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Camp Bothin
3125 Sir Frances Drake Blvd
Fairfax, Ca 94930
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County: Marin County
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The camp used to be an Indian reservation, then early in the 1920s, became a hospital for tuberculosis patients. Now it is used as a Girl Scout camp, but it still has the original sinks from the hospital. It is said that at night you can hear and see the ghost of a nurse pushing her cart down the hallways and patients who died there moaning and groaning. It is also been said that Indian spirits have made appearances.




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               Like      Dislike        Comment# 29385     3/24/2009 8:49:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
I lived at Bothin as a Girl Scout counselor in 1988. While bunked in Manor House for the first training week, I woke up when I heard a man and woman arguing loudly on the walkway. My bunk was right next to the screen door, which was opening and slamming shut by itself. The senior camp staff did an initial walkthru at the beginning of the summer and saw three women dressed in turn of the century clothing walking outside the Stone House. When they called out to them, the women turned and looked at them, then walked past the flag pole and into the trees. The staff followed close behind to question them and found the steep dropoff of a dried out riverbed but no sign of the women. We knew something was there but it wasn't until recently that I thought to search for it as haunted. Most of the experiences we had (voices, the feeling of being watched, shadowy figures going past windows, items moving during the night, etc.) occurred in and around Manor, Lyman and Stone House. I can say there was definitely something else there with us. However, I think there was more to it than just a TB hospital. (None of us ever heard a nurse or other hospital sounds.) I had recurring dreams of a man and woman fighting that ended with the man (a farmer) killing the woman (his wife) and burying her on the property.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66101 ReplyTo# 29385     1/27/2011 2:51:00 PM     Edit          
AnonymousVisiter


 
when i was at camp bothin we herd scary noises light getting turned on and off doors opening and closing footsteps fighting sounds of an old man and woman the ivy machine beeping and tapping stuff falling then being put back up i dont reccomend it if you dont like spirits or if you do like spririts like i do then i do reccomend it but there is some weird stuff there but there is more to it that happened but you should try the pplace its pretty cool and awesome so try it :) :)
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 31578     4/30/2009 11:30:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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I was there some years ago and one night we heard bagpipes or some kind of wind instrument playing and this guy just pacing back and forth through Little House. Also, we went to visit the library in Lyman/Manor one day and there was a book on the history of Bothin sitting on the mantle, and then suddenly the pages start flipping but there wasn't any wind or AC. And does anyone know what is in that locked room on the top floor in the middle of Lyman/Manor? We heard screaming sounds coming from it one night and is there possibly a secret room in Little House? The outside just doesn't match up with the inside...
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 32534     5/18/2009 4:26:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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Hi my name is Chris Helliwell. I just wanted to say that I worked at Camp Bothin in 1988 (I was the British general handyman/bottle washer and manic golf car driver of the camp!!!) and went by the nickname "Ginger." I have fond memories of my time spent there and the summer of '88 will always be special to me. I'd really like to hear from anyone who remembers me and you can reach me at the e-mail addy below. As for supernatural experiences? Well nothing that stands-out but I always sensed a terrible feeling of unease in the grey building (the name escapes me- sorry) that was also used as the nurses clinic at the time. Thanks, Chris heathen_lore@yahoo.co.uk
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 32591     5/19/2009 10:39:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
I'm going there this weekend to find spirits. any suggestions?
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 55077 ReplyTo# 32591     7/24/2010 8:40:00 AM     Edit          
AnonymousVisiter


