Volume LV, No. 2, October, 2014

Dear Campers, Parents, Staff, Alums & Friends,

Fall is officially upon us.  In Tucson that means we’re subject to a periodic “cold front” when the temperatures will dip down into the 80s.  As warm as that is, it is still a welcome relief when it happens….day after day in the high 90s is a little rough.  We won’t have much to complain about in a few months, but for now, it’s quite an adjustment after our Northwoods summer.  And speaking of which, northern Wisconsin is the place to be these days!  Camp has had a lot of “heavy dew” recently, but it’s been beautiful too….highs in the 70s, lows in the 40s and 50s.  Sounds pretty good to us!  Late last month, Sammy and I made a drive up to Phoenix, and drove through a “haboob.”  Every hear of that?  First of all, yes,  it’s a fun word to say.  Moving past that, it’s a pretty freaky phenomenon that our desert climate produces where the wind whips up enormous (miles wide) clouds of dust.  And when you’re in it, there’s just no visibility.  In our case, we pulled off the side of the highway and waited a few minutes for it to pass.  We were fortunate to have just caught the tail end of it, but it was sure an interesting spectacle of Mother Nature. 

Up north, some new projects for next summer area already underway.  All the moisture they’ve received has actually been helpful.  One of the new things you’ll see next summer is a complete tear out and replacement of the pathway going down to the Ski Area.  The new steps will be beautiful and add a lot to the aesthetics of that area, but more importantly, we are trying to alter the flow of rain water so it won’t wash

out that slope that the steps go over on the way down to the Ski Deck.  So, first thing first….several tons of compactible gravel were trucked in last month and that whole area around Navajo cabin and above the Ski Area has been re-graded to push the water towards the woods near the Arts & Crafts Shop.  And, as luck would have it, they had enough water come down to test it out.  It worked!  So far, anyway.  It really will be spectacular when the whole project is done.  There are several more projects underway as well, and we’ll tell you more about them in the coming months.  The snow will start to fly soon, and as you can see from some photos in the slide show, the leaves have begun to show their fall colors.

We cannot believe how fast camp is filling up for next summer.  As of the beginning of October, several age groups in the first session are nearly full.  We believe most age groups will fill for the first session in the near future.  In the past, when that has happened, we have found that the other session (in this case 2nd session) begins to accelerate as well since the choice of available sessions is limited.  So we do encourage you to get your guys signed up soon, if they’re not already….even though it’s just October!

Welcome back to the following “old-timers” who re-enrolled in the past month: NOAH GOLDBLATT, JOSH MEYER, JARED SAEF, and CHARLIE WEISS of Chicago, IL; DAVID BERK of Tucson, AZ; CHARLIE LOVETT of Los Angeles, CA; SPENCER FARBER, ETHAN & JARED LETWAT, MATTHEW & SAM PALEY, and BEN SPIEGEL of Deerfield, IL; HENRY ALFORD, PETER, FINK, MATT HOWARD, and JACKSON PAWLAN of Atlanta, GA; DANIEL GREENWALD, HENRY, JOE, & (after a summer’s absence) SIMON LEVY of Evanston, IL; JARED ORKIN of Houston, TX; JOSH GLAZER of Mequon, WI; DANIEL FRIEDLAND, ALEX GORDON, LUCAS GOTTSHALL, and ROBBIE PETRIE of Glencoe, IL; AVI HIKEN of Prospect, KY; WILL SEXTER of Rockville, MD; GRANT KIBEL of West Newton, MA; AARON & JOE BERNS, SPENCER & ZACH COPLAN, DANIEL FELDMAN, DAVID FRIEDLAND, MILES GOTTESMAN, ANDREW KARMIN, DUSTY KARMIN, ADAM KRAMER, and ALEC SCHLOSSBERG of Highland Park, IL; WILLIAM COOVERT, JOEY & JOSH ETTINGER, DANNY FISCHER, JOEY FLOM, IAN & MICHAEL LYNCH, MAX PUGH, ARI SINGER, and DAVID TAMSKY of St. Louis, MO; GRAHAM ELLIOT, CAM & GAVIN GORDON, MICHAEL GORDON, MAX KELLER, and OWEN SHAFFER of Nashville, TN; ANDREW CRAMIN, NOAH FOSTER, CASEY & DREW MUTCHNIK, and ZACH WALDEN of Northbrook, IL; DOX & LEVI RASKIN of Oak Park, IL; and MATTHEW & ZACH KALLMEYER of Highland Heights, OH.  Whoah!

Our phone has been busy with calls from prospective new campers, and we’ll hit the road next month to start our reunion tour and meeting new guys.  Welcome aboard to the following campers who will join us this summer: ADAM STEWART of Buffalo Grove, IL; DREW SPIEGEL of Deerfield, IL; COLIN GOTTSHALL of Glencoe, IL; NOAH SEXTER of Rockville, MD; MAX ELLIOT of Nashville, TN; ANDREW KERPEL of Highland Park, IL; and SAM SALZER of Northbrook, IL.  What an amazing summer we have in store together!

