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HSRAA Museum - THE EAGLE HAS LANDED
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THE EAGLE HAS LANDED

1966 - 1975

Edited by David B. Woodward  [Contribute Info]

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1966

1966 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

The year was marked with many successes in our Scouting Programs. Camp Horseshoe and Jubilee Camp were again the top event for the troops in the Council. The number of Scouts attending the Horseshoe Reservation exceeded the past year's attendance. We were now tenth in the Region in summer camp attendance. Herbert Jewson conducted a Webelos Day at Jubilee to introduce 61 Webelos and their leaders to Camp.

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1967

1967 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

Summer Camp promotion was an important part of the Scouting Program being delivered. Evans H. "Pud" Warner, who had been a Scout in Devon Troop 50 and a Scoutmaster of Berwyn Troop 11, was Camping Committee Chairman. With his Committee's work and that of the Order of the Arrow, considerable effort was made to promote summer camping in the Districts and troops where this program was weak. Octoraro Lodge members put together a Camp Horseshoe summer camp slide presentation which was shown at District Roundtables and to individual Scout troops. The results were an increase in troops signed up for the summer camp season by that spring.

A second Camp Ranger was hired to handle the Jubilee operation. The demands on George Cole had been such with two swimming pools to maintain and many other duties that assistance was needed. Mark Reynolds was hired and on the job at the start of the year.

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Prior to the opening of Camp, the Council's Junior Leader Training Course was held at Jubilee. Harvey Rettew was the Scoutmaster for the week-long course. He was an exacting teacher and provided a wealth of information for the Scouts on woods tools, nature, cooking and other outdoor skills in which he was highly proficient.

A great gang of Staff had been assembled this year adding to the fine experiences of Scouts and leaders alike. Jerry Brown was the Program director and John Souder was back as the Headquarters Director. Eric Lorgus was at the Trading Post and Eric Pennell was the Commissary Director. Charley Henry was back once more as the Head Cook - this was more than 15 years of service at Camp for him. John Rasmussen was Nature and Conservation Director and Scott Ennis was at Handicraft. Mike Parlett was the Aquatics Director and Kim Mohn was Campcraft Director. Kim was assisted by Bob Morse (who later became a star basketball player for U. of PA and later a pro in Italy). Other Staff new members included Jim Goudie and Rob Hopkins. Dr. James Meadowcroft, a former Horseshoe camper, helped at the Health Lodge.

John B. Rettew observations -

"After a hiatus of 19 years, it was a pleasure to return to Horseshoe this summer as leader of my Scout Troop for two weeks. What a great time was had by the Scouts and myself...it was like being home again! I was struck by the spirit of the Camp, the friendliness of the Staff and the excellence of the Camp Program that had not substantially changed since those days in 1944 when I first arrived at Camp. Ernie Heegard was Director and had surrounded himself with a spirited group of young men. Singing in the Dining Hall, friendly competitions with other troops in the evening and escaping the life of a businessman, "breathing the dead air in the tall buildings" as the Spirit of the Horseshoe intoned at the opening night campfire, made this a special time for myself and other leaders."

Camp Jubilee once more attracted the campers who enjoyed the different camping experience it offered. Among the Staff at Jubilee were Ed Burke, Tim Getz and others including Eadline, Wallace, Bahberger, Lang, Rowan, Reynolds, Vottilla, Swab, Mitman, Peterson and Vaughn.

Bill Robertson of Oxford Troop 44 devoted much time to Camp Jubilee (now Camp John H. Ware,3rd) and its maintenance on Order of the Arrow weekends. Chuck Kelly of Unionville Troop 22 was another strong advocate of the Scouting experience that Jubilee offered and helped in supporting the camp. There were many other troops who similarly formed a close association with the Jubilee over the years.

Bill Robertson and his Oxford Troop 44 camped there for many seasons. In 1994, Bill offered these comments about Jubilee:

"Jubilee was 'Jambo.-.style' camping. We did our own meal preparation, building fires from the slab wood brought into camp. 

