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Home Letter Volume 38, No. 1, June 29, 1964

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VOLUME 38             June 29, 1964                   No. 1

THE HOMELETTER: is our method of supplementing your sons’ letters home. Undoubtedly, you have received the Sunday letter from your progeny by this time, but the brevity of it may have left more to be said on the first three days of camp. This edition commences the thirty-eighth season of Hyde Bay Camp and we are most pleased to include you all in our Homeletter family. We also would be happy to send the Homeletter to any grandparent or other interested member of the camper’s family when requested. We, of course, shall continue to send the letter to former campers and councilors who have indicated their desire to receive it.

REPORTS: will not be included in this writing since there would appear to not be sufficient time to properly evaluate your children. We would prefer to wait until next week’s letter and can then give you a better picture.

ENROLLMENT: We are extremely pleased with the number of boys enrolled in the first half. Not all have arrived, as yet, but will be coming in the next few days. At certain age levels we can accommodate one or two more boys for the second half.

TENT LISTS: Following our practice of past years, a tent list for July is enclosed. We hope that it will assist you in identifying the tent mates that your Sons talk about as well as their respective councilors. It will also aid in recognizing the tents that will be performing on the stage on Saturday evenings throughout the summer. The curtain rises at 8:30 p.m., and we welcome all guests. The tents producing plays this Saturday are:
Tents #3, #4, #10, and #63B.

SWIMMING TESTS: Frequently throughout the summer, we will be referring to various swimming tests. To interpret our terminology, we are describing the tests as follows -- the progression in distance being from "E" to "A":
      "E" -- around the float and back---about 50 yards
      "D" -- around the tower and back---about 150 yards or a little more.
      "C" -- swimming along the shoreline towards Cooperstown about 400 yards.              This test also includes mastering a few fundamental strokes as                well as diving fundamentals.
      "B" -- a yet longer swim with more emphasis placed on the mastery of                  some advanced strokes and advanced diving.
      "A" -- from Clark's Point to camp---a distance of about 3/4 of a mile.

All our swimming tests are done with a councilor rowing a boat along with the boy in the water.

OPENING DAY: The weather man was most kind to us in giving us a clear cool morning and a warm sunny afternoon. In fact, this has been the weather picture for the past two weeks. It enabled us to prepare camp for the opening day in record time. Shortly after 8:00 p.m. Dave Doolittle from Syracuse arrived in camp to have the distinction of being the first official camper to arrive on opening day. The other sixty five boys that

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came by car arrived at varying intervals throughout the day with Dave Gotshall from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, being the last arrival for the day. Shortly before supper the bus pulled in with twenty nine campers and one councilor under the able guidance of Frank Pine. We concentrated on the water front activities on this first day with swimming, water skiing, boating, Mouldy-coastering, and after super swimming. Randy Ryan was the first camper in the water to pass his “D’ test. Excitement and activity were conducive to prompt bedtime for all at the scheduled times.

SATURDAY: Another fine day weatherwise. It did not take us long to get into full swing with all the camp activities. Part of the morning was spent in unpacking and getting acquainted. More swimming tests were passed. Experienced riders Ricky Schiess and Tom Ratcliff took the horses out beyond the camp boundaries on a trial run with Ricky Reese and Peter McManus as the councilors—in—charge. Most of the campers spent the day exploring the corners and variety of activities in camp. In the evening, the entire camp was entertained by a 16 mm. color film entitled, “The Geisha Boy,” starring Jerry Lewis in one of his best comedies.

SUNDAY: The usual Sunday inspection was eliminated and an early church service took place in the theater. Mike McQuillin from Rochester played the hymns for us. He came to camp well prepared with his own hymnal and a variety of selections. The Director led the traditional first service of the summer. His talk was based on what camp church service should mean to us. A fried chicken dinner prepared by our chef, Henry, was most delicious and started us off on a full afternoon of activity. The Carltons, recently from Saigon where they have been for the past year, arrived during the afternoon in time to join us for our Sunday night supper which is served out of doors from the milk and crackers room in buffet style. The menu was barbequed hamburgs, pickles, potato chips, chocolate milk, and plums. On Sunday evenings during the summer, we assemble in the theater for an hour or so of educational films and then to bed.

The next Homeletter will be forthcoming next week with the bills enclosed for the first four weeks as well as the councilor and tutoring reports.

We again repeat that we have no special visiting days -- you are welcome at any time. However, to insure your child being in camp when you do arrive, it would be well to either let us know or him so that he is not out on an overnight trip away from camp.

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