Directory Summer Program Sights and Sounds
The Sounds of Camp Horseshoe

Camp is a rich experience, one for all the senses. You might hear some fantastical sounds you never knew existed or wondered what the origins are of that fabulous music you heard. This exhibit captures the wonderful mix of sounds one encounters during their week at Horseshoe.

Edited by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info]

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Music for Eating, Sleeping and Marching

       
The week gets started right with a bit of American pride from John Phillip Sousa, the great march composer.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
To help get the week kick-started right, inspirational sounds from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars and Superman.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
A peculiar mix of throwback golden oldies from the late 50s, the Stand By Me soundtrack has somber and sweet tunes that carry Scouts from their first merit badges to lunch. 
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Traditional marching music played before Evening Retreat.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Rolling into the second full day of camp, R&B hits from the Marvelettes, James Brown, and the Vandellas serenade you awake for breakfast. 
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Mellow yet jazzy, the Tijuana Brass will remind you of white sandy beaches and junior high gym synchronized dance routines.  A staff favorite.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Traditional marches from Deutschland prior to Tuesday evening retreat.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
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1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
A selection of the Fab Four's greatest hits, Wednesday morning never sounded so good. 
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Zany novelty songs from yesteryear grace the loudspeakers during the preparations for Wednesday Lunch.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Typical marching music for evening retreat.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
The soothing sounds of the Ray Lynch lute will have listeners sleeping before too long.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Good ole rock tunes - Shout, Born to be Wild, Tequila and What I Like About You - treat the camper as they prepare their Outpost breakfast.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Breakout the polyester and groove to the schlocky sounds of synthesizers - it's Disco time!
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Princesses, pumbas, and more. Join us for the revival of the Disney animated movies of the 80s and 90s!

2013 - Contributed by Alex Keene  [Contribute Info] 
More typical marching music for Thursday retreat.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
The "rural folk piano" compositions of George Winston speak of untouched landscapes and a much simpler time -  a perfect match for Camp Horseshoe
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Wakeup to The Planets, Holst's classical masterpiece.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Cheeseburger in Paradise and other Buffett classics are featured in this montage of songs.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Marching music from the James Madison University Marching Band
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Classical music updated to the 20th century.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Cartoon favorites of the 60s, 70s and 80s, minus the toy commercials.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Traditional Irish bagpipes sound before the Saturday evening retreat and OA Call Out ceremony.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
The instrumental version of In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend, the Camp Horseshoe song.
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
Luring campers to breakfast are the woodwinds of Copeland's contemporary pieces, setting the mood for a day of contemplation of a hectic but exciting week now complete. 
1994 - Contributed by Andrew Smith  [Contribute Info] 
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Ernie Says - Sounds

This article by Ernie Heegard first appeared in Volume 1 - Issue 3 of the HSRAA newsletter, The Octoraro Loop.
2000 - Contributed by G. Ernest Heegard  [Contribute Info] 

SOUNDS OF CAMP

Have you ever been somewhere and one of your senses triggers a sudden flash of a pleasant recollection of summer camp? It may be a sound, a smell, or a picture. This frequently happens to me when I see sunlight streaming through the trees and woods early in the morning when the moisture-laden air produces those glistening spears of sunlight. It is then I am instantly reminded of those Sunday morning strolls up the Chapel trail through the tall pines for the Sunday Church Service. But most often, it is a sound that triggers this type of response. One of my favorite songs or tunes sounding over the PA system prior to mealtime gets me thinking about summer at Horseshoe.

I am not alone in having a particular sense stimulating a flashback. Last summer I mentioned this feeling of flashbacks to Steve D'Antonio, Scoutmaster of Troop 78. Steve explained that he, too, often gets flashes. However, he has carried this theme a step further. As he drives to Camp for an OA weekend or to summer camp, he plays tapes of John Philip Sousa's marches, the type that are played prior to the Retreat ceremony at camp each evening. Steve added that his son Bret and another Scout, Jeff Hart, also appreciate the musical reflection.

As I reflect on some of the memorable sounds of camp, I can't help but think of some that passed from the present camp scene...those, which spur their own special images in my memory. Oldtimers may recall, as I do, the snapping sound of a game of checkers when passing the second floor porch of the old Allen Memorial Dining Hall. It was here where Charley and Percy Henry (longtime cooks at Horseshoe) would while away their evenings playing their favorite and fast game dressed in their

The new Headquarters building opened for business in 1947.
1947 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III
pajamas. Or, for others who may have experienced it, who could forget the sounds of chimes echoing through the woods from the chimes tower - a small elevated wooden gazebo - which was just off the Boonesboro trail (now the Campcraft area). It was here that "Dusty" Rhodes would climb the ladder each evening and hammer out tunes by lantern light for fifteen minutes before Taps was sounded.

