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Home Letter Volume 24, July 4, 1950 No. 3

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VOLUME 24             July 4, 1950                   No. 3

REPORTS: A week from today you will receive the first set of reports from the tent councilors along with the next edition of the home letter.

BILLS: I am enclosing the statement of the camp fee. In cases where it has already been paid I am so marking it. You will note that the first month is billed at $200; the second, at $150. Boys staying less than the full time pay $50 per week. A l0% discount is allowed for brothers. A bill for incidentals bill follow soon after the close of camp. If you so prefer, you may pay the entire fee now. Otherwise a bill will be sent you about August 1.

THE COUNCIL: Out of 18 councilors 12 are veterans of former seasons. 5 are old campers. Only one is new to Hyde Bay. Thirteen have passed the Senior Life Saving tests. There are three Junior Life Savers.

VETERINS: Professors Barriskill, Dresser, Mercer and Russell are once more the faculty of the summer school. In the kitchen we find to our joy Jimmy, Duffy, and Ernie. Jimmy tells me this is his eleventh year.

HORSES: We are fortunate in having this year a stellar equestrian for our riding councilor. A recent graduate of McDonogh School, Sidney Storke comes to us with just about the best training one could have in this ancient sport. He already has our riding under way. We have four horses with Silver, the only veteran.

NEW DEPARTMENT: Cubby Forman, a camper of many years recently elevated to the councilorship, has organized an enthusiastic camera club.

LADIES: Betty Pickett is again in charge of the infirmary, which will share her attention with the care of her very young son, “Rusty”. Mrs. Pickett as usual does all the buying and planning of the meals. Mesdames Russell and Mercer are once more in charge of their respective cabins. Mrs. Reed supervises handicrafts and does the secretarial work for our organization. The Dressers with their five children are once more citizens of East Springfield.

NUMBERS: There are 67 boys in camp. Last year we started with 74. There are several boys coming in during the next few weeks which bring us to essentially the same number as last year. We still can take more boys but we have now a very satisfactory number enrolled.

EQUIPMENT: We have added two 15—foot aluminum canoes and two hybrid kyak—rowboats which seem very popular.
MERCHANT: John Rouse will be the storekeeper this year.

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THE START: Boys began to arrive in camp Wednesday morning. A bus poured out its contents at about 6 o’clock. Those were the campers who had been collected by Bob Pickett from Washington to Fort Plain.
TESTS: Thursday was given over largely to the administration of swimming tests. Herb and Jule report that there are only ten boys who have passed no test as yet. Two have passed only their E Test. Last year this redoubtable pair had every boy in camp swimming.
HOT ROCKS: Saturday afternoon found us observing one of Hyde Bay’s traditions. Two hundred stones with appropriate numbers on each were hidden all about camp. Each stone was worth a certain number of pennies. With this incentive most of the campers began the search. The high money winners proved to be Tom Garrett, Billy Barker, and Jimmy Y. (we have two Jimmy Youngs -- this one has B for his middle initial. He hails from Baltimore and must not be confused with James L. of The Plains, Virginia.)

DAWN OF THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE DRAMA: Our dramatic season opened with the usual amateur night performance. Tony Carey and Peter Alexander started off with a vocal and instrumental effort which was followed by ballads sung in the Eckert style. Julian Reed then played on his electric guitar. All were amazed by the appearance of a midget Mercer named John, who danced in a stately fashion more appropriate to his father. Five councilors then appeared as minstrels. We will considerately not remove the burnt cork which concealed their identity. Heb Evans then showed some splendid colored pictures of the overnight trips which he has so successfully supervised during the recent camp seasons.

THE SABBATH DAY: The morning was used in having a thorough inspection of all tents and trunks. Then the Director conducted the first chapel service. The Catholic boys went off to church in Cooperstown in the “Hacker”, our twenty—two foot motor boat. The last Hyde Bay soap—dip was celebrated at noon. The hot showers will be ready for next Sunday. There were sailing races and the softball season was opened. Under the benign supervision of Blaise, Coach Rouse’s “Kangaroos”, backed by fine pitching by Captain Shepard and the slugging of Schwartz and Heuisler, beat conch Westy’s “Redwings”, in spite of the efforts of Captain George Ruestow and Pitcher Dick Holton. The score: 10—1.

ACTIVITIES: After days of preparation tennis councilor Angus has the Hyde Bay tennis court in active operation. Lew Barker and Eddo Ackerson are instructing eager candidates in the art of wrestling. Piscatorial prospector Jack Cooper lead out a fishing expedition composed of follow councilors Rouse and Barker. They returned laden to the gunwale with --- councilors. Al Kerr lead out several golf expeditions. He has acknowledged confidently that there are certain of the younger campers whom he can beat. Old camper Peter Elliman and the veteran brothers, -- Evans, have been coursing the waves with our comets almost constantly.

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