is dedicated to
Mr. and Mrs. Willard and Ruth Kauth
and their family,
who continue to dedicate themselves
to the GVF-BAL principles and spirit of camping
Barb Mattimiro Kraft*
Camp Oh-Neh-Tah alum
just returned from spending the weekend with
my mother in Cincinnati while my kids were racing
(rowing) there. She's doing well. I'm hoping
the family genes are intact so that I can be
like she is when I'm 83! We got to talking about
camp. Thought I'd let you know that the next
generation in the family will be camp counselors
for the first time this summer.
My sons Nick and Mike will be graduating from
high school in June and will head to camp the
next day for staff training at YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha
in northern Michigan. This will be their ninth
year at camp. Their sister Katie is returning
to the girls' camp, Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha for
her eighth year (which includes three weeks
in Alaska!) and fully intends to be a counselor
in a couple of years too.
(After I worked at ONT in 1975 and 1976, I worked
at Y Camp Al-Gon-Quian on Burt Lake, Michigan
where I met my husband Tom and later was the
director. Nick & Mike spent their first two
summers there. My younger brother Dan also worked
at AGQ, met his wife at yet another Y camp and
his three kids now come from Minnesota to attend
camp with their older cousins.)
Thanks for your work on the website. As you
might guess, many of my early childhood memories
go back to time spent at Oh-Neh-Tah and Sebago.
(Like the time our swimming pool, a rectangular
green one, that was usually behind the Lodge,
was used for a production of I think, South
Pacific. Now why would I remember that???)
Barb Mattimiro Kraft
Published with the
consent of Barb Mattimiro Kraft
Mattimiro Kraft is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Nick and Bobbie (Stagge) Mattimiro
who were active in the GVF-BAL organization.
Michael J. Nazarovech
Camps Orenda and Kiwago alum
name is Michael J. Nazarovech. I was a camper
in 1949 and went to Camp Orenda for a year or
two years and later went to camp Kiwago after
it was built. I then became a senior camper
for a number of years and finally became a kitchen
Jim Augistine (Uncle Jim) was the cook and Don
Kauth was the director of Camp Kiwago.
I recently took a trip to New York for my mothers
88th birthday and the plane landed in Newburgh,
New York. I used to go to Newburgh for our days
off with Uncle Jim. This trip brought back many
memories and I started to think of Camp Kiwago
and the wonderful times I had.
This past week I attended a wedding for my daughter
in New York and took my wife on a tour of the
city and passed one of the avenues 9th or 10th
and the bus that we took left from a building
there and took us to Central Valley.
When I returned home to Cincinnati where I now
reside, I have been curious about The Boys Athletic
League and went online and after a search found
I got online and this brought back more memories.
I recognized all the camps. There was a lot
of feedback on all the girls' camps. However,
not much input for the boys camps, especially,
I went to Camp Kiwago when Don Kauth and Dottie
Kauth (Don's wife) were directors. Larry, Glen
and Chris used to spend their summers there
as children. I am sorry to hear that Glenn passed
away. Additionally, I do not see any mention
of Don and Dottie Kauth who are the parents
of Larry, Chris and Glenn.
I would like to try and find out more about
the friends and people I knew. I am now 66 years
old and feel that the Boys Athletic League was
a great help and important part of my life.
After looking at your site I felt inspired to
write you and am glad that so many people realize
what the Kauth family did for kids like myself.
We would have never had the opportunity to go
away for those 2 weeks. I am also happy for
the chance to go away for the entire summer
as a "Kitchen Boy" and even get paid for it.
I have so many fond memories of my times at
Camp Kiwago. I started to write down all the
names I could remember of the other senior campers
and kitchen staff. I am not finished, however
I would like to share my information and see
if the Camp Kiwago link can be updated with
name and pictures. Although, I do not have many
pictures to contribute I do have a few. I am
contacting my family and may be able to get
some from 1952-57. I went into the Army in 1958
and did not have much contact with the camp.
However, I visited the camp for a reunion sometime
in 1965, 1966 or 1967. I later moved away from
New York and visited the camp one other time
I would very much like to pursue expanding the
information on Camp Kiwago. This would also
include trying to find some of the acquaintances
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Michael J. Nazarovech
Published with the consent of Michael J. Nazarovech
seem to enjoy the snippets of email that I've
and posted since the launch of the website,
so I thought I would add some of them here.
Please note, that some of the email sing my
and while I'm willing to accept acknowledgement
for my effort, I'm acutely aware that it really
is about all of us and the history we've created
with and for each other.
We all are really in this together afterall.
It's funny, I was
taking my daughter to school and passed
a truck that said Manitou on it and suddenly
got a blast from the past. I no sooner came
home and went online hoping there was a
website affiliated with camp. I was thrilled
to see it.
The G.V.F. Alumni site is awesome!!! Thanks
for all your efforts. You have certainly
found a way to keep us all connected and
we are very appreciative. Thanks for setting
up this site. It is a very special place
Wanta Go Back To Camp
Kiwago, back to the camp I love. Where we
have gypsy day in the middle of the day,
take me back to Camp Kiwago. Oh, what memories
I was a counselor
at kiwago in the late 1960s early 1970s.the
kauth boys knew me a jules from England
it would be nice to hear from them or any
other councelor who might have known me.
I was at kiwago for 3 summers and still
have fond memories of my time .
am looking for Peter Weinberg!!! I am an
old fellow camper and friend from Camp Kiwago.
