Stanley Felsinger '66
One Happy Camper
Felsinger '66 went back to camp several years after college and
hasn't left. He and his wife, Hope, own and run Camp Monroe, a
Jewish summer camp in upstate New York.
Felsinger, a 6-foot guard, was a star basketball player at Columbia, where he held the scoring record his freshman year. Senior year, when the team finished second in the Ivy League, he made first team All-Ivy and All-Metropolitan and was honorable mention All-American.
After stints teaching and coaching the basketball teams at Riverdale Country School and Orange County Community College, Felsinger in 1975 bought the camp he used to attend as a child.
Now the Felsingers and their seven children, ages 2 to 18, host 375 young campers for two months every summer. Felsinger estimates about 50 children have met their eventual spouses at the camp, which now gets second and even third generation guests.
"The focus is on ethics and values, which seem to be very much in demand outside the camp in the crazy world," Felsinger says. During the off-season he recruits his 180 summer staffers from around the world and looks after the 200-acre grounds overlooking a lake.
Felsinger says that the family is always happy to host Shabbos guests and invites Columbians to give him a call (914-782-8695).