2017 Message from the Founders
Updated: Oct 21, 2019
Camp Erutan is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary!
To kickoff the first session of the season, we were invited to stay on the Arfa property where we used to camp in Cayucos California. The Arfa’s have turned their property into a beautiful retreat, www.wellspringranch.com, and welcomed us as their guests. All of our meals were prepared for us, campfires going day and night, s’mores fixings, luxurious accommodations, and loving hospitality. Former campers who are now young adults attended this session and were very touched that the photo album at wellspring ranch included pictures of them as young campers. A great time was had by all of us.
In July we will be holding an extra long session of camp in East Hampton New York. For this session of camp, it will be the campers 4th year attending Camp Erutan at Fireplace Farm where the Ryan family has graciously invited us back again this year. Our wonderful host Mary Ryan lets us store all of our gear in her attic and is the grandmother figure all campers adore. Maxwell Ryan (www.apartmenttherapy.com) put up a yurt for Camp Erutan in 1993 and we have been camping there ever since. Oliver Ryan (www.countit.com) shares his barn with us so we have a fantastic kitchen and lovely outdoor shower to use.
None of this would be possible without our amazing volunteers. Karen is the other responsible adult at East Hampton camp who takes the train with the campers and plans great art and science projects. Luis, who has been coming to Camp Erutan since he was 6 years old, graduated college last year and will continue his tradition of helping us set up and breakdown camp. Peter, who has been a part of the Camp Erutan family since he was 3, will be coming to NY from CA to be a camp counselor - Peter is now 29. Izzi has been coming to Camp Erutan since she was 3 and will return as a counselor this summer. Eva will be joining our counselor staff for her 3rd year in a row. Isabelle, our newest champion, has found a donor to pay for extra activities this summer like horse camp, stand up paddle board lessons, and a fancy night out to dinner.
It is because of your continued generous support that we are able to offer Camp Erutan free of charge to kids in need of an opportunity to be a kid, and to also stay connected and offer additional programs to former campers as they become young adults.
We wish you and your family and friends a happy, healthy and peaceful summer.
With heartfelt appreciation, we thank you for caring.
Lisa Tanzman & Elaine Mermelstein