REMEMBERING with Ryan: Andrew Hurvitz

“Why don’t you try West End?” Andrew “Hurv” Hurvitz had his life changed forever with a recommendation from his Needham friend, Alan Niss. In 1980, Hurv had gone to Camp Bauercrest for his first overnight experience. He did not make many friends and wanted to try something different.  So, in 1981, Hurv came to West…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Skip Stearns

“We hit the lottery!” Skip Stearns knew he was lucky being one the first occupants of the new 5A/5B cabins in 1961.  Young Skippy had West End House in his blood.  His father, Albert, was born in 1906, the first year the West End House Club opened on Blossom Street.  His parents were immigrants from…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Arthur Geller

“Who is the only person to have played for the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox?” Arthur Geller asked this difficult question in between great stories and anecdotes about his time at the West End House Camp and Club.  Abraham Arthur Geller prefers to be called Arthur, although some of his friends used to call him…

REMEMBERING with Ryan: Jimmy Klapman

“It was such an honor. I don’t think I truly appreciated it at the time.”  To become a High Senior Captain for Color War is bestowed upon the best leaders in camp.  Jim Klapman was the first camper to receive this honor TWICE.  His father was one of 4 brothers, 2 of which became West…

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…