The camp week started on Sunday with a campfire and ended after breakfast on Saturday. During the week we had a full program...merit badge and other advancement work during the day and camp activities during the evening. Tuesday, the troops had their own campfire programs and Wednesday night there was a Water Carnival. Wide area games were held on the other nights except for Friday when there was the final campfire program with the awards.

Camp awards for the Scout week were presented the Scouts at the Campfire area. The campfire arena was situated overlooking the Octoraro Creek. Here, in the secluded part of the Camp, on the side of the hill, were erected seats looking down on the Creek, the woods opposite and the campfire altar. Usually, there was an Order of the Arrow tap-out ceremony as part of the campfire program.

I look on Camp Jubilee (Ware) as the once-a-year occasion during which the Troop had a golden opportunity to rapidly develop, in one short week, all the Scout Skills and especially patrol and troop leadership. Our Troop always felt this camp offered all the opportunities to accomplish Scouting goals: operating in a patrol manner, under tents, doing its own cooking and clean-up, care of the facility, a wide variety of program in which to participate complimented by a well-trained and cooperative Staff. Thus, for nearly thirty years our Troop has taken advantage of this opportunity and I am sure will do so for many years to come." 

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1968

1968 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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Incentives were used for Camp sign-up for the first time this year as a means of sparking attendance at summer camp. Al Lawrence announced to the Board Meeting that this year's incentive was a special neckerchief slide. He also reviewed the Order of the Arrow projects at Camp which included the replacement of the Swinging Bridge over the Octoraro Creek and a new Ceremonial Circle.

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Horseshoe was again full! The Camp had two part-time ministers in attendance, one a Catholic Priest and the other was Phil Simmons who handled the Scout Vespers each Wednesday night. They encouraged many of the campers to become involved in their respective churches in the Religious Awards programs that Scouting offered.

Some 81 non-Scouts attended an extra week of camping at Jubilee. These boys from underprivileged areas in Coatesville, West Chester, Great Valley and Kennett Square, were sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce clubs in those areas. We had nine leaders and 11 Junior Scout Leaders volunteer to spend their time and work with the boys.

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1969

1969 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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Camp Horseshoe and Jubilee opened with a lively group of campers and a well-rounded Staff. Ernie Heegard was at the helm of Horseshoe. His Staff included Eric Lorgus and Jim Goudie among others. At Camp Jubilee this year, Craig Wright served as the director. The Jubilee Staff included Mark Reynolds and Ken Beam (whose grandfather, Frank, was Horseshoe Director in the '40's and whose dad had been on the Staff at the same time). Among the staffers were Bamberger, Swab, Mitman, Barr, Hall and Pickering.

The Retreat Ceremony at Camp Horseshoe was an important part of camp life since those early days at Horseshoe, Rothrock and Lafayette. The ceremony at Horseshoe has not changed over the years and continues to be a strong Camp tradition. It was always a formal Camp event to pay respect to the Flag of the United States. "JB" Rettew recalls:

"There are several different phases leading up to and including the ceremony. Once back in the campsite from swimming or other activity, the Scouts dress in their class 'A' uniforms; their KP's are then sent to the Dining Hall. Each Troop then holds its own Flag lowering ceremony in the campsite. Once this was done, the Senior Patrol Leader would form the troop and march to the Parade Field. Here, they would drill as time permitted to improve their marching skills for that final moment when they were on review. The troops, on signal, would fall in line at the base of the Parade Field. As the drums rolled, the troops Senior Patrol Leader would call 'mark time, mark' and then 'forward march.' Then, each troop in the order of their campsites marches in double file onto the Parade Field. They halt in their prescribed positions. The Program Director then marches to the sound of the drum to the center of the Field where he calls for each Senior Patrol Leaders' report. The response was - "Troop (number), all present or accounted for! Sir! (Campsite) reporting! Sir!" Once the camp was all accounted for, including the KP's, the Retreat Ceremony was carried out in an impressive fashion with the correct bugle calls- "Retreat" and "To the Colors". The cannon would be shot (shaking up the newer Scouts). The Flag upon being lowered and folded, was then presented to the Camp Director. The command was then issued - "Camp! Pass in review!"

