The GVF Camps Alumni website
- 1st Anniversary
In early August, 2004, the GVF Camps Alumni
website was born. I thought I might say a
few (heh) words to commemorate its one year
the past 12 months many people have visited
this site. Some discovered the site through
word of mouth, some through the GVF Alumni
News newsletter, some stumbled over it quite
accidentally while looking for something else,
while others found their way here by randomly
plugging into a search engine the name of
the camp they attended so many years ago,
perhaps not even knowing what exactly it was
they were hoping to find.
read and posted messages in the CommunityForum,
read and remarked on the articles, some have
contributed articles, posted announcements,
and spent time perusing the photos in the
not sure how one measures the success of a
website. I suppose it's valid to measure success
by the number of visitors a site attracts,
the number of return visits, page loads, the
lengths of the stay, etc.
numbers, although quite good, are devoid of
a meaningful reflection of success, and as
it turns out, not so much the success of a
website, but the ongoing success of the positive
impact camp has those who have attended.
The following is a small sampling of email
I've received since the website was launched
too was a Camp Oh Neh Tah camper for
one summer in the mid 60's- my mother
died in 2003 and I know she would have
remembered exactly what year- For a
tiny Black girl from Brooklyn- it was
the very best two weeks of my life-
I am convinced that last night at the
camp talent show when I sang the "NAME
GAME" was the highlight of my trip!
That camp instilled in me pride, teamwork,
friendship, fellowship and caring by
the wonderful counselors there. I am
so glad there is forum to share this
with everyone- May the camp live on
website for the GVF is beautiful. Thanks
so much for putting it together. I just
wanted to say hi and hope that this
note finds you healthy and happy."
Miss Pam, I was surfing the internet
and there you were!! You were my counselor
in 1965! I am so excited to find you
and this site!"
found the camp alumni site, and I love
it! (even though I attended in the 70's
and most of the stuff is from earlier)
Please add me to the found, maybe the
later alumni will catch on"
Pam, My name is ___ and I'm no longer
lost! :) I went to camp Oh-Neh-Tah from
1973-1979 and also attended Tawanka
in 77 & 78. Thank you so much for the
web sight!! It's brought back a TON
my goodness! I remember all 3 of them!
It's amazing how after all these years
we are all starting to interact again
and from all over the country!!!!"
name is __, I worked in the camp for
2 years straight as a Kitchen aid. It
was the best 2 summers of my life. I
was reminiscing today and decided to
search for it on the internet but came
across Camp Ohneta which was one of
the other camps. Does Camp Talako still
exist? I worked there back in 82 and
83. I think the head of the camps name
was Laura. Hope to hear from you soon.
It was nice surfing through the website."
Pam, I noticed on the website that __
was found. Did she leave any other info?
I knew her since she was 8 years old
& the last time I saw her, she visited
my home 8 years ago. We lost touch after
I can't believe out of all the people,
I found Terri Paris' picture on the
site- I would love to send her email
and let her know just how much I can
thank her for being so loving and kind
to this scared little Black girl from
Brooklyn- I have racked my brain trying
to figure out what year I went to the
camp- It had to have been around 1963-65?-
Well at the grand age of almost 49,
raising a delightful 15 1/2 year old,
this has stirred up some wonderful memories."
found the website by accident. Someone
at work said you can find people
sometimes by doing a Google search.
So he Googled me and up popped this
website with the letters GVF. I couldn't
think what it could be, so we went in
and then my memory started working.
But when I saw the 1965 picture of the
Oh-Neh-Tah senior campers, I couldn't
believe my eyes. Unfortunately my memory
needs work and I couldn't remember everyone's
name in the picture. I saw me and Bert
(Roberta Mattimiro) and I remembered
Nancy Thompson's name immediately. (I
was so sorry to hear she passed away.)
But I couldn't put names to some of
the other faces until I read Crisco's
articles. And then memories started
coming back. "
Pam, I got your email with __'s message.
If you could please either give her
my email address or let me know how
to contact her, I would greatly appreciate
"I am so excited about the website.
I'd loved to hear more about some of
the others from camp. Crisco's articles
were great (did she have a memory transplant
or am I getting senile?). I 'm going
to see if I have any pictures from camp.
I know I still have the hat."
"On a whim I just googled an old
camp friend, Pam Scola,
from a thousand years ago
and viola up comes the Camp Oh Neh Tah
talk about a blast from the past...
I was the waterfront dir in 64 maybe.?
Anyway, if Pam is willing I would like
her email address."
(Imagine her surprise!
Pam. I was surfing the net and found
the website. What a nice surprise! I
haven't talked with you since my son
was an infant and he just started college!
Do you still live in the bay area? My
sisters, Marguerite and Mary will be
delighted to see this and to hear your
name. We each have such fond memories
of Camp Oh-Neh-Tah."
I not found you and the site, I'd never
have hooked back up with so many people....I
will always be more than grateful for
discovered your website and I would like
to report myself as found! I was a counselor
at Camp Talako in the summers of 1972
and 73 (in cabins Hanuna and Unkwunk)
- some of the fondest memories of my life.
Now living in London, England. I'd really
love to hear from anybody from those times
- Happy camping,
have been hoping that someone with computer
savvy would put together a site such as
this; thank you very much. I look forward
to connecting with my many Manitou friends."
happy returns of the day,