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Patty De Luca

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Mar 22, 2009
 
I was a camper at CDB from 1950-55. Best year of my childhood. Great memories lots of fun and good teachings. Looking for some campers, Brothers or Priest from that era just to say hello and rekindle old memories. God bless all.
Robert bruno

Merrifield, VA

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Apr 8, 2009
 
I was a camper at CDB from 1966-1971 and my sister Valerie went to the girls camp about a mile away. Great memories and alot of fun. Looking for some campers, Priests or Brothers from that time frame.
Just to touch base and remember the old times. God Bless all.
good camp

Parlin, NJ

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Apr 9, 2009
 
Robert bruno wrote:
I was a camper at CDB from 1966-1971 and my sister Valerie went to the girls camp about a mile away. Great memories and alot of fun. Looking for some campers, Priests or Brothers from that time frame.
Just to touch base and remember the old times. God Bless all.
Did not go to the DB camp but heard great things about it as i grew up in Sussex and i was out that way a lot when i was a child! perhaps the Camp Auxilium up on Sweetest Road might have some leads for you they have been there forever and I'm sure they are friendly with some of the counselors and workers and brothers perhaps from back then. My daughters went to the camp Aux years back and we loved it!! Good luck and thanks for the blessings. Happy Easter!
good camp

Parlin, NJ

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Apr 9, 2009
 
thats swartswood road!!
honest roy

Sparta, NJ

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Nov 26, 2009
 
I attended day camp every summer from 1975 to 1981. What an excellent childhood experience! I recently wandered around the old grounds and observed many remenants of the camps past, now standing eerily in forgotten ruin. Boxball courts faded on cracked asphalt, a nearly collapsed, moss covered rifelry range, and a ghostly overgrown basketball court, are but a few of the relics I saw.
anthony dellicompagni

Plainfield, NJ

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Jan 31, 2010
 
I attended camp don bosco 1957 to 1962 still remmmember playing baseball on camp team and traveling to different camps and to newrochelle ny to play was a great time
joe cozzi

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Jun 25, 2010
 
Robert bruno wrote:
I was a camper at CDB from 1966-1971 and my sister Valerie went to the girls camp about a mile away. Great memories and alot of fun. Looking for some campers, Priests or Brothers from that time frame.
Just to touch base and remember the old times. God Bless all.
Robert,we were there at the same time. I was there '67-'71 and my sisters also went to Camp Auxilium. Which priests/brothers do you remember? Joe
Tom - Staten Island

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Jul 4, 2010
 
As a kid living in Brooklyn, I attended Camp Don Bosco in the 50's. I remember the lake down the mountain. It had a u shaped dock that we dove from. Is this the same camp? I would love to revisit this camp, but can't remember its location. Is anyone out there in thier 60's that can help me out?
Pat De Luca

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Jul 15, 2010
 
Tom - Staten Island wrote:
As a kid living in Brooklyn, I attended Camp Don Bosco in the 50's. I remember the lake down the mountain. It had a u shaped dock that we dove from. Is this the same camp? I would love to revisit this camp, but can't remember its location. Is anyone out there in thier 60's that can help me out?
I think you are taking about Camp Don Bosco in Newton New Jersey
I was a camper from 1950-1955. Over the year i would visit the camp many times. It was closed for many years. In Sept. 2008 the last time I was at the Camp sight everything is torned down except for the old Chapel. I hope that helped you, Patty D
Tom - Staten Island

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Jul 20, 2010
 
Pat De Luca wrote:
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I think you are taking about Camp Don Bosco in Newton New Jersey
I was a camper from 1950-1955. Over the year i would visit the camp many times. It was closed for many years. In Sept. 2008 the last time I was at the Camp sight everything is torned down except for the old Chapel. I hope that helped you, Patty D
Thanks Pat I guess it is but again I can't remamber because I was only there once Thanks again Tom
Greg Greco

