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Home Letter Volume 30, July 10, 1956 No. 2

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VOLUME 30             July 10, 1956                   No. 2


POSSIBLY LATE: Normally this publication is prepared on Monday morning. A horrendous combination of emergencies occupied, harassed and exhausted the Director on Monday. So this is being done on Tuesday. I hope we may get it to you at the usual time.

TUTORING REPORTS: These certificates of industry and application are enclosed for the first time. 784 hours of tutoring are scheduled for the entire camp season with 13 boys and 2 councilors undergoing instruction.

METEOROLOGY: Two solid and successive days of drizzling rain were endured with a splendid spirit by all hands. A veritable cloudburst embellished the night which separated Sunday from Monday. Otherwise we can have no complaint about the weather.

HEALTH AND SPIRITS: We have escaped serious accidents and illnesses although one boy announced he was “coming down with measles”. Your scribe has had most of the popular ailments under similar mental conditions. There has never been a year with so little homesickness. There is not a serious case on record. One boy seems to have written dismally while acting cheerfully. Prophets of gloom will interpret this as another advance in the decline of the American home.

VISITOR: Our guests are so numerous that we long ago decided on an editorial policy of silence. We must mention the return to the scene of his triumphs of Blaise deSibour, man and boy, resident of Hyde Bay for 14 summers. He was accompanied by his very charming wife and equally charming daughter.

BIGGER AND BETTER: Old councilor, partner emeritus, and of late Pediatric Surgeon, Larry Pickett presented the camp with a Comet which Bob Pickett, Sandy Jencks and sundry grandchildren towed into camp Sunday noon. (Pickett grandchildren, of course.)

CHRONOLOGY First day, July 2nd: Good sailing. Heb, Jeff and Neale conducted he first ‘round—the—lake’ trip. Jr. Life Saving met twice this day to finish the course early enough to qualify boys for some trips. Candidates have to be 12 years old and competent swimmers. We urge all boys to participate. Emphasis is on handling oneself in the water and things not to do in a rescue. Jim Main visited the hospital to discover that his baseball—smitten nose was not broken.

TUESDAY: A perfect day. Heb, Charlie Webb and Ian Macky conducted the first Susquehanna trip, while the rest of our canoes went around the lake under command of Jack Garver, assisted by Nat Cravener. A rash of volley ball broke out this day and has continued since.

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THE GLORIOUS FOURTH: Another good day found Captain Tim Scharf’s Sharks defeating Manager, Don Abbott’s Eels 16—2 in softball. Dave Wilber also pitched his Adders to a 5-3 victory over Gabel’s Cobras. The Sunken Islands, where legendary Hutter built his castle, were visited by Jack Carver, Bry Danner and numerous followers. The Susquehannans rumbled back in. We aqua—planed and water—skied. The repaired Red Comet took to the water, completing hours of toil by ship’s carpenters Jencks and Williams. A bottle of “76” was smashed over the bow while the multitude cheered. We had fire crackers contributed by various campers and sparklers for all. The day concluded with a movie called “The Three Texans”.

JULY 5th: The rain provoked many trips to the baseball museum. We took the Jr. Life Savers to the Alfred Corning Clark gym pool to prevent interruption to their practice. Mike Hargrave won a shuffleboard tournament with Walter Crandall runner—up. There was a big Bingo bout in the evening.

FRIDAY AND MORE RAIN: Baseball museum trips galore. Jr. Life Savers to the gym pool, where beginning swimmers also went in the afternoon. (We are extremely fortunate to be allowed the use of this splendid pool when weather conditions are unfavorable to required swimming program.) A modified Hare and Hounds sloshed a few miles over the dripping countryside while older boys had a movie trip to town. Oucho Pickett passed out many candy bars at the nationally unknown quiz show in the evening.

SATURDAY: With clouds and sunshine, swimming for everyone. Varsity baseball practice instituted by George Barker. Two baby mice were born in Woodchuck Campbe1l’s duffle bag.

DRAMA: The famous Hyde Bay theatre, crowded to the doors, presented its first set of four tent plays. The prize went to Tent #1. Bill Whitman was voted the best actor, with councilor Eddie Brown considered the outstanding actress. Special mention went to Brad Damon as a very immature baby.

THE SABBATH: Our head councilor preached and later conducted the usual rigid Sunday inspection. There were sailing races, baseball practice and an outdoor supper of the famous hamburgers, known as “Mouldyburgers” as a tribute to their creator. Our kitchen staff takes Sunday afternoon off. Bob Pickett and his mother officiate. The prize for neatness went to Tents #1 and #10 Who went to town in the Hacker with the Sunday compulsory letters home. We enjoyed three excellent films as soon as the boat had returned from Cooperstown. It is remarkable what splendid films are furnished free by so many companies.

HONORABLE: The following passed their Jr. Life Saving: Gabel, Mercer, T., Caskey, McQuilkin, Abbott, Dickey, Allen, T., Williams, Whitman, Weller, Manger, and Lanahan.

DELUGE: In traditional Hyde Bay fashion, checks are coming back to me in a veritable flood. Another great group of parents.

OMISSION: Someday I will write a short enough letter to be able to tell you something about our splendid councilors.

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