Each troop would then be formed up and march in turn to the head of the Parade Field where they would do a flanking move and diligently attempt to keep their lines straight as they passed the Staff and Camp Director. "Eyes left" command would be given by the Senior Patrol Leader to his troop. Many times there would be a scramble for all the Scouts to try to get in step and straighten their lines, for here, they would be judged for their marching quality. Once at the bottom of the Field, there would be a second flanking move and then ranks broke to get in line for the evening meal outside their assigned entrance to the Dining Hall.

Following dinner and singing, the Dining Hall fell silent as the Scouts anxiously waited to learn who the best marchers were that evening. Then, after several remarks to heighten the tension, the announcement of the winning troop was made by the Program Director or the Camp Director. As the Senior Patrol Leader accepted the "Retreat Trophy" a troop cheer might follow," or a lot of hooting and hollering.

Ernie Heegard comments on the Retreat Trophy, a tradition that began at some time in the 1940's:

"The Trophy was usually a #10 tin can attractively mounted on a wood base and specially painted. At the Sunday evening Trophy presentation, however, we would describe it in glowing terms....that it was created by Tiffany's for the Camp; it was silver with a special carved wood base; that the interior was coated with ruby dust; etc..

The winning troop was given the right to inscribe its number on the cup portion. It was a cherished award and carried much significance for the winning troops during the summer."

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The Board Dinner at Camp Horseshoe was well attended. Ernie Heegard and his Staff cooked up an excellent charcoal steak dinner with all the trimmings. Ernie gave a glowing report of happenings in Camp. Reuben Uhler reported to the Board that many major projects had been completed this summer at the Reservation. A Staff cabin had been donated at Jubilee in the memory of Harlan Graham - this was situated at the top of the hill coming into Camp Jubilee and was to serve as a Scoutmaster's lodge. He also reported that fifty new wall tents from the Jamboree would be acquired for Jubilee's new campsite - Mohican. A new Swinging Bridge over the Octoraro had been built by the Order of the Arrow and they had completed the enlargement of their Ceremonial Circle. Additional canoes and row boats had been purchased and the "low water" bridge had been constructed for easier access to Jubilee from Horseshoe by the Camp Rangers.

Also, presented that evening was a proposal by N. Harlan Slack, Jr. to purchase a piece of land adjoining Horseshoe's new farm area. Board approval was given to proceed. Later in the year the sale was consummated and we had acquired 84.2 additional acres of property for $45000.

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1970

1970 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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It was announced that National had approved a regional Wood Badge Course for the coming summer at Camp Jubilee in which six other councils besides Chester County would be participating. Frank E. Peterson had been approved to be the Scoutmaster of that course. This was to be the first Wood Badge course to be conducted by the Chester County Council.

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In 1970, the Order of the Arrow did an exceptional job in preparing for the opening of Camp. Walt Ryan was there on the Ordeal Weekends and pitched right in with the other Lodge members in various projects. At such Order of the Arrow weekends it was not unusual to have 350 to 400 Scouts and leaders working together on a multitude of projects from road repair to roofing to swinging a scythe. Thousands of hours of work were performed under the leadership of Ernie Heegard and the OA Executive Board. Jubilee had a new campsite, Deer Slayer, this spring and each of the camp pools had new pads laid. A new dishwasher was installed and many other projects completed by the OA.

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Camp Horseshoe had another fine season with 1752 Scouts; and, Jubilee had 341 scouts attending. A non-Scout week camp was held for needy boys under the sponsorship of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Chester County again. Ernie Heegard once more held forth as Camp Director and Frank Penrose was Director of Jubilee. Among the Jubilee Staff were Ray Pauley, Ken Beam and other members Swab, Barr, Kelly, Wallace and Hall.

