Portland’s former Chief of Police Charles Moose passed away on Thursday, November 25th, 2021, in his Florida home. Chief Moose was the first Black police chief in Portland and the second in Montgomery County, Maryland.
In addition to being the Chief of Police in Portland, Charles was also in the Oregon Air National Guard and was a huge supporter of Camp Rosenbaum! His passion for public outreach and community policing shined when he would visit Camp Rosenbaum and speak to the campers.
Charles also worked with General Fred Rosenbaum, General Bruce Prunk, and General Raymond F. Rees to add the Portland Police Bureau as a full partner with Camp Rosenbaum during his time as Chief.
Charles not only served in the Oregon Air National Guard but also the D.C. and Hawaii Air National Guard retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel where he served as the 154th Security Forces Commander in Hawaii.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones.
The Camp Rosenbaum Fund is a community-building nonprofit whose mission is to provide life enhancing opportunities for low-income young people through mentoring, camp and athletic programs. Our programs are designed to instill good citizenship, hope, and a sense that anything is possible with education, hard work and good choices.
It began in 1970 with a dream.
Take a group of youth from low-income families, spend a week with them at Oregon’s beautiful coast, teach them the value of good citizenship and encourage their self-confidence. And maybe most importantly, just have fun.