Hi Camp Families, Future and Past!
“We welcome you to Top Camps, we’re mighty glad you’re here. We’ll set the air reverberating with a mighty cheer!’
The TOP CAMPS story starts in 1931 when Hughie Black, a professional basketball player and teacher, opened Pine Forest Camp in Greeley, Pa. Pine Forest, now celebrating over 80 summers and a national award winner, remains the all –around full season camp that Hughie envisioned.
In the early 1960's Hughie's children Marvin and Annette Black and Ted and Libby Halpern found that many families were looking for a shorter term session and started two of the first "half session" camps on the east coast; Lake Owego for boys in 1961 followed by it's sister camp Timber Tops for girls in 1963.
In 2007, Hughie and Selma's grandchildren, Camp Directors Mickey and Barbara Black, who had been running the three camp family since the mid-1980's, opened Top Ranch Riding Camp offering a ten day riding camp for girls at Timber Tops. Mickey and Barbara were soon joined by their children, Hughie's great grandchildren, Anna Black Morin and Lee Forest Black and Anna's husband Eric Morin. A six day Top Cooks Camp opened in 2010 and in 2012 a seven day Top Adventure camp and five day Basketball Camp.
The short term TOP specialty camps give families maximum flexibility in their summer scheduling. Children can focus on their favorite activity while enjoying the rich traditions and nurturing environment of one of America's great camp organizations.
See you at Top Camps!
Third Generation Camp Director