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Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!


Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!



Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!



Over hill, over dale
We will hit the dusty trail
As Paivikans go hiking along.


In and out, all around
You will never see us frown
As Paivikans go hiking along.


For it's hi-hi-hee
Paivika is for me
Shout out your name
And shout it strong -
PAI-VI-KA!!


Where'er we go
You will always know
That Paivikans go hiking along,
Always hiking
That Paivikans go hiking along.
HEY!!
Camp Memories

ALAIMO, Sal
Camp Paivika has always been a blast!  I met my first girlfriend there in 1998, and I've made many friends abroad!  Probably some of the most memorable moments are from the summer of '98, and with my past counselors, such as George and Billy!  Paivika is probably the most R&R I get all year!

ALBAUGH, Frances
Hello All :-)  My name is Frances Albaugh.  I just got back from camp and I enjoyed it so so much.  I just wish I was till there.  The week went by too fast.  I am going to try to go again next summer.  I miss all my friends that I met there.

ALDANA, Steven
Oh man there's so many, but I remember when we went to Venice Beach on a trip together and I had alot of fun and got to know the staff very well.  It was a nice time to really bond with my friends.

ALEXANDER, Clare
Paivika is relaxation, inspiration, exhiliration, friendships, love, family, and home all wrapped into a picturesque mount that will be framed in my heart and mind for always.

ALLEN, Jodie (now Mason)
I met my future husband (Robert Mason) in 1991 and married in 1994 after a long distance relationship from Australia to Los Angeles.

ALPERT, Dave (a.k.a. "Basic")
This is the way it really happened.

One night, Ev came into the lodge after lights out.  She had had an especially hard day with her sons.  She said "You know, I've only made two mistakes in my life."  Tony without even pausing said, "I only made one."  I keep that in mind when Judy and I (married 24 years) have a disagreement with our dependent adult children.

And yes, I still play my 12-string guitar. In fact, Judy bought me a 6-string banjo to plunk on.  What I wouldn't give to sing just one more verse of "Now let us Sing" with UM BABY Don Fowley.  But, do not ask me to play "THE CAT CAME BACK".

I look forward to hearing from the other staff in 70-71.  Hey, what the heck happened to Big Mike Malone?

ARCHDALE, Mary (now Moulthrop)
Do all of you remember Daddy Gill and his wife Nora?  I`m their daughter Mary.  Most of you will probably remember me as a child on my horse Beauty riding everyday with Ralph Clark the Horse director!  Poor Ralph, he was always so kind and good and everyone loved him.  Drop me a line and catch me up on life.  Would love to hear from and and all.  ~ Mary

ATTARD, John Paul
Hey guys, the most memorable is Miss Paivika.

BADAMSHYNA, Levgeniia
Camp Paivika is a wonderful place!  Since that summer it became my second family!  It's a camp of happiness, friendship, miracles and hope...

BALVIN, David
Falling in the pit of mud during the tug-of-war and spraining my ankle.  In spite of the pain I continued on to throw the assistant camp director into the pool.  He put up a very good fight.  I don't think he thought it was as funny as we did.

BERTHIAUME, Mike
My funniest memory has to be when my shorts blew out on pick-up day at the Hollywood Bowl.  Thank goodness we had a few sweatshirts left over in the sale box to tie around my waist.

BEST, Gary
My memories all flow together with the "old camp" and all of the old friends that I made there - many of whom I still see or hear from.  But probably the best one is that Paivika is where I met my wife Shirley in 1961.  She was a Unit Director that year and we were married the next - now going on 38 years.

BIKBULATOV, Ira (Ayrat)
Best memories concern people.  Ayrat (Ira),i.e. me;), from Ufa (Russia), was friends with Tom Pollock.  I liked Shawn Archer from Temecula (Tijuana), Stacey Park, Hokulani Rosenbush!  There were three Englishmen:  Dominic Ward with dreads :), Rob Benton and Nick.  Jami Rosa used to sing while dispensing food, :) and had a great sense of humour!  There were couples: Hungarian Zolt and Hoku, Scotch Alison and Nick, Jami and Mike, Susan and... Korean guy.., Mike (roll'em) and Australian girl from Perth.  I also remember: Californian Mike Martin, Swedish Jacob Kruse, Polish Joanna Trawinska, Spanish Kristina Sampedro, Irish Susan D., English Fiona L., Vietnamese sisters Cally and Carina, Corinne Raef from San Pedro.  We caught a rattle snake, a bear came during the nights and dented the metal trash can. :)

BOGGIS, Ann
My memories are vague from so many years ago, but I remember the staff camaraderie, the Asian Flu, Director Virgil Jose, and a few memory flashes.

I'll never forget making a breakthrough with a cerebral palsied camper by purposely cheating in chess so he would begin to speak more.  He'd later written me letters.  I was only 17, but learned a lot from my experiences.  Later in life I taught special education, after doing journalism and social work.

Camp Paivika was where I met my first husband, Dick Smith -- one of the camp cooks.  My father had died early in 1957 and being a staff member at Camp Paivika eased me through the mourning process.  I remember sneaking into the lodge in the middle of the night.  I'd put on the music from "Carousel" full blast and dancing all night completely alone to the music.  Oh, and now I can confess I got into the kitchen and grabbed the ice-cream in between the songs!

If anybody remembers the Paivika summers of '58 & '59, please help me remember more!

BONER, Jerry
The fondest memories I have of a place and people are from Paivika.  I have no one story to share; just memories of wonderful people at a very special place.  To Don, Sara, Betty, Dave, Steve, Brian, Leslie, Bunny, campers Mike and Glenn, and all the others, I am so grateful to have known you.

BOWMAN, Pam
When I was first introduced to Paivika staff I initially thought that their real names were Leslie Crafts and Tom Pool until I was introduced to Gerry Horse.

Very late one night when I was Pam Maintenance, quite a few of us were at hang glider point enjoying a lot of "beverages", suddenly we heard the Paivika fire alarm going off.  we ran/staggered/crawled back up to the camp only to find out a camper had accidentally pulled the alarm on the way to the bathroom.

Food fights in the lodge.  The stuffed rhino head.  Standing on chairs in the lodge singing to the campers "lordy to noah you're going to build an arky, arky".  Tickle pink.  The staff talent shows.  Don Foley's "Mr. Moon" song.  Serenading the campers outside their cabins on their last night.  Having my pillow frozen.  The old staff cabins.

Camp Paivika was a great learning experience for me.  I'm still in the field of special education.  I have to say sometimes I think I learned more about disabilities at Paivika than I learned in college.

BRYANT, Nancy
One of my favorite campers was an ambulatory but fairly involved CP camper named Wendell (I think).  He was a Boy Scout and needed to complete a hike for a Scouting requirement.  He wore a pelvic band with cables down his legs and looked like he might fall with every step he took, but he always had an enormous grin on his face.  And he didn't want help.

I was assigned to be his hike companion.  I think it was about a mile hike and a big effort for him.  When we arrived back at the lodge, he was exhausted but so happy with his accomplishment, he collapsed to the ground and we all stood around him laughing with him because we were all so happy too.

Our actions weren't at first understood by some dignitaries who were visiting nearby with Norbert - they really wondered about a group of staff standing around laughing at a camper who had collapsed on the ground.  I think maybe Kirk was the Unit Director who had been in charge of the hike and went over to explain the situation.  This kid was a winner and had guts!

