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Home Letter Volume 36, No. 8, August 20, 1962

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VOLUME 36                 August 20, 1962                 No. 8

MONDAY, AUGUST 13: This was a rather cloudy and cool day. Enough wind prevailed to allow some sailing. The big event of the day was a trip to Howe Caverns by all those who wished to journey to the caves. This involved more than half the camp. The group left about 11:00 a.m. in all the camp cars plus five taxies. The staff in charge of the trip included Dick Carlton, Barc Feather, Chuck Pierce, Jock McQuilkin, Bill Bergstrom, Lawry Pickett, Charlie Tracy, John Mercer, Archie Coupe, and John Young. The trip through the caves was made first, followed by a picnic lunch and then back to camp. The remainder of the camp used the usual camp activities to entertain themselves. The Sunday night movies that had been postponed were shown after supper in the evening.

TUESDAY: Another repeat of weather from Monday. However, we were able to make a start on the final wind-up events in many activities. Several of the boating groups, including the canoes, kyaks, and rowboats had their contests. The tennis courts were busy with the preliminary matches. Shuffleboard and horse shoes also made good headway. The wrestlers continued the various elimination matches. All of these involved most of the day with lots of cheering and excitement. The sailboats had limited activity because of all the participation in other events.

WEDNESDAY: The Day Man has written on his report - "A decent day for once." And, indeed, it was a beautiful clear, warm, and sunny day and most welcome! There were several sailing races in the Junior ranks. A Sunken Islands trip set out with Bob Pine and Scotty Carlton in charge. This is another very popular trip across the lake and another sort of treasure hunt was tried out with foil wrapped chocolate bits hidden under the water in the rocks. The morning saw more wind-up boating events. The awards and ribbons for these are all given out at the Final Barbeque Thursday evening. The afternoon was full with wind-up swimming events of all kinds and age groups. We are taking advantage of this fine weather to get the water work accomplished. In the evening, everyone seemed ready to settle down and watch Bob Hope in the comedy "Fancy Pants."

THURSDAY: Sunny with a few clouds in the afternoon-generally warm and pleasant. The morning saw more sailing races run off. Also, a Natty Bumpo trip via canoes and Hacker started out. One group went down in the canoes early. The second group left somewhat later, taking lunch things with them, and rode in comfort in the Hacker to the point of disembarkation. The two groups then had lunch together and explored Natty Bumpo's Cave. The home-coming trip was reversed so that all had rides in both types of craft. Mr. Hllliard and Mr. Feather were in charge of the trips.

FRIDAY: Hazy, warm, and windy, turning colder in the afternoon. The sailing races continued in the morning, as did the wind-up events in boating, canoeing, tennis, and swimming. These are all divided into the various age groups to maintain as equal a competition as possible. There are several separate events in the boating and swimming that each camper may enter--those of his own choosing. Hyde Bay also emerged the victors in a double header with Chenango in softball, 8-4 and 4-0. Bob Rockwell took a small riding trip group out and returned in time for supper. The ULs went to the bowling alley for their last excursion and show of talent.

THEATER DAY: Another Day Man report on the weather--"Fair to lousy." This may not be the best of English but it pretty well summarizes the state of affairs. Again a good portion of the day was concerned with the final events in many fields of endeavor. The Junior sailing was completed--the winner to be announced Thursday. The Handicraft Lodge was very busy with great industriousness in building boats for the up-coming Eight Inch Yacht Regatta. In the evening, the final play of the theater productions took place. It seemed to be a well received original piece from the mind and pen of Jerry Downs with much help and assistance from John Mercer. They both are due great credit in this summer's program of dramatics. Tonight's play took the form of several scenes of various aspects of Hyde Bay Camp life. Doug Coupe did a splendid job as the lead, Rickety Croupe. He was supported most efficiently by Josh Shoemaker, Scotty Haskell, Ricky Coupe, Mac Barrett, John Howard, Jamie Flowers, Colin Murray, Perry Winston, Tom Mercer, Jock McQuilkin, Archie Coupe, and various small dependents as well as some of the elder statesmen and women of the staff. Jim Main, of our last year's theater department, very kindly led the audience in some Mitch Miller singing via recordings. He displayed his usual versatile self in some of the more ambiguous portions of the records.

SUNDAY: A perfectly gorgeous day. The morning had its usual routine of showers, collecting clean laundry, getting the tents straightened up and out, and our final church service. This was done by Director Bob who attempted to point out the value of continuing to apply some of the things that we hope the campers may have learned here at camp, in their everyday living and associations with their contemporaries. Mrs. Carlton played the piano for the hymns. In the afternoon, the annual Eight Inch Yacht Regatta was held under the direction of Deputy Commodore Jim Main. He was a very able substitute for our Full Commodore, Walter Lord, who had to delay his visit to Hyde Bay until the Final Barbeque evening. The Regatta is an event in which the boys make a boat of not more than eight inches long with any type of design and sail they desire. These are all released in the water at a determined spot and the first one to reach the shore is declared the winner. The fleetest vessel this year was Doug Cornish's "The Fish." Doug had actually designed this is in the form of a fish and it was a most unusual design - a well deserving winner. A Rum Hill trip took off just before supper under the guidance of Dick Carlton, Doug Coupe, Walt Rogers, Lawry Pickett, Charlie Tracy, and John Young. This was a group of thirty-five which really made a dent in the outdoor supper line. The outdoor supper was followed by the educational movies.

A FINAL REMINDER: that Thursday, August 25 at 6:00 p.m. is the chicken hour. The dress is informal--wear what you are comfortable in for sitting outside. Friday morning, August 24 will be the departure time for those going by bus and train. The bus is due to arrive in N.Y. at 2:00 p.m. at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, probably at Gate # 6. Train # 149, the Afternoon Keystone is due to arrive in Baltimore at 6:09 p.m.

Friday morning the tents will be lowered, the waterfront cleared, and all equipment stored away until another season opens. Along these lines, we would like to state most emphatically that Hyde Bay will continue to operate just as we always have. Our best information to date is that the State is buying the property at this end of the lake, but with our long term lease, we anticipate no change in the operational plan. Please discredit any and all rumors you may hear to the contrary. We will be the first to let you know if there were to be any change, whatsoever, in Hyde Bay.
We will send out another Homeletter in September with the Incidental bills your sons have incurred during their stay at camp.
Thank you all for your very kind letter. ¥e have enjoyed having each of your youngsters with us this summer and hope that they, in turn, have enjoyed themselves enough to depart from Hyde Bay with pleasant memories and a desire to return next year.


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