The fact that we
didn't have "fancy" stuff meant nothing
to us. We came back year after year as campers because for those
3 or 6 week stretches, we got away from our parents, went swimming, played
softball, did arts and crafts, went on hikes, camped-out in the woods,
made-out behind the bathrooms, and had the time of our lives!!
It wasn't about spending the summer in Europe. We
were either in Narrowsburg, Barryville, or Silver Lake.
It wasn't about horseback-riding. We had no
horses. Every now and then though, a counselor would bring his dog
It wasn't about tennis. We had no courts or
racquets. We played softball in "The Bird-Cage'' and "Ga-Ga" in The Rec.
Hall and in The Pavilion.
It wasn't about archery. We had no bows, arrows,
or targets. We had knives we weren't supposed to have, and played "Stretch".
It wasn't about water-skiing. We had no motor-boats
or skis. We had 3 swimming docks, a fishing dock, row-boats, canoes,
and a lake with about 2 inches of visibility.
It wasn't about food. We ate "Gorilla Balls", Wel-Met
Mish-Mash, Rocky-Mountain Toast (usually burnt), Government-surplus cheese
and butter, and drank "Bug Juice".
Wel-Met Camps was always about meeting people and establishing
friendships (some of which have lasted more than 30 years).
This website was
created to give us an opportunity to reconnect with the many friends we spent
all those wonderful summers with,
and find out what they've been up to all these years.
When we visit this
site, it will also act as a kind of time-machine that will allow us to return
to a place where our only priority
was to have fun. And did we ever!!
If you searched for, and found this site, then you feel
exactly the same way.
is dedicated to Mike (Peach) Alterbaum, and to all who
share Wel–Met's "Magical Memories".