Monday, August 13, 2007
As already mentioned on this blog, Dale and Nancy Haskell from Cambridge have been Junior Music Camp faculty members for many years.
This year, Dale will be 70 years old. While turning 70 is a milestone itself, it is particularly an added milestone for Dale. He has been on kidney dialysis for more than 25 years. One of the longest known kidney patients in the area.
Those of you who know Dale are invited to an Open House to celebrate his birthday. It will be held at the Cambridge Citadel Corps, 12 Shade Street, Cambridge, on Saturday September 1st, at 2pm.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (his niece) at email@example.com
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Many camps seemed to have theme days, or a theme for the entire week.
Here are a few of the girls staff members from 1988, participating in "Backwards Day" for the camp that was in. (Sorry for the pre-digital photo quality). Oh the things we'd do at camp that we wouldn't do anywhere else!
What theme day memories do you have from your time at camp?
Monday, April 30, 2007
I heard a song on the radio the other day, that reminded me of camp.
When I was on staff ('87 & '88), we listened to the radio quite often. There was almost always a radio on in girls' staff, we would listen to the radio in the kitchen while working between meals, and if there wasn't a camp in, we'd listen to the radio at the pool during staff swims.
My time at camp was before the 'no repeat workday' concept, so some songs were played several times a day. Some of them still bring back memories of camp, 20 years later.
Two of these songs, were "When Smokey Sings" by ABC and "Hands to Heaven" by Breathe. These had to be two of the most overplayed songs of the late 80's! For the record, neither of these are a favourite of mine. They just remind me of being at camp, because I heard them so often while I was there.
Is there a song from the radio or a tape/CD you took to camp, that reminds you of camp? It could be a favourite or something that was overplayed at the time.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The bad smell of the beach and the old sulphur water have already been mentioned here.
Other, more pleasant smells also bring back camp memories for me. Freshly cut grass often reminds me of camp. (Guess that also means the chore boys were good at keeping up with that part of their job!).
Noxzema skin cream was a popular item with the girls when I was on staff. To this day, it brings back memories of washing up at the double sinks in Hoover House!
Do you have a more pleasant smell that reminds you of camp?
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Did you have a favourite leader 'round the flag pole? Any favourite memories?
Monday, April 2, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
It was open to everyone, young and old. It was 'bring your own food', but the camp supplied the activities. There were games and races for the kids, swimming, and a baseball tournament. The different corps usually organized their own team for the baseball tournament. I think there have even been "staff" teams over the years.
I was on staff for the camp's 40th anniversary year (1988). I remember we made a huge sundae in a wood 'trough' for all to share, at the flag pole.
Do you have a Divisional Picnic memory?
Sunday, March 25, 2007
The other note of interest in this picture is the sky behind them. Remember those storms when we thought the trees would fall, or the cabins would be blown down? Remember the sheets of rain that soaked you if you took two steps from the dining room to your cabin?
The storms were not restricted to any decade. They came off the lake with fury.
Friday, March 23, 2007
It was a great experience and I loved seeing the immediate changes! Mind you the phone company wasn't so happy about our cutting their line into the camp.
The other contributor to our need for trees was the Lion's Club. Each year in conjuction with the International Students (I noticed no one from the staff has mentioned them) they would plant one tree.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Anyone who worked at Camp Selkirk in the 1987-88 era is sure to remember a special camper named Buford Organ. There was just something so unique about Buford and we all loved him immensely. Meal time with Buford was such a treat that the counselors all wanted him at their tables and the waitresses fought over the prilege of serving him.
My favourite memory of Buford though has nothing to do with the dining hall. The first day of camp I noticed Buford walking to the pool with a Mac's Milk t-shirt with a big rip in the sleeve. The next day he wore the same shirt without any sleeves. On the third day I nearly died when I saw him walking down to the pool with only the sleeves on his arms, no shirt!
Buford's dining room antics were legendary. He asked for marmelade at every meal and spread it on everything. He put orange juice on his pancakes. He would ask for a cheese sandwich if he didn't like what was being served. One time, as his waitress, I was serenaded with a beautiful rendition of "Jello in the Bowl" after serving him some Jello for dessert.
But the classic Buford story involves the time when we in the kitchen spied him licking the rim of the ketchup bottle at his table. We were all grossed out, especially Mrs. Lewis. Unfortunately his waitress didn't see this and she collected the ketchup bottle before we could get to it. It was placed on a table with all the other ketchup bottles, so we didn't know which one had been licked. We then had to empty, wash and re-fill every ketchup bottle in the place.