 
OHH OHH! I KNOW! BRING A LARGE NET! SO WHEN A GOAST COMES YOU CAN CATCH IT! yeahhhhhh.... WAIT NO DONT DO THAT! ITS A DUMB IDEA!!!
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 32626     5/19/2009 5:35:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
I did have feeling of unease and being watched when we staid there in the gray building on April 25th this year
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 34502     6/22/2009 3:29:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
I attended Camp Bothin as a little girl in the early 1980's. I slept in the dormitories and was awoken by rattling at the windows and saw what I thought was a woman wearing an all black dress, holding a parisol as well. She seemed to be floating along the horizontal length of the windows, I did not see feet. She seemed to be looking into the dormitory. No one else in my unit said anything about this the next day... I am a believer in spirits and people visiting those who are not afraid and welcome the visit. This was truly my first experience like this, and because of it, I wish I could attend camp with my daughter this year. Are those patients or "nurses" still at Camp Bothin?
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66066 ReplyTo# 34502     1/26/2011 9:20:00 PM     Edit          
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i was just at camp bothin it was really scary we heafrd screaming doors shuting and beeping the water kept turning on and off and two of my friends' room but there was lots of creepy sounds my boyfriend said his door was open the when he woke up it was shut i dont reccomend it unless you like ghostes
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 34728     6/26/2009 9:38:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
mahalliday


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In Feb this year i went for the girl scout camp with my troop and we stayed for two nights.  On the first night my friend swore that when she woke up in the middle of the night that she saw a nurse walking by she almost screamed! 

That next day there was a room decorateing contest and another friend was on the other side of the door and she heard a door open (to my little sister troop room) so she looked and no one was there.  About an hour later the troop in the dorm went in and all the decorations were ripped and torn and the beds were unmade.  This has beign the most creepy experiance I had ever had.  Before I have only singing of a boy nohting more.

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 35034     7/2/2009 1:17:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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yes all spirits or any other experiance u had before is still there its still haunted
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 54896 ReplyTo# 35034     7/22/2010 8:48:00 AM     Edit          
AnonymousVisiter


 
ITS STILL HAUNTED!!! STILL, IM TO YOUNG TO DIE!!! WHY DO I HAVE TO DIE AT AGE 9?!?!? Wow i have some SERIOS problems...
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 35749     7/13/2009 11:49:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
Just dropped my daughter off at Bothin yesterday and was talking to the mother of one of the other girls. She was telling me that when she stayed there as a child she saw a woman dressed in all black, turn of the century clothes and carrying a parasol. She was floating along the outer walkway and then vanished. She said she couldn't see her feet and the railing was wrought iron at the time. Not sure the name of the building, it's the main one that the flagpole is in front of. My daughter is staying in Little House this week, wondering if she'll see anything! I didn't tell her about this - she'd be too scared!
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 36211     7/20/2009 3:48:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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As a child I have fond memories of Bothin and staying here with my girl scout troop. My absolute favorite house to stay in was Stone House although through out the years I have stayed in all the houses and even the tents one summer. Although I never actually saw anything there, there always seemed to be "presences" There was a significant room that stood out to me which was the nurses room in Stone House. It was the room to the left right as your enter in the house and above it outside it says Nurse room, or at least 10 years ago it did. This room always seemed to extremely full of "presense". I remember even before I found out this was used for TB I new there was alot of pain that happened on this property. I would LOVE to go back sometime, however now being an adult with a son unfortunitly I can't. I think it would be so so so great to have a weekend or something to have past girl scouts weekend so that we can go there and reminis maybe even with old members from our original girl scout troop. If anyone else thinks this maybe a good idea please email me megipie776@yahoo.com maybe we can ask and maybe put something together. 
 

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My daughter's troop has stayed in Manor House for a weekend trip 5 times over the past 5 years. It's a girl/mom weekend adventure. Last year I heard a classic moaning in the middle of the night. This year my daughter and two other girls investigated Lyman house. They saw a window shut by itself.
Then they ventured to the Stonehouse to play the piano. They left when all three of them felt an overwhelming presence.
Two moms and myself searched the Lyman house's upstairs storage room. We found all sorts of papers dating back to the late 1800's and early 1900's. There was even a file marked "Mack's Suicide". He started a fire...stepped into the flames and shot himself in the head with an antiquated gun. (and that was by early 1900's standards)
Voices...doors & windows opening and shutting...that creepy feeling that someone is watching you...good times =0
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 43144     10/29/2009 1:15:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 

