Category Archives: Alumni

Better For Having Been: Catching Up with Sari Wexler!

Once you walk through the gates of Trail’s End Camp, you become part of the TEC family.  Whether you’re getting ready for your first summer at camp or it’s been awhile since your camper days, it’s great to know you can always say “I Am Trail’s End.”

This past Saturday, Trail’s End alumni gathered in New York City for a reunion. Not only did they get a chance to reminisce about their time as campers and their favorite TEC memories, they also raised over $500 for SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education).

At the reunion we caught up with TEC alum, reunion organizer and new Varsity Head Counselor, Sari Wexler!

What do you miss most about your time as a camper?

Looking back at my time as a camper, the one thing I miss most is constantly being surrounded by some of my favorite people. Waking up at reveille together, cleaning the bunk together, activities together, free play together and so much more. Some of my favorite memories were just during the down time hanging out with my friends!

What message do you have for current campers?

My message to current campers is to live in each moment, be present and don’t be afraid to try new things! Put yourself out there in every way, to make new friends, bond with your old friends and to create new memories at the best place ever, TEC!

How has your time at TEC impacted who you are today?

Trail’s End has impacted my life in a tremendous way.  I was fortunate to return to camp as a counselor, group leader and now I will be taking on a new role as a head counselor. Each of my prior roles has shaped me into the person I am today. I learned to be more confident in myself, how to be a team player and most importantly, work to make the camper’s camp experience the best one yet.


Can’t wait to relive your summers at TEC? Be sure to join us for Alumni Day 2018, on August 4th at Trail’s End Camp!

Looking Ahead….

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As the leaves start to turn and the cold weather is right around the corner, we have set our sights towards summer 2015. Here are some exciting camp events and changes we have planned for the upcoming year:

HALLOWEEN CONTEST – We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Halloween Costume contest for campers and staff alike! Email Sara a photo of you in your costume by November 3rd to be entered in a raffle to win a Trail’s End prize pack! The lucky staff member and lucky camper will be announced via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter early November. Looking forward to seeing everyone all dressed up!

WINTER REUNION – We can’t wait to see our camp families at the Winter Reunions December 6th and 7th, It is always great hanging out and reuniting with old camp friends while getting to know our new incoming campers even better. Remember to RSVP by logging into your My TEC Account at trailsendcamp.com.

TennisTENNIS COURT RENOVATIONS – Our tennis court facility will be getting a full facelift. We will have 7 brand new tennis courts and 3 Quickstart training courts for our youngest campers. We are excited to see the courts in action come June!

BRAND NEW CRAFTS & TECHNOLOGY CENTER –  The biggest change to the 2015 program will be the expansion of Crafts & Technology.  The new center will include woodworking, ceramics, fine arts, jewelry making, textiles, cooking, video production, digital media and rock band. Keep your eyes peeled for photos throughout the winter.  We will post them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

TOWEL SERVICE – Beginning in 2015, we will be providing towel service for our campers and staff.  Towels will be delivered daily to every camper and staff for showers.  Additionally, there will be towels at the lake or pool for their use when swimming and boating.  Our towel service will result in our Lake Photocampers bringing less “stuff” to camp and will create more room in the bunks!

We are very excited for the 2015 additions and cannot wait to be back at TEC. See you all soon!

Only 35 Saturdays till opening campfire!

 

Camp Best Friends are the Best Kind of Friends (Part 2)

Group ShotIn the second part of the two part Trailblazer series you will meet Remy, Ben, Jordan and Teddy. They will explain what it means to be a part of Trail’s End to them and how camp and their friendships have shaped who they are today.

Name: Remy NovichRemy, Hanna, Brett
Nickname: Remdog
Years in Camp: 9 years as a camper and 3 years as a staff member
Favorite Food: Cookout Cookies
Favorite Camp Tradition: Sing, Olympics, Olympic Sing, basically
Favorite Quote: “The moment may be brief, but the memory will last a lifetime”

I am a freshman at Muhlenberg College. In my time spent at Trail’s End, I have grown from a shy little girl into a confident leader in my community. When I was a First Year, I became friends with the 8 most important people in my life. They taught me the true meaning of friendship. I attribute so much of who I am to my friendships with them. These people taught me how to be the best version of myself. Without the guidance from my friends, I would be lost. All in all, my camp friends are the most amazing, genuine, caring, accepting, and funny people I know. The 9 of us have been through so much together. We really have each other’s backs. Our bond is something that very few people have and we are so beyond lucky to have each other. There is not a day that goes by that we don’t talk to each other. I know that my camp friends are going to be my best friends for the rest of my life. I think camp definitely has had a huge impact on all of our lives, as well as our friendship. In my opinion, a friendship fostered at camp is unlike any other type of friendship. Our undying affinity for our summer home will keep us linked together forever. We each started our Trail’s End experience as strangers and now, years later, we are a family.

