Text for SUMMER TROJAN, Vol. 19, No. 15, August 21, 1968

              University of Southern California
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Dig Team Makes Major Discovery
Excavating the ruins of a 1500-year-old Roman fortress a few miles south of Haifa in the Holy Land, 44 members of a team representing the USC’s Archaeological Council may have taken the first steps toward what could be a major contribution to Near East archaeology.
That report came as the team prepared to break camp at Khirbet Mazra’a for some sightseeing in Israel and Greece before returning to Los .Angeles Aug. 19.
In a brief preliminary report, Dr. Gerald Larue of Palos Verdes Peninsula, professor of Biblical history and archaeology and leader of the expedition, wrote: “It has become quite clear that what we learn from the excavation of Khirbet Mazra’a may form the basis for a chronology of pottery from Roman through Turkish periods. This would cover a period from early in the Fourth century A.D. to the Twentieth century.
“Little attention has been given to the pottery chronology from these important periods from Roman through Turkish rule of the area. Khirbet Mazra’a appears to contain pottery from the late Roman period, as well as the Byzantine, Omayyad, Abbasid, Fatamid, (Continued on Page Three)
140 Kids To Vacation In Idyllwild Troy Camp
Trojans will be hosts to 140 children ages 7-12 for a week’s summer outing Aug. 24-31 at the annual session of Troy (Camp in the San Jacinto mountains above Idyllwild, Calif.
For many of the children the occasion will not only be a first time spent in summer camping, but a first excursion outside the asphalt jungle. All of the young campers will have been selected through elementary schools in disadvantaged areas near the university.
For most of the young campers the week’s excursion will bring their first ride on overland busses, their first time away from home for more than a day, their first chances to ride horses, go hiking in the mountains, or try their skill on an archery course.
This year’s Troy Camp program is filled with firsts: This is the first time students have taken as many as 140 children to their annual session of Troy Camp. The number usually has ranged around 100-120. This is the first year in which the budget for the camp has reached as much as the anticipated $6500 cost for the week and the first time there hasn’t been a king-size worry over a deficit. As a matter of fiscal fact, there will be a surplus, it is anticipated, which will help provide year-around activities for the young campers and still leave a healthy nest egg for next year’s Troy Camp Committee.
History of Troy Camp, which still may be the only program of its kind in the nation which is wholly financed, planned, staffed and operated through student effort, goes back perhaps 30 years. In its present format as a one-week summer program for USC neighborhood children only, the organization is a decade old.
The supporting student organization for the camp effort is a year-around operation, with a training program for the student counselors and a constantly-going program to raise funds through campus solicitation, giving through campus living groups and one free-will offering taken on the occasion of a USC home football game.
At last year’s Homecoming game with Ore-
gon, students collected $3500 by passing the hat among the 48,807 who attended the game.
Tkiz year, for many years, Troy Camp will be staged at Camp Buckhorn, a permanent camping facility owned by the Mormon Church. Through the years a fine rapport has developed between the USC camp organization and the Mor. mon church officials who handle the camp. “The church people are most cooperative; they really get excited when camp time comes," Maryann Lees, one of the head counselors and cochairman of the program, said.
The week’s activities for young campers, 95 percent of them from minority groups, will include horseback riding, swimming, hiking, archery, campfire activities, a talent show, a water carnival, field games with the contestants divided into two teams, Cardinal and Gold, for USC’s traditional colors.
Food, an enormous item on the budget, will be something more than plentiful. Camp participants have been known to gain five pounds or more, despite their activities.
This year there will be a special project for all the campers. The idea is to leave something at Camp Buckhorn of a tangible nature, a gift from the Troy Campers. Perhaps it will be shining new numbers on all the cabin doors. Perhaps a new trail, or a fire ring.
More than 100 students are selected annually to serve on the Troy Camp Committee.
Committee efforts in recent years have expanded the activity far beyond the one week each year for the children.
Last year, following the annual summer camping session, the same contingent of children was hosted for a USC home football game in the Coliseum, at a Christmas party, and for a visit to Marineland.
Dennis Kristan, who is serving with Miss Lees as head counselor and cochairman of Troy Camp this year, reports that plans for the com-nig year, following the camping session, look to once-a-month activities of a special nature for the Troy Campers.