I worked there from '98-2000 during the summers.  I can say that it still had the feelings of not being the only ones there.  We had many different experiences, the seemed to stay with the main buildings.  I never felt anything special in the tents or open air units.  I will go building by building....

in Stone House the Nurse was seen by a camper.  She was described as large and in period (old school) nurses outfit, the camper could hear each door be opened and closed.  We had locked half of the doors so there was no way this was possible.  She said the nurse walked to each bed and looked over the person in it and moved on.  The bedroom inside was used as our staff room.  I had to go to sleep telling myself I was safe because it always felt uneasy.  Downstairs the first room by the stairs I never went in because it felt like I was being watched.  I had to cover my eyes to walk past the boiler into the kitchen.

in Lyman/Manor.  We heard kids playing along bridge when there was no one there.  I was in Lyman (if facing the building the left side) by myself.  The ENTIRE camp was at all camp on the other side of camp.  I was in the bathroom and heard some one walking back and forth.  I got up and looked around and there was no one.  Went back into the bathroom and heard it again.  Again no one was there.  In bridge doors and windows would close on there own.  In Manor an orb was seen coming from one end to another.

Little House was the one I felt the MOST uncomfortable in.  I refused to sleep in the staff room.  When I was alone I would sleep with all the lights on and my head phones on loud.  I didn't spend much time in Little House because I never liked the feeling.

 

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47402     1/27/2010 10:17:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
is this place open to the public?
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47523 ReplyTo# 47402     1/29/2010 11:28:00 PM     Edit          
AnonymousVisiter


 
Spent many nights at Camp Bothin when my daughter was in the scouts. I always got an eerie feeling in the big house (cant remember the name) doors did slam shut on their own. Another mom and myself were allowed into the upstairs room and gotto examine some of the old records and notes from the old days. The camp has quite a history and was even used for a training camp or something for an old boxer, whose name escapes me at the moment. I would love to go back and "investigate" .
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 51050 ReplyTo# 47402     4/24/2010 6:28:00 AM     Edit          
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Not to the general public. Must be associated with girl scouts and be there for a sanctioned activity.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 72825 ReplyTo# 47402     8/7/2011 5:43:00 PM     Edit          
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If your a girl scout or a girl in genral but it cost money.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 47949     2/7/2010 10:03:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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         I just got back from camp this weekend at Bothin, unfortunately I had to leave early to write a school essay. But there definitely is a known presence in the Lyman half of the house. Last year I went with my troop but they got sick and had to leave home early(I have a small troop) so I grouped up with another troop and we decided to sleep in the Lyman Library. The story is, when one wants to light the Library fireplace, you have to invite the man who used to own the camp out first into a set up chair on the side of the fire. The day before some older counselors had done the same thing and attempted to sit in the chair and jumped out of it because it felt "as cold as ice."
        So I was sitting with some girls in the library, playing cards, and eating snacks, we attempted to light the fireplace. We all knew of the ritual but none of us wanted to try it. We spent over a half and hour attempting to light it and wasted about 20 matches that would only smolder for a second and then go out. The girls were all joking about the ghost and I could start to feel cold drafts and cold spots on my knee or if I waved my hand around looking for it even though all the doors were closed and it was not a cold day(rare for Bothin I know!) I finally got sick of waiting for the girls' failed attempts of lighting the fireplace that I decided to do the ritual and invite the man out into the chair.
        Sure enough, one try later a girl put the match into the fireplace and it became a happy blaze going high and big enough the it reached the top of the fireplace and a little bit into the chimney. We were all a little spooked and to lighten the mood a girl began joking more about the ghost. Right as soon as the fire was so strong, it became weaker and then went out. I had also taken pictures with my friends digital camera that day and she is sure that she has a face shape caught in the back wall of the fireplace in one of the photos. Another photo that I had taken I found an orb in the chimney and when I had invited out the man, the orb had moved outside of the fireplace into the direction of the chair.
        I love Bothin, it is one of the few Girl Scout camps I go to. I always manage to have fun. Sometimes I feel a bit uneasy when I'm alone so I like to bring a buddy, otherwise it is really fun to be there and I look forward to it every year.
 