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CALLAHAN, Laurel
I consider working at Camp Paivika (67-68) one of the most valuable experiences of my life!  Besides learning how to put others before myself, my campers taught me so much about life...trusting, taking one day at a time, and being brave.  Memories...how about dust everywhere, campouts, songs and campfires, fabulous friends, crazy skits, dress-up nights.  And lots of LOVE...it's something if you give it away...it comes right back to you...(la la la.)

CARNAHAN, Beth
During a horseback ride the saddle started slipping and I finally had to slide off and pull the camper off on to the ground and wait for someone to realize we weren't behind them.  Also, dancing with the wheelchairs, dawn on the Point with a birthday buddy.

CARRIAGA, Vivian
It was the best summer of my life!!!

CONRAD, Jamie
I loved being the camp lifeguard.  Nothing beats spending sunny days along side the pool!

CORNTHWAITE, Mary
A summer I will never forget, the people that made an impression on me forever...

COTANT, Jennifer
One of the funniest memories at camp is and always has been getting yelled at by couselors for what they called PDA :-D  As a teenager you really don't think anything of it.  But it was sure something that made me laugh then and still something that when I think back on it makes me laugh now.  But most of all I remember the friendships and family a lot of us became to each other because of Paivika.

COTANT, Jennifer
My most memorable moment is when I met my best friend Sal Alaimo in the summer of '98 during my first session as a Teen.  I remember that Sal and I were introduced by a counselor named Alex who went by the name of "SPANKY".  We met in '98 and have been best friends ever since!

COUGHLIN, Justin
The one thing I will always remember was after one of my first sessions, I had a camper by the name of Nick Castro.  Just before he left, he turned to me and my co-counselor Nik and told us, "you two are the best people I've met in my entire life."  Wow, even now that sends shivers through me.  After that moment I knew I came to the right place to give my time serving others who need it more than me.

COVINGTON, Steve
I loked at the pictures posted and had a flood of good memories.  I remember sweeping the empty lodge at 5:30 am with Meet The Beatles blasting!  The aroma of pines, the view of San Bernadino from the point, and the association with the older college age staffers who semeed sooo much older and wiser than me.  I do cherish all of those memories!

CRAY, Megan
Sleeping under the stars on campout night.  I also liked the campers and counselors in my cabin.  Kylee was a fun person to be around.  My cabin also won clean cabin.

DERHAM, Jacqui
I have many wonderful memories but what mostly stands out are the campers such as Mint and her crowd and wonderful friends I made with other staff from all over the world.  The sleep out used to be an experience!  Rumours of bears and a struggle to get anyone to the bathroom!  Also some amazing "off" weekends.  I visited with my husband and children a couple of years ago when on holiday (I live in the UK) unfortunately it was over a break but it was great to see the place and the new lodge.  I'm glad Paivika is still going strong!

DOERNING, Wayne
It would take several books to put down all of my memories of Paivika.  The mud fights at the campouts always stand out.  The evening programs, waiting for your night off camp, hiking, finding out that the unit director had assigned me 5 wheelchairs out of my 6 campers, and trying to get them all where they needed to go at the same time.  Trashing people after meals (a tradition that is probably known only to staff that worked at that time and soon outlawed), serenading the cabins on the last night, chasing the bear out of the dumpster.  Kissing raids, led by my first unit director Mike Vernetti, and of course meeting my wife of 16 years Wendy.  I could go on and on.

DANN, Laurel (now Autumn)
Camp was one of the highlights of my childhood.  From the moment we got on the bus at the Hollywood Bowl til we got off crying two weeks later.  Did they really let us stay TWO weeks???  One year I had a counselor who woke us up every morning to a tape of John Denver singing... "Its 5 o'clock this morning and the sun is on the rise".  For forty years, every time I hear that song I think of camp.

DRATH, Richard
My summer at Camp Paivika was so many years ago, but sometimes seems like last summer!  I arrived first session to find I was responsible for 5 pre-teens, with 2 of them in wheelchairs.  It was very entertaining to watch me push one and pull the other up and down the dirt paths.  When I went back many years later for the camp anniversary celebration it seemed so different - and so much easier to get around with all the paved walkways.

DUNCANWOOD, Ryan
Going on 2 campouts.

EBERT, Katie
I love Camp Paivika a lot this year.

ECHT, Wayne
My fondest memories of childhood were at Paivika.  Looking forward to a reunion on July 13.  Wouldn't miss it for the world.

EGLEY, Megan
My favorite is the Ms. Paivika contest!!!

EVANS, Dawn
I did not know this website existed.  Brings back alot of memories.  I only volunteered one session.  Though made alot of friends and did revisit.  Awesome to know it continues to provide recreation for Campers.

EVANS, Justin
My best memory of camp was the summer of 1999 when for the first time I got to meet the campers.  It was the greatest feeling I will never forget!

FERNANDEZ, Ron
I was just seventeen if you know what I mean.  A guy named Cliff had fallen off a horse and broke is arm, a counselor was needed.

Tim Hand interviewed me on a Wed night and Friday morning I was headed to Crestline.  The best summers of my life with wonderful friends and memories.  Amen!

FINK, Twyla
I have way too many memories of many wonderful people.  But here is a funny one...

I was in the tree at the point and Conner(a fellow counselor) was "helping" me out of the tree.  As he swung me down I slammed my shin on one of the rocks at the bottom of the tree.  It swelled up to the size of a golf ball in one spot. :)  I even have the scar to prove it!

FOLEY, Don
Wow...there are so many.  ...The great outdoors, learning the needs of our campers, being able to share in the outstanding evening programs, meeting and interacting with new and returning staff, unwinding...at "Hanna's", gaining a better understanding of myself and early morning reveille are just a few - there are so many!  Paivika has truly had a impact in my life!

It sure is great to hear from Chuck Rohe.  I often wonder where many past staff have "Over Hill..Over Dale'd" to etc...  Thank's Chuck...

January 2001 Foley Update:
Well I found more great photos...  Maybe we can all organize a Paivika II, move in and stay for ever...  Well, Na.. there's only Paivika..!

FONDARIO, Laura
The anticipation of the beginning of camp, seeing all the campers again and working with the most amazing group of young selfless people this world has to ofter!  Great memories!

FREEDMAN, Irene
I just retired after teaching 32 years in Vacaville, CA.  It was my experiences at ages 11 and 12 at Camp Paivika that let me know I would grow up to be a teacher.  I took dictation for letters home from girls in my cabin who could not write.  I helped wheelchair campers by bringing them to the pool or horseriding.  But most important, I organized auditions and did casting for "Cinderella."  I had memorized the script from a class I had taken back home (Westchester).  A girl in a wheelchair was our Cinderella!  My Grandma Sophie Richman used to tell me, "There is always someone worse off than you."  Being at Camp Paivika made me realize the importance of helping others.

GABLE, Marianne
Carol Ann Rohrer Benson (camp staff 1965) emailed me today and after 42 years I guess it is time to say hi.  I recognized Don Foley's name...still the very nice man I remember.  I was at Camp Paivika the year "Bunker" had her first puppies.  Elaine Sims MacDonald was my college roommate, Norbert was our camp director.

