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42) Spencer 
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2017-7-25 10:56 Host: Write a comment

continuation of previous post.

I know it takes a lot of time and preparation to plan the weekend. Between making making up events, food, bunk lists and staff, you see that all of your hard work pays off because every boy will remember something that was special that weekend. Whether it's meeting new friends or doing something they've never done before, it's all about the experience and bonding. My son, Hunter always comes home with a smile and wanting to go back next year.

So, with that being said, whatever you are doing, you are doing it right. All of your staff is amazing. They are kind, caring nurturing, fun, and the kids enjoy being with them. Keep up the amazing work and I look forward to many years of SGF.

Alyssa Adelman
41) Spencer Glass 
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So, our 10th year SGF Overnighter is in the history books. Here is one parent's reaction.

Dear Spencer and the SGF Staff,

I want to give everyone a round of applause for another amazing SGF weekend. This was my son's 3rd year of participation in this event. Every year when he goes to camp he can't wait to get the information for the SGF Weekend. As soon as he gets it he asks can he please go. Without a doubt in my mind I say "YES".

Once he turns in the papers, then the countdown begins. Once the SGF weekend is here he can hardly hold back his excitement. I always ask him, "Well, what makes it so much fun?" He says, "Everything!", but mentions things like bon fires, carnival, midnight ice cream, swimming and lots of other things. It sounds like a fun weekend..always things to do, always on the run.

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40) Bob Cohen 
Fairfax Va Location
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2017-6-27 03:22 Host: Write a comment

Hello alll. Can't believe many of you are still active here ...that's great. I was a camper 1962-1970, and a counselor from 1971-1974. I'm 62 yrs old, and still have black and blue marks from our Shoefight orchestrated by Uncle Soz in Blackfoot 50+ yrs ago. Hope Steve Funt and Marshall Davis are well. Marshall....I caught a fish.....THIS big!
Anyway, take care all.
39) Marshall Davis 
Medford NJ Location
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2017-6-21 11:21 Host: Write a comment

Our tenth Briarwood Camp weekend is coming up in a few weeks. I can't believe how time has passed by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that we had the reunion and I met up with faces from our days at SGF some 30 years earlier.

The camp weekend is a lot of work, but it is by far the best part of my year. Think about it, my best times in life were at SGF, and now, some of my friends and I are creating those same memories for new kids. Be sure to come up and vist and relive your past.
38) Spencer 
Newtown, PA Location
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2017-6-18 19:03 Host: Write a comment

I'll never forget my summers at SGF. It seeme to take forever to get from our home in Morrell Park to Gimbels Cheltenham.

I couldn't wait to get on the bus. No homesickness for me. I remember my second year vividly. I was thrilled to find out at the flagpole that I was in Bunk Kickapoo with Steve Funt as my counselor.

Now one of my thrills is to give out invitations to the boys where I teach in Mayfair, at the Forrest School. Some will be on their 3rd trip this summer.

I cherish the phone calls I get from parents whose children are no longer in my school, but don't want to miss another SGF summer event.

We invite you, our SGF alumni who have the same feelings to come take a pek at what we have done for SGF in the past 10 years. We gather at Briarwood Day Camp in Furlong, PA. (in between New Hope and Newtown). Saturday the 22nd of July would be a great day to stop by, say hello, watch the kids have a blast...and if you choose to, help keep it going. Indian Ceremonial is at 8:30!

Spencer Glass
37) Herman Tannenbaum 
Langhorne, PA Location
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2017-6-17 18:23 Host: Write a comment

Hey Campers,
School is almost out , and all I can think about is going away to my favorite camp in the world, SGF!!!! The anticipation is too exciting to contain. I've been dreaming about this all of the school year , and daydreaming thought algebra class. This year will be the TENTH encampment since SGF reincarnated. This years dates are JULY 21-23 at Briarwood Day Camp in Buckingham, PA. Camp is about five weeks away and I'm sitting here sewing my name tags into my socks and underwear . I've got my flashlight, longs and longs, , bathing suit, and most importantly, my baseball glove and cap!I simply can't wait. Oh, the memories of it all. From getting on the train at Old Reading Terminal, transferring onto the camp bus in Norristown, or Giimbels Cheltenham, only to be whiisked away to a magical place and time.Thats SGF..........
Lets all show up at this years encampment to cheer the boys on during color war, or watch the firefight at Indian Ceremonial. Then go over to the lake for the Firefly Ceremony beconing us all back next year to another "Trip" at SGF. If you can't make it, perhaps you can support a boy by making a donation to the cause. Feel free to sponsor a boy($100.00) and mail a check to:
Spencer Glass
311 Parkview Way
Newtown, PA, 18940
See you under The Knothole in The Mess Hall.
Making it Better, Cheering for our camp ,
Uncle Herman
36) Nancy Snyder Aleshire 
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2017-5-29 02:12 Host: Write a comment