New York, NY

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Aug 6, 2010
 
anthony dellicompagni wrote:
I attended camp don bosco 1957 to 1962 still remmmember playing baseball on camp team and traveling to different camps and to newrochelle ny to play was a great time
I Anthony, I too attended when you did. I played on baseball on camp team.Playe doutield a little second base. Went on to play college ball at SJU NY...also professional fast pitch softball.......Loved horse back riding and "frogging" at the lake..Loved the bus trips to the games... I believe Brother Ralph was the coach??? I loved this camp... I cried when I had to leave... My nick name was "whitey", from the dried up calamine lotion all over me....I hung out with Al Casano... always wondered wher he was and what he was doing....
Pat De Luca

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Sep 3, 2010
 
Tom - Staten Island wrote:
<quoted text> Thanks Pat I guess it is but again I can't remamber because I was only there once Thanks again Tom
Tom, Check out DON BOSCO ON FACEBOOK. Click on The Wall And Photos.
Sheryl

United States

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Nov 6, 2010
 
Did anyone get sexually abused there.?
Concern about my brothers
meggi

Oceanside, NY

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Feb 6, 2011
 
Sheryl wrote:
Did anyone get sexually abused there.?
Concern about my brothers
trying to find info about cyo camp that my son attended in late 1970's . the campers were picked up everyday in northern bergen county in a school bus and driven to the camp. he told me, as an adult that the counsellor/counsellors were abusive to them but would not elaborate.it was either a priest or brother. i remember he did not enjoy the camp when he was attending and it horrifies me to think he was molested.i was raised to believe the catholic church was perfect and i had never even heard about sexual abuse feeling he was safe in the catholic church . he told me one counsellor would pick on a camper and slam their head on pavement. he would not open up to me but i really believe something awful took place .
Greg Greco

New York, NY

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Feb 7, 2011
 
Sheryl, Meggi, Nothing close to any abuse when I was there. The Brothers had a tough job, taking care of everything from feeding us, to keeping us entertained......... They were good men and counselors. I matured as a person and learned a lot about my religion... They played a big part in me being a Catholic, and the fact that I still practice my relgion and brought up my 7 children the same way. Meggi don't paint the Catholic Church based on isolated incidents. The % of teachers and other segmants of society that are guilty of abuse far out weighing the Clergy and we don't broad stroke them as abusers. That being said, hopefully your brother was not treated poorly, as no one wants to see that. Stay well.
Pat De Luca

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Feb 13, 2011
 

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Sheryl wrote:
Did anyone get sexually abused there.?
Concern about my brothers
I was a camper for 6 years and 8 weeks each summer. Thats 48 weeks of Camp Don Bosco. I was pretty hip and I NEVER HEARD OF ANY SEXUALLY ABUSE. I also would go up to visit during the off seasons to see the Brothers who worked so hard to make all the Boys have a great summer. I only wish that the Camp was opened today so my Grandson could injoy a wonderful experience.
Deb Desranleau

Tenafly, NJ

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Feb 27, 2011
 
I was wondering where the chapel is located today. I live close to Sussex County Community College which is now on the grounds of Don Bosco College. Can you tell me the exact location of where the chapel is? I'd love to visit!
joe cozzi

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Feb 27, 2011
 
I'm not sure it's still satnding anymore.
Deb Desranleau

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Feb 27, 2011
 
Oh that would be a shame. I thought the Diocese could not get rid of a Church/Chapel since it is consecrated? If it were still standing, where would it be relative to the current College standing? Would you know?
James Laden

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Mar 20, 2011
 

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That camp was the best years of my childhood.(not Evan a close second) NO SEXUAL ABUSE OF ANY KIND AT ALL!! My father went there my older brother went there and I went there for about 9 years. Father Steve was an incredible role model and all the counselors were right behind him. If I ever hit the lotto I would build it back up again and re open it. It is an absolute sin that it closed down. It is a joy that my son will never get to feel ,and that I will always be sad knowing that such an amazing place existed and now its gone..

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