I am presently teaching English at Peking University in Beijing, China with my husband Jim.  I was a counselor in 1964...graduated and went to Vietnam in 1967 and ended up giving 22 years to the military as a Public Affairs Officer.  We have two daughters and two sons...and three grandchildren.  One son, one daughter and my husband also have served in the military.  I hit the big #63 this year...if anyone would like to fill in the years from my 1965 era, please do.  E-mail is our only contact with home these days.

GERSHAN, Glenn
The very best year was in 1983 when my counselor Chris White started the biggest food fight ever.

GORLICK, MD, Gary
It was long ago.  Gary Best is recalled as being a counselor (or higher?) then also.  Norbert was in charge of the counselors; we had two horses; Sue was a female counselor I recall as was Bob Short and Bob. S.  We would get on the bus with a maniac driver with wild rides into the hills and even attend a local watering hole or two at times.  Eddie B. did his drums deep in the hills when joined by his friends.  He was also an accomplished artist who produced music album jackets.  "Mosca" was a little camper gal with quite a spirit.  It was long ago but it was special in memory to this aging Physician.  Thanks Paivika for the learning, the sharing, and the rich experience.  Much goodness was engendered that summer.

GRANT, Allison
2001 was the most important year for me to come to Camp.  I am fighting my biggest battle with Lupus yet and I needed a distraction.  Although I didn't get my mind completely off the problem I am facing, I had a lot of fun and I always enjoy meeting the Counselors from different countries.

GRAY, Jennifer
My favorite memory was making new friends and I always liked Miss Paivika.  Especially, putting the make-up on the guys.  I also liked riding the horses.  I liked Tara reading to us girls every night.  I liked Jamie doing the girls hair.

GUERRA, Michael
Mike agrees with Glen Waites - in 1982 or 1985 when Kelly was UD and we were on a camp out, she went back to get the apple cider she forgot, we hid from her, and that was so funny.

Mike also says he loves Paivika.

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HALE, Caitlin
I liked meeting Hagrid!

HANSEN, Curtis
My memories of camp are mostly of learning and growing, but that's not what I would have called it then.  And what wonderful, wonderful people:  campers and campers' families and staff and their families.

Moments:  I think of campouts, Sunday activities, playing chess on the patio, singing late at nite in the lodge, dancing with people in wheelchairs, hikes, the view from the birdcage and the "point," and talking.  And of course, I did meet my wife at camp (Elaine Smalley).  We have been married nearly 30 years now.

HEAD, Thomas
June, 2005 memory update:

I've had so many good times at camp Paivika, ever since I started going, its hard to pick just one memory.  The talent shows were always a blast plus all the people I've met over the years.  I was fortunate that I was able to go back as a camper in 2003 after a 5 year absence.  Camp Paivika will always be a part of my heart and soul.

March, 2000 memory submission:

One memory I have of my years at Paivika is when the new lodge was built.  After years of the same one story wooden lodge, it was just mind blowing to see a completely new 3 story lodge.  For the first few days of that session it was hard to believe I was at Paivika.  I do miss the old lodge, but this one is a vast improvement.

Camp Paivika is definitely a great place that I will always hold sacred to my heart, and I hope one day to return to this magical place.

HEILER, Jonathan
Seeing the old campers' faces when they saw me, and most specially, in summer of 05, Greg and myself had much joy at using 2 rolls of masking tape to completely tape down Lyndons bed and clothes...and then watching him spend fifteen minutes just to get his jumper out.  Aahh good times!

HEISTAND, Dave
So many memories, even if only over two summers, but... rooting around in the costume shack to get ready for the skits; music around the fire and with Betty during the day; that long, long drive in the back of the truck to get to our "wilderness" campsite downhill from the lodge and cranking forever to make that wonderful ice cream; transforming those rough old cabins into circus wagons; dreamy backrubs in the lodge at night; and every one of the campers I was privileged to know, work with and play with.  Thanks folks.

HETMAN, Tish
I never forgot to kiss first boy under the swimming pool.  There were nice underwater window.  You can see campers swimming in the pool.  I haven't seen him since I was 11.  Where is Jack Montgomery??

HILL, Donald
My fondest memory of camp Paivika, aside from the day that I met my beautiful wife Montse, was the day that I spiked up Barry's hair for the dance.  He looked so proud it filled me with joy to see it.  The kid and teen sessions were always my favorite, it always seemed to me that we were able to bring much more joy to the younger campers (or maybe it's just because I never really grew up :) ). I always loved it when campers would recognise me, either the next year at camp or while I was working at the Claremont center.  To me that meant that I had made some sort of lasting impression in their life.  That sense of fulfillment is something that few outside of camp relate to.

HILL, Penny
Hi Everyone,

Just last week I was telling someone how one of these days I would like to learn how to ride a horse the correct way, not behind the saddle.  Boy, that first week at camp my legs were always so sore.  Hope to see you soon.

Penny


HUME, Kathy
So many staff members with musical talent!  Linda Horse and I dancing with two campers at the Talent Show.  Hanna's, Lodge activities, the pool, the arrival of the campers at the beginning of each session.

ILES, Brian
I was Brian horse in the 60s and I remember a special camper, Harriet Ann Hale.  It was 1965 at the fire ring, talent show, last night, adult session & Harriet is on stage about to say her first word, her counselor was a speech therapist, & with the fire glowing, & stars so bright, Harriet Ann Hale said my name.  It was the most love I had ever felt ever.  Camp Paivika memories still fill my heart.  I send much love to all.

JEWELL, Geri
It was the summer of 1967 when I first attended Camp Paivika in the beautiful mountains of Crestline, California.  My trip was sponsored by Easter Seals that particular summer.  It was a wonderful gift that I cherished for a lifetime.  So much so, that my parents financed one more summer in 1968!

I remember my parents making the two hour drive from Fullerton to Crestline.  The anticipation was so exciting to be able to be away from home for two entire weeks!  The only thing that I may have felt regret about was that there would be no television!  Although during the summer, only "repeats" were airing.  Jeez, let it go already!

When we arrived, we were met by one of my cabin counselors, Lynn, although I cannot recall her last name.  My parents left within minutes; for them, you'd think I was going to be gone for two months!  There was not enough kisses and hugs, not to mention, receiving at least six letters from them in two weeks.  I can never say, "I wasn't loved."

Lynn walked me to my cabin, and told me to pick any of the beds that wasn't taken yet.  I made a beeline to a bed in the far left corner.  I was so grateful that I didn't have to have a bed that was in the middle of the room. There were many reasons I made this choice.  The foremost being that I felt more secure in the corner, not to mention the extra shelving space to put what have you.

There are so many fond memories that to just pick a few, is a difficult task.  My favorite activity was definitely horseback riding, followed by swimming, and arts and crafts.  We also had a talent contest with each cabin writing and performing an original "cabin" song.  Our cabin won, and each of us were given a small gift bag with a troll doll, a bottle of bubbles and an Indian beaded necklace.

I remember one chore day that another kid from another cabin walked over to my bed and took my bottle of bubbles right in front of me.  Of course, I demanded that she give them back to me, and then we fought about it.  Lynn (my counselor) acted as mediator, trying to reach a compromise.  It was obvious that the other child could not cognitively understand what she did was wrong.

