Alumni Spotlight- January 2015

Friday, January 30 by Sari Hirsch

Our January Alumni Spotlight features Elizabeth Much. Elizabeth was at camp in the ’70s and is an active & enthusiastic alum. Cliff and Sari got the chance to hang out with her in Los Angeles in early January at a Camp for All Kids event. Below you can read about her fond memories of Chippewa and about the value she places on camp. A huge thank you to Elizabeth!

What years were you at CRC?

Which summer was your favorite and why?
I think that my last summer as a CIT in ’76 was particularly fun. Maybe it was living in the A-frame with a Coke machine (though there was no bathroom in there at the time and that was a challenge at night!), and having more freedom. Chippewa was much more regimented back in my day when Jerry Gold ran things (he was former commander in the U.S. Navy).

What is your favorite camp memory?
There were just too many to choose one but I will say that my most emotional moment at Chippewa was at the reunion a few summers ago when we honored Nancy Gold. To be a part of the friendship circle with generations of Chippies standing side by side singing the Chippewa creed was just incredible. I have a photo of that in a frame in my office and at home.

What was your favorite activity at camp?
Waterskiing and being a Chippy Bat

Were you a Tan or a White?
I am still proud to be a Tan! I think that we won almost every summer that I was there.

How do you keep in touch with your camp friends?
We email, speak on the phone and get together in person periodically.

Where do you live now?
Los Angeles, CA (in Brentwood)

What do you do?
I own a public relations firm called Much and House PR.

What do you miss most about camp?
I miss the late night shenanigans with all of the girls in one cabin and the readily available non-stop activities- especially those on the lakefront. To this day nothing makes me happier than being on a lake. We live near the ocean but it doesn’t have the soothing effect that the serenity of a lake does.

Is there anything else you want to share with your Chippy family?
I would share that going to Chippewa has had such a profound effect on my life. And to those parents reading this: encourage your kids to go summer after summer for the full eight weeks.