In recognition of CAMP Rehoboth’s 21st anniversary, we’re continuing our Volunteer Spotlight to honor many of the behind-the-scenes heroes that we’re so fortunate to have in our CAMP family. The Spotlight is an ongoing column in Letters and features recipients who’ve been selected by the volunteers themselves and you, our readers. If you know someone whose efforts are worthy of consideration, please make a nomination. We’ll be maintaining a database that will be used to help determine future recipients. Email us your suggestions.
Bob Nagy on Condom Stuffing and Life in Rehoboth Beach
Born and raised in the mountains north of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bob Nagy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force after high school and served four years abroad. Upon discharge, he assumed a career with the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC, where most of his tenure was spent working in Asia. As Bob described, it was “an exciting time and involved some of the best times of my life.”
After the State Dept., Bob worked for Verizon for 26 years and retired in 2004. He was married for 13 years and has two married sons and three grandchildren.
When/why did you start volunteering for CAMP Rehoboth?
In 2002, after my move to Delaware from Alexandria, Virginia. I wanted something constructive to do regarding our gay community in Rehoboth.
What’s been your best memory volunteering here?
The fellowship of the group of condom wrappers (CAMPsafe Condom Packet Stuffing Parties) that have been volunteering with this program pretty much since I began in 2002. The pizza provided also helps!
What does CAMP Rehoboth mean to you?
CAMP has been a force in Rehoboth for as long as I can remember, and it has grown bigger every year.
If you had an extra hour in the day, what would you do?
If you could spend a full day with one person, who would it be? Why?
The Dalai Lama, to get back to my inner-self and center my soul again.
“Wouldn’t you like to be a CAMPer too?” How would you encourage someone to get involved with us?
I think everyone has something to offer, if they have the time and the desire to help out the community. Some do it with money, others with time.
First thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “Rehoboth.”
Our crazy summer crowds, parking meter headaches, sun and fun! As a local resident, it also means “home” to me.
Assuming you have any, what else do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy long walks on the beach, gardening, and meeting new people. Of course, I enjoy my small group of friends very much too, that keeps me going.
Cher’s not the only one who’d like to turn back time. If you could, what age/period would you return too? Why?
That’s a funny one. Well for me, my mid 40s would be my choice. All the drama and mistakes of youth are over, you know what you like, how to get it, and, most importantly, how to enjoy it.
We know you already love Rehoboth, where’s your next favorite get-away? Why?
Palm Springs, Calif. It was my favorite spot for years, and I rotated with Cape Cod for great fun and good times.
Someone reading this wants to buy you a “thank you” beverage. What would it be?
Friends are coming over for a dinner party? What’s your signature dish?
Well I have become a lazy cook, and meat-n-taters are my specialty now, but I can make a good chicken curry.
We’ve seen many iconic entertainers over the years. Who’s your favorite? Why?
Waland Flowers of the 70s was great fun and kept you in tears laughing.
As a teenager, who was your first celebrity crush?
Rock Hudson…now you know I’m an old dude.
People often ask me, “What’s it like living in Rehoboth year round?” I love that question. How would you respond?
I love the seasons! It’s one reason I would never move to Florida. Summer is hectic and exciting and can be annoying for us locals. BUT, it’s only two months so we enjoy it. Then fall comes and it’s less crowded and there’s always something going on throughout the winter. Winters are damp and cold, but I still like winter, however, by February and March it’s pretty quiet. That’s still a special time with my local friends, as we hang out together a lot and compete in trivia contests. By the time you’re about to give up on the sun, spring is here. And yes, that’s my favorite time of year. Last, always the coast-line. The water helps me recoup and enjoy life.
Entertainment: Favorite TV show? Movie? Entertainer?
Well I’m a huge TCM (Turner Classic Movies) fan. I’m also addicted to Public Television, Masterpiece Theatre, and HBO.
Sustenance: Favorite food? Beverage?
I will eat anything put in front of me. Guess that’s from years of travelling abroad. My general rule is that if it tastes good, don’t ask any questions. As for favorite beverage, in the summer I enjoy a frozen sweet drink, of course.
Thanks, Bob, and all of those who have volunteered and supported the CAMPsafe Condom Stuffing Party program for years. Under the direction of Sal Seeley, CAMPsafe is one of the most important programs CAMP Rehoboth provides to the local gay community, as well as the community at large.