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MEN WHO DIRECT BOY ENERGY AT CAMP DUDLEY.
CAMPING OUT FOR BOYS. The Ideal Outdoor Life in the Summer Season. The joys of camp life are well expressed by :n extract from a boy's letter, written while ? ampins ?n the shore of Lake Champlaln. "In my own language I can say it is the ' wi liest' place on earth to spend two or four eks. Once a boy Jumps into the cool waters . f Lake Champlain. or takes one of the numer ? a skiffs and rows up and down on the silvery ?ke, he is charmed, and wishes never to leave ! ?' spot." \mong the most interesting and best organ ted camps for boys which are found at this a.-on on the banks of river and lake, and in !?:?? woods, are those under the management of Young Men's Christian Association. These ? amps are organized for the benefit of the boys, : ir particular object being not only to afford ; ?casant outing, but to develop them physi la y. mentally and spiritually. There amid the \ I c tes?me environments of outdoor life the boy .1 urns to love the woods, the mountain and the lake. It is there that he begins to get ac ',i .tinted with himself and the "other fellow," 1 ai 11s how to swim, row, play ball, forms life .' i friendships and has a Jolly, active, bealth ix 1 time. The Idea is no longer an experiment, and no . ?le feature of the association work has poved more satisfactory and produced results . 1 ; r o portion to the expenditure Of money, time .nd energy more beneficial than the boys' sum- ' r camps. Within the last few years camping las become so popular that each summer now In Is over five thousand association boys Bleep? ? ' under tents. The management o? the canips, 1 ; rovlding a desirable vacation place for th?i ;;, boy, under proper influences that are con ? u< ive to good health and the betterment of the lad, is careful in the selection of the bailers ! 1 se lives are of a manly and normal type. ?t of the leaders are college men, and men ' 0 thoroughly understand buy needs and boy ' i' . as well as lovers of frolics with the lads. ??Yw formulat'-d rules ?are found necessary, as ) e 1'oy Is practically put on his honor, and ex 1 - rience has proved that many rules are easier I token than kept, especially when the boy goes t" the woods to be free and happy. He goes to get away from the discipline of office life and tie noisy, bustling city; to abide amid wild ? 1 rroundtngs, where his energies can be used in -Aimmimr, climbing mountains and roaining ?! nnigh the sweet scented woods. The supreme ! iect of the leaders is to fill the day so full of 1 -.Us?me activities as to leave littl?_ room for 1 ' e frolics and pranks of the mischievous. ? 'amp life is never dull from the early morning lip in the cool lake until good night is said. ernes of all sorts are played, contests in b?se? te 11, basketball and tennis are everyday oc rrences, and from morning to night the boys ?<? kept busy with an Interesting programme. 1 .. certain days each week field and aquatic ; ' r tests are conducted, the winner in each event r.'iiving some prize. Three swims a day are i nyed, and always under the watchful eyes of ? : erlenced men, and every precaution is ex ised to guard against possible accident In . te of the camps a volunteer life saving corps : .is been organized, which has full charge of 1 e swimming. Also Instruction in first aid to t ? injured Is given by the camp physician, and i-!n? ational features in various other branches :?re continually encouraged. Side trips out of camp are taken, and one and i". days* Journeys are made to neighboring ? "lis, visiting places of interest and studying th? history and geology of the surrounding r.entry. On these trips the boy has an oppor? tunity to learn how to prepare his own meals snd to "rough it" under proper supervision. E metimes a week is spent on such trips, tramp I? - all day and bivouacking when night falls. The many pleasant nights spent around the c.-mpflre are never forgotten, and years later he can look back with fond recollections vv_c- ?lory tel Una, and songs made the hours pass merrily. Sitting In a circle around the cracking pine logs each one takes his turn tell? ing a story or singing a song, and as the night wears away the story telling drifts into popular songs, these songs merge Into college and patri? otic songs, and after a while, in the silence of the night, prayers are said and the Lads __re soon fast asleep In the'quiet and loneliness of the woods. The regular programme Is slightly varied on Sunday by a few more restrictions than on other days. A religious service Is held of a somewhat formal nature, and the greater part of the day is spent in reading and resting. The regular morning dip is restricted to a mere "eye opener,** aa they call it- No swimming is permitted, and the boys are allowed to wade only kneedeep. and th.