Troops as they came to Camp set goals for the week on advancement as well as others related to the Honor Patrol Award, such as service projects for the Camp; making a patrol plaque; maintaining a log (interesting) of the patrol activities in Camp during the week; cooking three meals out of the Dining Hall and having an overnight campout. If all the patrols in the troop received the Honor Plaque, the troop received the Troop Award. 

Outpost camps were used for patrol and troop overnight camping trips away from Horseshoe's main camp. This was part of the Troop and Patrol Award requirements. Campsites used were across the Octoraro Creek at New Farm Sites I, II and III. These sites were not too far from George Cole's home. Another used was Grey Horse Church site situated next to a spring. That was used until the new high access road was built.

That fall the Order of the Arrow weekend had the largest attendance ever when 475 Lodge members came down to close the camps for the season and perform other duties. The highlight of any of the OA Ordeal weekends was the induction ceremony held at the Lodge Circle. The candidates reported being overwhelmed by the impressive ceremony and the special lighting effects of the Circle and the candles illuminating the rock out-croppings. Older Lodge members also similarly reported being impressed each time they participated in the ceremonies.

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1971

1971 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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That year Camp Jubilee opened with the Conestoga District Executive Nelson Wenner as the Camp Director and was assisted by Ray Pauley. Other Staff members at Jubilee that year were familiar names: Eppinger, Wallace, Macelhaes, Kelly, Barr, Jenkins and Bruce Ottey. Nelson Wenner worked closely with Ernie Heegard to deliver an excellent program for the troops. Meanwhile at Horseshoe, Ken Tinsman, the newly elected Lodge Chief was on the Staff. Other Lodge 22 Officers serving on the Staff included Matt Christenson and Jim Matthews. Matt departed later for the World Jamboree in Japan.

At the Horseshoe pool this summer was Phil Swab as Director from Kennett Square. He was assisted by Dave Kline, Ken Tinsman (whose dad had been on the Staff in 1946), Kurt Wolter of Devon, Tom Armstrong and Bill Grubb. John Voytilla was in the Field Sports department with Bill George; while Joe Eagan, Chris Wagner, Bill Mayer, Chris Rettew and Alan Fegley were mainstays in the Nature department. Father Sal held forth this summer taking care of the needs of the Catholic Scouts and serving up some of the best baked bread you could taste. No one will forget "Rusty Morgan" and his favorite ventriloquist, Jim Goudie. Jim was a key to the success of the campfire programs with his talent as a magician and ventriloquist.

The Annual Board dinner at Camp was as popular as ever. Attention was called to an assortment of projects that had been completed at Camp or were still in the process. The Order of the Arrow Lodge had an addition that members were working on; major electrical work and new filter were in place at the Horseshoe pool; and, numerous other improvements had been made.

During the summer at both Horseshoe and Jubilee, Cub Scout Family Days were held. This gave the Cubs and their parents an opportunity to see Scouting in action and to sample some of the special programs the Staff had prepared for them. Camp overall was a great success. Some 1854 Scouts from 93 of our troops were there and this year one troop from outside the Council attended. They had been attracted to Horseshoe by our reputation of having a top-notch Scouting Program. Late in the year, we had nine out-of-Council Scout troops interested in coming to Camp the next summer; a number of them from the Baltimore area. At the end of the regular season, Jubilee had 64 non-Scouts camp for a week under the sponsorship of the "JC's" as in the past several years.

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1972

1972 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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The Council Showando at Camp Jubilee helped introduce nearly 90 Scouters from 27 troops to new ideas or refresh their knowledge of tried and true Scouting Skills.

This JLT photo was also found in the Council archives with the following note on the back:

"You probably remember this also.  It is the cracker barrel at night time.  All the patrols would give their cheers and the loudest would go first.  This really brought out the spirit in the patrols.  It was an all around good time and sent them to bed forgetting all the lousey things that had happened that day."

