Main Lodge (not sure of the name of it anymore) where there were board games, singing, dancing, and rainy day activities; so many memories come crowding into my mind, and I love to relish each one!

I hope one day soon to be able to visit the campgrounds again. Would you be able to tell me what the camp is called now, and the address and telephone number for it? I've dreamed about this walk down memory lane for so many years, and, I'm very excited to go there as soon as I can! I hope you will add me to your LOST & FOUND list as a found camper. I now live in Fishkill, NY (not that far from the campsite). Thank you so much for your website, and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you soon.

Sincerely, Dorothy McArthur (King)

Welcome, Dorothy.

Your letter made me cry. :)

 

Found!

Troy Smith

I first went to camp Orenda when i was 9yrs ol (1980).
The next year I went to camp Lanowa, where I remained for the next 8yrs.

I remember the year it first went co-ed and all the girls from OH-NE-TAH showed up along with Laura Heinrich (Director). It was a little different but it turned out to be for the good.
It was me and my older brother Billy Smith. The Smith Boys. We both ended up working there and everything.

I'm so glad that you set up this site, I have been searching for an alumni page, Hopefully I have found it.

Thank you Troy Smith 1980-1989

Yes, you've found it! Welcome Tony!

 

FOUND !

Robert F. DiUbaldo, Esq.

I worked for George Meyers himself at Lanowa in '68
and then Joey Teevan took over at Sebago
from Gary Levine in 69 and I went with him.

I knew JT from Castle Hill Community Center Day Camps.
When he went to sleep away in 68 to work with George
I went with him first as Senior Camper,
briefly into kitchen then as counselor.

Welcome Robert !!


FOUND !

Larry O’Connor
Camp Kiwago

My good friend Peter Sheridan sent this web site to me the other day.
I can’t stop looking through all of the material. Thanks for putting this together.
You have rekindled some fond memories.

I and my two brothers Jimmy and Kevin attended Camp Kiwago
in the late 60’s – early 70’s. I started in Mohawk and ended
my camping years in the Cheyenne Village.

Every morning the first bell rang calling that days table setters to the mess hall.
The second bell rang calling all to come for breakfast. We stood at attention while revelry played followed by a small cannon blast officially starting the day.
“Uncle Jim” was the cook, and a large buffalo head hung over the mess hall.
If anyone has pictures of camp Kiwago, I would love to see them.
Larry O’Connor, Pearl River Clan
WELCOME, LARRY!

FOUND!

Joe Hill

Waterfront Director Orenda 1980-83, Lanowa 1984

Welcome!

Welcome, Joe!!


 


FOUND!

 

Peter Sheridan and Thomas Sheridan - Camp Kiwago

Cathy Sheridan - Camp Talako

Peter informs us that he was part of the "Pearl River Tribe"
who attended Kiwago in the late '60s/early '70s.
The "Pearl River Tribe" included the Kavals, the Lists,
the O'Connors, the Padians, the Mackolins, to mention a few.

Peter's sister, Cathy, went to the GVF's Camp Talako.
The Pearl River girls were split between Camps Manitou & Talako,
and included the Kellehers, the Padians, the Flemings,
the Richardsons, the Millers, et al.


Welcome Peter, Thomas, and Cathy!!

 


FOUND!


Daniel Driscoll - Lanowa

Jimmy Driscoll - Orenda

Steven Driscoll - Kiwago

1972 - 1980

 


WELCOME!!

 


FOUND!


Jeanmarie and Mary Jo Magnotti

Camp Oh-Neh-Tah and Camp Talako alumnae


Noonway and Ho Ho Hey!!


FOUND!



Michael J. Nazarovech

Camper in 1949 and went to Camp Orenda for a year or two years
and later went to camp Kiwago after it was built.

Michael then became a senior camper for a number of years
and finally became a kitchen boy.

Jim Augistine (Uncle Jim) was the cook and
Don Kauth was the director of Camp Kiwago.

Click to read the letter received from Michael

Reprinted with Michael's consent


Welcome Mike!

 


FOUND!


Maureen (Schubert) McCarthy

Counselor in 1972

Welcome, Maureen


Ho Ho Hey and Noonway!!

Camp Talako Alumnae
Carol Parla, Janice Dachille, Nancy Nicolson, Mary Imms, Bonnie Bollman,
Bunny Lavoie, Edna Nybro, and Joan Catalano Hoskinson


Camp Talako Waterfront




Lanowa Council Fire



SEARCHING FOR BAL ALUMNI

Hi

A couple of old timers.... really ... are finally in touch
and looking for additional alumnus.

So far:

Larry Kauth
Chris Kauth
Richard Kaval
Julian Hopley

Peter Weinberg
Jay Scarola
George Antonion
Marvin Kasper
Gbonne
Lawrence Mungo
Gilbert Williams
James Stamos
Gary Yellin
Cliff Sperber
John Reid
Larry Pottebaum
Luke McCann
Clyde Mason
Thomas Lowell
Robert List
Tom Killeen
Dave Costello
Rod Funston
Sean Cunneely
Darrell Bennett
George Hite
Eric Santiago
John, Jim, Jay, and Jeff Bossert
Bryn Scola
gregshep
Patrick Tarpey
Michael Nazarovech
Daniel Driscoll
Jimmy Driscoll
Steven Driscoll
Peter Sheridan
Thomas Sheridan
Joe Hill
Larry O’Connor
Jimmy O’Connor
Kevin
O’Connor
Robert F. DiUbaldo
Michael Radie
Tim Shands

Michael, Reese
Buddy Woodson

Troy Smith

Steven LoPolito
Paul Burnside
Gerard West



We welcome any leads.

Thanks,
G
eorge

You can respond to George's post in the

Community Discussion Board

in the "Where Are They Now" forum

 

Boys' Athletic League Camps Alumni



Boys' Athletic League Camps Alumni

In consideration of the B.A.L. alumni who have
visited this site and sent email, I've added this category to
the GVF-BAL Alumni
Community Forum
Hopefully this will facilitate reconnection and communication
between the alumni of the Boys' Athletic League camps.
Sebago, Orenda, Kiwago, Lanowa, Wakonda, and Kirby.



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O you can't get to heaven, (o you can't get to heaven)
On roller skates, (on roller skates)
O you can't get to heaven, (o you can't get to heaven)
on roller ska-a-a-ates.
O you can't get to heaven on roller skates
you'll roll right past those pearly gates,

O you can't get to heaven, (echo)
In a big, fine car, (echo)
O you can't get to heaven (echo) In a big fine car-a-a-ar.
O you can't get to heaven in a big, fine car
A big fine car can't drive that far

O you can't get to heaven (echo) In a Kleenex box, (echo)
O you can't get to heaven, (echo) In Kleenex bo-o-o-ox,
O you can't get to heaven in a Kleenex box
God don't like no dirty snots



Make up verses as you will.

 






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Mmm-Aah went the little green frog
Mmm-Aah went the little green frog
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