No one expects summer camp to be like the Ritz. It’s meant to be rustic. Even so, some of the kids who go to Camp Moss Hollow discover that camp is actually nicer than what they experience at home. If your room at home has a mattress but no bed, can you still call it a bedroom?
The directors and counselors at Moss Hollow work hard to make it a welcoming place. You can help. Our greatest need, of course, is money to keep the program running. But Moss Hollow also has a need for camp-related equipment. Here’s a list: twin sheets, light blankets and sleeping bags; towels and washcloths; raincoats and ponchos; sweat shirts for cool evenings and hikes; bathing suits and shower shoes; flashlights with batteries; combs, brushes and (for girls) hair accessories; girls’ and boys’ underwear and socks.
Then there are items to be used in camp programs: construction paper, tempera paints, beads, brushes and easels; board games, chess and checkers sets, jump ropes, and basketball, soccer and softball equipment; plain white T-shirts for stenciling. Finally, academic supplies will be put to good use: young adult novels and picture books, small bookcases, spiral notebooks, pens and pencils.
For reasons that range from hygiene to not wanting campers to feel as if they are always getting hand-me-downs, the items should be new. If you can supply any of this, send an e-mail to
To make a monetary donation online, go to www.washingtonpost.com/camp. Or mail a check payable to “Send a Kid to Camp” to Send a Kid to Camp, P.O. Box 96237, Washington, D.C. 20090-6237.
Finally, you’ve heard how good fish oil is for you, right? Well, why not treat yourself to some fish oil Wednesday at any area Clyde’s restaurant or the Old Ebbitt Grill? It will come tastefully — and tastily — packaged inside the wild Alaska salmon that is the day’s special menu item. Order it, and the proceeds will benefit Send a Kid to Camp.
Going to some other high school’s reunion might sound like hell to you, but not to Kelly Kuhn. For the last few years, the Manassas resident has been crashing the reunion happy hours of various Manassas high schools.
Now, he’s going legit: Kelly has organized a June 25 reunion for five Manassas area high schools at Harris Pavilion: Osbourn, Osbourn Park, Manassas Park, Brentsville and Stonewall Jackson. It’s for the Classes of 1981 — the year he graduated — but students from the Classes of ’76 to ’86 are welcome.
People won’t be able to crash this one, however. Because alcohol will be served, all tickets must be purchased by June 20. Go to www.mega81.org for information. (It’s a fundraiser for CASA of Prince William County, a child advocacy group.)
Hey, I saw “West Side Story.” Won’t bringing together rival high schools cause knife fights and rumbles? Nah, Kelly said. “There were rivalries back then, but they were kind of twisted, because we were all friends.” The kids had gone to the same elementary and middle schools, then were “sort of shot out of a cannon in the late ’70s” as new high schools were built for the rapidly growing county.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Class of 1966 — June 17. E-mail Steven VanGrack,
Montgomery Blair Class of 1956 — Sept. 29. Contact David O. Williams at 301-588-3374 or e-mail
Archbishop Carroll Class of 1961 — Sept. 16-18. E-mail Walt Laake at
Calvin Coolidge Class of 1953 — Aug. 25, 2012. Contact Trudy Kotzker, 301-438-0742 or
Frederick Douglass Class of 1966 — Oct 22. Contact Gale Thomas, 301-567-2877 (
Dunbar Class of 1971 — Sept. 23-25. Visit dunbar71.intuitwebsites.com or contact
Eastern Classes from the 1940s and 1950s — Sept. 30-Oct. 2. In Myrtle Beach, S.C. E-mail
John Eaton Elementary School — Oct. 22 Centennial Reunion Party. Visit www.eatondc.org or e-mail
Thomas Jefferson Class of 1981 — Oct. 1. E-mail
Walter Johnson Class of 1981 — Oct. 22. E-mail Lisa Bateman Carroll at
Robert E. Lee Class of 1971 — Oct. 14-16. E-mail Sally Felker Beecroft at
McKinley Tech Class of 1981 — Aug. 12-14. Contact David Driggers 240-375-6063 or Em’Ria Briscoe at www.mckinleytech81.com.
Springbrook Class of 1981 — Sept. 24. www.Springbrook1981.com.
Suitland Class of 1961 — Oct. 22. E-mail
Suitland Class of 1991 — Oct. 21-22. E-mail Myneko Broadhurst,
West Springfield School Class of 1991 — Aug. 5-6. Visit www.wshs91reunion.com or e-mail