L McWhirter

Red Hook, NY

#124 Jun 7, 2012
Dave Reina wrote:
I worked there one summer in the late 60"s.(The same summer as Woodstock. What year was that?)
I was kitchen help and I remember our cook was Ophelia Motley. Her brother Frank also worked there, I think helping with the kitchen. In his spare time Frank would carve chains out of broomsticks. The Camp director was Mr. McWhirter.(I may be spelling this wrong. He had been my 4th grade teacher on Long Island and offered the summer job to me. I would also like to visit the camp grounds. I don't exactly remember what cabin I bunked in but there were some counselors that were pretty out there during that "Summer of Love".
My dad was the director of the camp that summer (1969) and I remember many of the counselors were former students of his. I have fond memories of the camp and drove by there earlier in 2012. The east side of the main building (second story) suffered some damage, the roof has collapsed and the second story is exposed to the elements. My family stayed on the second story of the west side of the buliding, the nurses office was on the east side on the ground level and there was a jukebox/music room on the west side (first story) where some of the counselors would hang out. Female cabins were on the east side of campus and male on the west. I remember the goat lady, the frog pond, a scavenger night, the pool (I remember a girl shaving her legs poolside, the image is stuck in my brain!), I remember that one of the kitchen help fell and dislocated his kneecap (a young man named Dave?). I remember a bull/cow from across the street getting hit on the road by some vehicle and the next dinner served was beef and none of the kids wanted to eat it! I have fond memories of the camp and its so nice to see that so many people of been trying to find out about the camp and have had good memories there. I am eager to get over there again as I'm afraid that the main building will be torn down soon, Lastly I remember leaving to go home from the camp. perhaps a week early because my dad had to get back to school early and on the way home there were hundreds of teenagers walking down Route 23 to go to Woodstock, I think the camp lost some counselors to the event that week (and it was a once in a lifetime event!). It was a summer I will never forget.
L McWhirter

Red Hook, NY

#125 Jun 8, 2012
My father John McWhirter, was the director of the camp in 1969. I was only ten, my sibs a little younger. I remember the goat lady, the scavenger hunt, the frog pond, a spooky little crawl through for the kids to crawl through at a fair in one of the back buildings (a gym maybe?) the jukebox room on the west side of the main building on the first floor (the camp counselors use to hang out in there). My family lived on the second floor of the main building (west side), the nurse and their family lived on the east side of the building. I remember that a bull or cow from the farm was hit and killed in the road one night and the dinner the following evening was beef and nobody wanted to eat it. I remember a kid who worked in the kitchen (Dave Reina was that you?) fell and dislocated his knee-cap (I think that's what the injury was)... I remember just getting to know the kids for those two weeks that they attended camp and then they left and a new set of kids arrived. I wrote to a girl named Lulu from the Bronx for a year or two... I remember two counselors in particular, one was Chris, she was also a student of my fathers and went on to teach after that, another was Judy, very sweet and loving. I went by the camp a couple of months ago, the east side of the second story main building is damaged and exposed to the elements. I walked around a little with my kids, I don't think any of the buildings are safe to walk in. Lastly I remember that we had to leave the camp a week or so early because my dad had to go back to school early, on the way home to Long Island there were hundreds of teenagers walking along route 23 heading to Woodstock. I will never forget the camp, so sad to see the barn was gone...worried that the camp will be torn down one day. So glad I bumped into this site...hoping to drive my dad to the camp this summer.
Michael Steuber

Katonah, NY

#126 Jun 20, 2012
Well guys, here it is! We have gotten together and came up with a reunion week to get together and relive some magic! July 23rd thru July 27th is what is planned and if anyone has any interest in getting involved please contact www.blackthorneresort.com . Blackthorn Resort is a few miles down the road from the original campsite and will be the back drop of this exciting week. Rooms are going fast so please get yours while you can. Any questions regarding anything you can post to this site or check us out on Facebook at Police Anchor Camp Alumni page. We had our traditional lunch Tuesday and it was said that it would be great to connect with Stevie Dawson. Stevie if this message finds you please contact one of us, we would love to hear from you!
Frank OHanlon

United States

#127 Jun 22, 2012
Mikey S.....i will be in Branson, Mo this week. Hate I am missing it.....but hope all goes well.
Willie Kuhn

Brooklyn, NY

#128 Feb 19, 2013
Sorry I missed the reunion. SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES. Mr/Fr Rick was a blessing, silver lining, light in the tunnel for us who grew up with Crap. PAC help me in so many ways to grow as a man. I would like to have/participate in another reunion up there. Remember the blue/Red Color wars where SOMEBODY wins. Skit night and the Best Camper / Best Athlete was the coveted award. Staying for another encampment was like winning the lottery. please feel free to contact me @ wkuhn111@yahoo.com
sheeky

Yonkers, NY

#129 May 8, 2013
james wrote:
I was there in the mid eighties.bruce ran it.blaine and jesse ran the kitchen.i dated jesse's sister tasha bowie there.the goat lady spooky cabin 6. The talent show.me and stephen did "two occasions".my brother joey worked and went there as well.campin in the woods.i was a dolphin at the pool.movies in the rec center on the hill.there was a house right on the side i believe they were caregivers to the property.line up outside the mess hall for meals wow
bruce never ran the camp i did. my wife was the nurse
sheeky

