Wildfire imperils Long Beach's belove...

Wildfire imperils Long Beach's beloved but closed Camp Hi-Hill ...

There are 37 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Aug 28, 2009, titled Wildfire imperils Long Beach's beloved but closed Camp Hi-Hill .... In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

Wildfire on Friday afternoon was threatening Camp Hi-Hill, an outdoor science camp in the Angeles National Forest that formerly was attended by fifth-graders in the Long Beach Unified School District, according to LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou.

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Bob

Long Beach, CA

#1 Aug 29, 2009
The fire is many miles from Hi-Hill, burning in the front range. Check map at pasadenastarnews.com for updates. As of Fri night the camp is not in immediate danger. The back up electric service for all of the communication towers at Mt. Wilson runs past Hi-Hill, making fire protection of the camp a high priority.
OMU

Apple Valley, CA

#2 Aug 29, 2009
Sixth-graders. It was a sixth-grade camp. Please try to get the basic facts right!
LongBeachLove

Long Beach, CA

#3 Aug 29, 2009
I went in fith grade and so did everyone I know that went. Sad to hear Camp Hi Hill is a victim of state budget cuts, we learned so much, all about the Mt. Lowe fire and the Mt. Wilson railroad. A little part of Los Angeles history. It was cool to see the ruins of an era long gone. I remember it like it was yesterday! I still have my log everyone signed at the end of our stay. Camp Hi Hill was like a rite of passage for kids in the LBC school district. Hopefully it reopens soon, I had a good time there.
Kelly M Bray

United States

#4 Aug 29, 2009
Then why did both my sons go there from Burroughs Elementary in fifth grade?
OMU wrote:
Sixth-graders. It was a sixth-grade camp. Please try to get the basic facts right!
Steve Guilford

Monterey Park, CA

#5 Aug 29, 2009
The camp was 6th grade for the first 35 or 40 years when that was the last grade of elementary school and kids moved on to junior high in 7th. The last 20 years or so the camp has been for 5th graders, who now move on to middle school in the 6th. This is from conversations with the camp when my 5th grade daughter attended 2 years ago. I'k sure glad she had the chance before the budget axe fell. Hopefully money will become available in the future to reopen a full cirrriculum again.
Redhead62

West Hollywood, CA

#9 Aug 30, 2009
I felt sadness reading about the danger to camp Hi-Hill. I was one of those 5th graders who went there aprox. 52 yrs. ago. It was an experience I will never forget. I loved the smell of the pines and the feel of being away from the noisy city. I fell in love with the mountains that year and go back as often as I can. I hope all kids can continue to go to camp.
Redhead62

West Hollywood, CA

#10 Aug 30, 2009
You know, I think it was 6th grade. I thought maybe my memory was out to lunch. :-)
Kelly M Bray

Fountain Valley, CA

#11 Aug 30, 2009
Oh where have all those good, reliable, pot growing hippies gone?
[QUOTE who="I'm pathetic"]The irony is the fire was most likely set by illegal aliens who were tending to their pot farm, one of many that have been discovered all over in California and around our nations national forests. And the Press Telegram fiddles while Hi Hill burns.[/QUOTE]
1956 Camper

Cary, NC

#12 Sep 1, 2009
In 1956 it was definitely the sixth grade I went with from Naples Elementary. The camp had a number of buildings and structures and would be quite a loss if it's not somehow spared by the fire. I recall even back then fire was considered a real danger to the camp and we were all warned, in no uncertain terms, about that danger. I also remember the food, all brought in by truck, was excellent. After every meal, we all had to wash dishes which was a new experience for many. Besides hiking, we kids worked real hard on upkeep of the camp including our cabin group of guys repairing some very necessary steps along a major pathway inside the camp. As strong as we made it, I'll bet it's still there! We also studied the beautiful planets and stars at night from that altitude, most memorable. It will be a real loss to future LBUSD students if the camp is no longer available from either fire or budget.
Candace

Rolla, MO

#13 Sep 1, 2009
OMU wrote:
Sixth-graders. It was a sixth-grade camp. Please try to get the basic facts right!
When they moved 6th grade to the Jr. High they sent 5th graders. Showing your age honey, I know...I was the last 6th grade class to go.
lbgirl