Bass and CrewName: Ben Bass
Nickname: Bass
Years in Camp: 6 years as a camper and 3 years as a counselor
Favorite Sports Team: New York Giants
Favorite Food: I crave cookout cookies year round
Favorite Camp Tradition: Olympics Opening Ceremony or Lou Flego

I’m a freshman at Northwestern University. Camp has provided me with some of my most favorite and cherished memories. My camp friends are people that I could always turn to when I need advice outside of the same old people from home, or even just a good laugh. We find ourselves constantly talking, asking each other for tips on how to be the best counselor we can be. Now that we’re all in college, it’s easy to get caught up in our own busy lives. We all try to see each other at least once or twice throughout the year over breaks from school. When we can’t all be together, we all have a group chat on our phones that’s constantly buzzing—it’s our way of getting our dose of each other and camp year round for the 10 months that we can’t be at Trail’s End. Teddy and I frequently agree that though we may have come to camp without siblings, today we’re so thankful to have this group of true brothers and sisters.

Name: Jordan HalperSing Shot
Years in Camp (camper and staff member): 8 years as a camper and 2 years as a counselor
Favorite Food: Dunkin iced coffee
Favorite Camp Tradition: Sing
Favorite Quote: “Better for having been with you”
What you look forward to every year at camp: Being with my best friends in the world every day
Favorite Camp Memory: Winning Sing 4 different times

I am currently a freshman at the University of Michigan. As cliché as it sounds, camp to me is the foundation of my entire life up until this point. It is the place where I learned to break out of my shell, held my first of many leadership opportunities, and of course, found my best friends. It is the root of all of my confidence and has honestly changed my life. I was fortunate enough to have a solid group of friends to always turn to. My camp friends always had my back no matter what, and were always there for me with a smile, a hug or a word of advice. As much as I love my home friends, the bond you share with your camp friends is genuinely unlike any other. My camp friends are my backbone as I dealt with the transition from camper to counselor and the responsibilities that came along with it. I am truly better for having met them and spending my summers at Trail’s End.

Staff NightName: Brett Finkelstein
Years in Camp: 9 as a camper, 3 as a staff member
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Camp Tradition: Sing
What do you look forward to every year at camp: All of the traditions

I’m a freshman at Duke University. I started as a Lower Buddy in bunk 1 in 2003 and can’t even remember summers anywhere but Beach Lake, PA. Now it’ll be my 12th summer, 3 as a counselor, and I don’t know where I would be without my camp friends. Being a camper for nine summers was the best and I loved every second of it. Heading into my 3rd year as a staff member, I think it’s amazing to be the one to help my campers have as great of a summer as I did when I was in their shoes. I count down the days to camp, especially to see my campers and my best friends. At home, I’m known as the camp girl always wearing her camp apparel and talking about her camp friends. It’s all because at camp I’ve really met my best friends and the people who know me better than anyone else – I don’t know what I would do without them. I’m so lucky to have ended up at Trail’s End and met the people I have.

Name: Teddy DruckerCollege Boys
Years in Camp: 8 as a camper and 3 as a counselor
Favorite Sports Team: Yankees
Favorite Food: Pancakes
Favorite Camp Tradition: I’ve always been a sucker for Olympic Breakouts
Favorite Quote:  “The only person you should strive to be better than is the person you were yesterday”
What you look forward to each summer: Seeing Marc in his USA hockey jersey during 4th of July

I am currently a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis. Without being too corny, camp is my life. All of my favorite memories and best friends come from camp.  I started going to Trail’s End when I was 9 years old, not knowing a single person there. My first summer I was put in a bunk with David. Two years later, Bass came to camp and our friendship has been unbreakable since. I remember sitting at candle lighting the last night of camp LT summer, looking around thinking how unbelievably lucky I was to be a part of that and how I could never imagine not being with my best friends. Transitioning into being a counselor was seamless for me because I always looked at it as just more opportunities to stay attached to the place and people that I love. As for Bass and David, they are the two best friends that I have. I speak to at least one of them on a daily basis and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without them. One of the most special things we have done is create a group chat with all of our other friends that we post in on a daily basis. There is nothing better than checking my phone and seeing it light up with camp friends. Camp to me is a place that makes me feel special. It is a bigger part of me than anything else in my life. The memories I have made there have given me confidence throughout high school and now into college.

 

Alumni Spotlight – John and Lew

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Alumni Spotlight – 1947 – 1957

At Trail’s End, there is an expression that while we spend only 8 short weeks together, you are never just passing through. We strongly believe that each of our alumni has left their mark on Trail’s End and we hope that the TEC Experience has helped them become the person that they are today. For the past 67 summers, the essence and spirit of TEC is exactly what it was in 1947.  We caught up with two of our alum, John Benfield and Lew Mittleman, to see what Trail’s End was like for them from 1947-1960.

