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From the Fall/Winter 2011 Octoraro Loop.

"... I salute you; I ask that you do not return that salute." A familiar phrase, to honor our Camp Leaders, who have made a difference to the Horseshoe Scout Reservation and the youth and leaders who devote their time and talents to Missing... the success of our Camps!

Allen K. Forssmark celebrated his 50th year as a member of the Boy Scouts of America. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout with a silver palm. As a Scout, Al attended two National Jamborees, one World Jamboree in Japan, National Junior Leader Training at Schiff Scout Reservation, and served on Camp Jubilee's staff in the maintenance department. A graduate of Cheney University with a degree in Industrial Arts. Al is a truly one of our Reservation's finest volunteers. A plaque was presented by Mark Hammond, HSRAA Chairman in recognition of Al's great service.

Lee McIlvaine was honored as an active Unit Leader with a "Connection to Horseshoe's History - Past and Present - Missing... A Scouting Family!" People ask Lee what his relationship is to McIlvaine Lodge. And...yes...there is a connection. Just ask him and you'll learn some interesting information about our Horseshoe history.

Lee's Scouting started in 1958 as a Cub Scout in Pack 65 in Exton. His first year at camp was 1964 with Troop 65 in Octoraro campsite. The next year with Troop 65, he spent a week at Camp Jubilee and stayed over the second week at Horseshoe. In June 1966 he took his OA Ordeal. Later that June found him taking the very first JLTC class in Council at Jubilee. He returned to Troop 65 as ASM in 1979, and became SM of Troop 65. His troop continued activities at camp and usually staying at Jubilee. In 1980 Lee took Wood badge training at then Camp Jubilee. He was presented his plaque for his continuing fine service as his family looked on.


Dr. Dave Mellinger, Horseshoe's Morrison Health Lodge tending to our camper and staff health needs. Actually, his Scouting roots are in our Council where he has served on both Camp Horseshoe and Camp John H. Ware, 3rd staffs and as a camper.

This is Dave's 30th year as a member of the HSR staff. He joined the staff at Camp Jubilee in 1981 as Archery Director. In 1982 he was Program Director and 1983-88 was the Camp Director. He has been at Camp Horseshoe in the Health Lodge since 1997. He goes on... "Some of my fondest memories and best friends resulted because of my affiliation with the camp. I am grateful that my current job has allowed me to return five weeks this summer - one of the highlights of my year." Currently, Dave's medical work has been that of working in the Department of Pediatrics in charge of Student Health Services at Duke University. Dave's Mother and Father were on hand to witness his recognition...

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