About Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization
We enjoyed August 13-15th, 2022 – the 115th CAMP REUNION celebrated in our 116th summer!
A snapshot of Camp Runoia history:
Camp Runoia was founded in 1907 by Lucy Weiser and Jessie Pond. In 1959, Phil and Betty Cobb, who met at Phil’s father’s camp, Camp Wyonegonic, bought Camp Runoia from Lucy Weiser. In 1991, the Cobb’s daughter, Pam Cobb Heuberger joined them and bought Camp Runoia. Betty and Pam continued to run camp together until Betty Cobb passed away in 2003. The directors have been supported by wonderful women who spent decades at Runoia including Marion “Johnny” Johnson, Diane Smith, MJ Auns and Pam Cobb. Alex Jackson is the current director.
A snapshot of Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization History:
In the Spring of 1999, The Cobb Family sold a property adjacent to camp and contributed the $230,000 proceeds from the sale to the Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization. This gift seeded an endowment fund to provide financial assistance to girls whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to send their daughters to Runoia. The fund, which was later named the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership Fund, has been the focus of the CRAO’s mission ever since.
Through continuous fund raising, careful stewardship, and prudent management, the fund has realized significant growth over the past twenty years. Since the fund was established, scores of campers have benefitted from grants made to Runoia’s directors to help offset families’ tuition obligations. In 2022, CRAO reached its goal of 100% funding of all camperships.
As we look the future, the CRAO seeks to continue building the fund so that we can sustain impactful contributions to Runoia every year. We have hit amazing goals including over $110,000 raised for the 110th reunion under Jody Sataloff’s presidency and over $30,000 in honor of Pam’s 30th summer led by Roberta “Boop” Tabell Jordan. The CRAO board is instrumental in all fund raising efforts. Eventually, we aim to grow the principal of the endowment to the point where its interest income is sufficient to maintain annual contributions equal to the levels we have been contributing in recent years. By doing this, the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership Fund of the CRAO will continue to provide girls with the life-changing experience of a Runoia summer, regardless of their family’s financial means.
As part of honoring Pam’s 30th, CRAO designated a separate and enduring Pam Cobb Riding Campership Fund. From this fund, campers are awarded additional riding lesson and show packages to train and compete at Camp Runoia.
If you would like more information about contributing to the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership or want to take part in building this important legacy, click here.
Thank you Officers and Trustees for dedicating your energy to helping girls attend sleepaway camp in Maine at Camp Runoia! Please contact Presidents Betsy or Marie-Claude if you would like to serve a term and provide a profound camp experience for girls.
Here you can read the most recent newsletters from the CRAO