Covina, CA

#14 Sep 1, 2009
OMU wrote:
Sixth-graders. It was a sixth-grade camp. Please try to get the basic facts right!
no actually it was a 5th grade camp and it has been for about 40 years.
Earl

El Dorado Hills, CA

#15 Sep 2, 2009
I went to Hi-Hill in 1956 as a sixth grader from Patrick Henry Elementary. It was an amazing experience that changed my life. After camp I got involved in the YMCA camping program.
Over the years I was a camper, CIT, counselor, life guard and waterfront director. It paid my way through college and I graduated as a science teacher. I was lucky to find Sly Park Outdoor Education Center, another outdoor science school, run by Sacramento County.
I retired last year after 25 years hiking the trails with 20 or 25 youngsters each day. I still live in the mountains about 5 minutes from campus. The fire coverage made me want to check on the "old camp". I am sorry to hear that the campus was closed and that the program was suspended.
Evonne Parkins

Cathedral City, CA

#16 Sep 4, 2009
Hi Campers,
I taught at Hi Hill for 13 years and went to Hi Hill as a 6th grader and a 6th grade teacher in Long Beach.
You are right it was 6th grade until they moved 6th grade to Middle School. Then it became 5th grade camp.
Glad so many of you loved Hi Hill. Maybe you can influnce the district to see the importance of this science program.
It changed many lives and should not be discarded.
When I retired the program had been going for almost 60 years.
Best to all of you and thanks for caring.
fan

Cerritos, CA

#18 Sep 5, 2009
Kelly M Bray wrote:
Then why did both my sons go there from Burroughs Elementary in fifth grade?<quoted text>
When the LBUSD converted to K - 5 elmentary schools in the 1989-90 school year, fifth graders began attending instead of sixth graders.
othersider fan

Moreno Valley, CA

#19 Nov 1, 2009
i went in fith grade and i loved the story of the guys who stole horses and also the one about the little bird making holes in the sky
idontknow whoiam

Missouri City, TX

#20 Nov 11, 2009
ahh man i remember i went there in the 5th grade

i remember the story of the big red bat but it a stupid baseball bat hanging from the tree
Kyann

Pasadena, CA

#21 Mar 30, 2010
OMG! I went to Camp Hi Hill. I love it there!
Valerie from Lakewood

Surprise, AZ

#22 Jul 1, 2010
LongBeachLove wrote:
I went in fith grade and so did everyone I know that went. Sad to hear Camp Hi Hill is a victim of state budget cuts, we learned so much, all about the Mt. Lowe fire and the Mt. Wilson railroad. A little part of Los Angeles history. It was cool to see the ruins of an era long gone. I remember it like it was yesterday! I still have my log everyone signed at the end of our stay. Camp Hi Hill was like a rite of passage for kids in the LBC school district. Hopefully it reopens soon, I had a good time there.
I went in Sixth grade Camp and so did everyone I know that went. As I recall it was called sixth grade camp not fifth grade camp. Oh and by the way it wasn't a memory LOG it was a memory STICK. So maybe you should get your facts straight before you try and put someone in their place because I think you were just rude, wrong, and just out of line.
Valerie from Lakewood

Surprise, AZ

#23 Jul 1, 2010
I went in Sixth grade Camp and so did everyone I know that went. As I recall it was called sixth grade camp not fifth grade camp. Oh and by the way it wasn't a memory LOG it was a memory STICK. So maybe you should get your facts straight before you try and put someone in their place because I think you were just rude, wrong, and just out of line.
Jorge from san diego

Oceanside, CA

#24 Aug 2, 2010
I went to star king elentary in the LBUSD and also went to camp Hi Hill when I was in 5th grade. Reading everyones comments have brought back lots of wonderful memories. Let's not argue about if it was 5th or 6th or was it a log or a stick. Let's keep posting all the good memories like this song we sang the year I went "coca cola came to town, pepsi cola shut him down, dr peper sowd him up, now they all dring 7up". This is how I remember it I could be wrong if you know it add to it. Thanks for everyone who is sharing.

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