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Town of Hunter Tidbits: Camp Loyaltown through the present day

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August 29, 2018 11:31 am Updated: August 29, 2018 12:03 pm

 

“No man stands so tall as when he bends to help a child” — By James C. Dobson.

Last week’s article talked about the birth of Camp Loyaltown and all that the Abramson family of Hunter did for the Camp over the next 26 plus years.

In 1974, AHRC joined hands with Camp Loyaltown’s President, Eph Abramson. Eph honored his father Nat’s dedication to the Camp and his father’s sudden death in 1959 brought new responsibilities to Eph.

Eph willingly accepted the presidency.

Both Nat and Eph supplied a sense of adventure and nurturing for the young boys from the city, exploring the mountains on an all-expense paid three-week vacation.

AHRC brought Camp Loyaltown to a different level. They worked to provide their bright, yet developmentally disabled campers a sense of security while enjoying the Camp built by the Abramsons.

In exploring their new (temporary) “home” at Camp Loyaltown the campers had (and remain having) the chance to enjoy living in a much less complicated world.

Last week Camp Loyaltown was introduced to the readers as a product established for genuinely un-selfish reasons.

It was Nat Abramson and other civic-minded men from New York’s philanthropic organizations that performed this “miracle” for oppressed boys from the city.

Camp Loyaltown was named by adopting parts of the two philanthropic organizations; Loyal derived from the Loyal League, with town derived from the Lillian A. Margolyes’ Town Club Foundation.

Eph was very proud of the Camp, and being its president, a position he held from 1959 through his passing in 2018.

Nat, and his son Eph passed on their dream to AHRC and brought 650 special needs campers and some dedicated 250 employees the opportunity to experience nature in the Catskill Mountains.

Staffing from different areas of the world brings diverse backgrounds and experiences to the Camp.

The staff is there to make a difference in the lives of the campers. The counselor’s job is to cheer on accomplishments and spearhead the fun. As Director Sharma often repeated, “It’s all about the campers!”

A small celebration is to be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 1 to pay tribute to Eph Abramson’s family for all he and his father did for more than 70 years in the Village of Hunter.

Thank you to AHRC for all you continue to do to improve the lives of so many. Please join us and meet your neighbors on Glen Avenue.

It has been an honor to learn about this little gem right here in Hunter. Thank you to Director Savita and the staff at Camp Loyaltown. Thank you, Eph.

Until next week, take care, be thankful & be kind. You never know how your act of kindness may change someone’s life. Thank you for reading.

Any questions or comments, please contact townofhunterhistorian@yahoo.com or 518-589-4130. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed the article. — Dede Terns-Thorpe/Town of Hunter Historian