-y are kept within these bounds, as a rule, by the leaders, who keep a watchful eye on them. Never does tha water seem more tempting than on Sunday morning, and not In frequently accidents, such as stepping upon sharp stones, occur on this particular morning, causing the boys to stumble and fall headlong iiitci the cool, inviting water. Of course, it la accidental?at any rat??, it appears so from the howls made and the way faces are twisted. It is remarkable, too, how all the sharp stones from the surrounding hills seem to have ?a way of rolling into the lake on each Sunday morn? ing, with which the majority of the lads manage to com?? in contact before leaving the water. .?thcrs manage to lose their soap, towels, etc., and of course after several unsuccessful at? tempts to recover them ?are compiled to dive In or swim after their goods, after which they nrc soon hurried off to their tents to prepare for breakfast Mach year special entertainments are pre? pared, amateur theatricaJs are Indulged in, and frequently some affair of unusual importance. such as a national political convention, the cor? onation of a king, mock trials and other forms of diversion make things lively while they last Talent of any sort is soon discovered, and the posse ?sew must do his "stunt." Although the hoy soon learns to love and respect his leader, yet all boys are naturally full of frolic, and oc? casionally the smouldering voli-anoes of fun burst forth, to the great delight of the lads and dismay of the leaders. Here comes the supreme test of the leader to step In at the proper mo? ment and in the proper way, and so direct the frolic as to wind up in a way harmonious with the chief aims of the camp. Generally this can be accomplished without the boys being even conscious of the purpose, and without its inter? fering In the slightest degree with their fun making. In some instances the leaders have found It a great help to take into their con? fidence the boys who usually head the mischief making gangs, thus sharing with them some re? sponsibility as leaders of the noisy lads and eliminating much of the trouble, and greatiy im? proving the discipline of the camp. A gypsy trip is an important feature with soma of the camps. For this excursion a typical prairie wagon Is loaded down with provisions and necessary equipment for a week's Journey. The boys on this occasion are accompanied by an expert driver, professional cook and several carnp leaders. Such a trip offers excellent op? portunity to visit places of historical Interest, to get glimpses of mountain life and visions of nature that will sink deep into their memories and help to make such a vacation one of the happiest and most profitable ever spent The camp boy in his outdoor life finds the days slip only too swiftly away, and at last departs hrown, rugged, healthy and, more than all, strengthened and bettered In character by the trained minds of the vigilant leaders. Camp Dudley, with its rows of snow white tents pitched on the west shore of Lake Cham plain, represents one of the most popular and best known b?>ys" camps, where now nearly two hundred association boys are making things lively and enjoying their vacation. While this camp is under the New-York State executive committee, other States have organized their own camps. The Harlem and East Side branches of New-York City also have their own separate camps, all of which have more applicants eaob season than they can accommoda to. COOKING THEIR OWN MEAL5 FOR CHANGE. THE POWER OF CURIOSITY. Jacob Hutchmson, the champion salmon fish? erman of New-Hampshire, said to a New-York man the other day: "Curiosity is a great natural force, like elec? tricity, and they who know how to use its power can accomplish much. "There was a Newport man who appreciated and utilized the power of curiosity at all timea. For instance: "He had allowed his wife to go to Philadelphia for a two weeks* vacation. When the two weeks were up she wrote that she would stay an? other week. Then, a day or so later, she wrote that she would stay a month. "This man loved his wife. He could not bear to do without her for such a long time as a \ TVE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING AT (Aft HARLEML ONE OF THE CAMP HA?Uw. A MORNING D.P