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Home Letter Volume 33, August 17, 1959 No. 8

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VOLUME 33                     August 17, 1959                       No. 8

BARBECUE AND BONFIRE: These festivities will start at 6:30 p.m. although, of course, you will be welcome earlier in the afternoon. It is a matter of some concern to several fine young broilers that so far we have not learned the plans of the parents of 18 boys. By the time this reaches you it would seem necessary for you to resort to the telephone to advise us.

TRAINS: A supervised group will leave Fort Plain on the New York Central at 8:21 Friday morning. They are scheduled to arrive in New York at 1:00 p.m. Grand Central Station. This should allow them to catch train #175 leaving the Pennsylvania Station at 2:00 p.m. to arrive in Baltimore at 5:20 p.m. and in Washington at 6:00  p.m. In the event that the train from fort Plain to New York is too late they will take train 149 leaving the Pennsylvania Station at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in Baltimore at 5:35 and in Washington at 6:15 p.m. In the unlikely event that they are late enough to miss both trains, you will be advised by wire as to time of arrival.

REPORTS: The only reports you will find enclosed in this letter are the ones from the teachers in the tutoring school. In a very few days you will be getting first hand reports from those so long accustomed to be reported on.

HOME LETTER SCHEDULE: At Some indeterminate time after we have recovered from camp, you will get the itemized bill for your son’s incidental purchases at camp. This will be accompanied by a Home Letter full of pertinent detail.

WEATHER AND HEALTH: The weather has been more uncertain with occasional showers and most unusual heat for this area. At no time has it interfered seriously with our activities, which is the most one can ask of any weather. Our health has been uniformly good with only minor ills, normally incident to the lives of as any people as are gathered here.

MONDAY, AUGUST 10th: A fleet of our own cars and taxis took all the boys who wanted to go to the famous Howe Caverns. Sailing races were in full career as was the annual Shuffleboard Tournament. Binky Armistead passed his “E” test, Councilor Heuisler took his tent to spend the night on Gravelly, Nature Hunt second—place winners explored a historic nearby cemetery and had ice cream at the adjacent crossroads.

TUESDAY: Councilor Classen with assistants Main and Charlie McManus took out the last of the Susquehanna trips a two—day one. A considerable

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group who retire from their labors each night at 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. went to our mountain top which we call Nebo and spent a delightful night there.

AUGUST 12th: More sailing races. A tennis victory over Chenango with McPherson and Tom Dickinson winning the doubles and Ricky Hynson and Johnny Johnson capturing the single titles. We continued our victorious ways by beating Chenango 16—4 in softball. Another Nebo trip departed under councilors Carlton, Hendee and Schwartz, the last named rumored to have taken with him a suitcase of indispensables. The Wrestling Tournament got under way after supper.

AUGUST 13th: Bob MacNeilly passed his ‘E’ test. Every boy in camp has passed an “E” test and all but three had passed a “D” test at this date. We lost a baseball game on famous Doubleday Field to Chenango. The birth of Tim Allen was celebrated a day late by the traditional ice cream feast. Mr. Allen provided ice cream enough for all to have at least “fourths”. The day closed with a colorful movie called “Sea Chase”.

FRIDAY: More sailing. Charlie Classen and Walt McManus led a highly successful berry picking expedition. The fruits thereof embellished many a subsequent meal. On the still famous Doubleday Field Hyde Bay lost to Camp Lenape by the infamous score of 19—0. They were a uniformed group somewhat out of our class. While wrestling matches were run off at camp, our elder cinema—seekers made their usual trip to town. The heroes of the day were Binky Armistead and Bob MacNeilly who passed their “D’ tests and thus made it unanimous. An all time record for Hyde Bay. Bill Brooks take a bow!

SATURDAY: Yet more sailing. A memorable breakfast was eaten on Lookout by Bob Rockwell, three campers and four horses. The annual Treasure Hunt started. Being fresh out of tents for plays, we had a Variety Show where the Junior Social Set of Hyde Bay stole the show in brilliant style under the skilled direction of Mrs. Garver. Mesdames Carlton, Downs, and Garver assisted by messers Mike Downs and Sandy Pickett reviewed the performances of the year in their own inimitable style. The next day they were awarded the candy which goes to the best play. Stars of earlier productions again performed to round out the evening.

SUNDAY: The Director who had opened our series of services again concluded our church. The Treasure Hunt took up again but as we go to press no winner has emerged. Tent 15 spent the night on Gravelly. Tents 11 and 53B enjoyed the reward of neatness with a trip to town, 53B enjoys the unusual distinction of having won every week this season. Councilor Walt McManus and his clients are to be congratulated.

HORSE SHOW: By the time you get this, the Horse Show scheduled to be held on Tuesday should have made history.

CONCLUSIONS: While you, of course, can draw your own, we conclude that this has been one of our most successful seasons, fortunately devoid of the unpleasant and full of the unusual, such as the 100% swimming record and a fabulous mileage compiled by our pedestrians. If we can get through five more days, this will go down in history as a great Hyde Bay season.

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