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AnonymousVisiter


 
My mom and I were traveling through early in February to a Girl Scout Event and were invited to stay overnight because the trip was going to take so long. We hadn't heard anything about it's history or any hauntings, but when we got there we just had a feeling about something weird. It was about 9:00 at night, and we stayed in the first dormitory when entering, for it was left open and lights on for us. It was already strange noone else was there, and while inside, we both had the feeling of someone there, but after checking all the rooms, we went out to the town of Fairfax and ate. When we came back, we turned the heater on and tried to go to sleep. But after we turned the heater off, we could still hear noises. At one point, we both saw a shadow walk across our door, and hear someone walking back and forth. I think we would have loved the camp better if: 1) We got there in the day! and 2) If there were other campers there with us! I would love to explore the camp during the day, and learn more about it's history!
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 50630     4/13/2010 11:28:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
I have spent the night in Stone House (in the room next to the "Nurse Room"). I too felt uneasy but I attributed it to all the talk of the night of the place being haunted (this was a retreat for adult Girl Scouts). Around 3 am I awoke to the sounds of people talking. I was one of only 5 people sleeping in the building at the time and they were all in my room or the room next to me. The voices were definitely coming from either upstairs or in the large piano/sitting room. I don't know if they were arguing, like another person posted, but one of the voices was definitely a man. To me, this adds to the charm of the place but I don't know if I ever want to sleep there again. :)
 

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Old camper here.  I stayed in the mid 1960's with the scouts...some kind of recruitment event.  Didn't have any experiences but FELT just creeped out by the place, that's why I looked it up today to see if it was haunted...AHA...you've all confirmed that I was right.

In the mid 60's the place was new to the scouts.  I stayed on the left side of the big hospital.  I couldn't sleep very well as I was just edgy.  We wandered around during the day and explored the stone house, I guess, the one over to the left side as you face the main hospital.  That place just gave me the creeps.  I had a real hard time just being in the buildings.  I didn't see anything but I sure felt something.  Thanks everyone for confirming my suspicions.

 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 52680     6/1/2010 2:51:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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My name is Chris and I am a member of the Golden Gate Ghost Investigators and we just recently finished a 4 consectutive Wednesday night investigation of Camp Bothin. We came up with some interesting results and also had some pretty good personal experiences as well. We will be posting our findings on our Facebook page as soon as we go over all the material but I can say we got one very cool picture of an apparition of a women standing outside Stone House.Please become a member at our facebook page for the latest when we post all, the picture is up already. Search Golden Gate Ghost Investigators at Facebook in the groups catagory. TY Chris
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 52965     6/9/2010 5:06:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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I was just looking for pictures of Camp Bothin and found this site. I stayed at Bothin a few summers in a row in the mid/late 80's. The groups were split up by age and depending on your age determined which building you stayed in. I forget what building I stayed in, but it was big and white and up stairs where our beds were there was big floor to ceiling windows that opened up to let the warm summer night breezes in. I remember one night one of the other girls waking up screaming saying she saw a man outside the window. I remember no one believing her. How could she see a man at the second story window? Now I wonder...maybe she really did see someone/something. Also, on a different note...we had chores we had to do. We split up in groups. Each day we would be responsible for a different chore. We had to pick names for our groups. One year my group picked the name Smooth Operators. Anyone have any memories of that? Just curious.
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 54895     7/22/2010 8:43:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
OH NO!!! IM GOING TO CAMP BOTHIN IN 3 DAYS!!!! Well, i'm just gonna have to deal with it! Any advice peepolz? Plz? Im both exited and scared at the same time! I'm only 9!!! I'M TO YOUNG TO DIE!! THERES SO MUCH I HAVENT GOTTEN TO DO YET!!!! On the other hand... SWEET A GOAST IM GONNA NEED A SPARE CAMARA!!!!! :-D
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 55078     7/24/2010 8:54:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
AnonymousVisiter


 
ok its me again the girl who thinks she has serios problems and ALWAYS TALKS IN CAPS im goin to camp tommorow any advice PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!
 