1972 - Contributed by Anonymous
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Other happenings during the spring included the Junior Leader Training Course at Jubilee with Cal Wallace as Scoutmaster. There was also the opportunity for Junior Leaders to attend the Schiff Reservation for Leadership and Ecology Training. The latter had been introduced a year or so previously. Eagle Scout Chris Rettew of Devon Troop 50 was one of the Scouts to attend the Ecology Course while Eagle Scout David C. Jones of Troop 50 attended that for Leadership Training. There, they were given training in the "new and improved" Scout Program to be introduced to Troops later in the year.

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In May, Art McGinnes called upon Walt Ryan, Reub Uhler and Francis Maule to take stock of the entrance road along the Octoraro Creek to Camp Horseshoe and determine what would be required to put it into better condition. The road had been a continual maintenance problem, particularly after winter snows and rains. They presented their assessment of what was needed and so a road resurfacing project was agreed upon by the Board.

The Camp Horseshoe road was resurfaced with asphalt in June only a few days prior to the opening of Camp. Our Camp Staff was already in Camp for their week of set-up and preparation. About this time, the remnants of Hurricane Agnes 'skirted' into Camp. It rained...and rained...and rained! The creek rose...and rose...and rose! By the time the storm departed, the Louis Lester

The Louis Lester OA Bridge was severely damaged by the flood waters of Hurricane Agnes.
1972 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III
Memorial OA Bridge had also left us; water was everywhere with our pool completely inundated with just the tip of the high diving board out of water; a Jubilee four- wheel truck had been swept away; the Boat Docks at both camps were swept away; Shawana Campsite swept away; and...our newly laid road was heaved and broken into bits and pieces that were strewn on the hillside, in the creek and everywhere. In places, much of the road bank had been completed eroded by the rushing water. By the time the flood subsided there were only two days remaining before several hundred Scouts would be arriving. A daunting challenge for the Council and especially Ernie Heegard and his Staff!

Wasting no time, Ernie set in motion a monumental effort. Calling on the troop leaders, the Order of the Arrow and Board members, a County-wide mobilization took place. More than 200 Scouts and leaders showed up to start the repair process. Some were assigned to the pool where the electrical system had been completely knocked out and the pool filled with mud and debris of all sorts. Others attended to the road, replacing macadam where possible. Rocks and fill were moved in with supports along the creek banks; holes were filled with crushed stone and other materials to form as firm a roadbed as possible. Other workers set to work in other parts of both camps to make whatever repairs were necessary. Chemical Lehman was contacted and donated large pumps to empty the pool. (By the way, the Scouts were impressed at the size of some of the Carp that found their way to the pool!) And, yes, Walt Ryan was there with sleeves rolled up.

Exhausted, but satisfied, all eventually were able to relax and reflect on the happenings of those past few days. Although the pool was not ready until the middle of the first week, Camp opened on time thanksto the efforts of all!

At Camp Jubilee, Ray Pauley was the new Camp Director. He was to continue in this capacity for the ensuing years. He, too, was faced with the task of readying camp after the floods with his Staff.

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Ossie Spellman continued his active role with his West Chester Troop 6. He came to Camp almost every summer with his boys since he was a camper and staff member in the 1930's. Dick Bennett, Council Executive, recalls this experience about Ossie:

"Ossie, when he was Stockade Leader of Boonesboro in the 1930's, would return to his cabin after dinner each evening to read a book. In the 1980's Ossie was again a Troop Leader at Camp. One evening, as he had done as a youth, he was sitting in the leader's cabin reading when two men sauntered into the Boonesboro site. As they were walking in, one remarked to the other that he had been a camper in this campsite in his youth and remembered that his Stockade leader would traditionally return and read a book after dinner each evening. What a surprise it was for that former camper to find Ossie in that familiar spot on that evening! They had a great time reminiscing."

By the end of Camp, 2066 Scouts had camped at Horseshoe and Jubilee representing 102 troops. There were five out-of- Council troops this summer on the Reservation. In all, this was a great year for Scouting in Cheater County as our membership reached over the 8670 mark.

