GREG WHITEY GRECO

Bronx, NY

#43 Nov 30, 2011
Again went to camp '59-'60-'61 I am probably older than you guys....... Three great summers.
Brother Aloyisius, Brother Ralph... baseball coach...and Brother Dominick... head guy...
Great times......I worked with the Horses, played ball... traveled to other camps...... Head to toe CALAMINE LOTION..hence WHITEY....Lanyards... BUG JUICE UGH..
Great memories.....
HMC

New York, NY

#44 Dec 21, 2011
I attended CDB from '64-'68, as did my older brother before me,full summer sessions. The names of the cabins were:12- Mickey Magone, 11- St. George, 10-St Aloysius, 9-St. Phillip, 8-St. Andrew, 7-St.John, 6-St.Francis, 5-St.Dominic Savio, 4-Sts.Peter&Paul, 3-St.Pope Pius X, and 2-St. Patrick. After 18 years, I revisited it in August,1986 and found it virtually unchanged. Camp had just let out the day before, and I had free run of the grounds. Not a person in sight. The lake was no longer swimmable due to acid rain, so a pool had been constructed. I ran into a brother and we had a nice chat. Shame that it closed.
Billy Pritchard Staten Is

Brooklyn, NY

#45 Jan 4, 2012
My father attended CDB as well as my uncles when they were boys in the 1950's. My brothers & I as well as my cousins all attended CDB in the mid 70's. All I can say is that it was the best time I've ever had. From starting in Cabin 8 & ending in cabin 12 4 years later. I will never forget the times that were shared there with the friends I made. Their was Brother Alan Scheneman who worked the Nature Center, Mike Duke worked the stables. Brother Kevin & his Brother Larry from Boston. Father John, Father John Serio, Brother Steve who sang with us when we played Deep Purples Smoke On The water. Brother Nick played Bass.
Each Sunday night was spent watching movies in the Pavillion mostly Abbott & Costello or Lady of Fatima. During the day we worked the Canteen. Their was fishing, horseback riding, softball,dodgeball at the college. you name it we did it. That camp was the greatest gift my Parents & Grandparents ever gave me. The place may be gone but those memories will last for the rest of my life.
HMC

New York, NY

#46 Jan 4, 2012
Every year, on the feast of the Assumption (Aug.15), we'd have a procession from the upper level, past the reservoir, down to the lake as we said the rosary.Father Campmaster (as he was always referred to) would be rowed out to Virgin Island,(there was also Peanut Island & Turtle Island where 'Peg Leg Pete', the one legged monster turtle hung out)where there was a statue of the Blessed Virgin. He would conduct a prayer service, and then we'd disperse and head back.I also went several times to the Salesian Retreat in Ellenville, NY to the Ice Caves, which you can still do, although it's not owned by the Salesians anymore.From Sam's Point you could see 5 states.Our baseball teams, which I played on, were always the best in the area.We had great campfires on Friday nights down by the reservoir. Wish my son could experience the same.
Jose

Middletown, NY

#47 Feb 5, 2012
Attended camp don bosco for one week one summer, and two weeks another summer. This was during the early sixties. AT NO TIME DID I ENCOUNTER ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO ABUSE(SEXUALLY OR OTHERWISE).
Camp was a lot of fun, and would have stayed all summer if my parents could have afforded it.
YearsAgo

Saint Cloud, FL

#48 Feb 14, 2012
Sheryl wrote:
Did anyone get sexually abused there.?
Concern about my brothers
Sheryl - I was sexually abused there in the summer of 1951 by a priest. The Saleasians settled with me a few years ago. The abuse changed my life forever, but I am a survivor. I know of others that were also abused that same year. May God forgive them.
James

Newton, NJ

#49 Feb 17, 2012
I took a ride up there for old-time sake and the chapel is indeed still standing but everything around it was razed to the ground and there are some construction trucks parked around. It was a very interesting thing to see. I looked through the crack of the doors to the chapel and memories came back because you can still see "Preach the Gospel to every creature" painted on the wall over the altar. I think that the building is just being used for storage, it looked like there are construction materials inside but it is was dark and hard to see.

I walked around a little bit through the woods and there are some old sheds/buildings here and there but completely dilapidated. Very unusual, there were two school desks in a kind of make-shift enclosure with some glass test tubes and bottles and odd things on them and on the ground and hanging on a string. I don't know if it was drug paraphernalia or not; really not sure. I took a few pictures though so maybe I'll figure it out later.

But anyway, I went to Camp Don Bosco in the summer of 1991. I have happy memories from that one summer. It was a reflective experience to walk around there today and I do wish that there were more Catholic Camps like that now or Catholic Youth experiences like there used to be. I guess it's a different world now. Camp Auxilium is still in the area though, and doing well I'd imagine. I also took a ride over there and it is not used during the winter months of course, but I guess it will open up right on time for those campers in a few months.

God bless the Salesians and all who went to Camp Don Bosco and Camp Auxilium.
Jose

Torrejón De Ardoz, Spain

#52 Mar 5, 2012
I was a camper in 1971. I spent a whole summer in Newton NJ. I live in Madrid (Spain) and may parents sent me there to learn and practice English. I spent 2 months. When that summer finished I came back to my country. Since then I have had no news about the camp and its priest. I keep very good memories of that time and how well I was treated by everybody as my English was very poor.
Now I am a lawyer and I hope to visit the camp again.
Best regards to all campers,
José
Madrid, Spain.
ScottF

Westminster, MD

#53 Jun 10, 2012
I was at CDB from 77-82 which included a year as an assistant counselor in Cabin 11. I was from a NJ suburb but made good friends with other kids from NYC and other areas. I remember 2 kids from Puerto Rico who tried to teach us spanish. I have very fond memories of those summers.