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AnonymousVisiter


 
I went there when i was younger in 2005, its still hantued. we stayed in the manor house when u go right up they stairs and then down a hall and the room with the double doors. my friends all bunked there with me in one room and before i ment to bed we locked the doors and just as a side note my firend tried to open a window by her bed but it wouldnt budge. SO in the middle of the night i awoke to the two doors FLYING open wide after i locked them.. and then the stuck window opend up and we heard a scream. NEVER GOING BACK/
 

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HappyCamper


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We are heading to Bothin in a few weeks, our troop has stayed at Camp Bothin 3 times previously; once in Stone House, and twice in Lyman Hall. Every time we felt like we were never alone, creepy, it's just a scary place. However, I have never seen anything. We had no idea people were seeing apparations or having experiences like doors opening and closing etc. I am more excited than ever to go now and will post my experiences when we return.
 

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HappyCamper


Last Seen: 10/11/2010 9:30:14 PM  
We are not going after all, but I would love to continue to hear personal stories!
 

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Re: Comment 86422 Hi Trouble!! Yes I remember you. I also remember not wanting to sleep in my assigned room in the Stone building and insisting on sleeping out on the deck with the kids because it was so creepy inside the room. Was that the nurse's room?! I also remember you calling us to your room one weekend because you watched your window drape tear right before your eyes. Creepy! Penguin
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I just went to camp bothin for my girl scout trip my room was NOT hunted what room was hunteD?:)
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 66626     2/7/2011 4:11:00 PM     Edit       Reply    
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Bothin is not haunted. I just went this weekend
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 74105 ReplyTo# 66626     10/9/2011 8:07:00 PM     Edit          
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It is haunted for sure! I know that beacuse i have the sixth sense of seeing and knowing when a spirit is present. I also have had many expeirences.

 

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I RECENTLY TOOK MY DAUGHTER AND HER TROOP TO BOTHIN. THE GIRLS STATED IN MANOR AND US MEN STAYED IN THE STONE HOUSE. WE DIDN'T ACTUALLY SEE ANYTHING,HOWEVER WE DIDN'T FEEL ALONE EITHER. =]

 

 

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Stayed there as a Girl Scout for over a week in the summer of 1985 or 1986 and it was scary!  The whole vibe of the place was spooky and I think I barely slept the whole time.  I didn't know the lore until I went there, alone, for gymnastics camp.  I wasn't with my troop.  I can't imagine going back and I am surprised the camp is still in operation given how spooky the place is! 
 

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I’ve been to this camp twice advanced PA training for Girl Scouts and I will go many more times. The first time I was there, I was doing training in the Stone House. My friend and I had gone to two separate bathrooms. My friend went to the further bathroom down a long hall while I was in a real close one. When she had tried to get out of the bathroom, it was like someone was holding the knob to keep it closed so she started banging as loud as she could.  She tried to open it again and it still seemed locked. She was so frightened that she went to the corner of the bathroom and went into fetal position for like a minute. Then, she got up and tried to open the door again and it opened completely fine.

The year after that, the same friend and I were downstairs with two other people.  We all knew we were the only four people in there. We had been standing there for about a minute just talking and then all of the sudden all of us heard loud army boot foot steps coming from upstairs. It scared all of us so much that instantly we all looked at each other and ran out the door.

