If one looks carefully, he can see the isolated sadness of leaves commencing to turn the autumn color. We begin to perceive that the rays of the sun no longer have the warmth that felt so good just a few weeks ago. The mornings and evenings have an invigorating briskness that are harbingers of days to come. All of these things tell us that the summer is about over and it becomes our sad task to say "farewell" to the children and staff of Ranger with whom have lived so happily these past eight weeks.

We approach this task with a keen sense of both sadness and joy.

We are sad because in a few short days we will no longer have the unique happiness, of hearing the lilting, exciting voices of child in their play and fun; we no longer will have the unique happiness of seeing happy children moving quickly over the campus in the free and delightful way that children can move. We will hear and see these things only in our mind's eye.

However, we are most happy and grateful for many, many things this past summer. Not only have you learned to paddle a canoe, conquer a mountain, negotiate a challenging rapid, develop your forehand, perfect your crawl stroke, improve your basketball shot, properly field a ball, identify stars in the sky, etc., but you have learned the most important ability of all, i.e., the "art" of living with other people.

We have had great lasting satisfaction in witnessing the evolution of some campers from anxious, almost self-centered individuals to relaxed people, interested and concerned with others and gaining great satisfaction from that concern and from that interest. We have personally seen a startling growth of campers into people who we know are on their way to being true human beings in the highest and most beautiful sense of that word. For all of that we are most grateful.

The season of "75" has had much variation and dimensions to it. We have added new, exciting and unique programs which not only have taught you, but have given you fun and excitement. As we think back over the season of "75", the vast panorama of this program flashed through our minds; water skiing; sailing over beautiful Silver Lake under a bright blue summer sky; horseback riding; the challenging canoe trips down the Delaware with the sleep-outs and cook-outs that accompanied them; the exciting and challenging mountain climbs and sleep-outs at Mount Cathelia as well as the climbing of Slide Mountain which was some 4,000 feet above sea level, where the campers saw the most breathtaking views of the countryside. And "the climb of the year" ------ Mount Marcy, the highest mountain in the State of New York; the great inter camp games this year with Camp Ranger coming back victorious in a most consistent manner; the tennis tournaments where our campers played with such courage and displayed to all the results of hard work, great instruction and wonderful integrity; swimming meets where our campers did so well with both pride and dignity. We remember the ice-skating and bowling nights which were such great fun; the outdoor picnics at Beaverkill; the fun circus and carnival which raised $500.00 for the UJA for the 30th consecutive year; the exciting trips to Ice Cave Mountain, rock collecting program at Mount Cathelia where the children found so many different type rocks and learned the history from Bob; the exciting bicycle trips breezing along over the quiet country roads...what can compete with coasting down a long hill with the warm, summer wind blowing at your face; the excitement of seeing a new world under water with our scuba program; the excitement of seeing the heavens through the telescope which was utilized consistently by all of the girls on the girls campus; the messages sent home via the camp radio station