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This Page is a Historical Tribute to Camp John Hay
We hope to present historical vignettes of Camp John Hay from a variety of sources.

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Revisiting Camp John Hay
January 31, 1998 Camp John Hay Visit
Meeting Ben & Amparo Pablo
Mike Claseman Writes

Recent Camp John Hay Visit


We attended the St. Louis School Center's Family Day December 14, 1997, held at the Scout Valley grounds. We entered the Main Gate and drove via 19th Tee and Main Club, circling Scout Hill before going down to Scout Valley. What a beautiful place is Camp John Hay! The grounds and external appearances of facilities are immaculate and rival any memories I have of the American days. While driving in we took note of the changes we had read about in the local newspapers and verified that the Halfway House is gone; the Mile Hi is being torn down; and Snider Hall is a shell with lumber remnants filling the fenced enclosure. So many personal memories are invested in those three structures alone, I didn't have the heart to take photos of the remains.

We noted the busy golf course, crowded picnic areas, 'Couples for Christ' on Scout Hill, throngs of people strolling the open spaces everywhere, and bumper to bumper traffic as touring motorists passed in a continuous stream of vehicles. All this while only a few of the recreational factilities are now open. There's no doubt in my mind that Camp John Hay belongs as a wonderful and beautiful park for the people and public, not as a tourist mecca for the privileged few. We enjoyed the family day activities and happily met former co-workers, Ben & Amparo Pablo, who we had not seen since helping close out the US Air Force in April/May 1991. As promised Ampara, your photos follow.

Ben & Amparo Pablo, Scout Valley, Camp John Hay
Ben & Amparo Pablo

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Amparo, Ben, and Kids
Amparo, Ben, and Kids
Amparo's Mom & Family
Amparo's Mom (Mrs. Ramos) and Family
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Mike Claseman, Former Newsletter Editor


Mike sent an email from Florida to say he was surprised to find this page when he used a search engine to look up his name. Mike's email address is claseman@digitalexp.com. Thanks for the note, Mike!
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January 31, 1998 Camp John Hay Visit


I spent an hour this morning driving through the facility and taking photos of scenes I thought many might like to see. It was a beautiful morning but the pictures did not turn out as well as I thought they should - between 9:30 and 10:30 AM so perhaps it was the sun's position. Anyhow, I'm pleased to share these with you. I was pleased to meet a few old friends and co-workers while there. Ric Chan is still going strong. Steve Santiago, our head chef for many years in the open mess, is still in the business and looks as young as ever. Fred Mangilinan, our favorite Bingo bartender, now retired but obviously enjoys spending time at John Hay and looks good. Rose dela Rosa, who worked at Bingo for a time and at various open mess facilities is still serving John Hay. It's so good to see and chat with old friends again.

Site of former Mile Hi
What's left of Mile Hi
Site of former Snider Hall
Snider Hall is only a memory

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Number 1/18 Fairway and 19T Restaurant
19T Cafe and Holes 1/18 Fairway
Famous Main Club
Famous Main Club Building

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Scenic view from Main Club garden
Scenic view from front of Main Club
Bell Ampitheatre & General's Quarters
Bell Ampitheatre & General's Quarters

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Statue of Liberty & Dispensary
Statue of Liberty & Dispensary
Site of former LoneStar Steakhouse
The old LoneStar Steakhouse

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Site of former Summit Conference Center
Summit Conference Center
Old barber shop - Now video rentals
Former Barber Shop

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John Hay Chapel
John Hay Chapel
Ball Field, Skating Rink, Mini Golf
Scout Hill Ball Field

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Mountain Breeze Bingo
Mountain Breeze Bingo
Administrative Offices
Administrative Offices

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Steve & Ric - faithful co-workers - on site of Halfway House
Steve & Ric - Halfway site
Mano & Fred at Halfway - Rose dela Rosa (behind, in ballcap)
Mano & Fred at Halfway

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