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Tony Durante

Dearborn, MI

#1 Jun 22, 2007
why did not they put in a water park at camp Dearborn?? How maney people use the golf course.Are they from dearborn. What is happen to the camp it is not the is not kid friendly any more or friendly to alot of people.

Evansville, IN

#2 Jun 25, 2007
Tony Durante,
“What is happen to the camp it is not the is not kid friendly any more or friendly to alot of people.”
Are you suggesting that it be named “Camp Dearbornistan”?
Michael D Albano

Groveland, CA

#3 Jun 25, 2007
A water park in Camp might be a good idea. The park is not day user friendly anymore and I believe that is because the 27 hole golf course eliminated prime areas of the camp which day campers used to utilize. That golf course took pristine real estate such as the lower part by the river, 2 lakes, the Youth Camp, TV3 and the old roller coaster hill area. The camp was a mingling place for youngsters and teenagers crusing in cars and exploring and/or camping all over the camp. Now the day camper area is very small. So unless Dearborn is going to "get with it" and install some creative additional recreation, Camp Dearborn will never be the same. And that is sad for what was once such a unique, wonderful place...

Dearborn, MI

#4 Jun 27, 2007
i think it was planned that way because there vwere to many arabs thgere
Michael D Albano

Groveland, CA

#5 Jul 16, 2007
I've been out there since they put in the golf course and there are hardly any people there, including Arabs. And when the Arabs were there the camp was full to capacity. So I don't think it has anything to do with that issue. I just think it's the golf course that has destroyed what the camp was meant for, resort style camping and recreation. The camp is quiet and pretty much trouble free since the City of Dearborn contracted with the Oakland County Sheriff's to patrol the Camp. I wish I had the answers to see a huge rise in usage again because to this day Camp Dearborn is one of my most favorite, memorable places I've ever been. It's unique and has a lot of potential...

Utica, MI

#6 Jul 30, 2007
ive gone to campdearborn since i was a kid
yes it has changed and not for the better

i wanst old enough to really go and explore the area where now the golf corse is now but i wish i had from what i am hearing about it

also how there used to be all the arabs and crazy stuff goin on but thats when the camp was hoppin
i only wish it was like that again
also the camp is somewhat junky and it always has been
but if it was nice i wouldnt like it
cuase thats how its alwasy been

all in all camp dearborn is my favorite place in the world
i just hope its still open so i can share it with my children


Farmington, MI

#7 Sep 7, 2007
I've been going to Camp Dearborn for over 40 years. I started going when I was 4 and now I go with my own family. My kids, and all of my nieces and nephews won't let us stop going. They love it. The arabs are not that bad. It started declining in numbers way before that. I agree, it has changed a lot, and not for the better. I was very sad when they put in the golf course. It took away a lot. I used to camp in TV3, kayak, speed boats, etc. All of that is gone, but it's still camp, and I have so many great memories from there.

United States

#8 Sep 9, 2007
WOW, I have so many great fun time memories of Camp Dearborn 60s and early 70s ,of youth camp (minnietonka, wee tompie , toppawinga :) and tent camping in tv 3 with the little creek running through it , Also TV2 and TV1 all my friends from Salina camping and Fordson :)The paddleboat ride the renting of the rowboats and also the kayaks on the main beach. The dances at nite at the canteen were the best.Also the great ice cream cones from the canteen. OH yeah and the friday day camping from canterbury park great memories TY Mayor Hubbard!

United States

#9 Sep 9, 2007
OOps ran out of space before i could type in that i have also taken my children camping too and my granddaughter , now they have the wonderful memory to cherish as i do!

Dallas, TX

#10 Sep 13, 2007
[I pulled this site up and read your post. I too camped there nearly all summer from the years 62-68. What a great place it was. The creek, getting "soakers" jumping across, and the dance at night, although I was only about 13 the last time we went. I moved to Dallas and haven't returned. Great place!!!!
Gerianne Flanigan-Dent

United States

#11 Sep 13, 2007
Like so many other Dearbornites, my family spent every vacation at Camp Dearborn. I took my family there a few years ago and it was in ill repair, services were poor, it was dirty,(including the water) and I didn't feel safe....Dearborn residents took pride in their city and their camp, and I didn't see that mindset, comradarie, or friendliness there anymore. It seems to me that there were a lot of people there who didn't look like they took pride in being American (wearing full black Barques or whatever they're called in the baby pool while their macho husbands preened in shorts in the main pool), let alone proud to be from Dearborn. Seems it lost that lovin' feelin'.
Paul Meller

United States

#12 Oct 10, 2007
I just cruised through the camp on Sunday, Oct 08. There was hardly anybody there, but I just drove through for the first time since about 1974.That is when the Chathams Supermarket had a company picnic that year.
I had great memories of it from 1965-1969 when the St. Bart's Catholic church in Detroit Ushers club would rent a few shelters for their annual ushers picnic. My whole family went for a good time.
I'm now 52 years old. I will go there next summer
for some camping, ect. I hope that it will be a nice experience as I remenber it from the past.
I hope it will go back to a nice place to visit. Sorry to read the above negative comments above.
Dearborn Arab

United States

#13 Dec 1, 2007
quit complaining about Camp Dearborn, I am an Arab American and remember camp dearborn as the best of my summer days!!!!!my buddys were polish, italian, irish and german you know the good old dearborn mix when it was all equal. The arabs loved Camp Dearborn as much as the next guy and we realy were upset when they put that course in..You guys need to look outside the box...if you remember the arabs at camp then you know what I mean....everyone was Cool

Since: Sep 07

Redford MI.

