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Campingly Yours: A Heartwarming Journey of a Lifetime at Summer Camp Paperback – Import, 2 Jan 2009
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In my opinion, Campingly Yours is more than a loving memoir of summer camp, it is an enchanting journey through the heartland of one man s life. Written with disarming simplicity and honest emotion, the folksy anecdotes and wry observations entwine like woodsmoke from an evening campfire. The book invites you to sit down and listen in to treasured stories full of laughter and friendship, music and memory, a sense of life s joys and its inescapable sadness. In addition to being a wonderful read, Campingly Yours asks us to share the author s lifelong desire to preserve and extend the values of a lost American childhood, a more innocent time in which boys and girls were able to experience life more directly, independently, and responsibly. To Adler and all of us lucky enough to have shared similar summertime adventures camp is far more than a place or a time; it is a way of looking at the world. As a writer, Thomas C. Adler is an American original. His prose is distinctively homespun understated, yet deeply felt; by turns amusing, sweet, and often surprisingly affecting. You know from reading this book that Adler is the guy you want in your canoe on a long day s paddle into the wind. I recommend reading Campingly Yours to anyone who has been to summer camp or wonders what they missed by not going to camp. And they missed a lot. Beyond that, however, the book will appeal to anyone who wants to know what it was like to grow up in a more innocent age and discover a singular slice of heaven in the forested lakes of northern Wisconsin. --Jeff Melvoin, Television Writer/Producer (Hill Street Blues, Northern Exposure, Alias)
About the Author
Thomas C. Adler didn t want to go to summer camp. He cried on his first day at North Star Camp for boys, and he got a face full of pudding! Forty-five years later, he s still at it, serving as co-director of Chippewa Ranch Camp for girls in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Thomas was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri and resides in the off season in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Pamela, and dog, Oscar. His daughters, Abigail and Anne B., grew up at summer camp, each attending Chippewa Ranch for over twenty years. The majority of the author's proceeds will be donated to the Lou and Renee Rosenblum Foundation and the Camp For All Kids Foundation--helping children from all over the country and world have a chance to attend summer camp.
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Now many more kids of all ages can understand and share in the wonders of what it means to forever have camp in your blood.
I was particularly privileged to witness Tom's girls camp up close and personal from the vantage of my boys camp just down the road and across the lake. And now I'm equally privileged to recommend his account to you and suggest it may inspire you to support the camping movement as a whole, what it has meant, and it will continue to mean for untold millions of young women and men around the Earth.
While it has now been exported all over the world, Summer Camp is an American treasure. And Thomas C. Adler is a treasure in American Camping.
Glenn Klein, Owner/Director
Camp Menominee for Boys
I have thanked the powers-that-be that I had three invaluable summers at a residential church camp to learn about 24/7 care for children, Plan Bs ( and Cs, and even D's when needed), integrating humor and fun and the arts into many lessons as I transfered counselor skills to the classroom, and later to raising and teaching our two special needs children with my husband.
My years at Camp Fernbrook are years for which I'll be forever grateful.
To Mr. Adler, I thank you for sharing with the world just how special and life-changing camp can be. It is a gift to treasure always.
I hope you and Mel are still enjoying many good years at your camp. As always, there is still much camping to do.
Thank you for your wonderful memoir.
Karla O. Voskuhl
Saint Clair, Pennsylvania
Sitting in a chair one block away from the house you grew up in, I could feel a mystical pull as you spun the cloth of the memories of our childhood and then grew up before me on the pages. Realizing a dream is a wonderful gift, you have shared your good luck with all of us. When they ask you for the money, hand them the book.