February 9, 2003 - University of Pennsylvania: Peace Corps Training Program Records, 1965 - 1966

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Peace Corps Training Program Records, 1965 - 1966

Peace Corps Training Program Records, 1965 - 1966

University Archives and Records Center
University of Pennsylvania

Peace Corps Training Program
Records, 1965 - 1966

UPB 108

3 Cubic ft.

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Box 1 Oct. 15, 1965 - Nov. 18, 1966
Box 2 Punjab, Madras, Gujarati
Box 3 Punjab, Madras, Gujarati
Sunday Bulletin Magazine, Oct. 16, 1966
Peace Corps India Project Syllabi

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By Barbara Johnson (cache-mtc-aa07.proxy.aol.com - on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 8:19 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know the location of Camp Crozier in Puerto Rico? It was used for training early PC groups. Our Honduras III and IV are going there in August and would like to visit the camp. When I was in Puerto Rico a few years ago, we drove around for a day and couldn't find it.

By Herbert H. Eling, Jr. (dsl-200-78-69-181.prod-infinitum.com.mx - on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 9:04 pm: Edit Post

Barbara, I trained there in 1966. Go from San Juan west toward Arecibo. There you take the turn off to Ponce, that crosses the island to the south. At this point you are going up into the mountains. There was a very large satellite dish up there at Dos Bocas, which I think was a dam. Both Camp Crozier and another camp, Camp Radley I think, are southwest of Dos Bocas. The two camps are within walking distance of each other. That year, there were about 4 programs, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and I don't remember the other one. It would be nice to know what it looks like today. The Magazine Volunteer an article about our training and it was well illustrated, it would be something to compare between then and now. I just took a look at my Microsoft Encarta 97 and entered in Dos Bocas, Puerto Rico, and I was right on the directions, Campamento Crosier is also listed. Good luck, like to hear from you about your training there. Herb Eling

By Juan Rivera (fw-ha1.co.maui.hi.us - on Tuesday, August 01, 2006 - 7:43 pm: Edit Post

August 1, 2006

Hello Barbara,

I know this response is way to late for you, but for the benefit of others, what was once Camp Crozier is easily accesible since the new Route 10 was built.

From San Juan, take the Jose De Diego Expressway (Route 22) to Arecibo. In Arecibo, take Route 10 South. This is a modern highway built in the last 20 years. Before you reach the Arecibo/Utuado line, you should see a small intersection of Route 621, a small two lane road. Take route 621 and soon you will see Old Camp Crozier. It really is very easy to get there now.

I was never in the PC, in fact I was born in 1964 and was just a baby when you and your group were at Camp Crozier. However, in the late 1970's the PR Dept of Education took over the camp and turned into an English Language Immersion School where selected middle school kids would spend the summertime with a bunch of teachers developing out English skills. I think the program ran until the early 1980's.

I was in 8th grade when I spend the summer of 1978 at Camp Crozier as part of the very first group of kids to go to the Language Immersion School. This was one of my best experiences of my childhood and is why I have always had an interest in the history of the Camp. I knew back in 1978 that Camp Crozier was known as "the Peace Corps Camp", but at the time I had no idea what the PC was or what they did.

Some of the things I remember about the Camp are the small creek that ran through it. I believe there were a couple of pedestrian bridges crossing it and also that the creek ran under the large activity building. I remember the mess hall and I staying on a cabin that was right against the side of the hill and there was a small cave just up the hill by the cabin. I remember there was an overlook up at the top of the hill, and the trail leading to it had thick ropes to helps us climb along the way. I remember the mess hall and the sidewalk leading to it. I remember the parties we used to have on Friday evenings at the activity hall. Remeber this was 1978. Imagine a party with a bunch of young teens at a time when Disco was king! HAHA! I wish I could find my photos of that summer, they are buried somewhere in my dad's garage.