When the new Camp Headquarters was completed in the 1947 season, Louis Lester, then Scout Executive, saw to it that the new belfry was outfitted with speakers and, within the building, an amplification system and record turntable. 78- speed records, then state of the art, replaced the chimes. Campers were then treated to Jan Pearce's singing of "The Lost Chord," "Bluebird of Happiness" or "the Lord's Prayer" and to other vocalists of the day as one drifted off to sleep in his bunk at night. The PA system also replaced the large metal megaphone that hung on a frame at the head of the Parade Field. The Camp Bugler had used this megaphone to direct his bugle call in different directions, requiring him to repeat the calls several times. Howard Hutton, Camp Bugler in the mid '40's really appreciated the new PA system.

Along with the speakers in the headquarters' belfry, a large brass bell replaced the old fire gong that hung near the rear of the Dining Hall. Here, a cedar frame with a section of a railroad wheel suspended by chain and struck with a hammer produced the fire alarm. The most coveted assignment was the fire wagon crew. The fire wagon was parked at the head of the Parade Field.

Camp Commissioner, Craig Cohen leads the Cat Came Back congo line during Sunday lunch.  The song has been a camp favorite since it was first introduced in the late '70s.  Does anyone remember how the 'Cat' found it's way into camp?
2008 - Contributed by David B. Woodward
It was a small red trek cart with large metal wheels and was pulled by four staff members. The cart was filled with Indian fire pumps, canvas buckets, fire rakes and shovels - complete and ready at the alarm!

The sounds of camp are around you each time you return and new ones are being created each year: sounds of "Green Grow the Rushes - Ho!", "The Cat Came Back" or #95 "Al-le-lu-ia" in the Scouts' Worship book; a roar from the crowd at a Water Carnival or a Paul Bunyan Meet; the echo of Taps at a campfire in the bend of the Octoraro; and so on.

Wonderful things in the Camp program have and continue to open our senses. These now evoke our best memories of some of the best summers in our lives. We all should remember that most of our favorite memories were not by chance. We have many, many talented and dedicated Board members, professionals, leaders, staff members and OA members to thank for creating a camp worth remembering.

A special thanks to the year 2000 Camp Horseshoe and Camp John H. Ware 3rd staffs for carrying on the traditions of creating more and more great sights and sounds for the Scouts this year.

The sounds and reflections of camp are so simply and aptly put in the chorus of our Camp song:

"They built a camp upon the Mason- Dixon Line.
Historic land where values shine Old Horseshoe your memories will 'er be mine
In the loop of the Octoraro bend."

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Dining Hall Music Videos

       
Staff members serenade Scoutmaster A. Ray Coe of Troop 31, Chadds Ford, during Sunday lunch.  They are singing You've Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous Brothers, but from the look of it, he lost that "hearing" feeling.
2002 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Program Director Chris Helmkamp leads the Dining Hall in a rendition of "Throw It Out the Window".
2003 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Eric Sifford leads a rousing rendition of the Pudding Song.
2006 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Staff members Connor Joyce, Alex Musto and Noah Austin perform the pudding song in front of a captive audience.

2002 - Contributed by Alexander Musto  [Contribute Info] 
Troop 31 Scoutmaster Ray Coe does the pudding song along with Troop 31 staff members Mitch and Matt Candy.  
2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The dining hall erupts in motion and song as Little Ford is performed. 

2005 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Here is an encore of the "Green Grow the Rushes" at Sunday Lunch. 

2014 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 

G. Ernest Heegard leads the camp in a rousing rendition of "Green Grow the Rushes" at the Sunday Lunch extravaganza.

2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
G. Ernest Heegard leads the camp in a rousing rendition of "Green Grow the Rushes" at the Sunday Lunch extravaganza.

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
A fixture during Sunday Lunch during weeks 1 and 2, Ernie sings the old favorite "Green Grow the Rushes". 

2016 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
A Sunday Lunch tradition, the Cat Came Back inspires spontaneous Conga Lines to form. 

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
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Sunday Lunch Lyrics

A tradition for many years, the Sunday Lunch is not only a Thanksgiving of food but also a place to celebrate through song the great times had by all during the week.
       

The Cat Came Back

Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Old Man Johnson had troubles of his own
He had a yellow cat which wouldn't leave its home;
He tried and he tried to give the cat away,
He gave it to a man goin' far, far away.

