Matt Poese

Author's details

Name: Matt Poese
Date registered: January 5, 2009

Latest posts

  1. One Week Until Polar Bear 2014! — March 8, 2014
  2. Piers, Groins, Jetties, Oh My! — July 21, 2013
  3. Fitch hears the Mountain Sound — July 7, 2013
  4. Haven’t forgotten how — June 30, 2013
  5. A pilgrimage through time — June 9, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Take a dunk and fill a bunk! Who’s a Polar Bear? — 6 comments
  2. Reunions Past — 5 comments
  3. When life gives lemons . . . — 4 comments
  4. Piers, Groins, Jetties, Oh My! — 3 comments
  5. Camp Fitch songbook — Digital Edition — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Nov 18

Camp Fitch songbook — Digital Edition

Camp Fitch Song Book

Phil and Ben have been busy with their latest project: the complete Camp Fitch songbook converted to an ebook format with links to recordings of many of the songs. It’s a very cool augmentation of the collection, and the utility even goes beyond nostalgia — there are only a few people on the staff who …

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Nov 11

Remembering Buck Boren on Veterans’ Day

Tim Sheetz has been talking a lot with his grandfather Howdy Friend and combing newspaper archives to document the people and lore of Camp Fitch history.  Today, on Veterans’ Day, I’d like to spotlight a friend of Howdy’s and fellow World War II veteran named Howard “Buck” Boren.  Most of this information comes from Howdy’s …

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Oct 29

Alumni on the Team

Two weekends ago, two groups of alumni converged North of the Tracks to work on several projects for Camp Fitch.  Al Leonhart and his Chain Gang began a bridge/boardwalk to form the new trailhead for the Red Top Trail in a more auspicious location directly across the road from the lane past Lake MVIMA.  This …

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Oct 10

Vespers with Kricket Berty

Mother and Dad

Here’s a great shot of Kricket serving pizza in the early 1990’s.  She and her husband Brian Downie (both Camp Fitch alums) have three kids and I’m looking forward to seeing the whole family this weekend for our Fall Young Alumni Work Weekend.  I hope that you can join us! For two great parents, here’s …

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Oct 03

Wednesday Night Vespers with Brother Duffey

The Other Fellow

This is a great shot of Jim Duffey helping his Shawnee tent get some nutritious and delicious Camp Fitch pizza in maybe 1988. And now for your Wednesday night spiritual edification:

Sep 26

Wednesday Night Vespers: “Gambling”


Is it a pizza night or ice cream?  Go back to your tents when you’re done!  

Sep 19

Wednesday Night Vespers: “Can You Stick?”

Can You Stick?

Just sneaking this in at the wire, almost turned into Thursday morning Vespers. . .

Sep 12

Wednesday Night Vespers

The Riches of God, from Camp Fitch Devotions, Youngstown YMCA Boys' Division

Here is the second installment of our weekly Vespers series with pages from a devotional guide used by the Greatest Generation at Camp Fitch in the 1930’s.

Sep 05

Wednesday Night Vespers

A Leader's Prayer

For many, many years, Wednesday summer nights at Camp Fitch included a Vespers Service followed by one of two tasty snacks: a slice of the very unique Camp Fitch pizza or a slice of ice-cream.  (I say “Party”, you say what?)  At least one village would show up with sweat still dripping or with the …

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Aug 29

Back in the saddle

I always imagine that we’ll make a bunch of blog posts over the summer when Camp is full of staff and campers and interesting stories.  But as Camp Fitch alum Liz Dewar points out, being both a participant and a photographer/documenter is hard, and I had way too much fun as a participant.  Which means, …

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