The best moment of my life happened in 1980 at Camp Chen-A-Wanda, during counselor orientation when I met my future wife, Helene Panzer.
My C-A-W history…I’m Stan Schulman from Fair Lawn, NJ. I started at C-A-W as a camper in Bunk E during the summer of 1970. My next twelve summers were spent on beautiful Fiddle Lake. I began as a camper in 1970 and ended my C-A-W career in 1981. In 1980, my friend, Stella Rawitz (1968 – 1980), brought her college roommate to C-A-W. Helene was Group Leader for the oldest girls while I was Group Leader for the oldest boys. A match made in heaven, right?!
The minute I met Helene at staff orientation, I said to myself Helene was the girl of my dreams; she was smart and beautiful. Helene thought something different; she thought to herself, she hopes the next 8 weeks go by quickly so she could go back to college! I pursued my dream girl and slowly she changed her mind as she began hoping the next several weeks would go by slowly. Our first dance was at The Candlelight Inn as well as our first kiss!
Fast forward 4 years…We married June 17, 1984. So, we’ve celebrated 38 Valentine’s Days together because we met in 1980 at Camp Chen-A-Wanda!
We’ve raised 3 children; Haley (25), Shelby (23), and Joey (22). Haley and Joey are also C-A-W alumni.
So, the lesson here is if you’re lucky, and the stars align properly in the heavens, you may meet and marry your dream girl or boy at Camp Chen-A-Wanda.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY