September 4, 2022
Today we are all gathered to celebrate Arrowbear’s 80th anniversary. This summer, camp just completed its 81st summer here in the same place that it started so many years ago. Today at camp we have alumni who camped at Arrowbear from the 1940s to the present. This is a day to reminisce and reconnect with old friends and to meet others who were also a part of the Arrowbear experience. The people, the buildings, the view, and the music all help us remember the time we spent in this unique place. It is a time to remember the old traditions and embrace the new traditions that are created with each new generation. My hope is that this music camp experience will continue for future generations and will always be the place
“Mr. Ohlendorf and his assistants have given us something besides bed bugs and pogo sticks to take home with us. They have given us many new friends and a musical experience and inspiration that will stay with us throughout our lives”
– From the very first Note - August 1942
The past few years were very difficult times for all of us. Many summer camps did not survive the “shut down,” but we are all so grateful that Arrowbear has continued on even with limited enrollments and having to navigate the constantly changing rules and guidelines during these unprecedented times. The spirit of Arrowbear continues today under the direction of Dennis Dockstader and Larke Dockstader. They work together to provide campers with a magnificent camp experience. This summer they provided a full summer program of Jazz, Choral, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced sessions.
Our organization continues to provide scholarships in spite of the difficulties of the pandemic. Your donation today helps to keep Mr. O’s memory alive and to help the younger campers understand how important this place is to us all. Much has changed over the years; however, it still remains the same Arrowbear we all know and love. So, enjoy the music, the laughter, the nostalgia and remember how lucky we all are to have been part of this wonderful place.
80th Reunion Photo
This button links to a file that is suitable for enlargements. It is 33.6 MB.
A smaller file suitable as a digital keepsake is available below in the collage of Reunion photos.
It is 615 KB.
Nights at Mulligans………………………………
Vitrum Nostrum Gloriosum………………….
Heart Doth Beg You’ll Not Forget………….
Arr. Mark Hays
Orlando di Lasso
Conductor: G. Cameron Keys
Britannia Fanfare and March…………....…………. Michael Gallehue
Edited by JH
Conductor: Jack Hollander
Belle of the Ball…………………………………
March Slav, Opus 31…………………………..
Conductor: Albert Jeung
Berceuse and Finale (Firebird Suite)……
Conductor: Dennis Dockstader
We do have a limited number of
Reunion shirts available
There is one small and several each of
both Large and X-Large
Contact Laura at
We have a very active Facebook Group page. Many alumni who attended the Reunion posted photos and videos taken at the event.
Please join us
Rain and Hail
A thunderstorm added to the festivities after lunch. Drizzle led to steady rain. Groups of alumni gathered on the camp porch, in the orchestra bowl, the staff area, and in the dining hall to stay dry.
Next came the hail. Small hailstones at first; then larger hailstones accompanied by thunder. The rain came down harder forcing alumni to bunch closer together to escape the damp.
During a lull, alumni gathered in the orchestra bowl for camp singing. The sound of the singing drew alumni out of their dry hiding spots to join the larger group. They added their voices to the songs of our youth. The harmonies and enthusiasm were delightful and turned the experience into a favorite part of the day for many alumni.
The rain returned while we sang, but no one minded. It cooled the air and gave us a wonderful memory to share at the next Reunion.
Who Attended the Reunion?
There's always a lot of curiosity and excitement over who attended the Reunion. The wait is over. You can download a copy of the contact information for all alumni who made it to the event.
L-R: Dennis Dockstader, Karen Kimes, G. Cameron Keys, Sarah Solberg, & Stephanie Bell McCormick.
It's All About the Mugs
An innocent post on the Associates' Facebook Group page unexpectedly took on a life of its own. We picked up the Reunion banner at a local small business in June. As a thank you for our business, the owner made a coffee mug for Cliff with the Arrowbear logo and the Associates website address on it. Laura posted a photo of the mug on the Associates' Facebook page, and the interest in purchasing an Arrowbear mug went "viral". Numerous alumni started asking how to purchase mugs in the post's comment section.
Arrowbear sells similar mugs in their camp store. After a conversation with camp, Larke ordered mugs to sell at the Reunion. They were a huge hit and sold like hotcakes. There are now quite a few alumni happily enjoying their morning coffee in an Arrowbear mug thanks to an innocent social media post.