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Friday, March 26, 2010


Have you kept your old camp logs? Do you know where they are? Do you ever get them out and read them? Do they bring back a flood of memories? Do they make you wonder, “What ever happened to Jim?” Or perhaps, “Where is Suzie now?”

Sadly, I did not keep my old logs. They went the way of the world so long ago, I no longer remember when or where; but I occasionally wish I had them! It would be nice to be able to take a stroll down memory lane once in a while. (Note: this is a hint for you younger readers!)

Don’t misunderstand, I do not live in the past and have no desire to do so, but I do have missing pieces about those camps. For example, I remember one particular dorm-mate from a Junior High camp; I think his name was Mike, and he wanted to be a cop. Who is he? What was his last name? Did he, in fact, become a cop? Where is he now? I would just like to know.

Even as I write this, a flood of memories wash over me, surfacing names from the past. I will refrain from listing those names here, although I suspect some of us old-timers could have a great time scratching our collective heads!

Then there are those faces to whom I can no longer attach a name. Whatever happened to that guy from Senior High camp at Port Elgin that had that black, “souped-up” ’49 Ford? He had installed a V8 Engine, and those cars were so light in the back end that he could lay rubber half way to the dairy! (Okay, okay, I’ll stop!)

Sometimes I think it would be fun to have a camp reunion, and try to find as many people from the “old days” as we could. (In my case, from the 1960s) It could be amazing! Of course, I don’t have time to take on such a project, but if someone had, it would have to start with old camp logs.

So…do you happen to have kept your old camp logs? Do you have any spare time on your hands or know someone who has? It could would be lots of fun...


Posted by Carman


  1. I have my log from 1973's full of autographs from people I have long ago lost touch with ,but wonder about a lot.....especially 2 girls I met from Wales..we were penpals for a few years. If anyone would like a list of names from that log......I can forward them to you.

  2. Wow! Would you believe it? My collection of camp My logs go back to Port Elgin, 1968 at least. What great memories! Wayne Hough changing our camp theme to "Mah Eyes Are Dim" to Lee Pfohl and Roy Castle renaming the director's dorm to the RoyRodLee building. And Lyman Edwards "taking a chance" on me as camp director. And Bill Leney, as a camper no less, doing the Chinese Waiter. So many great memories!

  3. I have a few logs. None from Port Elgin. Several from Allegany. Two from Erie Beach (One of these has photos of all the campers in about 66- Lots of fun). Also several from Ziontario in the 80's. A camper's reunion sounds like a great idea to me.

    David W.

  4. I was never a camper, just a country boy who made a lot of new friends when I went to high school in 'town'.

    Lately I've been wondering what happened to many of those friends I made in those 5 years at high school, because shortly thereafter I started my professional career and my married life and haven't had time to stop and remember those simpler days. So I started to search for them about 2-3 years ago. I've reconnected with 2 of them who were my closest friends, and now we are sharing again and it is as good as it was 50 years ago. This year I've reconnected with another who I will spend time with this summer at his cottage in Muskoka. And just this week, I reconnected with another on email that has yet to grow any further, but I'll keep working on it.

    The friendships we forge as teen agers are seldom if ever repeated as adults, maybe it's because we weren't so guarded and possibly as jaded back then as we so often are now. They were the kinds of friendships that survive a lifetime and they are friends who would do anything, if we asked them. That makes me feel good! Life is good, friends are God's gifts to our lives.

    Mel Mills

  5. For those that agree that a camper reunion is a good idea, what we would need is a small team of people with the time and interest to take this project on and make it happen. That would involve digging out contact information for those we have lost contact with, finding a place and time for a reunion, then inviting people to come. It would probably require a couple of years to pull that off.

    If you would like to see this happen, and want to be part of such an effort, or if you know people who would enjoy that, let us know. We (the CEM staff)do not have time to take this on ourselves, but it would be a wonderful thing to have happen.



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