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Home Letter Volume 32, August 4, 1958 No. 6

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VOLUME 32             August 4, 1958                   No. 6

PROMISED INFORMATION: Enclosed you will find a card on which it is very important that you give us the following data: 1. How your son will return home, by train or auto, 2. Time of departure if by auto. 3. If by train, is his baggage to go express or by coach? 4. The number of your family who will be present at barbecue on Monday night. In the case of children, it is important we have their names and ages.

EARNEST PLEA: Please do send us the card with the necessary information as soon as you can. As you can imagine we have many arrangements to make. All dependent on the information you send us.

IMPORTANT ENCLOSER: With this letter you also will receive a description of a time honored Hyde Bay tradition. This is a purely voluntary matter which has a really profound effect upon the success of the camp for reasons purely psychological.

WEATHER: This week has been very kind to us. We have had many splendid days and magnificent moonlit nights. Such rain as has fallen has tactfully been scheduled to a minimum of interference with our program.

HEALTH: The usual minor ills have been supplemented by two nights in the hospital for Binky Armistead. This young man has returned as good as new. The motivation was supplied by some sort of virus or that sort of thing. Mike Fredenthal tore his hand somewhat on a piece of wood while on a trip to Mount Nebo. The director drove up and retrieved the injured man and turned him over to Betty who took him to the hospital for some expert needlework.
CHRONOLOGY BEGINS ON MONDAY: This cloudy day produced some rain after supper but we sent off one two—day Susquehanna trip under command of the inevitable Eddie Brown, assisted by Councillors Classen and Charles McManus. The usual activities featured the day.

TUESDAY, JULY 29: The wind on this fair day enabled Admiral Williams, assisted by landlubbers Schwartz and Peet, to sail to Cooperstown and back, a feat seldom accomplished by our navy. Toward evening, Bob Pickett with right—hand men Sherm and Walter took all of our younger boys to the top of famous Mount Nebo where they spent a restful night with the exception noted under “Health.” Some pessimism in regard to the weather inspired a bus trip to the Farmer’s Museum.

THE 30TH OF JULY: Rain conveniently at night. Back came the Nebo trip. We met Camp Chenango in baseball but reached no decision. Game was called at that moment in time arranged in advance. The score was 9 to 9.

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In the evening we saw the lurid film, “Forbidden Plant.” Full of spectacular scientific equipment and mysterious monsters, this spectacle no doubt provided the cavalry for many a nightmare. As we arose next morning, there on our beach were found somewhat dubious tracks of the very monster itself.

MOIST THURSDAY: The morning rain stimulated shuttle bus service to the Farmer’s Museum and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chauffeur councillor Garver clocked nearly 100 miles on the speedometer of the “Land Hacker.” The weather relented in the afternoon to permit a lot of swimming.

HERE BEGINNETH AUGUST: And a clear and sunny August it proved to be. Our softball team beat Chenango 22 - #. Councillors Brooks and Johnston took their juvenile guests to spend the night on Gravelly. Again this day we enjoyed swimming at its best.
SATURDAY, OR AUGUST 2: More good weather with the Gravallies returned refreshed from their outing in ample time to participate in the annual treasure hunt which started at half after 11. This traditional ordeal had a novel turn this year. Instead of clues, there pictures posted at farflung spots about the camp. Hunters had to recall the indicated spot. Councillor Brown, with whom such victories have become a habit, won the coveted silver dollars, which will presently be distributed among campers Black, Griswold, Mulvenny, Coco Murray and Northrup, his team, however dubious their assistance may have been in some cases.

ONCE MORE THE DRAMA: Preceded by a fearful phalanx of songsters calling themselves the Marlboro Men who sang sweetly in front of the curtain, the dramatic portion of the entertainment eventually started as the curtain rose. In spite of a splendid play put on by Tent 11, where Peter Prowda was considered the best actress, and an amusing expose of dramatic doldrums by Tent 16, the judges were unanimous and enthusiastic in giving the box of candy to tent 18 with Mouldy City as accessory after the fact. (This sentence rivals the performance in length.) These Thespians portrayed most vividly the flight of Charles A. Lindbergh (Cooper Winston) id his plane across the broad Atlantic. The campers represented various parts of the machine, who performed their function with impressive realism. Art Brooks projected an enormous fly. This was one of the better concepts of our entire summer camp drama season. Rinky Malm was best actor of the night.

THE SABBATH: This beautiful day began with buns and sausage for breakfast, followed by our church service where Professor Downs gave an excellent talk on the religious aspect of the beauty of nature. Both morning and afternoon were enlivened by an intra-mural swimming meet. Old pro Brooks and his team defeated the aggregation tutored by amateur Williams. We ate our Mouldyburgers out of doors as usual. The battery on the Hacker refused to give out any spark so Tents 53B and 11 will get their inspection reward later this week. To close the day we saw an excellent movie, on the life and death of sundry prunes as well as a cartoon exposition of the art of marketing gasoline and its by—products.


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