Richard T Gosser Summer Camp

Richard T Gosser Summer Camp

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Steve

United States

#1 May 10, 2009
When I was a pre teen in the late 1960's I went to summer camp, and it was named after Richard T Gosser. If anyone has any information about what happen to the camp, please email me @ stevie44@columbus.rr.com. Thanks
Dale

Houston, TX

#2 Jul 7, 2009
I too was a young camper at the Richard T. Gosser camp. I remember the titles of many scary unseen lake creatures, like "Seaweed Sally and John the Headless boatman." I was only a young man then. Please share any new you have of the camp.
Steve

United States

#3 Jul 7, 2009
I had forgotten all about Seaweed Sally. I don't remember John. One thing that always stayed with me was "The Banker". He wore a green visor, and always had a cigar in his mouth. We gave him our $2.00 when we arrived, and he gave us an index card with $2.00 written on it. After dinner each night, we went to the candy store, and we would buy candy bars using our card. This was when candy bars were a nickel. At the end of the week, you took your index card in, and he gave you the remaining money. He always made it feel like you were in a world of high finance!
Cindi

Lima, OH

#4 Jul 7, 2009
I don't remember any scary creature stories, they must not have shared them with the girls. But I remember the "pier" along the lake and I do remember being able to buy things at a store. And I always remember the first day, when everyone was getting off the buses. Seemed like so many kids. And the mess hall. Long tables. And each cabin had an advisor. Everyone wanted the top bunk. Each year we went we took a friend along. Good memories. Cum by ya!!
Jimmy

Marathon, FL

#5 Sep 24, 2011
What I remember most was that I won a Boxing Trophy in 1968 at Richard T. Gosser Summer Camp. I remember the smell of the wood in the candy store. I had allergies and had to have medicine and eyedrops put in twice a day and the kindness of the nurse and the smell of rubbing alcohol. Of course there was the loss of sleep worrying about Seaweed Sally. I still have one of the Camp's Newsletters. Some of the best memories of my life!
steve

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Nov 7, 2011
I went to this camp one week in the early 80's. When they called my name to divide up the cabins, I had a very similar last name to another boy named Steve. I thought they called my name, so I ended up in a cabin with older boys. by the time they figured this out a day later, I had already settled in and made friends so they let it be. Me and the other Steve shared the same bunk. To distinguish between us my nickname was "over" (top bunk), his was "under".
I remember the roller rink, the candy store, the talent contest, the creepy chapel, and singing the fight songs of our cabins before meal times.(they were named after big ten schools). Ours was Illinois.
I also decided to try my hand at boxing. The kid I squared off against flattened me during the prefight glovetouch. One punch. He was immediately DQ'd. My first and last time in the ring. I'd like to buy that kid a beer, but he's probly in jail now. My fight record forever stands at 1-0-0. Perfection!

Also, there was an old busted-ass bumper pool table hidden in the boathouse that we used to sneak in and play on during swimtime.

P.S. I also believed EVERY WORD about "seaweed sally"
Steve

Coshocton, OH

#7 Nov 7, 2011
This is an email I rec. a couple years ago about the camp. I think I have another one somewhere.

I am responding to your post on Topix about the summer camp. The camp
closed some time in 1993 and was purchased by my father and several
other family's, we preserved many of the original buildings of the
camp. My family now spends are summers in what was the counselors
cabin. We have enjoyed are summers here and we always are trying to
find out more about the camp.
Steve

Coshocton, OH

#8 Nov 7, 2011
Another email:

hi, saw your posting while i was searching for something else. what i can tell ya about the camp, it closed in the late 70's (before i was born). i believe it was financial difficulties and the upkeep of such a massive camp that led to its closing. my uncle was the caretaker of the grounds after it closed. the camp basically sat for 20 years with out being touched. one by one, the buildings were taken down. now the whole area is lakeshore property/housing. we have picts of the area long before it was closed, if you compare those picts to now, you would never know that place existed.
Steve

Coshocton, OH

#9 Nov 7, 2011
its kinda sad really. i remember going into the roller skating rink, and all the cabins, the houses on the property, the huge building right on the lake, and exploring when i was young. the last thing that was removed (about 10 yrs ago) was the big rock with the plaque of gosser, and the large brick circle that surrounded it( by the beach).
Steve

Coshocton, OH

#10 Nov 7, 2011
And I am still scared of Seaweed Sally!

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