Save the Date! Camp Haiastan Tribute Weekend July 26-27, 2014

AYF-YOARF Central Camp Committee and the Camp Haiastan Board of Directors encourage you to save these dates for an exciting summer celebrating Camp Haiastan.

Camp Haiastan Tribute Weekend

July 26, 2014

Gala Celebration Dinner Dance; Honoring Our Past and Present Summer Directors. Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

July 27, 2014

 Bob Avakian Way Dedication and AYF-YOARF Picnic. Camp Haiastan, Franklin, MA

Stay tuned for more details, including sponsorship opportunities, ad book information, and tickets.


1 Comment

  • Berj Bahtiarian

    Jul 19, 2014


    I just heard about the Bob Avakian Tribute and Camp reunion, although I always talk about the Camp (our employees in Yerevan are probably tired of hearing about it) and it’s near my heart, it brought back many happy memories and remembrances of my camp years (1952-1957), and of old (no pun intended) friends, whom I haven't seen or stayed in contact with regularly. As the youngest camper, those first two years (8yrs old in 1952), Bob sort of took me under his wing and there were times that we would go off on our own, sit on a big rock and just talk. Don't ask me now what we spoke about, but, I remember that, at the time, it was very comforting, since at first I was a little homesick. The memories of my summers as a camper have and always will be with me. I don't know of any other institution that has had as profound an impact on me as the camp. There is no doubt that it is the best investment that the American-Armenian community has ever made. I am proud to say that our family, the Bahtiarian’s and the Kouchakdjian’s have 3 generations of campers and hopefully, more to come. Several years ago I saw a young boy in Yerevan wearing a Camp tee shirt. I didn't know who he was, but there is no way in the world that I couldn't walk up to him and ask him if he was a camper. He looked up at me and with a puzzled look on his face, said yes. I replied, "So am I". This totally blew his mind, as, he was looking at a man with white hair, that could be his grandfather, half way across the world, who was telling him that he was a camper. It doesn't matter where you are, where you live or what you do, one just doesn't forget their years as a camper, the friendships and the relationships that developed during those summers at Camp Hayastan. I'm sorry that I can't be with you, I'm in Armenia, but my thoughts are with you. Bob; "Thank you for being you. It's 60+ years and you and Izzy are still there for the Camp. I'm proud to know you both." With fond memories and regards, Berj Bahtiarian, Camper

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