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July 30, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To find the poor and needy, the underprivileged children, whose bodies are undernourished, whose thoughts are clouded by fear, whose hearts are heavy from lack of love and understanding . . . to find and rebuild them into healthier and happier generations of Americans." --Robert M. Pyles, Founder, R.M.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2011 | By Sophia Lee, Los Angeles Times
Isaac Araujo is the kind of young man who talks warmly to anyone and everyone, from the teachers in his school to the homeless people on the streets. But three years ago, the tall 15-year-old with impressive eyebrows and confident voice was a nervous, scared boy who couldn't keep down his breakfast before school and refused to sit between strangers at the pew during Mass. Isaac, who grew up in Highland Park, was bullied in middle school. His antagonists didn't hurt him physically, but the constant threats left damage: Isaac was plagued by a chronic fear that someone was out there to hurt him. His mother, Maria Araujo, worried about her son, so when she heard about R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing good character traits in boys through a wilderness camping experience, she urged him to attend.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN
A Valencia-based nonprofit group that runs a camp for impoverished boys was recognized Wednesday as the 722nd "point of light" by President Bush. The Daily Point of Light Program was started by the President shortly after he took office in 1988 to promote volunteerism and encourage privately financed community service efforts. R. M.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Times
For some inner city youths, summer camp is not just an opportunity to have fun and experience nature. It's the chance to get away from impoverished neighborhoods, street gangs, crime and the threat of jail time. Eddie Ramos has firsthand knowledge of the role camp can play in turning around a boy's life. His first lessons were at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp as a 14-year-old from East L.A. nicknamed "Wolf." As Ramos tells it, he was headed, as a kid, for a lifetime of trouble.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1999 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deep in the Sequoia National Forest stood a collection of unlikely campers. The boys, most no older than 14, wore basketball sneakers, baggy shorts, faded T-shirts and unmistakable chips on their slender shoulders. There was 12-year-old Joshua of Oxnard, who smiles politely at adults but had his first fistfight only a few hours after arriving at camp. His brother Jack, 14, was willing to give the forest thing a try.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2011 | By Sophia Lee, Los Angeles Times
Isaac Araujo is the kind of young man who talks warmly to anyone and everyone, from the teachers in his school to the homeless people on the streets. But three years ago, the tall 15-year-old with impressive eyebrows and confident voice was a nervous, scared boy who couldn't keep down his breakfast before school and refused to sit between strangers at the pew during Mass. Isaac, who grew up in Highland Park, was bullied in middle school. His antagonists didn't hurt him physically, but the constant threats left damage: Isaac was plagued by a chronic fear that someone was out there to hurt him. His mother, Maria Araujo, worried about her son, so when she heard about R.M. Pyles Boys Camp, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing good character traits in boys through a wilderness camping experience, she urged him to attend.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Daina Beth Solomon, Los Angeles Times
For some inner city youths, summer camp is not just an opportunity to have fun and experience nature. It's the chance to get away from impoverished neighborhoods, street gangs, crime and the threat of jail time. Eddie Ramos has firsthand knowledge of the role camp can play in turning around a boy's life. His first lessons were at R.M. Pyles Boys Camp as a 14-year-old from East L.A. nicknamed "Wolf." As Ramos tells it, he was headed, as a kid, for a lifetime of trouble.
OPINION
February 28, 1999
Regarding your Feb. 19 article on a Florida experimental school to rescue at-risk boys, it should be noted that a somewhat similar program in Southern California has been turning around the lives of disadvantaged, at-risk boys for almost 50 years with little fanfare and without government funding of any kind. More than 20,000 youngsters have benefited from the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp program since its founding in 1949. While the Pyles program is not a school and certainly eschews the paramilitary approach of the Florida experiment, it has proven successful in bringing hope and a workable formula for a better life to boys throughout the Los Angeles area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1985
Much political significance was attached in a Times story (July 22) to Mayor Tom Bradley's action-packed raft ride down the Kern River, "heavily covered by reporters." However, a greater human impact by the mayor occurred the day preceding when he returned to the R.M. Pyles Boys Camp located in the Sierras 30 miles above Kernville to present a plaque to the 15,000th camper over a 37-year span. This was not covered by major media. In 1949 Bradley was a rookie policeman on the Los Angeles Police Department and he and a fellow officer, Julio Gonzales (now a U.S. marshal)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2003 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Julio Gonzales, a pioneering Latino leader in Los Angeles Police Department community relations who later served on the board of the California Youth Authority and as U.S. marshal, has died. He was 86. Gonzales died Dec. 5 at a Long Beach hospice of causes related to aging, said his son, Steven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 1999 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deep in the Sequoia National Forest stood a collection of unlikely campers. The boys, most no older than 14, wore basketball sneakers, baggy shorts, faded T-shirts and unmistakable chips on their slender shoulders. There was 12-year-old Joshua of Oxnard, who smiles politely at adults but had his first fistfight only a few hours after arriving at camp. His brother Jack, 14, was willing to give the forest thing a try.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 1996 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To find the poor and needy, the underprivileged children, whose bodies are undernourished, whose thoughts are clouded by fear, whose hearts are heavy from lack of love and understanding . . . to find and rebuild them into healthier and happier generations of Americans." --Robert M. Pyles, Founder, R.M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN
A Valencia-based nonprofit group that runs a camp for impoverished boys was recognized Wednesday as the 722nd "point of light" by President Bush. The Daily Point of Light Program was started by the President shortly after he took office in 1988 to promote volunteerism and encourage privately financed community service efforts. R. M.
NEWS
August 31, 2004 | Bonnie Obremski
I slam my Neon's door. The scent of sage is sweet, but bad memories waft in the morning mess hall's din. Three Falls Boy Scout Camp in Frazier Park is my first stop on the weeklong camp tour I've been ordered to undertake. Already I'm cringing. These hills north of Los Angeles feel like desert. Camp director Tom Sitter assures me there are waterfalls somewhere. Unseen springs feed the lake, a square depression in the sand about the size of four swimming pools.
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July 25, 1994 | GEOFF BOUCHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When his mother started screaming, Michael McKenzie just rolled over in bed and shut his eyes tighter. The 8-year-old had learned during a lifelong tour of shabby motel rooms and children's shelters how to sleep through noise or hunger or even fear. She had been drinking again. He couldn't tell what she was ranting and sobbing about this time, but when he heard the banging on the front door he knew he had to quiet her down.
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