In the dawn of this new era, the technology of capturing memories on film advanced to Instamatic 104’s with Flash Cubes and just about everyone, including your grandmother, become a cub photographer. As black and white evolved to color things became all that more vibrant to remember.
For all campers the smiles began at the bus pick up points for the beginning of a new camp season. This entailed renewing relationships with kids you had not seen in ten months, loading your valuable stuff on the buses, and reminding your mother not to change anything in your room while you were away.
At camp routine activities were part of the fabric of our weeks. Friday Services, afternoon free play, arts and crafts, camp fires, and rest period after lunch all part of the regular routine.
Sports were a daily given, instructional swim in the morning, free swim in the afternoon, and leagues…leagues…and more leagues.
Below you can relive the compelling 1964 season of the California Angels in the Sophomore Softball league.
The Angels started out a house afire on July 3rd with an 8 to 6 over the Detroit Tigers behind a 3 for 3 day of Brian Redman and a timely homer by Mike Holtzman in the second inning. They continuined to dominate on July 6th with a 9 to 1 shutdown of the Angels behind the pitching of Redman and who again lead the way with a 5 for 6 hitting performance.
By August 4th a trade had transpired and the Angels had moved Mike Holtzman before the trade deadline to the Tigers for Salus and future considerations. Apparently a well thought out move since the result was the same with the Angels prevailing 12 to 10 in a slugfest with the Angels scoring 6 times in the top of the seventh to secure the win.
The August 14th game against the Colt 45’s must have decided the season championship for the Angels in a 6 to 5 nail biter. The Angels once again came from behind with 1 run in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to seal the deal.
For the Inters and Seniors there were even away games. We would travel to a place like Camp Akiba for a day of inter camp sports competition….usually softball or basketball. Camp Akiba had a similar rustic feel to our Garden Spot but we got to enjoy some different amenities like a gigantic lake with a water slide.
In the end it came down to playing ball for the home flag. In dress Saginaw Blue and Whites you can see these guys were all about putting on the game face and grinding to another Saginaw victory.
The canoe dock at the Big Elk was a regular stop each week. You did not want to go left off the dock for fear of going over the water fall (which had a protective ledge and was about 4 feet high). The course was upstream to the right…up the elk..around the bend…and then the easy paddle downstream back to dry dock.
There was always exposition activities on visiting day to make sure your parents thought they were getting their money’s worth. For us it meant trunk loads of junk food, hoagies, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and maybe salami to hang from the rafters.
Mixing with the other camp involved attending Brother and Sister, movie nights, socials, and some “special activities” like Goofy Day or Sadie Hawkins Day.
Saginaw was mostly about hanging out with friends and building relationships that would last a lifetime.
It included learning from folks like these who were our mentors and became close friends over the years as our perceived age differences narrowed.
We can make room for more memories from the 1960s so if you have any photos from this era that you feel would add some juice to this collection please scan them as JPEG files and email them firstname.lastname@example.org.