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1973

1973 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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Horseshoe also was tops under Ernie Heegard's leadership. Eric Lorgus was Assistant Camp Director. Jim Goudie, ventriloquist and magician, was the ever-popular Program Director. Camp Chaplains were Father John Ferrence, and Fred Page. Rob Hopkins was in charge of Food Services and did an exceptional job to make sure all were well fed. Phil Swab was Aquatics Director and Bob Behrle was Campcraft Director. Joe Egan of Post 50 and Devon 114 was Nature Director, assisted by Chris Rettew , Al Fegley and Bill Mayer. At Handicraft was Dave Cline and in the Field Sports Department was Dave Swab. Jim Matthews held forth in Headquarters. The heavy responsibility for Maintenance was under the leadership of Steve D'Antonio assisted by John Taylor, Dave Benedict and Mark Cavanaugh. Gary Lorgus was Camp Aide.

John B. Rettew recalls:

"Who will ever forget those opening Sunday night Campfire programs with the Spirit of the Horseshoe and then the 'Sump Pumps' with their rendition of 'That Good Old Mountain Dew' that recalled the early pre-Horseshoe days when there were stills on the property. I recall, too, the special magic presentations of Jim Goudie and his friend Rusty. Ernie Heegard's tales of the founding of Horseshoe and other stories were always enthralling to the boys and leaders, Then the songs; and, finally, the Robert Service poem 'The Cremation of Sam McGee' by Ernie!"

Ray Pauley was Camp Director at Jubilee. He brought together an active Staff. As the popularity of Jubilee grew, it was necessary to build the staff. This year's Staff included: Bob Hall, John Wallace and D. Brackin; Also, J. Bloss, R. Dollinger, G. Steffen, S. Gebhard, B. Stienstra, J. Burkhart, K. Trauk, R. Bryant, J. Lang, O. Dollinger, S. Kelly, J. Agnew and J. Harry.  

In September, Octoraro Lodge 22 had an Open House at Camp Horseshoe, for families of the Lodge members. The purpose was to raise money for the renovation and addition to the Lodge Building and give all the opportunity to see Horseshoe, enjoy its facilities and, for the first time, let outsiders see the OA Ceremonial Circle and a special Indian Ceremony. 

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1974

1974 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

The conclave patch issued in 1974 to NE-5A Conclave participants.

1974 - Contributed by Andrew Coe
The Order of the Arrow busily prepared for the coming Section 5A Conclave that spring. The entire Lodge membership throughout the Council was mobilized with the objective being that this was the first Conclave to be held by the new Section and should be the pace-setter for those to come. Our Lodge Chief for this event was Jim Matthews. The Camp was especially prepared to welcome the visitors and to be a showcase for Scouting in the Council. Host Guides under the leadership of Devon 50's Dick Burk were primed on their duties to be of service in any way for all the delegates from eastern Pennsylvania and our sister Lodge from Norfolk, the Blue Heron Lodge.

The Conclave had assorted exhibits of camping equipment, Lodge program ideas and many Scout-related and OA demonstrations, equipment, etc. Octoraro Lodge also was involved in putting on Ceremonial presentations at the Lodge Circle and seminars on Lodge operations. We took pride

OA Lodge 22 hosts Section 5 A Conclave
1974 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III
in the fact that we were the first Lodge in the new Section to be recognized as a National Standard Lodge. The attendees were impressed with the fellowship feast and particularly the culinary expertise of Ken Yeager and others. Since the mushroom industry was big in the County, this became the staple for the evening snack. There were pickled mushrooms, fried ones, raw ones and all sorts of mushrooms prepared in ways unknown to many; but, great to eat. Our Lodge 22 out-did itself in setting the example. Matt Christenson was unanimously re-elected Section Chief at the Conclave. 

