The Official Magazine of Camp Tecumseh www.camptecumseh.net
A LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES Tecumseh Family,
us spent our 7 weeks by the Lake. Fall sports start sooner, and we
I HOPE THIS LETTER FINDS YOU WELL. I AM
have more competition from specialty camps that exist for profit, and
WRITING TO ALL OF YOU TODAY TO SHARE SOME NEWS ABOUT CAMP TECUMSEH’S
cater to the siren song of a Division 1 athletic scholarship. As a result, most of our boys are with us for less than 7 weeks, and Tecumseh has had to adapt to stay relevant. Jim Talbot has
PRESENT AND FUTURE.
overseen this transformation flawlessly, and has not only maintained
Tecumseh is in great shape for the 2013 season. We have
Manliness, Service, Loyalty, and Leadership are the qualities that we
more campers coming to Camp than we budgeted for, which
look for in a camper each year for the Tecumseh Boy Award, and Jim
has been a trend now for the past few summers. The credit
Talbot epitomizes those characteristics. Tecumseh is thriving, and as
here goes to our Director, Jim Talbot, and his veteran staff who
a result, he feels that now is the right time to step aside.
have created a wonderful experience for the latest generation of
Given Jim’s decision, the Tecumseh Board of Trustees has begun
Tecumseh men. We have also invested a lot of money back into
a search for the next Director of Camp Tecumseh. By announcing
the Camp infrastructure, culminating with Munger Hall, our new
his intention early, Jim has provided the Board ample time to find
indoor sports building and wood shop, which along with the extensive rock climbing wall in the Barn, ensures that the boys have plenty to do if we get a stretch of bad weather. Finally, the Tecumseh Board of Trustees is fully engaged and committed to seeing that Tecumseh maintains its place as one of the elite summer camps in the nation. We are constantly evaluating our Program, and will continue making improvements where we
Tecumseh’s stature in the camp world, but has enhanced it.
a worthy successor. It is our goal to have the successful candidate identified and in place to shadow Jim for the 2014 Tecumseh season, and then taking the reins fully in 2015. I would encourage all of you, the extended Tecumseh family, to contact me with your thoughts on anyone you believe can carry the torch for our boys at The Greatest Place on Earth. Enjoy the summer. Best Regards,
feel they are needed. It is with this momentum then, that our Camp Director has decided that he will retire after the 2014 season. Jim and Nina Talbot
Robert L. Gray IV
have been a steadying influence on Camp Tecumseh for the past
Chairman, Camp Tecumseh
13 years, and have developed a Staff that is as strong as any that
Board of Trustees
I can remember. The summers are shorter now than when many of
3RD ANNUAL ALUMNI WORK WEEKEND ONCE AGAIN, OVER THIRTY FORMER TECUMSEH LEGENDS JOINED CURRENT TECUMSEH STAFF ON A WEEKEND IN LATE JUNE IN THE THIRD ANNUAL ALUMNI WORK WEEKEND. BRAVING MISSED DAUGHTER DANCE RECITALS, CONCERNED AND CONFUSED SPOUSES, RAIN, MOSQUITOES, VIOLENT SNORING AND THE RISK OF ATHLETIC EMBARRASSMENT, THIS HALE BAND OF DEDICATED ALUMS ARRIVED ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE CAMP’S OPENING AND IMMEDIATELY GOT TO WORK, GIVING BACK THROUGH THEIR SERVICE TO A PLACE THAT’S LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK ON EACH OF US. Friday’s action saw at least two tons of wood chips spread along the trails back to Junior Campus by for-
Bill Roberts and Jules Koerner dedicated most of the weekend’s daylight hours to the painting of the new Trips Shed, located just behind the Dining Hall. Named the “Knife’s Edge” and dedicated to Jay
mer CT greats Matt Mayock, Mike O’Shea, Don Triolo,
Luff in recognition of his fifty years of service to Tecumseh, this new
Campbell Levy, John Archbold, and the weekend’s or-
structure will now house all the climbing and trip gear for the vibrant
ganizer-supreme, Paul Colistra after they and others painted the bathhouse down by the waterfront. Corny and Lou Merlini, Hank Hoke, Bill Hamilton and others kept busy with a variety of chores, and Lee Allman spent much of Friday and Saturday looking for fifty feet of shoreline, a left-handed smoke shifter and a working weed whacker.
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and successful trip program for years to come. Special recognition goes out to JB Kelly, who not only fixed the 30-year old batting cage with a handful of twine and gumption and painted the Tecumseh sign on the Lodge, did his best Maestro impersonation by refinishing all of Camp’s oars and paddles in alternating Blue and Gray colors. To put the rest of us to
3RD ANNUAL ALUMNI WORK WEEKEND CONTINUED shame, JB then drove off into the Saturday twilight on his motor-
the Blues managed
cycle, his healthy head of hair and leather jacket flapping in the
one RBI over 14
summer New Hampshire breeze. “That man knows how to make an
innings, that from the bat of Funny
exit,” remarked Mike Kain.
Bunny’s girlfriend, a fitting testament to
After a busy Saturday morning of more wood chips, painting, trips to the old dump in the woods and Lee’s imaginary weed whacking, many alums gathered to watch Mike Dougherty and Big Jim Fraser try to reline the Junior Football Field using a vague sketch from the
the Blues’ lackluster showing. It should be noted, however, that Matt Mayock’s stellar playing in the outfield dressed as “Lucky Pierre,” his ‘80’s Hair Band alter ego, for the Blues was remarkable.
files of Tecumseh Track and Field legend Jim Gibbons. We may have
The alums then retired to the waterfront for a barbeque, cold
to rename that field as the “Junior Football Trapezoid.”
libations, DJ stylings from Mike Gerber and lots of good memories,
After a refreshing lunch of beef stew and mashed potatoes, the alums hit the softball field where the Grays took both games in what was dubbed “The Al Piper Hamstring Classic.” A few years back, some may remember how Al’s hamstring was sacrificed during the 100-year Alumni Gathering’s softball game. Luckily, no hamstrings – even Al’s – were harmed, the only damage being how
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half-remembered truths and a common demand from the alums that we right the wrongs and “BEAT PEMI” this summer. If you haven’t made the trek, do yourself a favor and come next year. “I needed this weekend, “said more than a few alums, and you have to try it for yourself. A good time was had by all.