Lynn pointed out to her that she just couldn't take things from other kids without asking.  So, she asked me if she could have my bubbles.  I actually had to think about it.  Lynn asked me to please just let her have the bubbles.  She took me aside, and explained that I could choose to be more mature, and let her keep my bubbles.  I protested.  Lynn rolled her eyes, indicating that I was being being selfish.  "Geri, it's just a bottle of bubbles, it's not like she's taking something of real value!"  I knew when she rolled her eyes that I was being immature.  So, I gave her my bubbles.  A couple of days later Lynn gave me another bottle, and said she was proud of my actions.

All in all, my bubble-less time at camp was a wonderful experience.  So much so, that I returned in 1968.  I have my two camp group photos even to this day.  The following summer my parents actually allowed me to take a camera to camp.  I was so excited, snapping pictures of everything, and not being able to get them developed fast enough.

When I finally got the developed pictures back from Sav-On Drug Store, every single picture was a different shade of blur!  At that time, Kodak hadn't developed the technology for getting a "clear" picture no matter how much movement the photographer had... I was so upset!  When I think about it today, I realize that the pictures of that summer in my mind will always be clear.  In my minds eye, I am so grateful for the pictures I carry from "Camp Paivika" even the ones from the summer of 1967 when I didn't have my parent's Kodak Camera.

JOHNSON, Erin
Last year was my first at camp.  I love everything about it.  It was most fun to just hang out with all my peep.  The people make Paivika what it is.

JOSE, Virgil
I was a counselor in 1956 and Nature Director in 1957.  (I was a UCLA student 1955-60).

Recently I found this staff photo from 1956.  The Director then was a Marian Heffernan (front row, middle, striped blouse.) I'm 6th from the left, top row.

I do not recall why I have no photo for 1957.  It may be because we did not have one taken.  The Hong Kong flu hit the camp late in the season.  It was very serious.  I myself became deathly ill.  I've never been so ill before or since.  The camp nurses were giving me sponge baths as I was hallucinating with a severe fever.  Sounds dramatic and it was.  People still on their feet had to help those bedridden.  Parents with the means to do so picked up their kids.

Greyhound as usual donated buses and drivers their time to evacuate the camp.  Almost every camper was delivered to his parents ill, but we had no way of dealing with the situation with maybe half the staff incapacitated with this flu which was in its 2nd season in the US and very nasty.  Vaccines followed later, but they were too late for that season.

KUMIYAMA, Jennifer
I think my favorite Paivika memory was the first time I went horseback riding.  I loved it!

KURYVIAL, Jiri (George, CZECH)
The best thing about Camp Paivika is Camp Paivika itself.  I will always remember that place and people I got to know and love forever.  I want to say hello to all those who are part of the Camp Paivika spirit.  The best memory of Camp Paivika???  All of them.

With Love, George K.

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LA BARRE, Jeff
While 1971 was a good year for me, the trust CCS and Tony 'CD' Magnante had in me in asking me to come back as Program Director was very special.  Still, the summer of 1970, my first year at Paivika is something I will never forget.  I was Jeff 'Truck,' the camp truck driver back when the insurance companies and the ACA still allowed campers to ride in open (stake bodied) trucks.  This was the greatest job in the world!  The truck rides to Lake Arrowhead or Santa's Village and the picnics on the way home where we made homemade handcranked ice cream; the afternoon rides on all the local fire roads (I had a key to them all); trips to Mazumdar's Temple - these are memories I will never forget.  Nothing I did before or since has given me as much satisfaction.

LENNOX, John
Wow I don't where to start, there where so many memories for me.  I first came in '89 and my 1st thought was "Oh my what did I get my self into", to '94 thinking I never want to leave.  From winning Miss Paivika, to racing Mike to the Hollywood Bowl in those old trucks at 5am, from singing just a boy and a girl in a little canoe to sneaking to the bar when we where off.  It was so much fun and unreplaceable memories - Paivika thanks for having us misfits.  And thanks to all the staff and campers that made my time there so much fun.

Comment:  Can't remember what year it was but we had an earth quake at 5am, had to get all the campers up and out of bed in no time flat, and the staff worked harder and faster than I ever saw them move that whole summer half the water jumped out of the pool, I'll never forget it.

LIM, Jae
During the first few summers at camp, vespers was one of the best nights.  I was never very religious but the spirituality or general sense of goodness that flowed from that singing was really memorable.  Of course the other night was when the under 18ers got to go out.  Those were the times.

LUKYANOVA, Svetlana (Lana)
Those were the greatest days in my life.

LYNCH, Dan
I'll never forget celebrating Christmas in July at Camp Paivika -- due to a very heavy fog that limited outdoor activities to "just getting to the lodge"!  Would you believe that I enjoyed my very first taco at Camp Paivika?  I rode the train (Santa Fe 'El Capitan') from Chicago to San Bernardino with a suitcase of clothes.

MAISNER, Vivienne
Dear Fellow Paivikans,

I went to camp in 1967 (I'm almost positive that was the year).  I think Camp Paivika must be where my love of horses began.  I still ride.  Five years ago I went on a pack trip near the white mountains, and riding back down the mountain, I thought of Honeycomb and his hooves crunching the leaves as we went winding around the pine trees.  I'll never forget Honey Comb the Palomino, Little Joe the Paint, and Buttons the 3-year-old who was too young for us to ride.  Does anyone know if he ever became a Paivika horse?  He could even still be there -he'd be 43 . And Steve Horse - thank you for letting us ride your horses.  I also remember the hike we went on where we saw a deer and Sherri scared it away.  And I used to ride piggyback (horseyback) on my counselor to the pill box when I got an earache.  Santa's Village, the campout, the campfires, the haunted house -- I loved Camp Paivika!!  I hope someone reading this remembers the Summer of 1967 - and me.

MARTIN, Jim
When I first came to camp, we slept in tents and Paivika was the place where all my school friends were who I hadn't seen since June.

MC DERMOTT, John
I'm so glad this site exists!  There are so many memories that it's difficult to pick.  So here are three quick ones that have just popped into my head:

First:  While rolling down to breakfast on a beautiful crisp morning, I noticed there was something different about the flag pole.  There was no flag, just 10 or 12 bras tied end to end waving gently in the cool morning air (I wondered who the black one at the end belonged to.)  And several female staff members walking quickly to the mess hall, arms folded.

Second:  Being stripped down to my underwear, picked up by two counselors and run through all the girls cabins (I don't remember why.)

Third:  Falling off a horse just as we returned to the horse dock.  I hit the ground flat on my back with my right arm looped through the bridal.  My heroic counselor Mark, vaulted over the dock rail, sliding on his knees to my side and extricated my arm with a quick jerk thus giving me the injury I sustained... a rope burn from the wrist to the elbow.  Nothing a little cream from the Pill Box couldn't cure (he felt so bad about that.)

MC DONAGH, Conor
There are many things that remain in my mind about camp.  It is hard to highlight any one single memory.  But i will say this much.  Camp Paivika is the most amazing place in the world.  Never before have I experienced so much love and happiness, and of course smiles.

Here's to going back next year.

MC GARRY, Danny
I must share a memory of a shy lonely 25 year old 1st time counsellor at Paivika.  It was a defining moment that made me feel like someone actually noticed me.  And boy was I ever noticed!  That was...

Getting Trashed the First Time!