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John R. Benfield:

John R Bendfield

Years at Trail’s End Camp: All as a staff member, 1947-1950 and again in 1961 as the camp doctor. A Honesdale surgeon invited me to join him in practice after completion of my residency and at times, in the later years, I thought I should have accepted his invitation
Life after Trail’s End: I became a retired Professor of Surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Describe Trail’s End to us during your time here: I worked with Joe Laub at Camps Delaware and Delawaxen where he was the Head Counselor. In 1947, he asked me to come work at Trail’s End as the waterfront director. It was what you would refer to today as a “startup,” very primitive
What is your favorite Trail’s End memory? Nothing really jumps out as a favorite; I enjoyed all aspects of camp

Who do you still stay in touch with from your Trail’s End Years?
Steve Wolfe, Mike Laub and Allen LaubJoe Laub
What was the best lesson Trail’s End taught you? How to get along with people regardless of the situation
What was your favorite camp activity? Waterfront and Horseback Riding
When is the last time you visited camp? I came to visit this past summer; it was great to see camp and catch up with Starr and Stan

 

Lew Mittleman:

Years at Trail’s End CaUnknownmp: 1954-1957 as a camper with my brother

Life after Trail’s End: I am currently doing Internet sales and leasing for Arnold Chevy Buick in West Babylon, New York and living in Wantagh, New York

Describe Trail’s End to us during your time here: I spent four summers at Trail’s End, living in bunks 5, 6, 8 and 12. I have very fond memories from that time. I remember camp being very regimented. We had a strict schedule that we followed. The bunks had Army blankets and cots for beds. Leon, who was the Boys Head Counselor at the time, would always come on the loud speaker and call next period, making sure we were sticking to the program. Every afternoon the entire camp would do a general swim down at the lake (there was no pool then). A majority of the campers in my group and in camp were from Brooklyn and Bronx, very few were from Long Island

What was your favorite activity? All of them were good, nice and enjoyable but I loved going horseback riding. I remember Buzz from Staten Island used to run the program. There was this one arrogant pony. If you were giving Buzz or one the counselors a hard time, then you were bound to get that pony, which would cause for a difficult period

If you could do anything different what would it be? I would try and be a bit more outward. I was ridiculously shy during my time at Trail’s End. I would have pushed myself a bit moreHorse Drawn Carriage

Tell me about the food at TEC: The food was GREAT! Every Sunday morning we would have bagels and lox – that was everyone’s favorite meal. There was a baker named Sal that was from a bakery in Queens and had a place near camp. He would come to camp and make the best desserts. Every Sunday he would make chocolate danishes and chocolate rolls. We always had desserts after every meal, danishes after breakfast, cake after lunch and dinner and then extra nourishment in the afternoons (today it’s called Moo Call), where we would have milk and cookies everyday

Tell me about traditions you did every year while at TEC: We would go on trips out of camp to the local roller rink and to Frisbees (the local ice cream shop) on a hayride. The shows down on the stage by the lake were something I always enjoyed watching as well

Explain Trail’s End in five words: Safe, Ran Methodically, Great Experience

Fill in the Blanks: I think of Trail’s End Camp when I think of summer, see horseback riding, watch, camp movies, hear Reveille/Taps/Neil Sedaka, or eat, lox with boiled eggs

Remember to Save the Date for our 2nd Annual Alumni Day on August 9th. Hope to see you all there!

Trail’s End Camp – What’s Coming Up and New….

Trail's End Camp - What's Coming UpAs Opening Campfire 2014 continues to get closer every day, we wanted to get everyone in the TEC spirit with 2 great events and tell you all about the new things coming your way.

100 DAYS UNTIL CAMP  – THURSDAY!

Let’s celebrate 100 days by wearing our favorite camp clothes to school or work this Thursday, March 20th. Campers, staff, parents and alumni – show the world you love Trail’s End and how you cannot wait to be at your summer home in Beach Lake, PA.

Make sure to email Sara photos of you and your camp friends showing off your TEC spirit! All photos will be posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

 

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New What's Coming Up Trail's End Camp Summer Camp New York City Primer Camp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd ANNUAL TRAIL’S END MARCH MADNESS CONTEST

Trail's End Camp March MadnessWe are excited to announce the 2nd Annual Trail’s End Men’s College Basketball March Madness contest.

Last year’s champions, Jonah Kaufman (Kadets), Noah Mittman (Staff), and Lauren Fleischer (TEC Alum) will be looking to defend their titles when the tournament begins on Thursday March 20th.

Please click the links below to join your TEC March Madness Tournament. The winning camper will receive a TEC duffel bag filled with camp gear and the camper’s GROUP will have a Two Guys Pizza Party on the second day of camp to celebrate their big win. The winning TEC Alum and Staff member will receive a duffel bag filled with camp gear and a $50 iTunes gift card.

Camper March Madness Contest
Current Staff March Madness Contest
Alumni March Madness Contest

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We will update the standings after each day of the tournament.