Camp Mohaph or Camp Mowhaph

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Priscilla

Miami, FL

#1 Jul 13, 2007
Anyone know what happened to the camp that was located in Glen Spey from the 1920's through the 1960's?
Cinnamon Girl

AOL

#2 Jul 17, 2007
Priscilla wrote:
Anyone know what happened to the camp that was located in Glen Spey from the 1920's through the 1960's?
I went to Camp Mohaph from 1960-1964. Its last year of operation was 1965. I heard it had been sold afterwards but have no idea what the land is being used for at this time.
lubelira

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jul 24, 2007
mohaph is long gone but alumni congregate at www.mohaph.com
david horn

Beaumont, CA

#4 Aug 10, 2007
Priscilla wrote:
Anyone know what happened to the camp that was located in Glen Spey from the 1920's through the 1960's?
hi,
check out the new website campmohaph.com
very interesting
Richard Sternberger

AOL

#5 Aug 2, 2008
I went to Mohaph in 1958 and 1959. The camp was sold in 1965 and renamed Camp Ramah, Then, apparently, it was sold again and named Camp-o-Rific. That camp closed in the early 1970's. The camp then lay abandoned and there was a fire in the mess hall in 1976. According to an article about the history of the Lumberland Fire Dept., which was the fire department for Glen Spey, and close to the camp, the town asked the fire department to burn the remaining buildings since the buildings had been badly vandalized. I heard that the grounds are camping grounds now. I could verify that with a call to the Glen Spey town hall.
Sharon

Washington, DC

#6 Aug 4, 2009
I went to Camp Ramah in 1967 & 1968, it was a great camp, with a lake and nice grounds. Too bad it is all gone now. Does anyone have photos?
Terry

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Jun 22, 2010
Harry had two gigantic balls
Mo had one but it was small
Phil had some what similar
but Mama had no balls at all
Just two big mountains with cherries on top.
And there goes mama, swingin' on the outhouse door
(without her undies)
Remember Sylvia Odom?

1959-1963 Camp Mohaph ( Mo Harry & Phil were the brothers)

Looking for Trixie Dixie and Pixie!!!
jill

East Setauket, NY

#8 Jul 8, 2011
i went to mohaph around 1963, 64, 65- Sylvia ran the show and her daughter danna was a counselor. arnie fishman was great swim coach. then camp was sold to USY/Ramah & went there too. the entire boys side was USY and entire girls side was RAMAH.... sad- was great place
Scott Eder

Trenton, NJ

#9 Aug 30, 2011
I knnew a David Horn from camp
Scott Eder

Trenton, NJ

#10 Aug 30, 2011
weren't the colors blue and white? I was there in very early 60's-that's where I heard Marylyn Monroe died. Can't remember owner's name-I vaguely remember he was bald. The camp mother's name was Freda. The nighlty report listed kids who were constipated so that they would get prune juice. I remember5 wearing white on saturdays. Owner's name ???? Mr. Baxter
Linda and Herb Brodsky

Forest Hills, NY

#11 Nov 25, 2011
Scott Eder wrote:
weren't the colors blue and white? I was there in very early 60's-that's where I heard Marylyn Monroe died. Can't remember owner's name-I vaguely remember he was bald. The camp mother's name was Freda. The nighlty report listed kids who were constipated so that they would get prune juice. I remember5 wearing white on saturdays. Owner's name ???? Mr. Baxter
We met at Camp Mohaph in 1963 when we were both counselors. I (Linda Levine) was a bunk counselor and Herb was a waiter counselor and also the pioneering counselor. He was one of the few guys allowed free access to the girls' side. We met when I interrupted him trying to get Aunt Frieda, the camp mother, to allow his waiters to do their laundry during the first week of camp. It had been very hot and he was arguing that they were running out of clean T-shirts. I had a bunk full of 9 year olds and thought they should have laundry parity. My younger brother, Fred Levine, was a camper earlier in the 60's.
Some of our fellow counselors whose names come to mind were Gary Edles, Allan Kramer (who had a Corvette and managed to cram 5 or 6 of us in when we needed a ride to Flo-Jeans in Port Jervis- still there - where we hung out on nights we weren't "OD." or into Monticello on our day off. We remember getting stopped by the local police one night and expecting Allan to be arrested to having too many people in the car. Fortunately, the cop "didn't notice" us), Mark & Alan Zwerner , Ruthellen Ball, Alan(?) Lichtenstein, and Alice Bilgrei The head of the waterfront was Lenny - can't recall his last name. "Aunt" Frieda was the camp mother.
The owners at that time were the Baxt family. Victor Baxt was one of the owners and "Mama" Baxt was the family matriarch. She rode around the grounds on a golf cart. I remember going for an interview at the Baxt home/office around Kings Highway in Brooklyn.
Yes, the colors were blue and white. I remember some of the camp songs including a slightly different version of one sung to the tune of the theme from "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and posted on this forum. The one we knew started out with "Victor, he only had 1 ball; ?(name of the other owner), had two but they were small, Lenny had one too many and then there's Mama with no balls at all etc.
We went back about 10 years ago to look at the property. It's on a road named Mohaph Road and seems to be privately owned. I doubt the current residents know why the road is named Mohaph. There was a chain blocking access and "posted" signs. It was hunting season, so we didn't venture onto the grounds. BTW, Camp Brookwood is still in operation across the road.
Linda and Herb Brodsky

Forest Hills, NY

#12 Nov 25, 2011
Forgot to add that one of our neighbors who is now 85 years old and her late brother went to Mohaph when Mo, Harry and Phil were the owners.
Maggie