Trojans Aid in Bringing Dream to Life
It’s perfectly safe to say that nothing like Camp Lightfoot ever happened before. v But happen it did and to the great advantage of 55 children, most of them Black, from the disadvantaged neighborhoods of central Los Angeles.
At the outset, the prospects for taking the children off the Los Angeles asphalt and setting them down for a week of camping on a 1200-acre ranch near Chino belonged in a class with dreams—way-out dreams.
The principal dreamer in this case was Doris Greene, an extremely perceptive Black woman. Mrs. Greene, who lives on 37th Street and operates a registered daycare nursery, recognized the summer camp need of the youngsters for whom she cared, just as she has recognized the need of these children for the help of human companionship.
So Doris Greene dreamed an ambitious dream and then told a few friends about it.
Said one, “it’s too ambitious; it’s too difficult.”
Said another and another “why not?”
And before the week of camping ended Sunday (Aug.
11)	an unlikely task force of volunteers ranging from the Chino Reptile Club to the U. S. Marines from the Barstow base and USC’s Project Small Fry counsellors had a hand in it somewhere.
Mrs. Greene had one thing to go on at the very start. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Salter, who own the Chino ranch and make their home there, had offered her the use of another residence on the property as a “headquarters.” It might have accomodated ten youngsters. When Mrs. Greene started to talk about bringing 50 or more, the Salters got really involved. They bought and installed playground equipment, rigged showers in a vacant
stable, added floodlighting. They also said “don’t worry about the meat that will be needed,” and then supplied it from their packing company.
Mrs. Greene had something else going for the plan too. She had the high regard of a number of USC students headed by Eric Levine, who have been working as Project Small Fry out of USC’s YWCA. They volunteered to spend time with the youngsters who were Mrs. Green’s day-care charges. Eric Levine, it turned out, became a kind of general recruiter for everything that was needed and a kind of head counsellor and jack-of-all trades when the camp got underway.
With the help of Mrs. Green’s longterm friend, Marine M/Sgt. Jimmy Lightfoot, for whom the camp was named, the Marines came to the inevitable rescue and provided, among other things, regulation camouflage-colored pup tents, cartridge belts and canteens, a field kitchen stove, and an ever-present Marine to operate the stove and help with the cooking. In all, six Marine sergeants did duty at Camp Lightfoot before the week was over.
Camp Lightfoot was more of an experience than a camp. It was long on the organized confusion that could come only from 55 kids, ages—would you believe 2 to 13.
The scene was an unlikely one: playground swing sets and a teeter-totter set up in a feedlot for range cattle . . . improvised showers in a stable; rows of Marine tents set up according to regulation, in the front and side yards of the ranch house.
From looking at the cars some of the counsellors are driving, you know these college-age kids could be spending the week in somebody’s swimming pool or at the beach. Instead, they are taking Black children from socially disadvantaged families swimming in the Chino
High School pool or driving them to see an animal farm that turns out to be a private zoo, or taking them horseback riding, or singing with them around a campfire. More important, they were supplying a human need for companionship and affection that is so great among children from homes where there may be no father and, for most of the time no mother—because she must work.
The counsellors came and went as they could give the time but the force remained a pretty steady 15. Among those present on a given day were: Denny Weintraub, former USC student now at the University of the Pacific; Larry Myers, graduate student from Stanford: Debbie Donovan, Valley State; Judy Bingham, USC senior; Eddie Williams Jr., senior at Manuel Arts high; Susan Adams, USC junior; Sherill Delahoussaye, USC senior; Shelly Vangsness, Pasadena College sophomore, and Kathy Vangsness, USC senior; Barbara Yamada, USC sophomore; Kathryn Brehm of San Diego, a former college student; Chuck Dean, USC junior; Paul Kouthke, USC junior; Don Zipperman, UCLA junior; Julie Hocking, sophomore at Cal Western.
Camp Lightfoot had three volunteer registered nurses to look after its health—which was unbelievably good. One of the nurses was a Caucasian grandmother who asked if she could bring her grandchildren out for a day. “They’ve never been around Blacks,” she said. One of the other nurses was a pert blonde from L.A. County Sheriff’s department. “I heard about this from a friend,” she said. “I just thought I’d like to help if I could.” Then she drove off in her Mustang with five of the children who were on their way to see a llama and an ostrich at the animal farm.
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