As a new counsellor I had no idea what happened when the Blues Bros. Fanfare started blaring in the dining room.  Well I was to find out!  I was grabbed bodily by campers and staff alike and stuffed butt first into one of those large plastic trash cans near the window to the kitchen.  Fine, wow, that wasn't too bad.  I'm lookin' at the ceiling and my shoes.

But then this deluge started.  Meal over, its time to clear tables and you know where the plates were cleaned into.  Yep all over me - half eaten food, juice, half eaten food, hot coffee, half eaten food, dirty napkins AND half eaten food!  Imagine the view from the bottom of a garbage can, I see the sky, my feet, and - incoming...

Actually as an older staff member (I turned 25 that summer) I wondered how I was going to fit in.  Well, after that indoctrination I felt part of the team and I wore that "trashing" as a badge of honor for the rest of the summer.

Also, That summer I learned the value of hugs.  My family was not overly demonstrative of love but I changed that after my times at Paivika!!!

Thanks Wayne and Wendy, for being there for me thick and thin guys...  And all my campers from 82/83.

MC GINNIS, Leslie
Curtis and George doing Laurel and Hardy... campouts..... great comraderie...

MC GREEVY, Bill
One particular evening's entertainment was a "moondance", planned by Tony "Pots" (we miss you, God bless), at 6:30, on the patio.  After dinner, we brought the campers out of the lodge, while Debbie "Rec" turned the PA speaker around to face the pool.  Tony said,"All right, campers, if you dance real hard we might coax the moon to come up!" and Debbie put on a record of Van Morrrison's Moondance.  Son of a gun, at 6:35, the biggest moon I'd ever seen started to rise over the arts and crafts bldg., and I thought,"Whoa! how did he DO that?"  I loved it and we were all a little late getting to bed.

MEYERS, Leroy
In 1977 I was 16 years old and I met my first girlfreind.  That session Jennie and I were dubbed the Paivikan lovers, though I was staff and she a camper, and that was frowned upon.  Well we couldn't help it.  I think that was about the best summer of my life.

MILLER, Ted
Memories have left us all with a special Paivikan spirit.  My memories start with my confusion at the Hollywood Bowl - what were we going to do with all these "disabled kids" that were so happy to get back to camp.  Then there was the fireside singing of our favorite songs like Kumbaya and Blue Moon, dancing with the "wheelchairs and walkers" at the lodge, being careful with the fragile campers; carefully watching the kids with epilepsy at the pool, dressing the campers in the morning for breakfast, cooking at the campouts, saying goodbye to one group and waiting for the next group, going to Santa's Village, going horseback riding, or just going on our "off" weekend to Strawberry Point.  Then there was the thrill of suddenly being able to understand the CP's who were so hard to understand when I first met them.  I loved learning to communicate with my deaf camper.

The Spirit of Paivika takes over as soon as you get there.  Campers and staff just naturally come together to enjoy companionship and friendship.  Suddenly a new world with new and old friends evolves into an experience that is completely devoid of the problems of the giant cities that lie below our world on the mountaintop.

After just a few days I realized just how special these campers were.  The realization that despite their limitations, they still knew how to enjoy life far more than I did with all my physical advantages.

I have spent the last 34 years recounting to myself and others all the funny and meaningful things that happened to me in the summer of '66.  It was more than an experience; it was a time when our inner spirits reached out and gave all the love and care that we never seemed capable of in our college world.  I have lost contact with all the campers and staff but I will never forget how much we lived and grew that summer.  I would also like to give a special thanks to Marian Gable, wherever you are, because you have inspired so many people with your positive and giving nature - including me.  Keep up the good work Kelly Kunsek and staff!

The spirit is alive as Paivikans' go marching along.

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MILLER, Tribbey
My Camp Paivika years were the happiest times in my life, because of all the counselors and staff.  I still have so many great memories!

MOLONY, BIG Mike
Memories???  Alice's Restaurant with Basic Dave on the 12 string guitar...  Truck rides with Jeff Truck...  food fights with Connie Clay...  trips to Santa's Village and Lake Arrowhead...  getting the truck stuck one night and having to wake Gil for help...  talent shows...  Las Vegas Nights...  movie nights with Disney Films and pop corn...  the archery & bb gun range...   mean horses...

Tony, Ev and Little Mike...  Uncle Tim...  Mother Nature...  Sharon Nurse and the Pill Box..  feeding Suzy Ka-Ding who had a smile that would make me melt at every meal...  broadway shows like:  "Oklahoma", "Hello Dolly", "South Pacific" and the staff's version of "Charlie Brown", and waiting up in the lodge for the reviews...  stapleing ALL of the pages together for "The Paivikan" on the last night of camp...  and of course KAMP Radio with every other song being dedicated to Judy Pool as the DJ's gazed out the window and watched her across the patio.

I carry with me so many wonderful friendships and memories that still burn brightly all these many years later!!!!!

MONDRAGON, Joseph
I have so many that it's hard to begin - but probably what sticks out most is when the old water tank exploded.  Mike (Berthiaume) and I had just gone down there to check on it and were about halfway up the hill back to camp when we heard the explosion.  It blew out half the building and threw pieces as far as 30 yds away.  We probably would have been killed if it had blown moments earlier when we were INSIDE the building.

Ahh, the good times...

MONFILS, Linda
The old cabins and all the great friends I made.  That is where I got my nickname George.  I remember when we hoisted a bra up the flag pole.  I have so many memories it's hard to pick out one.

MONTE, Paul
Great time, after a tough day of work, going with friends to that local bar (? name) and buying drinks/getting drunk, all underage!!!  Please don't report me.  Who were those campers that doused us with water in bed that one morning?  Hanging out in the lodge at night, listening to music.

MOSLEY, Kameela
I was only there for 4 days because I got really sick & ended up in the emergency room.  But while I was there I did have a wonderful time!  I met some awesome people from all around the world, I was very excited to go to camp because Iíve been on my own for 5 years and I needed a vacation badly!!!

NAGEL, Ted
I was kind of an instigator and trouble-maker, all in good fun, and some thought I was a flirt....Who me?  I went for many years to Camp Joan Mier and ended up going to Paivika the last couple years I went to camp, and I am glad I did.  As much as I loved the beach, the mountains really spoke to my soul.  I remember once organizing a group of guys to fill one of the counselor's cars with shredded newspaper and some how it escalated to taking the tires off the car and hiding them, leaving the car on blocks.  If memory serves, we did it as a birthday gift.  Shame on us, but it sure was the culmination of wonderful times at both camps.  THANK YOU to the awesome staff, volunteers and fellow campers.

NASH, Bob
This was an evening in 1977 early in the summer, and a group of staffers was admiring the view on Teddy Bear Point.  Somehow we all ended up sitting in a line, leaning back into the person behind, and someone said (I think it was Eric Rude), "Hey this looks like a slug!"  This became the buzzword for the summer, and we eventually decided that "slugs" could be formed in any direction.

Then there was the time in 1983 when Danny, Kris, and Wayne fixed the truck.  I'm still not sure how they accomplished it.  Mostly I remember that at Camp I had some of the best times of my life and met the most amazing people, campers and staff, that I have ever known.  The effect on me has been immeasurable.  It is a magical place.

NASHEF, Salim
My fondest memory and the one that has kept me going is meeting my friend Catriona the last year that I was there.