Anyone remember the cabin inspections and getting their bed flipped if their space was messy or getting put in the trough sinks filled with cold water if you didn't get up in the morning? To an outsider, that might seem like a bad memory, but they were team building type experiences.

Other random memories:

- Canteen time
- Scary stories at bedtime
- Box Ball playoffs
- The slimy back lake vs. the front lake
- Picnics with the girls camp while the nuns watched us like hawks
- Riflery Fun Day - getting to shoot models and other things
- Working as a stable boy for the horses & then getting to ride the open trails as a reward
- Learning lanyard with Brother Peter
- Brother "Healthy" from the infirmary
JoeC

New York, NY

#54 Jun 10, 2012
Camp Don Bosco has a Facebook page in case anyone in interested...
Walt Famular

Port Washington, NY

#55 Jun 11, 2012
Hi Joe & Scott,& everyone else
I was a camper during the 76- 78 seasons?
Thanks for bringing a smile to my face as I recalled all of those wonderful experiences. I wish I had taken some pictures, but I didn't even own a camera back then. Br. Dennis D. was one of my favorite cabin counselors.
Bill

Easton, PA

#56 Jun 15, 2012
Great memories of attending the camp one summer and going every Saturday for recreation for several years. The Brothers were wonderful and I wasn't Catholic. The only weird people here were some of the Newton dirtbags that attended.
John McInerney aka Jackie

Port Washington, NY

#57 Jun 27, 2012
anthony dellicompagni wrote:
I attended camp don bosco 1957 to 1962 still remmmember playing baseball on camp team and traveling to different camps and to newrochelle ny to play was a great time
Like Anthony, I attended CDB from 1958-1962 and was also on the travelling baseball team. I was a big redheaded lefty and played first base. Best times at camp as a kid. Remember going by bus to play Salesian in Goshen, NY.....hit a homer that day. Too bad it's gone...great memories and times!
Greg Whitey Greco

Bronx, NY

#58 Jun 28, 2012
Hey Jackie, I remember you, I too played on the traveling Baseball team and actually remember that game. I was the youngest guy on team and felt like a big shot because that was my first game playing and then played for a few years more until I didn't go to camp anymore. I played the outfield and threw a guy out at the plate. The thing I can't remember is if we won that game. I played College Baseball at St. John's University and then traveled the country playing fast Pitch softball. I did that for about 18 years. I pitched, believe it or not. I was called Whitey because of all the calamine lotion I had all over me my first year.It dried white...Who coached that team? Was it Brother Ralph.....hey tough getting old. I love remembering those days.It was our version of the movie "Stand by Me"
John McInerney aka Jackie

Port Washington, NY

#59 Jun 28, 2012
Greg Whitey Greco wrote:
Hey Jackie, I remember you, I too played on the traveling Baseball team and actually remember that game. I was the youngest guy on team and felt like a big shot because that was my first game playing and then played for a few years more until I didn't go to camp anymore. I played the outfield and threw a guy out at the plate. The thing I can't remember is if we won that game. I played College Baseball at St. John's University and then traveled the country playing fast Pitch softball. I did that for about 18 years. I pitched, believe it or not. I was called Whitey because of all the calamine lotion I had all over me my first year.It dried white...Who coached that team? Was it Brother Ralph.....hey tough getting old. I love remembering those days.It was our version of the movie "Stand by Me"
Whitey,(LOL)
Now that's a memory....hit home runs and throw guys out but don't remember who won....it's how we played and loved the game! I remember a Br. Joe and Br. Bob from the road trips.
I graduated from St. John's University and closest to college baseball was knowing Frank Viola and John Franco in and out of the classroom. Hope we'll always have memories !
Greg Whitey Greco

Bronx, NY

#60 Jun 29, 2012
Brother Bob, that's it.........Ya know you're right-- memories are so important, because after we are gone, all that's left of us are memories...hopefully they live on.
bobby henderson

United States

#61 Aug 2, 2012
I went to this camp 1953/54/55/56 I had a great time will go to Facebook for more info
PATTY DE LUCA

Staten Island, NY

#62 Aug 2, 2012
Bobby I went to CDB Newton NJ 1950-1955. Recently after 56 years because of this site I got intouch will William Kent 1950-1955 and his brother Edward 1950-1957. We have gotten together the last 2 years at the old camp sight. If you are interested in joining us next time probally next spring. Send me an e-mail pattyde3012@verizon.net and maybe we can talk over the phone. PATTY DELUCA
andrew

Irvington, NJ

#63 Aug 21, 2012
I attended in the late 90s can't remember the year I spent summers at camp auxiliam ( spelled that wrong) then went for the day to don bosco I was there for 2 years and was there when they closed

I.live 5 minutes from the one in newton email me if anyone wants to visit. The pool is where a pavilion is

Email: kc2hwf@Hotmail.com
PATTY DE LUCA

Staten Island, NY

#64 Aug 30, 2012
Bobby, I went to Camp on Bosco from 1950-1955. I have some pictures id f you are interested i will e-mail them to you. If you have any please e-mail them to me Pattyde3012@verizon.net.
Hope to hear from you. Patty De Luca

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