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In Memory of Harvey Dearstyne

Updated: Sep 28, 2022

The Glens Falls High School class of 1972 will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this coming summer and have decided to support YMCA Camp Chingachgook in memory of their beloved classmate and camp alum, Harvey Dearstyne. If you would like to support this campaign, please use the online giving form below, or you can scroll down to read about Harvey and this fundraising effort.



Harvey R. Dearstyne III was the beloved President of his Glens Falls High School Class of 1972. On July 8, 1970, the summer after his sophomore year, he died while exploring on his own after a Camp Chingachgook hike in the Adirondacks. The Class of 1972 and the Camp Chingachgook community seek to honor his memory by establishing the Harvey R. Dearstyne III camp scholarship fund.

On July 28, 2001, in conjunction with Harvey’s 25th high school reunion, Camp Chingachgook unveiled the beautiful Harvey R. Dearstyne III Hike and Trip Center. For Harvey’s 50th reunion this coming summer of 2022, his Glens Falls High School Class of 1972 and Camp Chingachgook will further honor Harvey’s legacy. Funds contributed to this scholarship fund will be utilized to offer financial aid for families who desire to have their children attend Camp Chingachgook. Working with the Glens Falls YMCA, first preference will be given to prospective campers from the greater Glens Falls region.

In the Class of 1972 yearbook, his classmates described Harvey as “not only a leader but a true friend to everyone.” Chingachgook Camp Director, George Baxter, hailed Harvey as “everything that anyone could find in a young man.” Harvey was a determined athlete, a lover of the outdoors and a legendary camper and counselor at Chingachgook. He set an example that inspired his peers. This scholarship fund will provide access to the Chingachgook experience that Harvey would want others to enjoy. It is a fitting tribute to his example and values.

Please consider joining us in donating to honor Harvey’s memory. Donations can be made online with the form above or by sending a check made out to YMCA Camp Chingachgook (with Harvey Dearstyne Memorial in the memo note) to: YMCA Camp Chingachgook c/o Jiné Andreozzi, 1872 Pilot Knob Rd., Kattskill Bay, NY 12844.

Best wishes,

Bill & George Bill Clark & George Painter

Class of ‘72 & Camp Chingachgook Alumni

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