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Home Letter Volume 35, August 14, 1961 Number 7

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VOLUME 35                    August 14, 1961                        No. 7

MONDAY: The morning brought us windy and clear weather. After breakfast, Doug Coupe, Peter McManus, and Dick Koppisch left camp with fifteen boys on the second two-day Susquehanna trip. Sailboats were kept busy most of the morning as was the handicraft lodge. The horses, likewise, had lots of riders on them. In the afternoon, Hunt Hilliard, Harry Parker, Ned Atwater, and Tom Gilmore took the four youngest tents to Nebo. In preparation for any future wet outings there, we put up an old, but still quite usable, tent high atop the mountain. Also, during the afternoon, Walt Rogers took a group of golfers to the course across the lake to play as many holes as the afternoon period would permit.

TUESDAY: Another outstanding camp day weatherwise. The Nebo crew returned at 10:50 a.m. with all participants enthusiastic over a successful trip. Again, the winds were conducive to some fine sailing. The Comets and Sailfish were well occupied. Another Nebo entourage left in the late afternoon led by Jock Mcquilkin, Tom Mercer, and Perry Winston. With the warm weather prevailing, the swimming area was full of activity. The usual after-supper game rounded out the day.

AUGUST 9: The weather was clear and cool in the morning and hot in the afternoon. The Nebo trip was welcomed back once again full of food and tales of a good trip. The two-day Susquehanna returned shortly after the first group, reporting a fine time except for two canoes turning over. No mishaps were involved--just some wet campers. Charlie Burnham led a group of boys to Sunken Islands across the lake for some underwater swimming. This is always a most popular trip—-not only for the motor boat ride to the spot, but for the actual playing on the area. The fifteen-and-under left at 5:00 p.m. for a twilight game on Doubleday Field against the same team they were victorious over the week previous. Again Hyde Bay came out on top 15—5, maintaining their undefeated record. “Tall in the Saddle” was the cinema of the evening. It was one of the better westerns starring John Wayne.

AUGUST 10: Clear, hot, and a good breeze. The final senior sailing races were begun shortly after breakfast. A one-day Susquehanna with Frank Pine, Tom Mercer, By Johnson, and Charlie Burnham leading, left with fourteen boys to view the scenes along the river. An important practice was held for the Varsity baseball team in preparation for the big game of the year with Camp Lenape from Pennsylvania at Doubleday Field. In late afternoon, Jim Main, Mac Mellor, Doug Coupe, and Ned Atwater took a group of twenty boys to Nebo for the third trip in this category during the week. The four oldest tents spent the majority of the day practicing for their plays to be given on Saturday evening.

FRIDAY: Fair with a slight overcast and a steady breeze. Sailing races were continued from the previous day. The Nebo returned as did the Susquehanna during the course of the morning. We had an early lunch in order to enable the baseball team to meet Lenape in Cooperstown for the much awaited game. After trailing 2-0 in the second inning, we exploded for ten runs to gain a comfortable lead with some fine fielding and hitting. The final score was in our favor 12-5. Three of Lenapes runs came after we had cleared our

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bench of all substitutes. The team’s return to camp was highlighted by all members plunging into the lake fully clad.

PLAY DAY: Fair and sunny with another good sailing wind for the races involving junior racers. These sailing raced are all pointed towards the sailing trophies awarded at the final bonfire. They also are an exhibition of the sailing knowledge learned during the camp season. In the afternoon, the Mugwumps defeated the Warts 9—5 in the softball league, to remain undefeated and, accordingly, to lead the league. The last group of tent
plays was presented in the evening. This set involved the four oldest tents in camp supplemented by all those who had not previously participated in the plays. Three individual awards were given: the best actor was Bob Willis. The best actress was Archie Coupe, and a special award to Peter Gould for his bowling-ball-ejector portrayal. The winning tent was tent #18 for their interpretation of Ralph Edward’s TV program.

SUNDAY: A very definite change took place in the weather overnight. This morning was quite windy and considerably cooler than most anything we have had in the past few weeks. The usual Sunday inspection and showers with inspected shampoos occupied most of the morning. Jim Main was in charge of our worship services, giving a talk on “What is Camp?” We wish we had more opportunities for the councilors to speak to the camp on these pertinent subjects. They all do a fine job and the boys seem to respond favorably. Shortly before lunch the finals of the intermediate singles of the tennis tournament were played off. The winners of all tournaments will be announced at the final banquet. Because of the cold windy weather, in lieu of a planned swimming meet a hare and hound chase was organized. This occupies practically the entire camp. No hares were caught--they were too elusive for the hounds, and by supper time, the chase was ended. After our outdoor supper. Tents #1 and # #8 made the trip to town as the weekly inspection winners, and took the Sunday letters to the post office. The Sunday night movies ended the week in its usual style.

PLEASE send in your cards with the end-of-camp-information properly filled out. We have had a few returns and hope for about all to come in this week.

Travel Times: The supervised Pine Hill-Kingston Bus group will arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th and 41st Street at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 25—properly at Gate #6. We would strogly advise parents meting the boys in N.Y. City to be at the terminal one-half hour of the scheduled bus arrival.
The supervised train group continuing oh southward will be leaving Penn. Station at 3:00 p.m. on train #149, “The Afternoon Keystone.
      Arrive Philadelphia-30th street station----4:35 p.m.
      Arrive Baltimore---------------------------6:05 p.m.
      Arrive Washington--------------------------6:45 p.m.

AN OLD HYDE BAY CUSTOM: Many years aago some councilors and boys requested the privilege of contributing various amounts so that a gift could be made to the men who serve us so faithfully and cheerfully in the kitchen.
      During the years, we have never considered this the conventional tip. It is designed to be a genuine gift from our whole camp family to these men who give us such exceptional service.
      Please feel no sense of obligation. Just indicate to your son or to us what sum, if any, you would care to Give.
      There is no set limit, either up or down, and please feel free to voice any criticism of this practice. The remembrances are given before the awards on the final bonfire night.

We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as can possibly come for chicken on Thursday, August 24 at 6:00 p.m. The dress is quite informal, but better male it on the warm side. The evenings are chilly.

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