Marston 1960's

1960 saw the construction of the Camp Health Center, under the direction of Kiwanis Club member Herb Fifield. The SeaBee Unit of the Eleventh Naval District provided the labor to construct this building, still in use today.

With the year-round School Camp program bustling, heaters were added to all the camp cabins In 1961, Parker B. Snow became the camp director.

On July 1, 1962, the swimming pool at Marston was dedicated to the Downtown Kiwanis Club. The project cost was $25,000. That's the same pool we use today, which has been refurbished thanks to a gift from the Eugene & Joan Foster Fund of the San Diego Foundation.

In 1963, Richard Irwin led an effort to refurbish the outdoor Chapel, including a distinctive quartz altar. When the stage was refurbished in 2001, some of that same quartz was used in the stonework around the Y-Triangle.

In 1964, the Gilmore Dining Hall received an addition, thanks to the Downtown Rotary Club. This section expanded seating capacity to over 200 children to meet growing demand.

In 1963, Ralph Green served as camp's Program Director. The Palomar YMCA in Escondido donated the construction of a large A-Frame cabin in South Village, used by our teen "Mountaineer Campers" every summer.

1966 was an historic season in that it was the first time we offered co-ed camping sessions.

In 1967, a significant land-trade took place between the Y and Starr-Rutherford Cattle Ranch, adding 80 acres to the Marston property. Also that year, a special "Golden M Society" was created, honoring those who had worked for Camp Marston. J. Weber Fox, who did much of the work at camp, was honored at an evening gala.

In 1967, Valentine Hoy became Camp Executive Director, replacing Parker Snow. The storage building behind the Marston kitchen was constructed, with the leadership of George Jessop. In 1968, the Downtown Rotary Club sponsored an expansion of the commercial kitchen.

As the decade wound down, talks continued between the Y and Pine Hills Mutual Water Company to purchase "Pine Hills Lake" and surrounding land. A gift from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation helped the momentum leading toward purchase.