Peter and I were at Kiwago for over 10 years
as campers, senior campers, counselors etc.
a wonderful site this is!!! And what a truly
special gift you have given us all in having
constructed it for all of us to enjoy. Ho-Ho-Hey!!!
And, may the Great Spirit forever smile
upon you. You've certainly captured our
sister, who went to Camp Talako, discovered
the alumni website and couldn't wait to
tell me about it. Since I just discovered
the site today, I have lot's of reviewing
to do. Thanks for creating it and keeping
these memories alive... it is a treasure!
was looking for a camp for my daughter and
I found this site! I worked for Camp Oh-Neh-Tah
during the Summers of 1992-1993! It was
a great experience and I still relate to
it today. As I looked around the website,
I noticed the changes the years have brought.
I appreciate the chance to be in touch with
a place that holds so many great memories
for me. When I was looking for camps for
my child-I thought of Camp Oh-Neh-Tah because
it was a great place when I worked there.
been an amazing journey through the website,
which I found because I was curious about
what happened to the GVF/BAL camps. I visited
Camp Talako when my daughter was about four
years old and went to one reunion held at
Camp Manitou the same year(1983). Looking
through the website brings back a lot of
memories. Camp was so special to me, as
it was to so many others. I do have a staff
photo of the 1967 Talako staff, which I'll
forward. I recognized so many name ...unbelievable
after all these years.
add me to the 'found' list. Also, can you
help me get in touch with some people? It
was great to see so many photos on the website.
Thanks so much for taking on such an intensive
seems like only yesterday we were singing
in the dining hall, learning basket weaving
in the windmill and sneaking out after
"taps". I loved Oh-Neh-Tah. Even sent
my girls there for a couple of summers,
and they loved it too. Wasn't it great!!!
Will try to attend a reunion if they have
Michael Woodson ,
1973-1982 @ orenda and 1990@ sebago
Hi! I just found this
site and can't wait to spend hours on it!
name is George Hite and I grew up in Camp
Orenda from 1968-1977 I loved those years
and it brought back a lot of fond memories
when I visited your site.
went to Talako 73 - 77 with my sister. My
Mom also went to Talako. I'm looking forward
to spending time at the site!
my name is Gerald Lamantia and I guess
you can figure it out that I did not attend
a GVF camp, but instead I attended a BAL
camp. Camp Kiwago to be exact. I was there
from 67 thru 72, so I guess I'm now found.
( funny I didn't feel lost)
I noticed on your list of founds the name
Ricky Kaval (of course its the only other
male name I noticed) Well like I said
on the community forum I'm pretty sure
I know him, If I'm right he had a couple
of raccoons over the years and taught
us a lot of Beatles songs and back then
always seemed to have a guitar. I hope
he's the right person. Anyway, your site
seems to have plenty of fun things on
it, but it would be nice if a lot more
(OK a few more) BAL guys find it. Keep
up the good work
Note: Gerald, BAL men are finding the
website slowly but surely. Anything you
could do to accelerate the process would
be appreciated. Our BAL brothers are encouraged
and welcome to participate. Pam
Thanks so much for
this website. I am so excited to have found
you. I went to Manitou in 1973, 1974, and
1975. They were some of my favorite memories
and always said that if I had children (which
I didn’t) I would send them to camp for
the experience of their lives. I used to
go for the 3 week trips…loved everything
about my camping experience and remember
it fondly on a regular basis. I really appreciate
all that you do to keep us updated.
I’m so glad that you
created this, it is such a blessing. You
know it’s funny because periodically I googled
“Camp Manitou” and only a boys camp in Ontario
Canada and one in Maine came up. I even
wrote to the NYCHA thinking they would be
able to help me, to no avail.
Simmons - Camps Orenda & Sebago circa 1965-1966
I want to thank you for creating this
site. I've been roaming through every
word and picture I could, even before
registering. It's wonderful to have a
place to roam and remember the best summers
of my life.....and I remember you very
clearly. In fact, I think you had my sister
Mary in the teepees one year. She and
Alex Rizzotti were best buds, and were
When I first saw the picture posted, my
heart skipped a beat! I was at Talako
from 1970-74 as a camper, 74-76 as a senior
camper, and 77-79 as a counselor, and
'88 @ Oh-Neh-Tah. You mentioned Bunnie
Lavoie, and even though she didn't work
at camp full time during my later years
at Talako, she'd visit, and I always loved
her. She had a way of making you feel
better when things were rough. I remember
Corky taking us out on Nature walks (my
mind might be playing tricks on my though).
many memories....I wonder if you know what
a wonderful thing you've created for us
all........thank you........funny thing,
you and I both started out at Oh Neh Tah
(only one summer for me, as a very scared
8 (?) year old first timer who wet the bed
and ran away), and ended up at Talako....
a long way to run! ; ) pam
There were some
really great times between '72-'74, and
I'd love to see folks from those years
find the website! Names like Abby Levine,
Pat Malone, Karen (I can't remember her
name), Sandy (nurse), and I noticed Shea
Howell on one of the lists on the site.
She was cool! Those were great times!
'74 was also when ABBA came about! What
ABBA?? lol (Jes' kiddin') Pam
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.
thanks for starting the alumni website...
I always thought that ONT was/is one of
the most beautiful places on earth. I actually
used to keep a photo of Silver Lake in my
wallet (it was in color and taken on the
most beautiful sunny day-- wish I still
had it!) how lame is that!
*is* one of the most beautiful places on
How lame is that...? As "lame"
as creating this website 50 years after
having been a camper. To answer your question:
Not lame at all! Pam
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.