Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bluebirds Camp Fire Girls, Camp Yallani San Bernardino Mountains California

Had fun looking through an old album of mine with photos and souvenirs from my Camp Fire Days in the 1950's.  In this picture I am a member of the Sunshine Blue Birds of Los Angeles.  Look for me in the back row (3 of us at left side) I am in the middle
The highlight of my Bluebirds and Canp Fire Girls Days was attending Camp Yallani in the San Bernardino Mountains above Redlands California.  We slept outside on cots and I always worried about the bears.  I remember my Mother driving me to a spot in downtown Los Angeles where I boarded a bus taking me to camp.


 Reading through the brochure about Camp Yallani was a lot fun.  I think it is a private camp now..Bluebirds no long exist and it is now Camp Fire and is coed.  I can still hear the melody from the song Camp Yallani......
Finding this old envelope made me go looking for the album.

18 comments:

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, my goodness! I still have my bluebird pin from years ago. I loved going to bluebirds. lol

Thanks again for the sweet memories.

Zach said...

Judy,
Would you consider writing something about your memories of Camp Yallani? I would like to compile a book about Camp Fire Girls' camps.
Mary Alice

Davi-May said...

I not only was a camper, I was a CIT, and counselor. One of the best times of my young life. I was a two weeker, always. Some of my friends from Camp Yallani days are coming for a get together next month.

Holly said...

I went to Camp Wasewagan in 1960 - 1969. It was right next door to Camp Yallani on the River Road. I can remember crossing the Santa Ana River in an Embree yellow school bus. I used to go past the end of our Bluebird Village where the fire circle was and the boundary between Yallani and Wasewagan and pick through the trees to see if I could see anyone. Wasewagan is now a private camp and is called Camp Crazy Wasewagan.
Holly

Unknown said...

Just a single one-week stint at Camp Yallani... that's all I experienced. It was probably around 1967 or so. And I attended with my best friend, Candi Albers. We had the coolest counselor, named Ericka, from Austria. My memories are so vivid and varied. It's hard to imagine a one week event from my entire life that has stayed with me so richly. I remember the songs around the campfire. I remember the food - served "family style" to each table. I remember swimming lessons (I couldn't swim a stroke when I arrived!)
And I remember the night our cabin went on a hay ride. During that event the chlorine gas pipe (by the swimming area) sprung a leak and they evacuated the entire camp to a nearby location. We were up most of the night, while it was repaired. What an adventure! They had to dig a big trench in the ground and surround it with blankets, making an impromptu toilet area to accommodate all the little girls who had to "go potty."

Ingrid Larson
Long Beach, CA

nancy j said...

so funny to see the post about the broken pipe...same happened to me, and after a hay ride. but I was there in 2nd and 3rd grade...would have been 1964 or 1965 I think! Crazy! Were you there the year they had a breakout of pink-eye?

Nancy Chibazakura said...

I am so happy to have found your blog!! I have been thinking I must have imagined I was at CY since I don't know anyone else who went there (except maybe some childhood friends I don't really keep in touch with anymore). I was there for one or two weeks maybe in 1969-1970, my first time away from home for that long, so a big impression on my memory!!! I remember the hall where we ate in groups, sleeping on the cots, horseback riding, hiking to (Tuolomne Meadows??) and being stung by nettles there, and yes, the song, "Camp Yallani, Camp Yallani, with the (something something)..sky, Camp Yallani, Camp Yallani, with the Santa Ana flowing by" !

Colleen Tarr-Hulbert said...

"With the mountains growing to the sky, WO HE LO!, Camp Yalani, Camp Yalani, with the san ta ana flowing by. Have you roamed the forests for hours, gathering pine cones, poplars, and flowers, sometimes caught in downpouring showers, that's our Camp Yalani! " I remember the mess hall too, with "hoppers" and "moppers". And remember the day trip bag lunches with the peppermint stick and orange? I went for the one week session in 1968 and 1969 I think. Miss Jenny was my counselor one year and Miss Leslie the second. Good memories!

Sandy Fletcher said...

Camp Yallani molded my life. I attended from 1964 through 1974 and then returned to work there in 1980. I even moved to Angelus Oaks and worked off and on at Yallani for years. You might be interested in the Facebook group "I worked at Camp Yallani!". Love to all my Camp Fire Girls sister.

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Kerry Rose said...

I went to Camp Yallani for about 6 summers for 2 weeks each -- 1963 to 1967 there abouts --I have such great memories - I remember the songs and hikes and frogs and swimming and the mess hall and singing after every meal -- I used to cry for a week after I came home knowing I would never see anyone again from there -- Making things with Manzanita wood...

Patricia McKinley said...

I went to Camp yallani from the time I was 9 until 13 years of age, in the 1950s. I still remember it as being an absolutely wonderful two weeks. Camp yallain, Camp yallini with the mountains pointing to the sky..... the campfires, the hikes, the friendships, the counselers, the tents and cots outside; learning to make a hobo stove and cooking egges; fishing in the Santa Ana river, learning about all the birds, bears etc; hiking to greyback and jenks lake. Making friends that I will never forget...Donna Baron where are you???? Too bad that it is private now. Campfire grils rocked.

Jennifer Curtis said...

Thank you for doing this blog. It has cheered me up with good memories from my Camp Fire days! I went to Camp Yallani for one week each summer from 1966 through 1971. I was one of the few African American girls from the Angeles Council who went to camp. Thanks again!

Laura Brown said...

WO HE LO everyone -Camp Yallani Camp Yallani with the Santa Ana flowing by. . .I attended for two summers in '68 and '69 and absolutely loved it. Floating down the Santa Ana made a huge impression on me. I can still remember the sunlight through the trees and the coldness of the water. Attending that camp produced some of the best memories of my life. Loved the family style meals, the singing, the campfires and best of all my counselor and CIT.
Thanks for the chance to share

Nancy K said...

Great memories of Camp Yalani/Yallani! Slushy Meadows, switchback trail, Greyback ... canoeing on Jenks Lake. Davi-May! I remember you as a counselor, early 60s. What's the good word?

Diana Cox said...

Diana M. C..I went to Camp Yallani in the mid-fifties. I had great times and not so great times. There are always those few that picked on others (yes, even we had our bullies). We had great counsellors and fun activities. Too much to really write here, but it's a shame more kids don't get those opportunities. We didn't have any Camp Fire Girls when I had my girls, so they went into Mini-Scouts (I think they are Daisies or? now), Brownies and Girl Scouts. Good times... ��

Diana Cox said...

I went to Camp Yallani in the mid-fifties. I had great times and not so great times. There are always those few that picked on others (yes, even we had our bullies). We had great counsellors and fun activities. Too much to really write here, but it's a shame more kids don't get those opportunities. We didn't have any Camp Fire Girls when I had my girls, so they went into Mini-Scouts (I think they are Daisies or? now), Brownies and Girl Scouts. Good times... ��

Tamara Scott said...

I went to Camp Yallani from 1980-83 and boy do I miss those days! I wish the camp was still around so that my daughter could attend. But sadly it is not... I loved the hiking, sitting around the campfire singing, swimming, crafts with Manzanita wood, archery, canoeing, oh my gosh the list goes on.. Unfortunately, I lost all my camp group pictures in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. If anyone who attended camp during that time has their pictures could you please post them so that I could print them and show my daughter? I would greatly appreciate it. Also, I have to ask because for the life of me I can not remember the camp symbol I have a patch that is white with blue stitched around it and a tree with looks like dew drops or tears around the tree but falling downwards. Does anyone know what it means? Thank you for the chance to share.. I hope to hear from anyone that went during those years. :)

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