#14 Dec 1, 2007
Dearborn Arab wrote:
quit complaining about Camp Dearborn, I am an Arab American and remember camp dearborn as the best of my summer days!!!!!my buddys were polish, italian, irish and german you know the good old dearborn mix when it was all equal. The arabs loved Camp Dearborn as much as the next guy and we realy were upset when they put that course in..You guys need to look outside the box...if you remember the arabs at camp then you know what I mean....everyone was Cool
Really doesn't help your arguement/point of view using all past tense words. Dearborn saw where the camp was heading and decided to make a great deal of $ with the sale of the property for the golf course. My wifes family use to go every summer in the 70's and 80's. I have friends there that have had trailors spots in their family since it has opened. I also know some of the older (not the summer help young kids)that work there. My wife talked me into going there the last couple of years with our kids for a weeks vacation (I guess to relive her childhood)but after the last time I would doubt that we will go again. What I saw and have been told by the workers is that most every weekend and holiday the problem always is a pack of arab kids speeding through the camp, destroying property, and stealing from other campers. Not just being kids goofing around. That is why there is more of a sheriff's presents their 24 hrs. especially on the weekends. I was there this past 4 th of july. 3 arrests (arab teenagers) that destroyed a couple of cabins and burned the shutters and benches in the process. The parents apparently rented cabins for their underaged kids and will now not be allowed to enter again. It's a shame that if you just wanted to go for a walk you would have to lock all of your stuff up. But if you are going to stay there I would suggest J row cabins. Out of the way for all the foot traffic cutting through your site and alot less noise like listening to your neighbors yell at their kids or listen to a loud and obnoxious neighbors radio. The view is nicer too. Happy holidays!
Resident of Dearborn

New York, NY

#15 Dec 3, 2007
It sure has changed - but hasn't everything?

I remember going to Camp Dbn to the youth camp when I was a child and had great memories. I was so afraid of the "Indians" and remember hiking from Camp to the DQ. Awww, fond memories.

My hubby used to own a trailer about 5 yrs ago - the price the city wanted for winter/summer storage was a joke. On top of that, the people (doesn't matter color/skin/nationality) did not clean up after themselves, or watch their children. I can't tell you how many times I found trash in the kiddie pool or children left un-attended in the bathrooms making lots of noise and a mess. We abandoned the trailer. It wasn't worth it anymore.

Now that we have kids we bring our pop-up camper and stay a few days during the summer. We still go down by the river and kayak from Camp Dbn to Kensington. The resources are still nice, but the Camp is not the same...but what is?

The world changes constantly - but its not about the "what changed" but how you act when things change. Nothing stays the same and you need to learn how to adapt.

Evansville, IN

#16 Dec 5, 2007
Camp Dearborn is a place I went with Cub Scouts in 1972. The Ice cream stand was where the fights use to be prefeably completed. Now the camp is a place where some pretty women can go to get a guy. I never had any luck getting a woman out there. Eh, the old fishing damn has even been lowered. I did catch a steelhead near the damn but also than I finally got a girlfriend that night. Dancing the night away at the consession was real fun. My opinion is this Camp Dearborn should be sold to a develorer for at least $20,000,000. I paid but never received any property deed.

Waterville, NY

#17 Jan 3, 2008
Lived in Milford most of my life, so got to partake of the park at will, and worked there (at the Canteen) in the summer of '68.

I remember lines of traffic backed up all the way to the DQ, and my father directing traffic at the corner of Milford Road and GM Road. It was a regular Sunday gig for the local cops.

Back then you essentially had to be a resident of Dearborn to get in. Not sure what it's like now. I no longer live in the area, but do visit from time to time.

Calgary, Canada

#18 Jan 3, 2008
What is CAMP DEARBORN!!???GOD BLESS YOUS ALL,too boot...NEW YEAR..MERRY UKRIANIAN CHRISTMAS.. The hillbilly farmboy has spoken....

Grand Rapids, MI

#19 Jan 4, 2008
Camp Dearborn has changed but it's still a terrific place to bring a family.
I've been going there for 30+ years with my family, and now with my children. The week we rented a tent this past summer was practically filled to capacity. The college kids ("greenshirts") working there were absolutely fantastic, so nice to my little ones. It was a wonderful time.
This fall Camp Dearborn offered their first Halloween-themed weekend camp experience. My sister brought her daughter and many tents were rented, even though the weather was pretty awful.(What troopers!) They, too, had a great time.
Come back to Camp Dearborn before you say it's not what it used to be. While that might be true it's not nearly as bad as some are making it out to be. Even in today's extravagant society the simple pleasures of Camp Dearborn were enjoyed by everyone I encountered the week I was there. Memories like Chicken Fat, the canteen dances and the talent show are still talked about in our house--only a few more months until we go again!:)
Michael D Albano

Dearborn, MI

#20 Jan 14, 2008
Let me add, that according to the Dearborn Press-Guide, last year was the 1st year since Camp Dearborn opened that it made a profit. While the profit was only the $98,000 range, it's far better than the $400-$500 thousand per year the Camp was losing since opening. While I too think the golf course ruined what the Camp was intended for, which I believe is why most people don't go to the main part of the Camp anymore, I still hope that the Camp remains open and the city continues to improve it. By reading the responses on this site, it seems to me that there are many people, not only from Dearborn, that have extremely fond memories of good ol' Camp Dearborn.

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