Yonkers, NY

#130 May 8, 2013
anyone from the 80's please post

Since: Jun 13

Plantsville, CT

#131 Jun 27, 2013
Hey all. Mr Ric and Mr Larry are planning another reunion this year at the end of July. Last week in July at the www.blackthorneresort.com . More details to follow. At some point we will head over to the camp. Although it is closed they will allow us to walk around for the day.
Thomas

New York, NY

#132 Oct 12, 2013
What great memories I have of Police Anchor Camp. Camping in the woods and the smell of the egg water lingers after all these years. What a great time and an even better life experience. Tity Ball Mountain was a blast as well as Goat Lady. Mr Rick and Mr Larry were great.
Dave Reina

New York, NY

#133 Jan 10, 2014
L McWhirter wrote:
My father John McWhirter, was the director of the camp in 1969. I was only ten, my sibs a little younger. I remember the goat lady, the scavenger hunt, the frog pond, a spooky little crawl through for the kids to crawl through at a fair in one of the back buildings (a gym maybe?) the jukebox room on the west side of the main building on the first floor (the camp counselors use to hang out in there). My family lived on the second floor of the main building (west side), the nurse and their family lived on the east side of the building. I remember that a bull or cow from the farm was hit and killed in the road one night and the dinner the following evening was beef and nobody wanted to eat it. I remember a kid who worked in the kitchen (Dave Reina was that you?) fell and dislocated his knee-cap (I think that's what the injury was)... I remember just getting to know the kids for those two weeks that they attended camp and then they left and a new set of kids arrived. I wrote to a girl named Lulu from the Bronx for a year or two... I remember two counselors in particular, one was Chris, she was also a student of my fathers and went on to teach after that, another was Judy, very sweet and loving. I went by the camp a couple of months ago, the east side of the second story main building is damaged and exposed to the elements. I walked around a little with my kids, I don't think any of the buildings are safe to walk in. Lastly I remember that we had to leave the camp a week or so early because my dad had to go back to school early, on the way home to Long Island there were hundreds of teenagers walking along route 23 heading to Woodstock. I will never forget the camp, so sad to see the barn was gone...worried that the camp will be torn down one day. So glad I bumped into this site...hoping to drive my dad to the camp this summer.
Hi L, I was happy to see your post. Your dad was my teacher at Greenfield elementary school (3rd or 4th grade) and I have always appreciated that he was nice enough to remember me and invite me to work at the camp. I'm afraid however that I wasn't the best worker that summer. It was my first time on my own and I was a little wild and for that I apologize to your folks. If you haven't driven your dad to the camp yet I would like to volunteer to be a fellow driver. I would like to see it again and I would like to say hello to your dad. I think it was me whose knee popped. That happened to me several times as a kid. These days my family and I live in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. You might tell your dad that in a small way I have also been a teacher, teaching one class a week in my field at FIT in Manhattan.
Regards,
Dave R.
Darrell Wamack

Yonkers, NY

#134 May 6, 2014
Does anyone remember Tittie Ball Mountain and I hope I wasn't the only one who threw apples at the frogs in the Frog pond??
Ginger Blasetti

Lake Worth, FL

#135 May 16, 2014
My dad was a police officer of Westchester County one of the members..,... The Police Anchor Camp in located on RT 23 Windham NY Catskill Mountains..U pass point lookout on your right side not far up the road is the camp... I Know as of last year July 2013 the property was up for sale.. Heading up there June 7 2014 hoping it is still there.... Very sad how it looks today.. I also had awesome memories... The barn is gone since 2010 from a bad snow storm... Hope I answered some questions
Ginger Blasetti

Lake Worth, FL

#136 May 27, 2014
As far as I know it was there summer of 2013... Actually going up June 7th... Take Rt 23 north all the way to Windham . Once u pass Point Lookout a little bit up the road u will see it on the right side.. The barn is gone... fell down in 2010 from a bad snow storm.. The camp is closed and run down... very sad :-( Property is up for sale... I had great memories of this place.. My dad was a Police Officer of Westchester County.... I've gone every year since 1963 - through the early 90's... Love The Police Anchor Camp..
john broadway

Ashburn, VA

#137 Aug 14, 2014
Does anyone have info on couns.Tom Stuart? Would love to say hello. He was there in early 80s.
Bill OConnorr

Morganton, NC

#138 Aug 14, 2014
Anyone remember Police Anchor Camp, Years 1961-1963 !!!
Bill OConnorr

Morganton, NC

#139 Aug 14, 2014
Anyone remember Police Anchor Camp 1961 1963 Bill OConnor
Bill OConnorr

Morganton, NC

#140 Aug 14, 2014
Anyone remember the Camp 1961 1962 1963
Bill OConnor

Morganton, NC

#141 Aug 14, 2014
1961 1962 1963 Anyone remember
DOES ANY ONE KNOW

Fort Plain, NY

#142 Aug 24, 2014
in 1966 there was a young lady with red hair whos dad was a sgt. in the white plains pd her name was/is dotty she was a counseler there does anyone have any idea what happen to her
Matt Neeson -

Albany, NY

#143 Sep 2, 2014
The Police Camp in Elka Park, New York was bought by a retired NYC Fireman. He was born and raised in Tannersville, New York and moved to NYC to go on the FD and retired after 20 yrs and
returned to the Mountains.
He worked with my father who was a Battalion Chief in the FDNY for 32 years who also retired to
the mountains. They were the best of friends and our families were close.
Shame they are both gone but they had memorable lives. Miss them both.
I retired from the State Police; two brother-in-laws retired from PDs. One from NYPD who also
took his family to the Police Camp and wife's brother from Philadelphia PD.
Ah the memories!

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