The Little House is my favorite place to stay. Although, my mom has had experiences in the Little House with a woman moaning up the staircase while the building was empty. I hate the Stone House! Completely freaks me out! I don’t really care about the Lyman/Manor House, and I’ve only slept in the Manor House and the Little House. My mom has had experiences in the Manor House such as hearing people coughing and someone humming while she was scrubbing in the bathroom.  She also heard girls doing a lot of strange moaning during the night.  So much that she woke them up to make sure they were okay multiple times.  The little amount she did sleep she had constant dreams of people and things happening in the hallways.  Too much more stuff to mention! Definitely haunted, but you are safe.

 

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I remember going here! I slept in stone house, in the top floor. I remember thinking it had a spooky feel to it. 

And on the first night I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a nurse standing by the bed our troop leader slept in. She was writing in a clipboard and she walked around all the beds and looked at everyone before leaving the room.

I kind of thought I was just really tired...
 

               Like      Dislike        Comment# 81712     3/21/2013 8:19:00 AM     Edit       Reply    
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Wow, I went to camp Bothin in 1988 or 89 and have some good memories but overall did not like it.  I felt the people running it were mean, and the didn't feed us well. It was an overall uneasy vibe sleeping on the rickety bunk beds, and I do remember hearing noises at night but just assumed it was the camp counselors walking around to make sure we were asleep...now that I think about it I doubt they'd be doing that all night! Wish I remembered what building I stayed at.
 

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worked at this camp, Camp Bothin in 2004. I was a chef there, with Signature Services. My camp name was Bigtex. The kitchen was maybe a half mile from the dorms. One night I was leaving the kitchen after 9pm because I was prepping for the next morning. By this time most of the campers were in bed or in their tents. I was strolling down the little road from the kitchen to the dorms. And suddenly i start hearing the sound of someone hitting something metal. Like hitting a bass drum. It was coming from the dining hall that I had just left. I stopped and stood on the road a second to see if I could spot where it was coming from. I saw nothing. So I keep walking to the dorms and again I hear the sound coming from the dining hall and it's getting louder. But the building was locked up I had JUST left it. I laughed and just thought I was hearing things. I continue a few steps towards my dorm and on the way I pass the Stone House dorm. While walking the sound of the bass drum coming from behind me gets louder and louder. In front of Stone House suddenly there is a flash of a bright blue light right in front of my face. It was so quick.. Like a flash. It stopped me dead in my tracks trying to figure out what just happened. I looked up at the windows to see if one of the kids was up playing with a flashlight, but I saw nothing. All the while the sound of the bass drum got louder and louder. Finally I get to my dorm and my friend Sunshine was sitting on the porch. I could still hear the drum and asked if she heard that noise. She says "what noise?" The noise stopped a couple minutes later but apparently I was the only one that heard it. Still have no idea what the blue light was.. But it was one of the oddest moments in my memory. http://www.strangeusa.com
 

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Came across this web site upon trying to find out about Bothin's history. Just got back from an enjoyable family camp weekend at Bothin. I think the spirits took the Labor Day weekend off. We stayed in, I think, the same room in Manor House as comment #57534 9/2/10. Both doors had been removed leaving us with no privacy. The one window worked fine. Upon arriving, my kids asked when if the place was haunted. I suppose old places can have that effect on people. The place reminded me a bit of San Jose's Winchester Mystery House. I did not get any eerie feelings, but the House was hot the first night, due to a hot day. I did wake up for a few hours in the middle of the night and went to the bathroom. No unusual sights or sounds, except for the tapping of pipes typical in an old building. One of the bathroom windows that wouldn't stay up on its own was jammed open, though that was probably done by human hands. I wasn't able to close it.  I thought the Stone House was interesting. Stopped off at the Little House library. I would have liked to wander around the other buildings, but I didn't want to be traipsing around other peoples' rooms. Perhaps the Girl Scouts could have arraigned a tour of the buildings. Interesting facility. Did you have any unusual feelings?
 

