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Homeletter Vol 22, July 13, 1948 No. 1

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Courtesy Larry Pickett

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VOLUME 22             July 13, 1948                   No. 1

EXPLANATION This publication was started many years ago. It is dictated every Monday by the Director and sent out as soon as possible thereafter along with the weekly reports. It tries to give parents the sort of newsy letter which boys ought to write but do not. If you want it sent to relatives, or friends, mail the Director-Editor the names and addresses.

REPORTS You will find enclosed reports which are made out by the councilor in each tent. Comment is sometimes added by the Director. All boys tutoring receive a special report, one copy goes to the parents, one to the school from which the boy comes, and one is filed at camp.

BILLS You will find enclosed the bill for the first half of the tuition with a statement of the total amount. Parents may pay this all at once or in the two indicated payments as is most convenient.

INSURANCE On each report of an insured boy I have written the word “insured.” If you have sent in an application for insurance and your son’s report is not thus labeled, please let me know at once and I will see that the boy is covered. I believe all parents would be wise to take out this inexpensive protection.

THE NEW THAT HAS BEEN ADDED We have six horses as against the usual four. Our ice box has boon electrified. We have added a milk cooler and a quick freeze unit. A small wing, housing one table, has been added to the dining room. We had to put up several new tents. We now have seventeen, numbered from one to eighteen.

CAMP STARTS All day Wednesday, June thirtieth, boys came in by car. Tony Mathews varied the program by arriving on a sea plane at our dock. More than half came in by train under the supervision of Bob Pickett. It was a beautiful clear day for starting camp.

THURSDAY, THE FIRST This day was devoted to getting settled and giving “D” tests to young swimmers. It was sunny and windy. Hank and two boys went down town and had the horses shod at the Farmer’s Museum Blacksmith Shop and rode the horses home.

JULY SECOND This clear and cool day saw an expedition up Shadow Brook, swimming tests, and the start of sailing in our three comets.

HOT ROCKS On Saturday we had our first search for numbered stones, all of which were to be found in queer places about camp. Lanny Newell collected twenty—five rocks and shared first place with Ralph Duane who also collected twenty—five. Second prize went to Randy Barker who collected twenty-three stones. Dick Crisler, back at Hyde Bay after several years absence, collected nineteen stones for third place. Two hundred stones were hidden of which one hundred fifty wore recovered. Ten stones brought special prizes. Six of those were recovered.

THEATRICAL BEGINNING On Saturday evening we witnessed the Bunny Kerr quiz show, featuring Mr. and Miss Hush. There was also the traditional quartet composed of the Evans brothers, Bob Russell, and Blaise. They rendered several selections almost beyond recognition.

THE SABBATH It opened with a soap dip for half the camp. The other half followed at eleven o’clock. After these two lustral ceremonies the Director conducted the first camp church service on the slope of the Russellorum. (This building houses our wrestling mat and gets its name from its patron saint and frequent visitor.) We had ice cream and chicken in a bunting-decorated dining room which echoed to patriotic speeches. In the afternoon McCarthy’s Brown Bombers beat Newcomer’s Beachmuckers by a score of 13 to 11. The smallest boys in camp, who reside in Tents 6 and 7, went to town in the Hacker with the mail. We roasted marshmallows. Boys of the Catholic faith went to church in the Hacker.

THE FICTITIOUS FOURTH This holiday was featured by hard work in the tutoring school, a thunder storm, and a trip to the famous haunted house where a materialistic stuffed ghost was discovered by Puffy’s rout.

JUST TUESDAY It rained quite a lot. The beginning swimmers started to learn. Billy Barker broke out with measles. Eddie Ruestow kept him company in the infirmary with a cold.

OTHER DAYS Bob and Dick Terrill were gone all day to get some ground-slate for the tennis court. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin brought in new camper, Peter. The next day Dr. Goodwin gave measles shots to numerous prospects. There was aquaplaning. The famous ‘37 Station Wagon returned to camp with its face lifted.

TRIPS Heb, Tom Shaw, and Phil Fenton, took the first of the round the lake trips. Five canoes made a complete circuit of beautiful Otsego, stopping to sniff inquiringly at historic spots. Councilors Rienhoff and McCarthy took Tents 3 and 4 on a supper trip. On Friday Hoblitzell and his Tent slept on Gravelly Point. (This is a famous trip which all boys take. They row down the lake about two miles and cook, with sleep as the meat of the sandwich).

CINEMA AT CAMP On Thursday the movie Gunga Din was highly enjoyed. On Friday the older boys went to town to view the usual weekend movie.

FLESH AND BLOOD THEATRE (Mostly blood) The first series of tent plays found number 16 the winner. The program is being sent to all parents of participants. Under Al Kerr’s direction Hyde Bay theatre is a notable institution.

TESTS Spencer Merrick, Dan Morrill, and John Whitelaw passed their “D” tests, thus graduating from the beginners class. Buzzie Campbell, Jim Merrick, Burkley Hastings, and Pete Gardiner passed their E test.
And so to Sunday again. (July 11th) Hot and clear. “Chiefie” preached. The Beachmuckers beat the Bombers in soft ball. Several boys and councilors patronized the golf course. Tent 11 won the inspection and went to town in the Hacker.

ODDS AND ENDS Volley ball has started off with a burst of enthusiasm. At the insistence of the Head Councilor the court was transferred to its old location in front of the dining hall. Riding has been going full blast, mostly in the nature of riding tests to determin the experience of the various boys. Quite a spate of birthdays. Banker, Hyde, and Waxter are admittedly a year older.

NO APPLESAUCE The campers of 1948 look to these aged eyes as just about the finest group we have ever had. There are eighty of them; and so starteth the Twenty-second Chapter in the history of that pleasant oasis in a world of turmoil, Hyde Bay Camp.

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