Jon, I remember your mom and dad and the rest of your family. I am Bob Snyder's daughter, also known as Schnitz. I have been living in Minnesota and have a 33 year old son. My best memories evolved around the pool. I have inherited my father's love of swimming, but not nearly so good. I have a love of the outdoors, gardening and animals. I feed stray cats. Growing up I had a schnauzer I named Schnitzel, that we brought on at least one picnic.
1901 JFK BLVD, 2707 Location
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2017-5-20 22:39 Host: Write a comment

oLD fRIENDS CONTINUE..Uncle Mike Epstein, Uncle Rocky Rubin, myself, went to visit Uncle Wally Loeb for lunch. Wonderful afternoon of memories about whos and whats and wonder what happened tos...
34) Dr Jon Dubin 
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2017-4-9 04:09 Host: Write a comment

My father, dr Louis Dubin, was an original Troop 95 member, SGF camp counselor and then member of the board. As a child growing up in Philly than the suburbs of Philly I spent countless hours at the camp in Collegeville, both off season and when in session at Board functions, social get together and the annual turkey dinner. Members of the board were household names and I have many wonderful memories of these men. So many with colorful, impressive personalities. I've often wondered what became of the original camp do imprinted in my memory and a sister camp (?) owned and fun by Val Udell, camp Maribel. I came across this site and wanted to see who still shares these remarkable memories I still hold and what incarnation SGF has become.

Jon Dubin
Camp Hill, Pa

Spencer Glass 2017-4-12 19:56
Dear Jon...glad you found us. The SGF camp in Collegeville, in part due to our group, Troop 95 and other Montgomery County residents has been designated as Open Space and can not be developed. The Ridge part, that is. The Hill area is not developed, but the old cabins there are all but dilapidated.

Many of the Ridge cabins are still there in body. Troop 95 led by Herman Tannenbaum and many others have rescued and rebuilt one of the cabins and use it for their own campouts. Lake Lou is dried up, but the troop 95 guys resotred the old pool which looks very nice.

There are still a lot of memorable remnants on the land, and we go up there once a year to walk the grounds and reminisce.

The SGFVC is currently planning our 10th overnighter. It is a 3 weeks in 3 days event that incorporates so much of the SGF spirit into the activities. We do this at another camp in Bucks County, Briarwood Day Camp. It has all the looks and feels of SGF, We treat city boys to a weekend of great fun and great memories.

Thanks for checking in.


Herman Tannenbaum 2017-5-1 18:24
Hi Jon, Great to see you found us! I certainly do remember you, and your entire family. Your dad was my dentist for most of my life. I remember him fondly. Lou Dubin was my father, Marty's patrol leader in Troop 95 and they were great friends throughout their lives. They both loved the Troop, the Camp, and the SGF Club.Its good to see another Doc Dubin in our group.
I lead the Troop 95 Alumni Campgroup and we still camp at SGF every other month from September through May. You are always invited to join us for the weekend, a day or just a cup of coffee.We've refurbished the cabin and we have heat, hot water, an modern camp kitchen, bunks for 12, flush toilets,etc. Feel free to contact me for our calendar.
33) Ira Ellis 
Hatfield PA Location
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2017-4-4 13:06 Host: Write a comment

I'll never forget this camp sgf. I went when I was 8 and 9 years old. 1969 & 1970. It remains one of the greatest experiences of my life and I vividly remember many of the experiences there. My favorite was Uncle Wiggly and his farm. I could name hundreds of things that we did there that I'll never forget. I'd love to go back there and see the place today. Maybe even do some volunteer work there.
32) Stuart Greenberg 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina Location
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2017-3-31 21:41 Host: Write a comment

I cannot I found this website. First hello to Dr. Newberg (my Pediatrician) I hope you are the same person. (You went to school with my mother...Ethel Waldman)
I was a camper 1972, 1973, and 1974. I remember these summers just like they were yesterday. I had the pleasure of working with Steve Funt at Holland Day Camp during the summers of 1983 and 1984.
31) Aaron Newberg,M.D. 
Huntingdon Valley,PA Location
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2017-3-5 21:23 Host: Write a comment

(31) Sad news,Mel Drukin died today(March 5th).
Below is an email from his wife,Marilyn.
Aaron N.Newberg,M.D.

