Jul 07, 2020

Posted by: Ranch Camp

Alumni Spotlight: Where Are They Now?

Evie (Rosenbaum) Cohen & Morey Cohen

Years at Camp: Evie – 1953 & 1961 & Morey 1953-1964

Evie – I was a camper in ’53 and ’61.
Morey – I was a camper from ’53-’58, was a counselor and wrangler from ’59-’63.

What is your favorite memory from camp?

Evie – My favorite memory from camp was meeting my boyfriend, Morey!
Morey – My favorite memory was rodeo trick riding on Niven sports field.

What is one thing you learned from camp that you still use in your daily life?

Evie – One thing I learned from camp was patience.
Morey – One thing I learned from camp was to be a teacher and role model.

Who are some of your favorite people you were at camp with?

Evie – Abe Wagner was my favorite person at camp!
Morey – Abe Wagner and Herm Markowitz were my favorite people at camp!

 

Rachel Trout

Years at Camp: 2008 – 2020

I was a camper for years, J-Staff, Sports specialist, Programmer, and the EMT. 2020 is my Club 13 year!

What is your favorite memory from camp?

One summer, when Gina McReynolds was still a counselor, she led a hiking chug (or something similar). There were a few campers and staff members signed up for it. Once we started the hike, Gina and I got separated from the group. We searched for the group for a bit and then found ourselves somewhere in the Outer 400 that Gina had never seen before (which was shocking because Gina knows all the nooks and crannies of camp). We walked around and realized that we were at the cliff that overlooks the maintenance yard. It was so beautiful. We spent a little time hanging out up there before going back down into camp. Every year since, we have gone on a hike to that special spot that we now call Narnia. It’s our special place at camp. Looking back, we have no idea how we lost the whole group, but we’re grateful we found Narnia together.

What is one thing you learned from camp that you still use in your daily life?

As a staff member I have learned the concept of adaptability, of being in a situation and having to adjust. Like when a thunder storm comes out of no where and you have to change the evening program on the spot. It’s not helpful to get mad or upset, you have to be flexible, find something that works, and make it be the best it can be for everyone. It’s a great life skill that I use all of the time.

Who are some of your favorite people you were at camp with?

It’s hard to choose because I have been at camp for so long. I am still close to many of my former campers. I remember Maisie Salinger, Carly Coons, and Adrienne Razavi as my counselors. I absolutely loved getting to work with Abe Mamet as programmer. I admired how he balanced being a friend and a supervisor, such an impressive and helpful skill. He has had such a big impact on my time at Ranch Camp.