Ann Arbor News readers share their photos and memories of Camp Al-Gon-Quian

August 31, 2014 - photo frame

I wrote final week about finding a fun of Camp Al-Gon-Quian in Northern Michigan. The stay has been around for many decades, even before a Ann Arbor Y bought it in 1967.

Several readers wrote to give their impressions of a stay and their time there. I’m going to share them in their possess words. Some common photos, too.

For my part, I’m enjoying a finish of summer with a demeanour to what we can be formulation for my possess kids in 2015.

Doug Adams common a print that was taken during dropoff, “a day where relatives knowledge subdivision stress most some-more than children being forsaken off, meaningful full good that we would have no hit with a kids for a whole week. While during home a week of camp, we relatives we would record into a AGQ web site on a daily basement anticipating to see cinema posted of a kids. The expectation we relatives had of picking a kids adult during a finish of stay was a frigid conflicting for a children. Pick adult represented that their week of fun, forging new friendships, and semi-independence had come to an end, finish with unhappy goodbyes with associate campers and AGQ counselors.
“All in all, what a illusory knowledge during AGQ and a approach for immature people to start a transition into obliged and caring immature adults.”

Rebecca Galler: “Usually your final year as a camper we attend in a special module and we go to stay as a LIT(leaders in Training). This module focuses on skills indispensable to work during a stay and assistance we in life, organisation fastening and building, stepping out of your comfort zone, and formulation and problem solving. As a LIT we get to do many things that are unequivocally fun and unique, such as devise one of a stay dances, assistance in a stay use project, and assistance make Sunday brunch. The organisation of LITs all eat together and do all together therefore apropos close. Overall we suspicion that it was one of a best practice during stay and that it unequivocally did assistance me build good new friendships.”

Kate Torrella: “Al-Gon-Quian was my initial genuine job. Al Hainen hired me in 1983. we worked in a timber emporium and was a advisor in assign of a cabin of girls. We did not pass investigation since a cold and prohibited H2O came out of apart spigots. The cabins were really sparse, with handle support beds and one unclosed light tuber in a core of a ceiling. As a Y camp, we had church, and we gave some of a homilies. From this job, we went on to Interlochen a subsequent summer. With a $525 we done that summer, there was no affording a camera, so no pix!”

Matthew Aberbach: “Thank we for a spotlight on a module that is positively essential to so many people over so many generations. My son finished his third year there this summer and his eyes illuminated adult when we picked him adult as he exclaimed he was going for 4 weeks subsequent year. “

Don Kenney: What memories that brings to my family. All 4 of a children were lifted in Ann Arbor and we belonged to a “Y” for years. Kids went to stay too, of course, though a prominence of a year for us when a children were flourishing adult was Family Camp during Burt Lake.
“Spartan cabins with a singular light tuber unresolved on a wire, unclothed double berth steel beds, bath opposite a margin and by a trees. But a lake. Oh, my. The waterfront, Polar Bears during morning with a cold obscurity rising from a icy lake, jump, scream “Polar Bear…GGGRRRR” Sailing 3 Sunfish with dual teenaged kids in a possess small Regatta, horseback roving in a woodsy trails on Peanut Brittle…..who can forget ‘Peanut Brittle.’ Mom reading her book underneath a untrustworthy tree by a lake. No cooking here. Big dining gymnasium filled with accessible voices and inspired people. Even during Yoga Camp when we was late induction for unchanging Family Camp. Luscious vegetarian food prepared by Jonathan in his innovative way. Kids going into sugarine withdrawal by a third day. First ambience of churned tofu.
“All smashing memories. While it’s loyal that a Family that Prays Together, Stays Together, it is also loyal that a family that plays together will never forget those moments.”

Carol Leybourn: Our family attended Camp Algonquin frequently in a 1970s as a children were flourishing adult and there are many lustful memories compared with that pleasing place. It was an generally good vacation for a bustling mom of 4 who taught piano, cover song and jazz for all though those final integrate of weeks in August. No students, no family dishes to emporium for, devise and execute, no washing to do, no residence to try to keep purify and children who were happily concerned in classes and didn’t need me.
“My fondest memory of family stay was one year when we purebred too late for it and finished adult during yoga stay instead. we took my initial yoga classes, of course, worked on my macramé devise by unresolved it from a tree and spent a lot of time floating on an inflatable raft reading (or dozing). The “health food” served by a prepare was fabulous!

Joan Carlson: “Algonquin seems to be a tradition in my family. My hermit and cousin (who are both now 77 years young) attended a stay when it was run by Herb Twining behind in 1947, 1948 and presumably 1946. No girls authorised then. Counselors were UM and MSU students. My daughter attended Algonquin when she was 11 or 12. This year, her 11-year-old son came behind from his 2nd year there announcing it was a best week of his whole life! So we see, a fun continues after 67 years! Long live Camp Algonquin !”

Anne Heise: “My comparison daughter loves
camp some-more than any place on earth. we consider it might be in partial since kids spend so most time during a propagandize year perplexing to figure out that groups they can be partial of and that they are released from. Somehow AGQ lets everybody be some-more of their possess essence — everybody seems to work during about a turn of 9 year olds most of a time. It is really refreshing. The fact that roughly all a kids are from Ann Arbor is positively partial of a magic.
“The counselors set a tone. we wish you’ll get cinema of counselors dressed in vast costumes being chased around by laughing. There substantially won’t be cinema of counselors holding their kids late during night to a dining gymnasium to “sneak in” and get popsicles, roughly to be detected by a prepare who is inexplicably circuitously during only a right moment…but that happens too.”

Lois Jelneck: “I have lustful memories of a camp, carrying been a stay helper there in 1964 when Herb Twining was still using a camp. Then a few years after we went behind and worked as a stay helper with a Ann Arbor Y. As a singular parent, we was means to take my dual daughters ages 7 and 8 with me so they, too, could have a smashing experience. Then when we remarried and had dual some-more children of stay age, we was means to take them along as good and they worked as Junior Counselors. They done life-long friends and did most of their flourishing adult there. I’m perpetually beholden for a smashing practice that we all had during Camp Algonquian.”

Paula Gardner is editor of The Ann Arbor News. Contact her by email or follow her on Twitter.

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