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New-York tribune. [volume] (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, August 13, 1905, Image 16

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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
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.
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

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