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At Camp Horseshoe that summer things were hopping. Jim Goudie was back as Program Director with Dave Cline as Food Services Director. Chuck Lawrence was in charge of Handicraft and Bill Grubb was Field Sports Director. Matt Christenson was Campcraft Director assisted by Chuck Cline, Ed Feeney and Rich Mason. Chris Rettew was Nature and Ecology Director with Rob D'Antonio, Al Fegley, Rob Harrison and Pete Tunnell as assistants. Steve D'Antonio was back at the helm of Maintenance and Dave Anderson was Aquatics Director. Dave Benedict was in the Field Sports Department as Archery Director and Chuck Lawrence was in Handicraft as Director. John Taylor and Gary Lorgus were in the Maintenance Department. It is to be noted that among the Troop leaders in Camp that summer were former Horseshoe campers Bill Trowill (formerly with Troop 11), Bill Lenker (Troop 50), Bob Thomas(Troop 74) and Al Fegley (Phoenixville). 

One of the more popular happenings in Camp was the "Uncalled Four" barbershop quartet who serenaded in the Dining Hall and at campfire programs as well as Troop Campfires. The quartet was made up of Steve Darby, the lead; Rob Hopkins, baritone; Buck Jones, bass; and, Guy Bernardin, tenor. This group added much to the spirit of the Staff and the Camp that summer.

Horseshoe and Jubilee had another fine season with more Scouts than in previous years. The fine merit badge and Scout Skill programs combined with our excellent location and facilities as well as fine Camp Staffs began to attract more out-of-Council Troops. This would continue for many years to come.

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1975

1975 - Contributed by John B. Rettew III  [Contribute Info] 

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An active summer season was ahead for the Scouts at Camp Horseshoe and our Jubilee Camp. Jim Goudie served again as Program Director. Stu Watson was the Food Services Director, Alan Fegley was Nature and Ecology Director and Bill Grubb was the Aquatics Director. Matt Christenson was back in Campcraft and John Taylor was in charge of Maintenance. One of the exciting new adventures in the Campcraft area in this period was the Rappelling tower. It challenged all the brave Scouts who put on the belay ropes and carabiners!

Karl "Moose" Winsch, Scoutmaster of Troop 108 of Green Lane, Valley Forge Council, brought his Scouts to Camp Horseshoe for the first time that year. They have been at Horseshoe every year since then to the present. His observations are interesting from the standpoint of an out-of- Council active troop:

"I was a late arrival at Horseshoe, having spent my previous 25 years of Scouting at the Camp Delmont and Resica Falls Scout Reservation. I was a delegate of my OA Lodge 43 to the Section 5A Conclave at Horseshoe in 1974. That weekend I spent at Horseshoe sure sold me on the camp. So I talked with Matt Christenson about bringing my troop to camp, as, at that Conclave weekend, I had experienced a trip down memory lane. The bugle calls, the marching at Retreat were just the things I remembered at Delmont as a boy. Horseshoe was a seven-day camp and less expensive than the six-day Valley Forge Council camps. I brought 48 Scouts that first year and what a week it was! I could not believe all the talent in camp. Ernie Heegard was unbelievable all his input and never ending energy. Jim Goudie was a great talent and Rob Hopkins was the cook. I was amazed at the good food and so much of it. The next year we brought 50 Scouts and six leaders."

This was a great testimony for Horseshoe and Moose has been a strong supporter of Camp Horseshoe over the years as well as a hard worker in many different Octoraro Lodge 22 projects over the years. More of this later.

While Camp Horseshoe provided a central camp program with its meals served in the Allen Memorial Dining Hall, Camp Jubilee's Jambo Style camping continued to be a strong magnet for troops interested in the experience of doing their own cooking and taking advantage of the aquatics and other programs offered. Ray Pauley, as Director, again brought together a group of seasoned Staff members and new ones to provide the troops with program support. This year's staff included Bruce Robertson, D. Dollinger and R. Dollinger. Other members were: Bloss, Foresman, Gains, Walker, Frank, Lightcap, Keegan, Brant, Baer, Kabakjian, Butcher and Van Otten.

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