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Re: “The Selling of Forest Beach

Wow I actually went on google looking for my old camp counselor whose father was the mayor during the times I was just a 7 yr old kid there, and although I never knew why we couldn't go back now I do. I'm both shocked and appalled at the Y for how they're supposed to be a not for profit group and yet they sold what history and memories hold for the last generation that walked those dune trails to Peggy the horseback riding trainer who as I can recall had a slight limp from being kicked by a horse or being in Hoover Hall and having the privelage to ring the bell OMG I'm in tears as I write this because the Y has no idea what a huge impact Forest Beach Camp had on us and how if left standing it could have had the same impact on this generation now that's killing up everybody, getting high off everything and those that have blatant disrespect for the seniors who took part in the tearing down of Forest Beach Camp. I was from the projects in Chicago who was given the opportunity to camp there to help expose us to a different world outside of 6&9 story buildings. I was so heartbroken everytime I had to leave my mom for camp but even more heartbroken when I had to leave New Buffalo Michigan heading back to the dreadful streets of Chicago every summer. Camp taught me a lot and with that teaching I was able to teach my kids how to swim, oar a boat, build a campfire, build character, be open to meet new people, ride a horse, scavenge in the woods, use an out house, tie knots, have pen pals and the list goes on but most importantly of all it taught me how not to ever be afraid to venture out and learn new things, and for that I'm forever grateful to 'them' for that much. I overcame big fears of detachment through the wonderful camp counselor I had and still remember til this day, Mary Jane Calvin and she took us to her house on the beach and boy was it beautiful and I didn't cry anymore from being away from my mom, she was wonderful and so was FOREST BEACH CAMP, so now all the stories I have to tell are just those.

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Posted by lady_kids on 06/17/2013 at 3:18 PM

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