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Camps helped bring couple together

Alan and Susan Levin, who met shortly before graduation from American university, became engaged while serving as counselors at

Alan and Susan Levin, who met shortly before graduation from American university, became engaged while serving as counselors at

September 02, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

Alan Levin had a stack of Camp Comet yearbooks next to him, an easy smile when he started talking about his days at the camp and a wife who could only shake her head and joke that he can still sing the camp songs 32 years later.

Levin, of Hagerstown, may just have been one of the happiest men alive Saturday when he was reunited with hundreds of others who attended the Waynesboro camp in years past.

The reunion is scheduled to continue today.

Known as A.J. when he was young and "had hair," Levin attended Camp Comet - "the space age camp for boys" - first as a camper starting in 1962 and as a counselor from 1965 to 1970.

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Although it may sound a bit dramatic, camp may be the reason he and his wife married and are still together more than three decades later, they said.

Levin, now 53, and his wife, Susan, 54, met when they were both three months away from graduating from American University in Washington, D.C.

Alan had a job at Comet as the head of the swimming pool and as a counselor, and he persuaded Susan to apply there as well so they could continue to see each other over the summer.

Susan accepted a job as an archery counselor and also was in charge of a bunk of 14-year-old girls at Camp Wohelo, the girls' camp.

Throughout the summer, they saw each other during co-ed camp events ... and a few other times.

"He used to sneak over all the time," Susan said.

Wohelo was about a half-mile or so from Comet, Alan said.

Midway through the eight-week camp, Alan proposed - after first asking for permission from Susan's father - and the two became engaged.

Susan's campers "went crazy" and made a giant ring for her from aluminum foil.

"The memories are just so amazing," Alan said.

Highlights include the year he was named a counselor captain for a color war and the relationships he formed with fellow campers, he said.

After his last camp summer, Alan started to work at Alan's Shoes, his father's store in Hagerstown. He is currently a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Hagerstown. Susan works for Tri-State Electric. The couple has three children.

Morgan Levy, who helped expand the camp his mother first created in 1929, remembers A.J. Levin.

"A.J. was a character," said Levy, now 78. "It takes all kinds of characters like that to make a camp succeed."

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