NAKATSUKASA, Mitzi
I remember the lodge where we sat in front of the huge fireplace and the original 8 log cabins where roughing it meant really roughing it.  Dust, dirt, bugs and all.  Those were happy times, forgetting you even had a disability.  All you thought of was fresh air, horseback riding, hay rides, crafts and swimming.

NOCETI, Steve
All of my memories of Camp Paivika are priceless - many frightening, many very difficult, but all priceless.

NSEREKO, Moses
Miss Paivika is one of my most memorable days at the camp.  it makes me feel so great to see a smile on every face at the camp that day.  I can't forget the double dare too.  But most importantly are smiling faces of my campers that I used to see every morning.  Today I still have sweet dreams of Paivika as heaven on earth.  Hopefully we will meet next summer.  May god bless us.

NURMANOVA, Zhanna
The best time I've ever had!  Love and miss the place!

PALKOVIC, Cathe
So many memories and all so much fun!  Swimming in the pool during off time so we could wash our jeans - pie fights - feuding with Gabe Garcia - rides in the bed of the truck - lots and lots of singing and laughter and hugs.  Great times with wonderful people!

PARR, Michael
When I was the archery instructor teaching 4 campers the a.d., Nancy, came down to observe my activity.  While she was observing my activity she walked in front of the campers in the line of fire.  My response was to say something like, "What the heck are you doing, get behind us."  I reminded her of this often because she was the back up archery instructor.

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RAINE, Alisa Tamar
How cool to be able to connect after all these years.

I don't know if Gabe remembers me, but back then I went by my first name, Alisa, and one year my friend Pam and I cooked up a scheme when we went on a campout.  Early in the morning, Pam took Gabe's boots and she hid one behind a tree, and I stuffed the other one into my sleeping bag!  HA!  Gabe was mad, and thus began a great dirt fight, which ended with me going up on the truck trying to escape.  But Gabe came after me and poured much dirt down my shirt!  When I told my parents, my dad was pretty amazed but he realized that a dirt fight was all part of the camp experience.  As to why we did that, well - we had a crush on him.  LOL!

Betty Ryder was one of my counselors for a few sessions, she was also music director, so we called her Betty Music.  I used to be the end of a train, holding on to Betty via the pockets of her jeans, while she pushed someone in their chair.  Seems like only last year I was sitting with her in the nature center that we called the Birdcage, being shaded by many tall trees, smelling the pines, hearing the happy sounds of kids in the pool and singing Up with People, This Land is Your Land, Skinamarinkydinkydo, Magic Penny, and many others.

Betty's unique way of whistling through her nose made her stand out in my mind.  Even before my friend sent me the link for Paivika buddies, I frequently would find myself thinking about my wonderful experiences there whenever I was out on a walk in my neighborhood.  It really is true that our sense of smell can help us recall various events.  I live in an area where there are several parks and gardens where there are pine trees.  There is nothing as soothing as the scent of sun-warmed pine needles and trees.  So to, I will think of the songs I sang at camp, when my life was more innocent, more carefree.

In my teens I had another great counselor, Barb Farber, her title was Barb Nature.  She was the epitome of a hippy mama -- she just had this beautiful, peaceful, fun energy about her.  We wrote to each other for a few years. The Birdcage had various aquariums in it that contained native frogs, lizards, snakes, maybe some birds in other cages.  I used to like to hold and touch the reptiles.

Then there were the horses, I loved riding about 20 minutes a day, leaning up against whoever was tending the horses, through the forest.  So much so that I bugged my parents to let me go riding when not at camp!  So, from 5th grade to the end of 7th grade, I rode nearly every sunday at a ranch in Palo Verdes.  This was before it was well known that riding really benefits those with CP and other disabilities.  It helps our posture, self-confidence, and lets us feel what a proper gait feels like.  It strengthens our thigh muscles, as well as other muscles.  I had a real incentive to behave well at home and to earn my allowance, (hahaha) as I had to pay for half of my lessons.

Paivika gave me a great camping experience at a time when Girl Scout and Jewish summer camp could not, or had not even thought about making it accessible.

If Barb Farber, or my friend Pam from Canoga Park read this, please get in touch with me.

Sincerely, Tamar Alisa Raine aka the pink fuzzy ;->

RAINSBARGER, Gregory
Many of my memories are the same for camp.  The smiles upon arriving and the tears when leaving.  I think my best memory was the singing at the end of the sessions.  It was so peaceful, and of all my years of being there, I was lucky enough to have been off the last night everytime, so that I could join the group and sing to everyone.

RAMIREZ, Alajandro
My favorite memory of camp with my camper was when I was finally able to understand one of my campers after about 3 days.  My favorite memory of camp with the staff was the day I met the woman that would later go on to be my wife.

RAMSEY, Taylor
Great Experience for me. I was 15 when I worked there. Fun taking campers to Santa's Village.

RILEY, Mike
Christmas in July:  One summer during the first session (little kids) it was so foggy and cold that we could not use any of the outdoor activities.  The program staff put their heads together and struck a deal with Santa's Village, we got Santa, and his minions to come and we decorated the lodge with a large Christmas tree and had a roaring fire going.  Presents were generated and quickly wrapped and a great time was had by all.  Santa left some "rain deer" for the nature area and we were able to extend the theme until the sun finally came out and we all could go swimming and have a summer camp.

ROGERS, Jackie
I remember all the great times with LeeAnn Gabler (assistant Camp Director).  Also, I remember working with Janet and Kelly.  We had great times!

ROHE, Chuck
I came to camp as a dishwasher at age 14, and spent the summer in awe of the "grown up" college students who were counselors and program staff.  What a let down when camp ended for the summer and I had to go back to high school.

My 15 minutes of fame came toward the end of my first summer, when I participated in pushing the Maintenance Chief, Gil, into the swimming pool, fully clothed.  I had to watch my back after that, because Gil threatened revenge daily. Luckily, summer was ending and I was soon relieved to have some miles between us.

ROHE, Ronn
KAMP Radio Paivika was a standout.  From the Harmonicats to Hendricks, there was always something to listen to.  Tony, Beaner, Rich Pool, Melissa, and some of the coolest campers I've ever been fortunate enough to share a summer with.  None of you "are replaceable," whatever that director may of thought.  Best regards to all.

ROHRER, Carol Ann
I arrived at camp not knowing what to expect.  I had no previous experience, but friends Juti Marsh and Mike Mccormick had applied and talked me into doing so. Juti was Lodge director and Mike was a counselor, like myself.  Being at Paivika is one of the happiest times in my life that I can remember.  That first freedom from family and being off on one's own.... or almost anyway.  I loved the campers and made some of the best friends of my life.  Many are still in touch today. Super good friends today are Elaine Sims MacDonald and Marianne Gable Reynolds.

Ah, but a memory you say, it is arriving at camp on a hot day and there is Gil and his boys herding rattlesnakes out from under the cabins.  The count was in the hundreds, or so he said? I often wondered how much of the story was true.  Still, I did have my run in with the rattlers.  Once I caught a baby snake and ran over to the nature house for a quick I.D. only to be told that the baby was venomous.  What followed was a delicate plan for getting him out of my hand without a bite.  I may have learned a lesson with that move.

Wonderful memories were full of singing around the campfire or in the cabins and of Don Foley's wonderful sense of humor and great truck rides.  Campers and staff alike looked forward to those.

