Few treasures in life are as precious as the family we choose. The friends that become family and a closeness that becomes a brotherhood. Who would’ve guessed, twenty years ago, that what seemed to be an incredible opportunity to help some very amazing children at the Double H Ranch would also foster friendships that would grow into a small, close knit family. Over the last decade a group of us have gotten together every winter to celebrate our long-lasting friendship and to reminisce on the summer magic that brought us all together. Reflecting on our years at Double H, experiencing the time of our lives while creating a euphoric environment of love and acceptance and for many campers a home away from home. Sharing in the accomplishments of our younger heroes, comforting each other in times of sadness and laughing so much you thought that time would stop.
Time has passed, Double H is celebrating its 25th anniversary, families have started, and “real world” careers have been built. Most of us are either losing our hair or watching it grow in white. Yet, when we gather in the heart of the winter for a weekend that passes as quickly as a summer session, we are transported to an oasis of camaraderie, the joy of youthfulness, and the comfort of the family we choose. We are all so grateful for Double H for being the place where it all started and wish for its continued success for many years to come!
Alumni Counselors (’99-’02) pictured above: Dennis Harrington, Chris Pezzulo, Brad Tabor-Smith-Thomas (front), Mark Doyle (back), Scott Royael, John Lefner, Seneca Smith-Thomas (front), Nick Amiccucci (back), Kevin McCaffrey, Sean Campanie, missing: Chris Kusek
By Chris “Pezz” Pezzulo
Assistant Camp Director, Residential Life & Alumni Counselor
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