Hawley, PA

#13 Jan 2, 2012
153 photos of Camp Mohaph circa 1951. Ebay 1/2/12 evening listing. 9:50 pm est. Photographer was David Kimmel. Wonderful photos.
Plato

Newburgh, NY

#15 May 14, 2012
I attended National Camp USY for two years when it first opened in the mid 1960's and again, but this time as kitchen staff, in 1971--the last year it was active as a Ramah camp. It had opened as USY and Ramah bought it out after the first year.
I remember quite a bit of Mohaph graffiti/memorials written on the walls of the social hall and always wondered why it closed as Mohaph. It was a beautiful social hall, right on the lake. The kitchen and dining room, however, were another story with the part of the dining hall which was over the lake starting to sag into the lake. Male kitchen staff lived above the kitchen. As a camper, I remember a ceremony where we buried a time capsule near what was the boy's side tennis court. I also remember meeting my first girl friend while a camper. As staff, we used to cram as many people as possible into a car--I distinctly recall getting 15 people into a 1963 Chevy Impala and then head out to Tony's Log Cabin to drink until closing.
Every few years I drive out there to take a look at the place. On my last visit, the only building left standing was the office at the entrance to the camp. The in-ground pool was there, but not accessible--the path was filled in with downed branches and blocked off. I spoke to the person who seemed to own the property. She claimed to be the great granddaughter of the people who owned the property around 1900. She had hoped to turn the place into a mini-resort, but had not counted on the current wetlands laws. Instead it house a few mobile homes.
My fondest memory of the camp occurred the year I worked there. A group of us coming back from Tony's wandered into the dining room at 2AM to find Rabbi Jules Harlow on the clarinet and Walter, the baker, on the piano having a phenomenal jazz jam session.
By the way, as a note to the Mohaph folks--the golf cart that was used by your director, was put to very good use by the USY director. Donny Adelman, used to try to wedge it between boys and girls saying good night on the bridge.
Sidney Kramer

Durham, CT

#16 Jul 21, 2012
I went to camp Mohaph when I was 8 years old, in 1924. And for every summer after that until I graduated college in 1936. It was a great place. When the girls camp opened many years later, I met my wife. I was the swimming councilor, and taught hundreds of kids how to swim. Some of them are still around, grandmothers and grandfathers. I still have my basketball jersey, although it doesn't fit so well.
sidney kramer

Durham, CT

#17 Jul 21, 2012
CORRECTION--NOT FROM BERLIN CONN., FROM WESTPORT CONN.
Sidney Kramer wrote:
I went to camp Mohaph when I was 8 years old, in 1924. And for every summer after that until I graduated college in 1936. It was a great place. When the girls camp opened many years later, I met my wife. I was the swimming councilor, and taught hundreds of kids how to swim. Some of them are still around, grandmothers and grandfathers. I still have my basketball jersey, although it doesn't fit so well.
WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM OTHER OLD TIMERS OR THOSE WHO REMEMBER THEM.
SOME OF MY COUNSELORS' NAMES: JULIAN ROSNER WAS THE HEAD COUNSELOR. LONG GONE? CAMP DOCTOR: STANLEY COHEN--GRADUATED TO A BORO PARK PRACTICE. MY WIFE WAS ESTHER SCHLANSKY. SOME CAMPERS NAMES: jACK DENNEL, IRVING ROTH, ELEANOR KRAMER (LATER TORREST), LEW MENTLIK--WAS KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE.
sidney kramer

Durham, CT

#18 Jul 21, 2012
THE OWNER OF THE CAMP WAS "POP" RICHMAN, DAUGHTER SARA, SON NAMED JOE. SARA LATER MARRIED JERRY MORSE WHO STILL LIVES IN MANHATTAN. MY FATHER, LOUIS KRAMER WAS THE CAMP ACCOUNTANT, IN THE '30S,'TIL THEY SOLD IT. IT IS NAMED MOHAPH SO IT SOUNDS INDIAN, BUT IT IS REALLY AFTER 'MO' AND 'HARRY' AND 'PHIL'-- MOSES RICHMAN, HTAT WAS POP, HE WAS PRINCIPAL OF A YESHIVA IN BORO PARK. PARTNERS OF HIS WERE PHIL AND HARRY KUTICK, I THINK. OOOOLD MEMORIES.!! RICHMAN BOUGHT THE OTHER TWO OUT, BUT HE DIDN'T CHANGE THE NAME FROM MOHAPH TO JUST PLAIN CAMP 'MO'!
edith

Atlanta, GA

#19 Aug 10, 2012
anyone know how wide the lake at camp was?
Mindy Schneider

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Oct 23, 2012
Priscilla wrote:
Anyone know what happened to the camp that was located in Glen Spey from the 1920's through the 1960's?
My mother and aunt went to Mohaph in the 1940s. I have a few old photos. Fellow campers included members of the Revson (Revlon) family and children of the owners of Hartz Mountain and Exquisite Form bras. My mother and aunt were from modest means by comparison, but my grandfather ran a wholesale dry goods store, so at least my mother had the most underpants.
PepeLaPew

Floral Park, NY

#21 Feb 25, 2013
Mindy Schneider wrote:
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My mother and aunt went to Mohaph in the 1940s. I have a few old photos. Fellow campers included members of the Revson (Revlon) family and children of the owners of Hartz Mountain and Exquisite Form bras. My mother and aunt were from modest means by comparison, but my grandfather ran a whorehouse and dry goods store, so at least my mother had the most underpants.
Mindy are you sure.

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