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Home Letter July 28, 1930

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H Y D E    B A Y   S U M M E R   S C H O O L
O N   L A K E   O T S E G O
C O O P E R S T O W N,   N.   Y.

HOME LETTER FOR WEEK OF JULY 28. ( Week of July 21 inc.)

    A rush of activities including the preparation for eight new boys caused the temporary suspension of this publication now resumed.

    Contributions by the boys will be a feature of our next issue.

    The same constant fair weather which has been the despair of our local farmers has been a great source of joy to the camp. Nghts have been clear, cold, and starry.

    Repairs to the rustic bridge would have been so numerous that the whole structure was relegated to the wood pile while the council and boys reared a fine new structure.

    A new Johnson thirty-two horse power "Sea Horse" has proved a great success when attached to our old motor boat. The Palmer engine never pushed her as fast as we are now going even though half speed must be observed while breaking in the motor. Trips all about the lake are now of daily occurence.

    A row boat and two canoes have been added to the navy. When we get the trailer for the truck we will take week end trips with three to five canoes and full equipent. Neighboring lakes and the river will be visited.

    The younger group hiked to Springfield Center along the lake shore. A pasue was made to cook steaks and to take a swim.
The "Miracle" carried fourteen incuding the Director over Mount Wellington.

TENNIS. busy
    The court has been ;with a match as well at the Ethical Culture Camp.

    Speaking of our neighbor camp, Mr. Townsend emerged with no physical hurt from umpiring a game down there.

    The trip to the Beechnut plant at Canajoharie will be described by one of the boys in our next issue. It was a morning trip.

    Riding is going on with instruction by Mr. Jack. Each boy is allowed two periods per week free while a charge of one dollar per period is made for time over this.

    One of the usual trips to that most unusual rock formation known as Natty Bumpo's cave took place last week. All but the climb proper was accomplished by truck in order to get back by dinner time.

    The garden has given us beets, beans, cucumbers, and squash. Corn is almost ready. On the whole it has been a very successful experiment.

    It has been our annual custom to eat all of the flock of a man nearby. He sells us all of his hens each year so that we are assured of fowl not more that a year old. Just now his broilers are going the way of their fond parents.

    The other night a raid was made on the frogs of Shadow Brook. A dozen were snatched from their homes but we are glad to relate all escaped last night. Thus both boys and frogs had a fine time with something to write home about.

    Our camp skunk is finally convincing the boys that he is not as bad as his tribal reputation. The other night he entered a box trap set for him by Dave Brewster and Larry Pickett but the containter was too small and a crowd of us returning with the milk saw him backing out with a satisfied look on his face.

    Tilghman Pitts, Jack Wilmer and the Morse brothers have already joined us for August while Ward Coe, Jack VanderHorst and Heyward Dinnednand Hugh O'Donovan will be here within a few days. The dining hall is now full to capacity.

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