REMEMBERING with Ryan: Bobby and Jimmy Musiker

“The Spirit of the House DEFINITELY never dies.”  Bobby and Jimmy Musiker’s love for and ties to West End House Camp are deeply rooted.  The Musiker brothers have an incredible camp legacy.  Their grandfather, Benjamin “Tom” Krivitsky was one of the first campers ever at West End (the Ski dock is named in his memory).  “He went to Old…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Jerry Feld

“I’m a lucky guy.”  Gerald “Jerry” Feld first came to West End House Camp in 1948 following in the footsteps of his father Max, who came to camp in the 1920s and 1930s.  Originally from the old West End, his father Max was a great athlete, but would often miss playing sports with his friends…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Dan and Morry Levine

Having your twin brother at West End House Camp presents a unique experience. Dan and Morry Levine first came to camp in 1983 for 2 weeks. Their father (Howie), grandfather (Mo) and uncles (Norman and Dick) had all been to camp before them. The Levines were well connected when they arrived. Their pediatrician at home,…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Peter Gosule

At 6-8, the tallest camper or counselor ever to attend West End is unofficially Peter “Gos” Gosule. His grandfather, George Eavzan, was an old West Ender and his Uncle, Barry Eavzan had attended camp in the ‘50s. There was never any doubt where Gos was going to camp. “When you turn 9, you are going…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Larry Burrows

“Tons of firsts” is how Larry Burrows describes everything he learned at West End House Camp. Larry first came to camp in 1963 as a 2-weeker. His uncle, Harry Borofsky, suggested camp to his parents and they agreed. Larry went to the West End House Club on Blossom Street and had an interview with Camp…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Reggie Bird

Without the West End House Camp, “I guarantee I wouldn’t be the person I am today.” Reginald “Reggie” Bird grew up on North Anderson Street, which is now the parking lot of Mass General Hospital and was only one block from the West End House Club on Blossom Street. His uncle, Frank Gropman, a long…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Peter Chantiles

Peter Chantiles

“This is how I want to spend my summers.” Peter Chantiles does not have a typical West End House Camp history. As a youngster, he spent his time at the West End House Boys (now Boys and Girls) Club every day after school. He swam there, played ping pong, and became a good pool player.…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Evan Madoff

“Through good times or bad, you can always count on a West End brother to make you smile.” Evan “Mad Dog” Madoff first came to West End House Camp for 4 weeks in 1975 from Marblehead, Massachusetts. His brother Alan had been coming since 1970. Their dad had a friend, Sammy Zoll, and his mother…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Steve Brown

“I met kids I never would’ve known and I’m richer for it.”  Steve “Brownie” Brown first came to camp in 1957. As the 9-year-old son of camp legend Manny, he was “snuck in” prior to his 10th birthday, the starting age in those days. Coming to the West End House Camp was “the only thing I wanted to do,” said Steve. His dad Manny used to take him to the West End House Club on Blossom St.…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Mike Paul

Mike Paul

“I was primed for camp!” Mike Paul first came to West End House Camp as a 9 year old in 1972 for 4 weeks. He and his 2 brothers were fulfilling the lifelong dream of their grandfather, Albert Hollander, who had always wanted to keep the family tradition of West End House Camp going. “Al”…