Last time I saw Camp Crozier was in late 1997. I was on vacation in Puerto Rico and out of curiosity, I drove by the Camp and noticed it was then a Vocational School. It didn't really look like it had changed that much, but then again, I only drove by and never entered the grounds. I recently found a nice aerial photo of the site using "Google Earth" as well.


Juan Rivera, P.E.
Kihei, Hawaii.
(Formerly of Corozal, PR)

By Jose A. Rodriguez (64-145-25-131.client.dsl.net - on Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 2:20 pm: Edit Post

Juan, thanks for the memories. I was a teacher (Art) during your stay at Crozier. If you were a runner we ran up and down those hills together.

Jose A. Rodriguez

By mary ann carroll (spxyrch1.bankofamerica.com - on Monday, July 30, 2007 - 1:00 pm: Edit Post

Thanks for the information about Camp Crozier. I trained there from later January 1965 until May 1965 with a Dominican Republic Peace Corps group. In addition to the language, cross cultural and other training we also did an outward bound stint. I remember with great fondness my time in Puerto Rico, even the aches and pains of Outward Bound, early a.m. p.e. and the cold showers.

Mary Ann Carroll
RPCV, Chile 1965-68

By Paulette Bourgeois (s0106001839b3bbcf.gv.shawcable.net - on Thursday, October 04, 2007 - 12:44 pm: Edit Post

Hello. I am a writer and my current project is a novel set in Jamaica (set mostly in Ste. Anne's) in 1965. Any information about Peace Corp training and placements during that year would be most valuable. Thank you, Paulette Bourgeois www.paulettebourgeoiswriter.com . Please contact me at pbourgeois@sympatico.ca

By Chuck Kegley ( on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:06 pm: Edit Post

I was director of Ecuador 1 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico in the mountains in the east central region. This was in the summer of 1962. The program was operated by Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. Sarge Shriver visited the training camp - and Lyndon Johnson gave the graduation speech. Great memories...

By Lee Wilson Bettis ( on Monday, May 27, 2013 - 9:47 pm: Edit Post

Chile III, 1962-64, that served in during those years, trained for about six weeks in Aug-Sep, 1962 at Camp Crozier. This was mostly outward-bound (for many, physically challenging) type training, e.g., repelling down the dam at Dos Bocas, climbing the book-ends of steep cliffs, and multi-day cross-country hikes in small groups, relying on teamwork, a compass and maps, and the land for food and shelter. I well remember 1) the Jim Thorpe award given to the best athlete, 2) swimming survival skills with a final test in the ocean, and 3) our tents, singing and skits, intense language study, our wonderful instructors, and the close friendships that developed among the trainees in our group. These were blissful, nearly carefree days so long ago. As to where, I.e., the lat/long, of the C. Crozier, I don't know, except that it was located in the rugged mountains between Ponce and Arecibo and approached via a narrow curvy two-lane road.

By Kathy & Rex Springston, Richmond, VA ( on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 11:02 pm: Edit Post

My husband and I had a delightful stay in a cabin across from old Camp Crozier in June 2017. Rosario Padro, owner of The Log Cabin, is also president of an eco-tourism group whose efforts focus at the camp on connecting people and nature and serving the community. Concerned about those mountain area people after Hurricane Maria, my husband and I put our vacation slides together with devastaion shots taken by our friend, Rosita Cruz, an island native who was there during the horrible storm. Our program, Paradise in Peril, shown at a little nature center in Richmond, Va., Dec. 10, raised enough money to get a generator for El Valle to run a water pump and to get a shower chair for a man with cerebral palsy. We hope to repeat our program and drum up more support for the area. Rosita and her mate Bob Fisher, who delivered the generator, got to attend Three Kings' Day at the old camp and meet Rosario. The Song of the Rio Abajo Forest eco-lodging group continues to help the community with Maria woes. In June Rosario invited us to a bird talk, tree hike and food sampling there. Coqui frogs around and in the cabin sang us to sleep. It's a special place. Visitors should find "peace" there still and wonderful people.

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