Again, I apologize for a mass email, but it is the most efficient and fastest way to contact all of you. Mel died this morning, peacefully in his sleep. It has been a long, long haul, but we made it to Hawaii, just returning last week. His funeral is scheduled for tomorrow at 1:30 at Congregation Beth Israel, 542 South New Middletown Road, Media. He will be buried at Har Jehudah in Lansdowne and we'll return to our home following the burial. We'll be sitting shiva until Wed. Night. Thank you all for being you and for being our dear friends.

Sent from Marilyn's iPad
30) Uncle Barry Brait 
Philadelphia, Pa Location
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2017-2-13 05:57 Host: Write a comment

SGF Is one of the proudest times in my lifetime. So many people. So many friends for life. So many good times. Time there will be treasured by me and those with whom I shared.
29) Mark Blass 
Philadelphia, PA Location
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2017-2-3 13:12 Host: Write a comment

Hi Boys,

Thanks to Alan Saionz for alerting me that the Guestbook had been hacked—a few non-offensive messages were posted.

They're now gone. If you notice any more, please send me an email and I'll delete them.
28) Art Scherr 
Newtown Square, PA Location
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2017-1-7 22:37 Host: Write a comment

Had the pleasure today of running into Uncle O'Neal and former camper, Al Lazarow, in Ft. Lauderdale. Always nice to see former SGF'ers.
27) Lee Kaminsky 
Springfield, Delco Location
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2016-12-20 17:50 Host: Write a comment

Want to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Hanukkah. Hope we have another reunion. Going to camp as a youngster was the best years. Making new friends at the time and staying in touch over the years.

26) Lee Cohen 
Voorhees NJ Location
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2016-9-6 22:52 Host: Write a comment

So many memories of this camp. Was a wonderful part of my childhood. Then Camp Council went Coed! I was a 12 year old boy and couldn't have been more excited to hang out with girls. SGF memories include Counselor Harvey Litt (i found him on FB) Tom McCan and Murray Green (oh the stories). Playing bottle caps on bunk floor, eating in the mess hall (yelling we want the cook "dead". I would love to stay in touch and hear more about the camp. Thank you
25) Pam Goldenberg 
Philadelphia Location
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2016-8-6 10:48 Host: Write a comment

My first time as the camp nurse for one day. I have to say I was so impressed with the kids and the adults - what an awesome experience for so many young men. I know many of the boys as they are students at my school - it was great to see them in a different type of experience - having fun, growing up, and bonding with each other in a way that builds their character - I may have only seen the activities for one day - but it was very apparent how much this experience meant to everyone - thanks for having me - Nurse Goldenberg :)

Spencer Glass 2016-8-8 11:38
Dear Pam. Thank you so much for your service. It was so nice having you there!!! See ya in September

scott kleiman 2016-10-3 20:52
Thanks Pam - Great having you with us. smile
24) Scott Kleiman 
Pluto Location
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2016-8-5 21:52 Host: Write a comment

Hi Everyone! What an amazing weekend we had with the kids. I think we had 54 kids and they all left with a smile.

I also have to compliment the staff. I won't list all of your names as you know who you are - outstanding work - made me smile.

We hope to have pictures up soon.

Cheer for our camp boys!
23) Spencer Glass 
Newtown, PA Location
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2016-7-30 19:26 Host: Write a comment


When the owner of Briarwood saw the list of "his" counselors and junior counselors participating in SGF he was astounded. He called it the Dream Team. I felt so honored that they feel drawn in by the SGF spirit too.

I told a story about a boy, Bob Snyderman, who was made to feel special as the boy who was invited to go up in an airplane and throw candy down on SGF way back. He told me he told his mom how special he felt doing that! I felt special telling the story.

Thanks to all of you who made this happen. You are all special people. I love you all.

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