Forty years ago was the summer of 1980. Hershel Tolbert was Council Executive and Tom Willhite was now in his 5th year at Reservation Director. The red staff hat was now part of Staff life. Everyone was happy to get back to normal in 1980 as Stahlman was closed for the first and only time in 1979.
Ernie Ragsdale moved to Stahlman as Program Director after having spent the previous year at Camp Craig. At Parnell, Perry Bruce served as the Program Director. Camp Directors was professionals Doug Clevinger (Stahlman) and Buff Groth (Parnell). Craig was built, but closed. The two year rotation with Parnell had begun. The Boat Harbor was closed, COPE had not yet been built, and Camp Murrey still existed, run by Gladys Roberts.
Seen here are both the Stahlman and Parnell Staff photos for 1980. Both taken by Russ Parham.