2000 - Contributed by G. Ernest Heegard
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."