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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Glendale, CA

#25 Aug 11, 2010
Valerie from Lakewood wrote:
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.
Look in the mirror, Valerie.

Norco, CA

#26 Aug 28, 2010
Is this the camp that you go and stay for a week ? I went to lincoln elementary in the LBUSD and went to camp hi hill as a field trip. It was when was in the fifth grade. I'm 28 years old now but i have alot of good memories about it. I Remember the log that everyone signed the last day and the stories the counselors would tell us.

Altadena, CA

#27 Apr 17, 2011
I was there 51 years ago in 6th grade, and again as a cabin counselor in high school. Loved it, probably one of the reasons I rejoined Boy Scouts at Rogers. Only camp my wife ever got to go to. Some of you posters - read the one explaining why they changed from 6th to 5th grade, who cares anyway?
I was there yesterday doing volunteer trail work for the Forest Service and it was sad to see it boarded up, but they need to keep the critters (both kinds) out. It looked in good shape. Although you can drive up to Mt. Wilson the camp is in the still closed area, however, that should be changing this summer.[b]I would like to see supporters and alumni get together and work for re-opening and continuing support.[/b] There is not going to be much, if any, District money, but there is grant-type money for outdoor education, especially inner city kids. This camp should be a no-brainer, much closer than San Bernardino Forest.
The camp is visible from the main trail from Red Box to Valley Forge; when that trail opens the camp will be vulnerable to vandalism. Of course, 99% of the regulars would never do anything, but the camp is very close to the road and Red Box Parking area.
Susan Rothman

Long Beach, CA

#28 Apr 18, 2011
With all the sex offenders and illegals roaming around it is probably to dangerous for our children to go to "camp". Elections have consequences and we continue to elect those least interested in our quality of life or civilized society in California.

Lake Elsinore, CA

#29 Jul 26, 2011
I had a somewhat different perspective. I went to Camp Alpine, in 6th grade in the LBUSD (Peter H Burnett Elem) but, in 1970, as seniors in Wilson High we went to Hi Hill, along with seniors from Milikan, and had a great time. Went back, on my own, a couple of times and went hiking with a girlfriend. Believe it or not, the lodge was unlocked and I went in and saw the moose head on the wall above the fireplace. Followed the stream up, nearly to its beginning, and just sat there and reflected back on the high school experience. We had a real "Hippie" for a Humanities teacher - Dr Aubrey Harter, beard and all, and let me tell you, it was a real "groovy" experience.
Ed Solis

Long Beach, CA

#30 Jul 27, 2011
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 LOVED going to Hi Hill as a kid. Sadly, life is full of choices. Our Legislature chose to spend over $1 Billion on services for Illegal Aliens last year alone which forces citizens to sacrifice so much in our State. Elections have consequences!

Sadly, the politicians we send to Sacramento don't even think about the impact their actions have on our kids of the citizens they were elected to represent.

Yucaipa, CA

#31 Aug 2, 2011
OMU wrote:
Sixth-graders. It was a sixth-grade camp. Please try to get the basic facts right!
ummmmmm no asshat Mc Fact Check it was a 5th grade camp as well. I went there in 5th grade for a week. Get yoooour fact strait before posting on a public forum. Some of us actually HAVE our facts right....

Altadena, CA

#32 Aug 2, 2011
There is a Facebook page to follow Hi Hill and possible reuse:

Sacramento, CA

#33 Aug 7, 2011
I went to Hi-Hill in 6th grade. A shame kids can no longer have the experience..
39 year old camper

Hacienda Heights, CA

#34 Dec 2, 2011
I'm 39 years old, and have wonderful memories of Camp Hi Hill. I was in the 6th grade and attended Hudson Elementary. It was my first time camping without my family. Just the scenery of mountain tops and aroma of pine I will never forget. ...Memories of the all day hike, night hike, campfire storys, the red bat, memory stick, and just all the little things about Camp Hi Hill was an experience.

Van Nuys, CA

#35 Jul 12, 2012
I went there when I was in fifth grade and also worked there as a camp counselor. The buildings are still there last time I went hiking there. It used to be a size,th grade camp then they switched it to fifth grade when sixth graders started going to middle school.

Long Beach, CA

#36 Sep 24, 2012
I remember Camp Hi Hill. . . it was the first time i was ever really away from home without my parents. We were lucky enough to be the last year of sudents to go. One of the best elementary memories ever. Sparkle party, night walk, night stories around the camp ground, early morning clean ups, hiking, rope climbing. . I miss it so much

Long Beach, CA

#37 Sep 24, 2012
What ever happened to Mr. Kyle he was so cool!

Eureka, CA

#38 Oct 25, 2012
Omg... I so much camp hi hill! This is what got me into natures and camping in the real world. I was lucky to be there twices 1989 and 1990 for my 5 th grade camping trip. Never forget the memories. Such a shame to see this place shut down :(
Sue Robbins

Long Beach, CA

#39 Oct 26, 2012
Shame LB had to lose Camp Hill. But, when you adopt a thousands of illegals who flood across the border and over pay your govt employees by two or three or four times the national average you must sacrifice a lot.

Camp Hill is just another casualty of the City and State voters choice to be less than other American families.
Bixby Elementary School

Los Angeles, CA

#40 Apr 8, 2013
This place was a great learning experience when I was in 5th grade. So sad that it shut down. I still remember this place like it was yesterday!

Huntington Beach, CA

#41 Apr 8, 2013
My school district on the east coast had a similar mountain camp. For some sixth graders it was an opportunity to get out in the woods and engage in some mild sexual shenanigans for the first time. Those teachers and camp counselors can't be everywhere. I'm surprised we're not hearing more stories like that about Hi Hill.

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