ROOT, Norma
I have so many wonderful memories of times spent at Paivika it is impossible to relate just one.  I will say, though, I always came home eager to return the next year.  I remember marking the days off the calendar until the next summer.  Paivika was a special place for me that helped me grow and gave me many opportunities I wouldn't have had anywhere else.  Each activity offered at Paivika brings back fond memories.  The meals in the lodge were always interesting, to say the least.  I especially enjoyed the opportunity to meet all kinds of people.  Campers, counselors and staff came to camp from different places with different goals, abilities and backgrounds.  Friendships were formed and ideas shared.  We learned from each other and became wiser in every way.  Each of us departed Paivika a better person.  Most important, everyone had FUN.  I sang the Paivika song to my kids and now to my grandson.  Yes, Paivika was and still is very special to me.

ROSANDER-MILLER, Karen
Teddy Bear Point

ROSENBUSH, Hokulani
I always loved Bowl Days, riding down with the busses and getting reved up with camp songs.  Riding back with everyone was such a rush, seeing the happy and exciting faces of the campers gave me a high I've never experienced anywhere else.  As Unit Director during 1995-1996, I'd always follow Mikey B. down to the bowl driving Baby Balooga.  He'd change lanes constantly and even though I'd been there a thousand times, I'd change lanes also - too gullible to realize he was doing it to bring out the a$$ in me!  Then on the walkie talkie he'd so BOOOH-shuure boku -do- do.  Loved every year I spent there.

RUDE, Eric
One of my fondest moments was winning the Miss Paivika Contest!  And, I miss all of those morning hugs--I once figured I received over 10,000 hugs in my years at Paivika!

RUSSELL, Dan
I remember feeling that it was ludicrous to be paid for having so much fun.  I learned how to give at Paivika, but in the end I received much more than I gave, both from the campers and the staff.

RYDER, Betty
As I look back on those Paivika years, there were so many wonderful (and a few not so wonderful) experiences to remember.  I have yet in my life worked with so many dedicated, smart, caring, and talented individuals.  My fondest memory would have to be the spontaneous creativity of all staff & campers to make a regular activity into a Carnival, or a Theater, a Broadway Production or any other mode we dreamed up!  I know Paivika made a difference in my life.  We did have fun!!!

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SANCHEZ, Bruce
Meeting the girl that got away!  YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

SCHAEFER, Kevin
I remember all the great people there, Campers & the Staff.  I also remember all the shows and Camp Fires, & the Dances comment - I remember all the great time, and the great weather.

SEMPLE, Emma
My first day at Paivika is outstanding in my memory as one of my happiest days ever!  With the beautiful scenery, along with the energy, spirit and enthusiasm of the staff here I knew that I would feel at home!

SEPULVEDA, Elianna
My first real job.  I wouldn't of had it any other way.

SHARPLES, Janna
I have never felt like I belonged somewhere more, in my life as when I was at Paivika.

SHATTLER, Darren
Super Juice(prune juice) "You Drink it to make me happy" Michael "I'm watching you Nurse Darren" and I can't forget "Luke I Am Your Father".

October 2004 Update:
Thank my lucky stars I had the opportunity to be a part of the Paivika experience again!  Wonderful summer! Kelly and Kenny are the greatest!  I can't believe how that special feeling comes back to me year after year, and the happy memories of all the campers just add to a new special place in my heart.  I hope to be a part of the "Paivika Experience" again.

SHAVER, Laura Sue
Camping ourdoors and "something" crawled across me.  I screamed, waking everyone up, then we all had a good laugh.  Decided it might have been a raccoon.

SIMMONS, Terry
Every day was memoriable.  It was my first time at camp.  I made a lot of friends (Hi to Rosely, Charlie, Yoyo and Naomi.)  It was my first time swimming, riding a horse, and camping out.  But the biggest thing was I had my first crush.  He was a counselor and I was a camper.  Every girl there was in love with him.  I think we all wanted to marry him.  He looked like Steve Mcqueen. I hope to hear from someone who was there 1962.   See ya soon if the reunion is July 2011.

SIMPSON, Emma
FRIENDS

Glasses mended with wire.
The best of friends gathered laughing round a fire.
Loud music and dancing in the art room.
The heart wrenching pain of leaving this wonderful place.
Toilet mix ups! (Ali, Gene & Rainbow)
My overwhelming memory of Paivika is love and acceptance, a place where everyone is free to be as they are without judgement or conditions.
A place that fills your heart and never leaves.

SKANTZE, Kristofer
Rumors were spreading that a bear had been seen on the camp ground in perfect(?) timing for the only camp-out night we ever did in 1994.  The closest thing to bear we ever saw that night was the camp horse that had freed itself and came visiting us.  :)

SMITH, Anthony
Thank you so much for a wonderful time.  Memories that I can take with me for a long time.

SMITH, Dick
I met my wife, Ann Boggis (AKA Nan), there when she was still in high school in 1957.  We were married in 1961; separated 1970.  Will try to find my old pics of the camp to post later.

SMITH, Lucas
The thing I remember most about my four years at Camp Paivika (all those years ago), was the top-notch staff.  A wonderful bunch of people every single year.

SOBOLEVA, Katya
Summer is over, it was a tough one at some points but now I can say that of all the great summers I had it was the best one.  I experienced many new things I met so many new people who became part of my life, because they were the most amazing and interesting people you'd ever meet.

Camp has a great atmosphere.  They are always trying to make a difference in every camper's life.  Here you learn how to work not expecting any thank yous, you learn how to do it for the simple things in life:  the smiles, the hugs, the friendly hellos.  I can't describe how much this mean to me.

Paivika became my second home, I miss counselors and staff, campers and the whole spirit of the camp.  I'm proud to be the part of Paivika's world.  I wish you good luck and many summers to come. I hope to see everybody next summer.

SOMERS, Jonathon
What a brilliant time, working with all those different people.  Memories include being drenched with water the first day I arrived and the Miss Paivika competition.  It was hard work but lots of fun.  The time travelling in our break was great - apart from the dodgy tummy in Mexico.  Would love to hear from Wallace Lavery.

SOMERS, Jonathon
What a brilliant time, working with all those different people.  Memories include being drenched with water the first day I arrived and the Miss Paivika competition.  It was hard work but lots of fun.  The time travelling in our break was great - apart from the dodgy tummy in Mexico.  Would love to hear from Wallace Lavery.

STARN, Jon
Then caretaker Don Foley's tragic yet miraculous tractor incident.  Only the horses know what really happened!!

SYKORA, Stephen
Anybody who's been there knows they can't fill this [memory box] in properly...

TANNER, Sara Jane
Paivika means fond memories of happy smiles and giggles, sometimes when you least expect it.  I was so spoiled at Paivika because I worked at the pool.  Even with a water shortage I got to see all the 'kids' (clean) at one of their favorite activities; lots of smiles, screams, snickers and splashes...

TARIN, John
I truly enjoyed the campers and the counselors who were my same age.

THOMAS, Ryan
I enjoyed a particularly poignant campfire after we sang, a rather beautiful starscape.  The night was crisp as well as toasty near the remains of what was the largest campfire we had the entire summer.  I remember hearing kelly's words as she recited the previous memories of other counselors. Looking up into the shimmery was gently overtaken by feelings of peace, as if all the joyful memories and inner peace of all the years were offering such a peace as to calm the very reverberations of the soul.  As everyone walked off, I remained staring up into the heavens and basking in the peace.