SEEN AROUND CT Alums sporting limited edition Tecumseh t-shirts from the CT-Phils Reunion (blending “Tecumseh” with the Philadelphia Phillies colors and logo from the 1980’s) all around the world! Top left: Mike Dougherty in NH; Deane Mellor, Artie Armstrong and Wes Ballentine in Las Vegas; Ryan Merlini in Madrid; Jim Little in NYC; Beau and Corny Merlini in Colorado (1420 feet on top of the world in Greys Peak in Colorado).
9TH ANNUAL TECUMSEH YOUNG ALUMNI PHILLIES REUNION 50+ CT alums from 5 different states and 4 different decades
West Coast CT’ers! Thanks for joining us at alumni gatherings over the Winter in LA and SF. These events are meant to talk past, current and future Tecumseh and for you to tell us about future Tecumseh campers! (And to watch the great Tecumseh video…)
celebrated their Tecumseh experience at the 9th Annual CT-Phillies Reunion at Citizens Bank Ballpark on Saturday, June 22. Sharing tales of Blue-Gray battles and Senior League rivalries, cabin card games and favorite dining hall chants, the consensus was that the summers at CT were the best in their lives. In addition to a glorious day of weather, friends and memories, the group also was treated to a walk-off Phils win (to the disappointment of the Mets fans in attendance). Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 10th edition of this great tradition in 2014!
From LA pic: Tyler Gilbert, Paul Colistra, Jim Talbot, Jon Mozentor, Tim Michals, Nick Hidell, Dean Mellor, Thacher Goodwin, Geoff Watson, and Connor Gwynn…and gf’s/spouses.
CHECK OUT THIS STORY ON CT’ER MAX FENNELL who competed in the recent Philly Triathlon and is making a push on the Tri-circuit! TECUMSEH ALUM BILL MILLER to be inducted into National Lacrosse Hall of Fame – click here for the story. Grayden Yoshiro Torres Stabert
CONGRATS TO BLAKE AND CHIGUSA STABERT on the birth of their son Grayden Yoshiro Torres Stabert! WE LOST A TRUE TECUMSEH MAN IN MR. JIM MANLEY. View obituary.
Mr. Jim Manley 1934–2013
WE ARE SAD TO REPORT THE NEWS THAT TECUMSEH LEGEND – EDWARD “TED” HANDY, JR. HAS PASSED. View obituary. HELP US CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MEN TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY THAT IS CAMP TECUMSEH. You can Make Your Gift Online at www.camptecumseh.net or MAIL it to the address below: Camp Tecumseh, 1906 Johnson Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19428
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TECUMSEH OPENED FOR THE 2013 SEASON WITH EVERY CABIN FULL AND A VETERAN STAFF! WITH THE HELP OF SEVERAL ALUMS, THE STAFF READIED ALL THE FIELDS, THE WATERFRONT AND CABINS FOR THE SEASON AHEAD. NEWLY ADDED THIS SUMMER IS THE TECUMSEH FARMS PROGRAM! YES, WE ARE GROWING OUR OWN VEGETABLE GARDEN AGAIN! AS IN DAYS OF YESTERYEAR, WE WILL BE EATING HOME GROWN FOOD, AS LONG AS THE TURKEYS, DEER, BEAR AND OTHER CRITTERS DON’T GET TO IT FIRST. We look forward to another fun-filled summer of trips on water and land, Blue-Gray and outside competition, Pemi Day, and the Sourcerer’s Apprentice on closing weekend. The loons are nesting on Joe’s and the eagles have chicks on Poplar. Aren’t we lucky to be in the Greatest Place on Earth! “Hello, my name is Aaron Bogle and I have attended Camp Tecumseh for five summers in a row now. Having the chance to go to Tecumseh gave me an experience of a lifetime. As a city kid the idea of being without technology was freighting. At Camp I quickly came to realize that technology was not needed to have fun and that the woods and the lake are not so bad. But much more than that, Tecumseh has taught me so much about myself. Camp has taught me to be independent and more resilient.
Tecumseh has taught me to make friendships that will last for a lifetime. Camp Tecumseh has also given me a chance to succeed in life. Coming from a family with almost no one who went to college, it was hard to imagine myself going through college. By going to Tecumseh I was given the chance to go to one of the best schools’ in the area. Now I am on a different path and I am going to attend college. Without the support of the Blue-Gray Fund, I do not know where I would be today. I hope that in 40,50, 60 years from now kids just like me can have the opportunity to have a life changing experience as I did by attending Camp Tecumseh.”
WITH THIS IN MIND, WE’RE ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE 2012-13 BLUE-GRAY FUND. TYPICALLY,
HELP US CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MEN TO EMBARK ON THE JOURNEY THAT IS CAMP TECUMSEH.
MAKE YOUR GIFT ONLINE AT WWW.CAMPTECUMSEH.NET YOU CAN
OR MAIL IT TO THE BELOW ADDRESS.
Our goal for the 2012-13 Blue-Gray Fund is $165,000, so your gift of any size will help! All gifts are tax-deductible. Camp Tecumseh 1906 Johnson Road Plymouth Meeting, PA 19428