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UH Frosh Camp and Atherton YMCA Reunion

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Alumni of the historic University of Hawaii "Frosh Camps, " Showtime Express and other Atherton YMCA programs are looking for others who participated in these programs or lived in the dorms dating as far back as the 1930s and 40s through 2015 to join them in what they believe will be the first ever UH Frosh and Atherton Y reunion on August 15, 2015, 5 pm - 9 pm at the Atherton YMCA.

Early Bird tickets are $25 until August 10, then $30 until August 14.  Tickets can be bought online through our website at AthertonYMCA.org. The event will feature great food, a tour of the Atherton Y and dorms, music, dancing, and a look back at old photos and videos.

Everyone who went to the UH Frosh camps went to YMCA Camp Erdman which was established back in 1926.

UH Frosh camps were at the height of their popularity in the early 1970s through the 1990s with hundreds of new UH Freshman experiencing their first taste of college life connecting with new and old friends at Camp Erdman, playing silly games and skits,  enjoying the great outdoors and many making what would be lifelong friends. Others connected to the Atherton Y through it's dorms or it's many student programs, clubs and activities such as Showtime Express.

The Alumni event organizers have been going through  hundreds of old photos & video, documents, brochures, and other documents that have been stored in the basement of the Atherton YMCA - uncovering some photos that date back to the 1930s. Alumni can connect with us a Facebook Group, Website and by coming to the Reunion.

Currently, the property and buildings owned by the YMCA of Honolulu which the Atherton YMCA Branch operates on is for sale. 

The  Atherton Y Branch has been offering dorms for UH students, a small fitness center and extensive youth programming for college,  high school and middle school students.  The decision to sell or lease the Atherton YMCA property was made after extensive research, analysis of operating and maintenance costs and evaluation as to the best options for the future of the Atherton YMCA and its programs. 

The YMCA Board determined that continuing to allocate Association funding and staffing to maintain and provide upgrades to the Atherthon YMCA residence hall services and buildings was not an efficient way of expanding the Y’s mission of strengthening community through programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

To meet the changing needs of the community, Atherton YMCA programs have expanded to support not only college students, but also high school students throughout our State through programs such the YMCA College Camp which provides resources and motivation for teens in low-income communities to pursue higher education goals.  The sale or lease of the AthertonYMCA property will allow the YMCA of Honolulu association to continue to expand those critical programs and services for Hawaii's  youth. 

Although nostalgic about the eventual change of the Atherton Y's location after the sale, the alumni are excited about the potential the Atherton Y has to fully focus on student programming and services.

Until then, the alumni hope to continue to build their network and  bring back other alumni to the big reunion.

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