TICHAUER, Tina
One year when my Mom was on the phone to the camp nurse, the camp horse ran by the window escaping down the hill....!!!

TRONVOLD, Kris
Camp Paivika taught a very selfish young man [me] that by focusing on other people I could become much more like the man God had intended me to be.  Sadly, it was some years before I learned to apply this lesson down the mountain in "the real world".  When the first campers arrived at the Hollywood Bowl that first summer I remember thinking "What am I doing here? I can hardly take care of myself!"  But all it worked out!  Those 'Beatles' were my first group.  Chris Radvansky grew from a cute kid into a fine man and good friend, as did many others: Joe O'Brien, Sal, Tom Head.  I would love to reconnect with lost but still loved old friends and see old photos of those days.  Thanks for all you've meant to me and made of me.  Bob - Wayne and Danny actually fixed the truck, I just stood around with a wrench in my hand telling jokes!  To sweet, lovely Councilor J. (84)-I hope the world has been as kind and good to you as you always were to me.  I was a fool.

VENTO, Ray
When I first arrived at Camp Paivika, I couldn't imagine what to expect.  What I found were staff and camper friends, and life-events that lasted for many, many years.  I will be so bold to say, working at Camp Paivika was the best.

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WAITES, Glen
2003 Article in Paivikan Sun

Memories of Camp Paivika

In 1971 my first year at Paivika was a funny one, my first counselor was Ray Robinson, he had to spend so much time knocking flies off my head, my stores classes were radial, Audrey and BB Gun, I was pretty good in archery, and I remember that we also did sing-a-longs.

My first new friend was Yolanda Ramirez, on the way to the fire ring which now we call the infant theater she had broken her ankle, I donít know if her ankle was broken at the dance or what, but in those days the first night at camp were dances and truck rides, and I used to enjoy the truck rides, and my favorite songs were Kuhn by ya, Tom Dooley and Sheíll Be Coming Around The Mountains.

Each year that I returned to camp was old friends and meeting new ones, my best friend and I try to return together, sometimes when we get up here we donít have the same cabin so we talk to the unit director, and we end up in the same cabin.

It is always fun to come out and meet the new staff and become friends with them also, and we liked to play games with them too, throughout the years the staff and I stay in touch, by writing letters back-and-forth to each other, in the old days my friends and I user called camp after we leave it.

In 1972 Jim Herald was my counselor and he was funny it was different that year they had removed the glass patio and the camp looked funny without it, I believe that was the year that I made four out of five bullseyes with bows and arrows.

In 1973 Jim Duty was my counselor that year, and he was different but nice, Paivika always had a great Staff up here, and this is just some of the memories of Camp Paivika, I hope everyone will enjoy reading this.

Paivika is my home away from home.

WALCZYK, Hendrik
O.k. my name is Hendrik.  In these days I am nearly 37.  In 1989 I was a Counselor from Germany at Paivika.  I met a lot of very nice friends up the hill.  I remember everything, in my mind itīs really near by.  In my heart too.

So I wish all you guys a very nice and hopefully living.  Maybe someday I will come back with my son.  I wanna show him a really nice and beautiful place.  Heartly greetings from germany sends to you.  - Hendrik (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

WARD, Kelly
Camp Paivika echoes with memories and creates new ones each day.  I love to hear the old and new stories alike and feel so privileged to be a "link" for many to this special place.  The memory of my first summer at Paivika that always sticks out the most was when our water system broke down for 2 days.  Mark Gray was our fearless director and worked feverishly with his duct tape to get things running again while we lugged buckets of water to the cabins for flushing toilets and enjoyed daily "all camp swims"...

WARDEN, Christina
When I went to the lake - that was fun!

WATERS, Keren
Being forced awake every morning; losing my glasses in the lake and being unable to see for two weeks, and winning Mr. Paivika 2008 dressed as Steve Irwin.

WEBSTER, John
So many memories.  Wonderful experience.  It shaped future career decisions.

WHEATLEY, Steve
Ahhh, memories of Camp Paivika. It's really hard to come up with any specific things.  Now in my 40s, I've looked back on those three summers, all before I even turned 10, and recalled them in sort of one wonderful memory --- years blended together.  Rides on the horses, the Nature Hut, meals in The Lodge, the campfires in the fire ring.  All those have always evoked very pleasant memories.  It is so wonderful to have a tool like the internet so we all can share our stories like this.  Reading through the roster, I see a few names of campers I recognize.  Also, I saw the names of two of my counselors, Ted Miller (1966) and Dave Heistand (1967).  Please know, Ted and Dave, that those times still remain in my mind as very happy moments among many happy moments of my childhood.  May Camp Paivika keep "rolling along" for moany years to come.

WILKINSON, Candace
I went to Paivika thinking that this was just another job, boy was I wrong.  This camp brought me joy and tears, friendship and new beginnings.  If it weren't for Paivika I wouldn't have my daughter, now a toddler.  I will always love Paivika and the pool will always be mine.  So good luck and one day we'll meet again.

Comment: If you stand in the middle of the fire pit you can hear your own echo.

WILTSHIRE, Kim
Where to start?!  Camp Paivika changed my life no other.  It got me to Europe.  The best thing were all the amazing and cool people.  Playing handball with Roberto, who was working with half the limb power and getting my azzz honestly kicked.  That is one of my best memories.  An amazing kid.

WINTERS, Jim
I remember that when we got to camp, they always served us grilled cheese sandwiches and soup.  The last year I was at Paivika there was no grilled cheese, and I was disappointed.  I was a camper at Paivika from 1954-1964, and at Camp Joan Mier from 1965-1966.  Does anyone remember me?

WOODRUFF, Melissa
I remember the night the electricity went off in all of Crestline because of a really huge electrical storm "down the mountain."  Luckily it was almost bedtime anyway so we just got everyone to bed in the dark.  I was "on camp" duty and went down to Inspiration Point to watch the lightning show down in the valley.  It was incredibly beautiful because we were above the storm clouds.  Then a fire started in Joshua Tree so we stayed up late watching that too.  The weather at camp was perfect, warm with a pretty good breeze coming up the side of the mountains.  I forget what time it was when the electricity came back on, but when it did, half of the cabin lights were still on, so we had to scramble around to turn them all off so that the campers would not be awakened.  Even that was a fun event!

P.S.  I still have contact with Cindy "Counselor" from way back then too!  I was known as Melissa "Horse".

YODER, Joey
I met my best friends and counselors, Nolan and Tiffany at Camp Paivika.

ZAITSEVA, Polina
It was the best summer of my life!!!  Amazing campers, wonderful people around me, breathtaking nature....  Although I was a maintainance assistant, campers thought sometimes, that I'm a counselor!  Paivika rocks!!

ZELENIS, Joe
The false alarm:  One night a deaf camper pulled the fire alarm.  It worked, all Paivikans poured out of the cabins in various stages of undress.  Thankfully it was a warm night.

(News alert 11/5/03, Re: the fires in California)

Dateline Paivika.  Prayer and a heroic director and husband and fire department, saved Paivika from becoming a real memory.  It was close.  Thank you Lord.  Good work prayer warriors!!!!

Joe Zelenis '67-'73 mission Accomplished.

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