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VOLUME 31             July 9, 1957                   No. 2

WEATHER: The most prevalent human habit is meteorological maligning. Almost from birth, infants cry petulantly when hot or cold. By middle age, people are proficient to a remarkable degree in recalling bad weather and forgetting the good. All those associated with Hyde Bay are no exception to the rule. The fact is, we have had no rainy days so far this season. The first week, there was rain at times on four days. This week, a momentary shower marred a perfect Sunday. I propose to keep a cumulative report on the weather to combat Such legends as clustered about last year.

HEALTH: We have had our full share of injuries and illnesses this week, but all are minor, for which we are duly thankful. Where 150 people are gathered, injuries are indigenous. Greg Davens acquired a nail in his foot. Don Abbott gashed his knee. Win Johnson fell, lacerating the interior of his mouth. All three were hospitalized briefly but have recovered beautifully. Don goes about with a gait reminiscent of the late John Silver. Councilor Nick Lament is presently in the infirmary with a slight, continuing temperature. We always
aim to be frank in regard to injuries. Our responsibility is for their proper care.

OMINOUS SHADOW: We are now half way through the first half. That period terminates on Tuesday, July 23rd at which time the second half automatically starts. On Tuesday, July 23rd, (the day after the major league game between the White Sox and the Cardinals on Doubleday Field in Cooperstown), boys will be coming and going almost constantly. There are 21 in each period involved in this change.

MONDAY: Clear and so cool and windy that there was no swimming. Therefore Junior Life Savers and the beginners were taken to the Alfred Corning Clark gymnasium pool in Cooperstown by hoad Swimmer, Don Campbell. Our first trip down the Susquehanna, under command of Sandy Jencks, assisted by councilors Quinn and Knight, was put in the water nostalgically by Heb who still tarried with us. He left Wednesday for his Canadian exile. There was a softball and a hardal1 game this day. A hike to Strawberry Mountain under councilors Brooks and Mellor brought back in triumph a crayfish.

JULY 2nd: Weather unchanged. There was some sailing, and Bry Danner with brother Bill and Kent Dumont took out number 2. Several boys ventured in swimming but the Junior Life Savors again went to town. Veteran woodsman Jack Garver took Bill Brooks and Nick Lament with their tents to the top of our famous Mt. Nebo for the night. Bob, Rusty and Sandy Pickett were supper guests of Mr. Garver and party. Pat and Nat gave first lessons in tracking to prospective sleuths, Bob Rockwell arrived to take over the riding.

A WARMER TUESDAY: Better swimming. The windstorm which overturned a Comet did not strike until 11:00 p.m. All trips came in for ice

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cream and movies. Horseback riding broke out like an epidemic. There was an expedition to picturesque Pathfinder Gorge under councilors Pat Campbell, Phil Webster and Charlie Classen. At night we witnessed the escape from Ft. Bravo as portrayed on our cinema screen.

THE GLORIOUS FOURTH: Cloudy, hot and humid. Not much wind for sailing. The first two—day Susquehanna departed under Admiral Jencks, Rear Admiral Williams and Commodore Scharf. At night, there were fire crackers, sparklers and marshmallows in honor of the day. At supper, the Director delivered the conventional Fourth of July oration.

FRIDAY THE FIFTH: The rain stopped before breakfast, leaving it cloudy but soon Cleared to a cool and windy day. Nat Cravener, a famous distance runner, led a group to the top of Old Strawberry Mountain. There was a horseback ride out into the countryside. Older boys went into Cooperstown for the commercial cinema and attendant delights.

SATURDAY: Clear, cool and windy. A vast group went forth to explore the seven Beaver Dams, far up Shadow Brook, opposite where we live in the off season. The Susquehanna trip returned. In the so—called Fish League, Carl Malm’s “Mock Turtles” beat Rickie Donahoo’s “Dinosaurs” 12—l1 in a thriller. (There is something decidedly fishy about those “fish” team titles.)

THE DRAMA: Impresario Phil Schwartz made a brilliant debut with four splendid tent plays. The judges awarded the prize to Tent #4 with a play entitled “Water, Water Everywhere”. Outstanding actor was Johnny Johnson. Most brilliant actress was Pete Smith. Copies of the program go to the Parents of each actor. It is Our hope you will see some of those plays. The first four indicated a brilliant season to come.

SUNDAY, A MAGNFICENT, CLEAR, CALM AND WARM DAY: Head councilor Chandlee preached. A softball game in the Bird league resulted in Coupe’s “Catbirds” being defeated by Hansford’s “(no name reported)” bt by a score of 6—5. Junior Life Saving in our own water. Inspection winners, tents #5 and #11 went off to town, with your mail, in the large motor boat known as the Hacker. This was after the outdoor supper and before the usual Sunday educational movies. David Pickett passed his “D” test this day.

VISITORS: You have done quite well so far on visiting. It really spoils the effort of camp to come too frequently. We have been caring for boys for ever thirty years. You get honest and complete reports. Relax! You are always welcome at any time -- in moderation.

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