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I have stayed at this camp 2x with girl scouts and both times have felt uneasy though safe. Firs time I stayed in Manor house in the front porch area, and my girls reported someone in the back bathroom behind the dorms walking around at night. When you have a group of 10-12 yo girls, you assume it is them, but I recall investigating and finding no one/nothing amiss but a creepy feeing of unease. I just returned and had this same perception in a few locations: Stone house uptstairs dorms, Manor house out front, in lobby of Little house. Just the feeling of not being alone/being watched, no activity. I feel this place has residual energy but that there is no threat to safety.
 

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I went to Camp Bothin as a child during the 70's as a Girl Scout and to this day I think about how terrifying the nights were. I have asked my husband to research the property as I get older and each time I feel as I am 9 years old again. I loved being a Brownie and Girl Scout and after spending several weekends here I decided I did not want to go any further in the scouts because if you you proceed you would have to spend the weekends in the hospital....way to scarry. I am using my husband's email to post this message as I still do not like talking about my time there.
 

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Your comment hereMy granddaughter just returned from her girl scout outing at this camp. She had a grand time and delighted in telling me of seeing a dark shadow at night. I love this website as does she.
 

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I am a girl scout and I go to bothin every year around febuary. Its alot of fun at bothin and i look forward to going there every year. I usually stay there a few nights, and I have been going there for about five years. I have seen alot of ghosts and i have alot of stories but i will only tell you the main stories. When i was little i new nothing about bothin being haunted until my mom told me when i was older and how it used to be a hospital and how people thought it was haunted. I always felt something was off about the place, when ever i was alone it still felt like someone was there.     

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As a Scout who went a number of times to Bothin and Arequipa in the late 60's and early 70's I heard many stories of ghosts there. For example, the counselors would do head counts and come up with more numbers of kids than they were supposed to. More significant To me though was when as a young teen my two closest friends and I explored the basement rooms at Arequipa. We found old patient records and many letters to or from the doctors there. I recall one letter in particular that said the doctor had gone to the war. Ultimately our snooping around provided a real history lesson as the records and letters caused us to ponder the tuberculosis patients, their families, and the medical staff who had been there and gave us a profound glimpse into what there lives were like and the war times in which they lived.
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Where's Marmot?
I worked at Camp Bothin the summer of 1980. Those of us counselors that stayed back weekends, while the girls were gone, played "Nancy Drew" sneaking over to Arequipa. Othertimes, we searched the hidden rooms upstairs of the one unit. Okay. it was just the library but we had imagination. Remember sunbathing up on the roof?  We also "joked" about ghosts. (just a thought. We could have blamed the TPing of the office on a ghost!!! But it was more fun when Marmot's crew was blamed and not us!) We really only had a spaced-out handy man from Idaho. No. Not Danny, he was the dishwasher. Anyone from the summer of '80 remember?
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anyone know where Penquin, Snu, or Chipmonk may be.
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Came here as a Girl Scout in the early 80's. My older sister frontloaded me about the creepy factor. Anybody got any stories about the old library? I was badly bullied when I was a kid, and a couple girls from my elementary school took that to GS. We had a couple freak injuries on one trip, and two girls claimed they heard the piano playing in the library when noone was there. Here's the thing-- I always found Arequipa in general soothing and safe-- feeling, and in particular I would retreat to the library to avoid everyone and root through the books. The fact that I was perfectly at home in that creepy library only made the girls further dislike me. A few years back, my memories made me curious about whether or not Arequipa was more famously haunted. During that research, I came across a photo of a row of smiling female TB patients, bundled up and taking the air cure in lounge chairs. I got the oddest feeling that there was a book lover or two in that group, and that I had somehow sensed their companionship when I sat on that musty old sofa reading dome really cool books. "Peter Graves" was my favorite. Later my sis told me one of her stories-- she and a bunch of her fellow cadets mocked up a ghost out of a broom and a sheet, and went downstairs in the middle of the night to scare the juniors. Halfway down, the sheet was " grabbed" off the broom and landed at the bottom of the stairs. I told her one of those sweet ladies was probably telling them to quit picking on the little kids. :D
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