Camp Loyaltown celebrated its 70th birthday on Sept. 1, 2018 at its home on Glen Avenue in Hunter Village. It was well attended with family, friends and a few of Loyaltown’s gracious staff. Town Councilmen Semenza and Mahoney were present to enjoy the beautiful day and pay tribute to both the Abramson Family and AHRC Nassau.
Camp Director Savita greeted the crowd and supplied an array of fruits, snacks and soft drinks for our enjoyment after the ceremony. A delicious birthday cake was made on premise, and you could not possibly eat just one piece! Thank you to the chef responsible for that creation.
Many residents and friends of Eph were there to take part in the accomplishments of both Eph, and his father, Nat. Eph’s daughter Linda and son James Abramson were there to take part in the Camp’s celebration in their dad’s memory. Eph’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were there to join in the fun. Eph would have loved being a part of the day. He was missed.
Linda Abramson Raff announced that she will be accepting the position of the Camp’s Presidency, following in Nat and Eph’s footsteps. She announced that other family members will join the board and continue to play an active role in the future development of the Camp. Thank you for that announcement Linda. She also spoke of her family’s plan of establishing a scholarship fund.
While at the Camp we were taken on an excellent tour of the facilities. Not only is the Camp a wonderful “playland” for the campers, but it is also an educational experience for all the intelligent, yet developmentally disabled campers. The various workshops and gardens are both teaching aids and pleasurable. The pool is apparently a massive draw to the campers as that is where most of the campers and counselors were as we were leaving. It is difficult to believe this little piece of heaven has been in our town for this many years. It’s been an honor visiting and learning about the Abramson’s and the Camp.
The Abramson family brought a copy of the original dedication of Camp Loyaltown, which reads as follows:
“You and Your guests are cordially invited to accompany the President, Officers, and directors of Camp Loyaltown, Inc. together with the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Hunter and Officials of Greene County and of the State and City of New York at the public Dedication of Camp Loyaltown Sunday, July 18th, 1948 at two O’clock in the Afternoon on the Camp Grounds Hunter, Greene County, New York.”
No Solicitation of Funds. “IT’S FOR THE KIDS.”
“Prominent men and women have made Camp Loyaltown a dream come true! Their bountiful support, their liberal donations, their active service constitute a record seldom equaled. They have our deepest gratitude.”
With Nat Abramson as President, there followed three vice presidents, one secretary and one treasurer. Following were listed 66 trustees and advisory board members.
“STORY OF LOYALTOWN”
“It has become increasingly apparent that the greatest cure for juvenile delinquency is its prevention. And Camp Loyaltown, a camp for underprivileged boys from nine to fourteen is a vital element in the program of prevention.
Camp Loyaltown will welcome underprivileged boys, regardless of race or religion. However, strict compliance with dietary laws will make it possible to care for boys from Orthodox Jewish homes, for whom there are very few places that meet their needs.
Many prominent men and women are responsible for the camp through their sponsorship. Camp Loyaltown consists of over 200 acres in the heart of the Catskill at Hunter, in Greene County, New York, with bungalows and lake situated at an elevation of 2000 feet. It’s an ideal campsite.
Notwithstanding the great need for camps for underprivileged boys, there are facilities for only one out of every eleven boys who should be taken care of.
Camp Loyaltown can and does fill a great need for the underprivileged boys of our coming generation. It helps make them fine upright citizens.”
Thank you, Director Savita, the Camp’s excellent staff, and the Abramson Family for allowing the community to share in an organization that has survived for more than 70 years on our mountaintop.
Until next week, take care, be thankful and be kind. You never know how your act of kindness may change someone’s life.
Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed reading this column. Any comments or questions, email me at email@example.com or call 518-589-4130. — Dede Terns-Thorpe/Town of Hunter Historian.