Our 2014-15 Reunion Tour is shaping up well.  We have 6 reunions on the calendar so far, with many more approaching finalized dates/times.  Have a look:

CITY

DATE TIME
Chicago Saturday, November 1st 12:00 PM
Milwaukee Monday, November 3rd 7:00 PM
St. Louis Saturday, November 8th 2:00 PM
Kansas City Thursday, November 13th 7:00 PM
Houston Saturday, November 15th 2:00 PM
Nashville Saturday, December 6th 2:00 PM
Please be sure to mark your calendars so you can have the free time to join us.  We travel a long way to see you, and we really can’t wait!!
YO PARENTS: We know this may seem early, but please consider booking your son’s doctor appointment now so you can be sure to get him in this spring in time to fill out all of your fun camp medical paper work.  Thanks!
 

In St. Louis, congrats to MAX GOLDENBERG who made State in his very first high school swim meet.  Great way to start the season!  DAVID BERK loved archery so much at camp, he decided to take lessons back home in Tucson.  ARI & SETH BERK recently got to go waterskiing with friends up in Baton Rouge, a little ways away from their home in New Orleans.  Bar Mitzvah congrats this month to GRAHAM ELLIOT who will celebrate in Nashville, and MYLES ROSENSTEIN who will celebrate in Chicago.  Also in the Chicago area, JORDAN PLOCKER plays drums in a band that played a gig at “The Alley in Highwood, IL.  Jordan is in 4th grade….just mentioning that.  Also, LEO SCLAMBERG performed at the Rock the Nite race for a thousand fans at Soldier Field on August 21st. He opened up for Big Head Todd and the Monsters.  And big news for JOE, HENRY, & SIMON LEVY.  The whole family is moving from Evanston, IL to Seattle, WA at the end of this month.  Wow!  That’s a big move and very exciting for them. 

Out in Denver, BRIAN STRAIN went to the BMW Championship golf tournament, and not only got to see the world’s best golfers, but he also bumped into Denver camper PARKER DAWSON.  On the other side of the puddle, JAMES WOOD has started his new job working at a school as a Physical Education instructor.  He’s enjoying the job, but thinking of getting some weeks off for the upcoming summer.  In Chicago, JACOB ROSENSTEIN had a swell time at his school’s homecoming, sharing the good times with campers DANIEL FELDMAN and ALEXANDER ECHT.  In Madison, DUSTY COHEN has been waterskiing for the UW Waterski Team, and participated in three tournaments so far.  He’s also working at a restaurant in the South Union.  Here in Tucson, DAVID ARTZI continues to coach a high school JV football team while going to school at the University of Arizona.  A few weeks ago, Leslie and I had dinner with “old-timer” JOSEPH KUPERMAN, who is now a freshman at the U of A.  Joseph spent part of his summer in Brazil attending the World Cup.  In LaCrosse, WI, KATIE TERBEEST is busy going to school, and recently hosted DANIEL KATZMAN while he’s on his travels.  Katie also bumped into “old-timer” MATT KEARNEY recently.

BRAVO TO OUR OCTOBER BIRTHDAY BOYS & GIRLS: Brittany Boling – 10/1/1993, Matthew Kallmeyer – 10/1/2003, Jono Rosenblum – 10/5/1998, Jonah Hoffman – 10/6/1998, Kathy Leverton – 10/7/1984, Andrew Kerpel – 10/8/2002, Jared Saef – 10/8/2000, Gabe Feldman – 10/10/2005, Ari Lackner – 10/11/1996, Josh Ettinger – 10/13/2000, Lucas Gottshall – 10/13/1999, Henry Alford – 10/15/1999, Everett Cedarholm – 10/15/1993, William Coovert – 10/15/2002, Tommy Crosby – 10/15/1991, Alexa Sanchez – 10/15/1991, Joey Pawlan – 10/16/1992, Harry Coovert – 10/17/2000, Ben Litman – 10/17/2001, Spencer Farber – 10/18/2003, Zach Newmark – 10/18/2004, Dox Raskin – 10/19/2003, Jack Barlow – 10/20/1998, Nick Pappas – 10/20/1998, Ethan Teich – 10/21/1999, Jacob Wilson – 10/21/1998, Peter Fink – 10/25/2004, Jack Kahn – 10/25/2001, Seth Berk – 10/28/2003, Ross Krulisky – 10/28/1995, Alec Schlossberg – 10/28/2004, Garrett Glover – 10/29/1998.

We’ll write you again next month.  Have a great October!

Benches up,

 

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