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Home Letter Volume 26, July 14, 1952 No. 2

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VOLUME 26             July 14, 1952                   No. 2

WEATHER: After a day and a night of as hard a rain as has fallen upon this favored spot in many years, we have had perfect camp weather. Today is a splendid example. It has been warm enough to drive us into the lake and mostly breezy enough for sailing. That is ideal.

HEALTH: There are a few colds, some contusions, a normal amount of cuts and one visit to the hospital; but in general the record has been splendid. Your report will contain details affecting your family.

BILLS: Already fifteen parents have whipped checks right back at me for which a considerable number of honest merchants are devoutly thankful. This traditional response is just part of the cooperative nature of this camp.

REPORTS: Parents of boys who are tutoring will receive the first news from the academic world. On the second edition of the tent-councilor reports some varied mothers will observe a drop in weight for the week. I will get a letter or two and maybe a phone call. Actually this is normal and desirable. Not all boys are as active at home as they are at camp. You may be like the worried mother who once wrote me to inquire how one stopped the boy from gaining weight when he returned home.

SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION: The introduction of a fishing councilor has already paid off. Gibby Carey and his fellow disciples of the immortal Isaac have brought in many a fine specimen. Interest grows steadily. We still have to purchase meat for the camp.

SWIMMING: We still have six classed as non—swimmers but the seven who were reported last week as having passed only the “E” test have been reduced to three.

CHRONOLOGY INITIATED: On Monday, July 7th, Junior Life Saving started under Professor Pratt. This is one of our most significant contributions to a boy’s skills. Bobby Mason passed his “B” test. Explorer Blaise combed Strawberry Mountain for animal bones with considerable success. He of course was accompanied by a large group. There was what my notes might indicate as a water-baseball game under the aegis of Bob Russell. The ubiquitous deSibour accompanied by Super—Schwartz spent the night on Gravelly Point. McRae Williams took his tent out for supper. They were accompanied by Jimmy O’Hara. Camper Waldie Johnston, son of old camper Waldo, joined us.

TUESDAY: Bob Russell spent this rainy night on Gravelly with his tent. On this day, Admiral Chandlee with Commodores Garver, Offutt and Atkinson piloted six canoes around the lake. It was cloudy and warm with a terrific rain at night.

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JULY NINTH: There was rain now and then all day but it was not cold. Most of the camp indulged in a game of “Find the Councilors.” The refugees were extremely well hidden. Our Head Councilor announced that he was not surprised as he sometimes had the same difficulty! That splendid movie, “Twelve O’clockHigh,” hold our fascinated attention for nearly two hours in the evening.

THE NEXT DAY: This heading illustrates our policy of always leaving some problems for parents to work out. It rained but cleared in the afternoon -- windy and cool. The camp cars took George Atkinson’s tent to view the relics in the baseball museum. A unique and highly successful feature was the drawing entertainment put on by Jack Garver in the lodge where a fire in the stove augmented the pleasure. The tireless Jack then took eighteen boys to the Museum. This, it may be said, is not an agricultural Westminster Abbey but a unique collection of implements.

JUST FRIDAY: Clearing and cooler which may have accounted for Pete Powell’s victory over the team piloted by Phil Schwartz. The score was 12 to 4, our first game on what has been called Little Rock Park. It might be more accurate to call it Polyrock. Jack Cooper’s tent survived a night on Gravelly. The older boys were taken to town for the movies and supplementary pleasures. This day we purchased and brought into camp a 12-seater School Bus-Emeritus for which we exchanged our Jeep. More carrying capacity and a different Directoral headache.

SCHOOL HOLIDAY: This clear, warm Saturday witnessed another round the lake trip. This one under Admiral Offutt assisted by Russell and Crisler had an academic flavor as most of the boys were refugees from the tutoring school. That night Tent 3 starring Councilor, Steve Bullock, defeated two competitors in our first night of Hyde Bay drama. Parents of boys concerned will find a program enclosed herewith.

AND FINALLY THE SABBATH: Former Councilor, Rev, Herbert Pickett, Jr. preached at 9:30. On this hot and calm day, Harry Bowdoin nosed out Billy Omberg by a 3 to 2 score at soft ball. Numerous swimmers were timed by our Mr. Pratt. Dave Andrew ran off a sparkling succession of wrestling bouts. Rick Johnson’s Tent 11, our neatest group for the week, went off to town by Hacker. We had much aquaplaning. Old camper, Phil Heckel, joined us. Messrs. Powell, Bowdoin and McKim Williams attended church in town while Tom Offutt in the now bus successfully transported all the Catholic boys to the Springfield Center Church and back.

RIDING: Our four horses are busy equines under the direction of Tommy Parr.

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