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Campingly Yours: A Heartwarming Journey of a Lifetime at Summer Camp Paperback – January 2, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1589851115 ISBN-10: 1589851110 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star Publications, Inc.; 1 edition (January 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589851110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589851115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In my opinion, Campingly Yours is more than a loving memoir of summer camp, it is an enchanting journey through the heartland of one man s life. Written with disarming simplicity and honest emotion, the folksy anecdotes and wry observations entwine like woodsmoke from an evening campfire. The book invites you to sit down and listen in to treasured stories full of laughter and friendship, music and memory, a sense of life s joys and its inescapable sadness. In addition to being a wonderful read, Campingly Yours asks us to share the author s lifelong desire to preserve and extend the values of a lost American childhood, a more innocent time in which boys and girls were able to experience life more directly, independently, and responsibly. To Adler and all of us lucky enough to have shared similar summertime adventures camp is far more than a place or a time; it is a way of looking at the world. As a writer, Thomas C. Adler is an American original. His prose is distinctively homespun understated, yet deeply felt; by turns amusing, sweet, and often surprisingly affecting. You know from reading this book that Adler is the guy you want in your canoe on a long day s paddle into the wind. I recommend reading Campingly Yours to anyone who has been to summer camp or wonders what they missed by not going to camp. And they missed a lot. Beyond that, however, the book will appeal to anyone who wants to know what it was like to grow up in a more innocent age and discover a singular slice of heaven in the forested lakes of northern Wisconsin. --Jeff Melvoin, Television Writer/Producer (Hill Street Blues, Northern Exposure, Alias)

About the Author

Thomas C. Adler didn t want to go to summer camp. He cried on his first day at North Star Camp for boys, and he got a face full of pudding! Forty-five years later, he s still at it, serving as co-director of Chippewa Ranch Camp for girls in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Thomas was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri and resides in the off season in Tucson, Arizona with his wife, Pamela, and dog, Oscar. His daughters, Abigail and Anne B., grew up at summer camp, each attending Chippewa Ranch for over twenty years. The majority of the author's proceeds will be donated to the Lou and Renee Rosenblum Foundation and the Camp For All Kids Foundation--helping children from all over the country and world have a chance to attend summer camp.

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I would recommend this book to anyone (even the non-camper!).
A. Krantz
And I cried as well, because the author's experiences mirrored some of my own, and I could see many facets of my own life in his beautiful story.
A. Mcintyre
You will be brought back to that special time in your life and find yourself reliving your own memories of summer camp by reading this book.
Adam N. Cantor

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett L. Lebby on January 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
How true when Tom Adler (who was always affectionately introduced to me as The Flash) wrote on the subject of camp that, "the off-season was always considered synonymous with Winter. Spring was the coming of camp, and fall was reflection time on the past summer's memories." To anyone who has experienced the magic of camp Adler's words will immediate resonate. For anyone not so fortunate to have experienced camp, Campingly Yours does a marvelous job of explaining what all the fuss is about.

Furthermore, Campingly Yours is the coming of age of a unique and outstanding life. You'll learn why The Flash is called "The Flash" by those who know him best. You'll follow "Kid Flash" as he learns lessons and finds his life's calling. And yet this isn't a one man show. It's simply amazing to read so many stories and anecdotes about so many people I grew up admiring as a "camp brat". Lou and Renee, Jack Weiner, Moose, Leb, Sherman and so many others get their fair share.

So grab a copy, sit down, and don't forget to "tie your shoes", as The Flash takes you back through the defining of a man's life - a life that helped define a great American tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Livingston on April 9, 2010
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Thomas C. Adler's book, Campingly Yours, is an absolute must read for anyone who ever went to, or worked at, summer camp. Adler recalls in great detail stories of his childhood that are both exhilarating and poignant. One of the strengths of the book is Tom's ability to bring to life "characters" who were influential in his life. As a lifelong camp person, so many of the stories rang true, but what's even more amazing about the book is that it is relatable to anyone who had fond memories of being a child and growing up to discover one's passion. Tom's pursuit of that passion is admirable, and his enthusiasm for camp is infectious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Klein on January 27, 2011
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One of the most powerful things a human being can do throughout his or her life is to follow their heart. And Thomas C. Adler has done just that -- first, by pursuing and fulfilling his dream of providing a loving atmosphere for girls (and some lucky guys) where camp could pulsate through their veins for a lifetime and then by recording his heart and his story in "Campingly Yours".

Now many more kids of all ages can understand and share in the wonders of what it means to forever have camp in your blood.

I was particularly privileged to witness Tom's girls camp up close and personal from the vantage of my boys camp just down the road and across the lake. And now I'm equally privileged to recommend his account to you and suggest it may inspire you to support the camping movement as a whole, what it has meant, and it will continue to mean for untold millions of young women and men around the Earth.

While it has now been exported all over the world, Summer Camp is an American treasure. And Thomas C. Adler is a treasure in American Camping.

Glenn Klein, Owner/Director
Camp Menominee for Boys
1984-1997
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh Green on December 29, 2008
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As a long time camper, CIT, and counselor at a camp nearby the one Tom owned/directed for 27 years, I found myself not being able to put this book down after I received it. And how could you blame me? For years I've been trying to put camp's indescribable features into words, and Tom does just that and more. He lets the readers know that there is more going on behind those fences than softball, basketball, swimming, etc., and actually a place where few are lucky to experience. For everyone who has every experienced camp, this book is perfect for you, as Tom's vivid and detailed memories will enlighten you and give you goose bumps that will spark your own camp memories and help you remember those happy times. And for those who have never experienced camp, this book may in fact be just as important for you as you are the majority. It will let you know why your friend went back to that same place where they do the same thing for all of those years. I promise you, that after reading Tom's book, you will now wish you had the same experience as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Heyman Pigott on March 1, 2009
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Campingly Yours is more than I expected and completely accessible. Before I started reading I wondered if I would be biased, knowing the author from when I was one of his campers, but the truth is, I was meeting him in this book in a whole new way. While it is his story (which is interesting in and of itself), in so many ways it was also the story of my brother, my father, my sister, and me. Sure, we did not follow the same path, we were shaped by our experience and this story is really a human journey. From the camper perspective this book captures how much camped touched us and our family. I suppose for others it may give a glimpse into why we were gladly gone for 8 weeks every summer. The universal lessons were there as was the humor and the honesty of growing up. Camp was an amazing place for me as it was for so many. We all carry our own stories around and while different and dramatic in their own way, this book is universal and such a treasure to have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie on April 29, 2009
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I just finished Campingly Yours, it took me longer than most books to read because I felt as though if I finished it camp would be over, and I hated that feeling every summer for 13 summers at camp. I had the chills while reading about the author's experiences because some of them were so similar to ones I had, including how mom and dad are always there for you no matter what in more ways than imaginable.

The book is truly an inspiration to anyone who has ever had camp "run through their veins." The perseverance and the impact the author made on so many people is truly wonderful. The story left me with tears in my eyes both happy and sad, I can't even imagine trying to find a way to put all of my 13 years of camp stories and memories down on paper the way the author did in this book.

Campingly Yours is a must read!
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