Camp Horseshoe Makes History
1944 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III
From the September 1944 The Trail Blazer...
Another camping season has now come to a close and is being written up in the record books. It was not just another camp, but one of the finest the Council has ever conducted. Much of the success of the camp was due to the fine work and splendid leadership on the part of every member of the Staff. Such fine leadership could not help but inspire boys to live and practice the Scout Oath and Law.
The camp spirit and camp morale was unusually high all Season. Every camper just had a swell time for his entire stay, and many Scouts would liked to have stayed longer; however for the first time in history we had to say "The camp is full".
A good time is not alone a measure of a successful camp. The things a boy remembers after leaving camp are the new friends he has made while at camp. The campfire programs and Indian Pageants make a real impression on a growing boy. Test passing is a part of the camp program, that's the reason so many advancements are passed at Horseshoe.
We had eight weeks of unusually fine camping weather with very little rain, nice for camping but hard on the Victory Gardens.
We were fortunate in having little or no sickness during the entire camp. Would report the health of the camp as excellent.
We had as our guests for July 22nd The Honorable Owen J. Roberts, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; Dr. E. K. Fretwell, Chief Scout Executive of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Paul H. Love, Regional Executive of Region Three. The Bentley R. Morrison Memorial Health Lodge was dedicated.
52 outstanding campers were elected by their fellow campers to membership in the Order of the Arrow and all took the Ordeal ceremony on the vreekend of August- 4th, 5th and 6th.
We had 563 Scouts from the Chester County Council camp for a total of 933 camper weeks. This is a gain of 78 percent over last Season.
Our over all figures show 923 Scouts and Scouters camping for a total of 1403 camper weeks. This is a total net gain of 73 percent over last Season.
A total of 54 Troops sent one or more Scouts to camp for at least a week.
ENROLLMENT BY DISTRICT AND COMPARATIVE FIGURES
Dist. 1 (1943 - 67 indiv. Scouts; 118 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 105 indiv. Scouts; 177 Camper Weeks)
Dist. 2 (1943 - 56 indiv. Scouts; 115 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 91 indiv. Scouts; 178 Camper Weeks)
Dist. 3 (1943 - 54 indiv. Scouts; 70 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 101 indiv. Scouts; 163 Camper Weeks)
Dist. 4 (1943 - 71 indiv. Scouts; 112 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 158 indiv. Scouts; 244 Camper Weeks)
Dist. 5 (1943 - 76 indiv. Scouts; 110 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 108 indiv. Scouts; 157 Camper Weeks)
Total (1943 - 324 indiv. Scouts; 525 Camper Weeks) (1944 - 563 indiv. Scouts; 919 Camper Weeks)