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A note from Pemi Alumnus Jim Brown

The following note comes from Jim Brown, a former Pemi camper and staff member who was on the shores of Lower Baker from 1951 – 1957. He and his wife Karen stopped by for a visit this summer, and sent these thoughts along afterward to Tom Reed, Jr. His eloquence here speaks for the way a lot of Pemi alumni react when they revisit camp after a time away.

Hi Tom,

Thanks so much for a wonderful visit to Pemi today. Karen and I enjoyed seeing Betsy, Al, Penny and you, as well as meeting Dottie, Danny, Dwight, Matt, and other counselors and campers. So much seemed the same, and yet, so much was different. The lake and the facilities were beautiful as I remembered them, and yet, the campers were more enthusiastic and more interested in a variety of activities than I recall. Singing at lunch was a treat, and learning that part of a sports team was hiking down Mt. Cube to join their teammates at Camp Moosilauke for a sporting event was also telling.

So many wonderful activities and the camaraderie of boys joining together for a great summer of learning and fun. Beyond that, the staff, counselors and boys make up what has been, and hopefully, always will be, Camp Pemi. Congratulations to you and your associates for maintaining this wonderful spirit. Keep up your fine work and continue to provide a wonderful experience for so many young boys.

For me, almost 60 years ago and now, seeing Camp Pemi was a real treat! Thank you.

-Jim Brown