Refrain
But the cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner
But the cat came back; it just couldn't stay away.
Away, away, yea, yea, yea

The man around the corner swore he'd kill the cat on sight,
He loaded up his gun with nails and dynamite;
He waited and he waited for the cat to come around,
Ninety seven pieces of the man is all people found.

Refrain

He gave it to a little boy with a dollar note,
Told him for to take it up the river in a boat;
They tied a weight around its neck, it must have weighed a thousand pounds
Now they drag the river for a little boy that's drowned.

Refrain

He gave it to a man going up in a balloon,
He told him for to take it to the man in the moon;
The balloon came down about ninety miles away,
Where he is now, well I dare not say.

Refrain

He gave it to a man going way out West,
Told him for to take it to the one he loved the best;
First the train hit the curve, then it jumped the rail,
Not a soul was left behind to tell the gruesome tale.

Refrain

The atom bomb fell just the other day,
The H-Bomb fell in the very same way;
Russia went, England went, and then the U.S.A.
The human race was finished without a chance to pray.

Refrain

Green Grow the Rushes O'

Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

I will sing you one O
Green grow the rushes O
What is your one O
One is one and all alone
And evermore shall be so

I will sing you two O
Green grow the rushes O
What is your two O
Two, two the lily white boys
Clothed all in green O

I will sing you three O
Green grow the rushes O
What is your three O

Three, three the rivals

Four for the Gospel makers

Five for the symbols at your door

Six for the six proud walkers

Seven for the seven stars in the sky

Eight for the April rainers

Nine for the nine bright shiners

Ten for the Ten Commandments

Eleven for the eleven that went to heaven

Twelve for the twelve apostles

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The Calls

       
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
This call sounds at 7:20 am to wake up the campers and staff each morning at Camp Horseshoe.   
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The call signifying a set of music to play 15 minutes prior to each meal at Camp Horseshoe.   
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The call played before the march music used to herald the Camp Horseshoe evening retreat ceremony each evening. 
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Prior to the final set of songs before taps, the Camp Horseshoe PA plays the Call to Quarters signaling to campers that they should turn in for the evening. 
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The U.S. military piece played during flag ceremonies and funerals, taps is played at 10:00 pm each evening at Camp Horseshoe in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 
2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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In the Loop of the Octoraro Bend Lyrics

1988 - Contributed by Kevin Grewell  [Contribute Info] 

It all began with the Dreams of Old,
the Indian Brave and the Pioneer Bold,
by camp fire light old tales retold
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

Those early Scouts with their campaign hats,
their pressed wool shirts, their boots and spats,
rekindle the Dream that had gone before
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

Refrain
They built a camp on the Mason-Dixon Line,
historic land where values shine,
o Horseshoe your memories will 'err be mine,
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

The sun comes up over Flag Pole Hill,
where Old Glory flew and is flying proudly still,
and we'll march to the call at the end of the day
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

So let's hoist our packs once again my friend,
where the waters flow round the tranquil Horseshoe Bend,
and we'll hike and we'll camp in the Old Scout way
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

Refrain

Special Refrain
He served a camp upon the Mason-Dixon Line,
his years as chief numbered twenty-nine,
Achgeketum, your lessons will e'er be mine
in the Loop of the Octoraro Bend.

 

Written by Kevin Grewell and V Hein, 1988. 

 

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Miscellaneous Audio

       
Composed and performed by Paul Demyanovich, brother of 2005 COPE Director Pete Demyanovich, "Got you locked down" is a tribute to the safe, fun antics of the "High Day".
2004 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Camp Director Mike Berheihiser leads a rendition of Lilly the Pink during one of the meals in the Dining Hall.
2003 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
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Miscellaneous Pictures

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Miscellaneous

Horseshoe Song Book  This songbook contains many of the contemporary Horseshoe favorites sung during lunch and dinners in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.
Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ha Ha Camp Staff Song  This little cheer concocted by Kennett Square Troop 24 was used to egg on the camp staff during the typical week 5 cheer wars.
1999 - Contributed by Mark C. Hammond  [Contribute Info] 
New Camp Horseshoe Song Book  

This new songbook contains many of the contemporary Horseshoe favorites sung during lunch and dinners in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall.

2010 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Assorted Songs  

Here is an assortment of songs used in the 1970s at Camp Horseshoe.

Contributed by Rev. James Goudie  [Contribute Info] 
More Assorted Songs  

Here is an assortment of songs used in the 1970s at Camp Horseshoe.

Contributed by Rev. James Goudie  [Contribute Info] 
Song Book Pamphlet  This song book pamphlet was created by CCC and used by Camp Horseshoe in the 1950s or 1960s.
Contributed by Steve Brun  [Contribute Info] 
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