Who else remembers Buford? I wish I had a picture of him. Are there any other "special" campers who come to your memory?
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Then there was the washrooms. Now these washrooms are familiar to the younger crowd but I remember the old building - remember the urinal trough? Ugh.
That buiding became our drive-in shed and workshop for the maintenance worker.
I always thought the washrooms could have been located elsewhere but location was dictated a bit by the way the services were located. And finally the cabins. The old ones left the property with much history still inside them - walls, beams with notes and names inscribed on them. The new ones allowed more space and the porches provided shelter from the sun and rain.
Did you have a favourite building? One that seemed to represent camp to you?
Friday, March 16, 2007
What I do remember is that the Hayward family was there, including Winslow Hayward (Kevin's father). I was so young, that the name "Winslow" did not register with me as being a first name, I kept calling him "Mr. Winslow"! We took them all to Niagara Falls on one of the days, and the Bermudian contingent even hosted a Bermudian trivia night at camp. I remember one of the questions: "What colour is the sand in Bermuda?" Can anyone tell me the answer?
Does anyone have any photos from that year? If you send them in, we'll be sure to post them!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
You can identify those in the second picture...
This third picture is from July 1994 around the time we re-0pened the camp after building the new cabins. I recognize Ted Williams but pray tell who is with him? My guess is this is the first day of Jr. Music Camp.
Monday, March 12, 2007
There are a lot of people in this photo that I am still in contact with today, and I know they are friends who will remain for a life time. Even my Brother-in-law is in this photo. Can you find us both? This was two years before he even started dating my sister! There are many here as well that I've lost touch with and wonder where life has taken them. It sure would be great to find you again.
Finally, do you know who the musical guest was at this SMC? What Corps do you see represented here? What individuals here are still involved in music camps today?
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
Jon Evans and the funky chicken...!
Every year after holiday camps, just before the last camp of the season and while the counsellors were with us we went to Wonderland as a staff. It would be a day long event, travelling early by school bus to the amusement park. It was a treat of small proportion for the sacrficial work of our staff. It was always a great day.
Here, the timid and shy Jon, sits on the shoulders of Mike Eden while leading the other staff, and onlookers, in a rousing randition of "let me see your funky chicken" while waiting in line for one of the rides.
Jon - are you still shy and reserved?
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
I think someone was reading my mind! The prior post about volunteers at camp goes right along with what I've been wanting to say about the music camp faculties, especially those people who went up year after year. They really had a great influence on me!
One couple, who were what I call a "Camp Selkirk Institution", was Mr. and Mrs. "K". (although, I think Mr. K. went by the name of "Angus" in this get-up!) They were just one couple out of many who were wonderful Christian and musical influences on us all. (I also thought it was so cute how they would often dress in matching outfits!) It just wasn't camp without them!
Monday, March 5, 2007
For most people involved, this meant months of planning their particular camp, giving up a week’s vacation to attend the camp, and time away from their family, if their family wasn’t involved in the particular camp.
Are you one of these people? Do you know one? A few have already been mentioned in previous posts and comments. Were you a Brownie leader, Guider or Scouter for many camps at Selkirk? Did you spend several years on Music Camp faculty? Did you help plan Men’s or Women’s camps? We want to hear from anyone who volunteered at any camp for a number of years. I think there are some who can claim 10 or more years.
Let us know how many years you have given to the camping ministry. And THANK YOU, from all former campers!
Friday, March 2, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The name of Debbie Williams is attached to this in my memory, but I might be mistaken.
Are you out there Debbie? Remember this? Who else was in on this?
I have to add that Martin took this stride and was a very good sport about it.
I'm being a bit selfish this morning by posting a Camp Selkirk picture with a family connection. This is our eldest son Jason at the beginning of Junior Music Camp. I think he had been playing a very short time and he is waiting by Ernie Pitt to go "audition". That year the kids, maybe just the younger kids, but they had huge name tags. You can see his blowing in the wind.
At any rate - how young were you when you started at camp? What do you remember? What camp was it? Music, cub, guide, other?
Monday, February 26, 2007
At any rate this picture I think predates Camp Selkirk by a year or two. I know that Jackson's Point camp was originally purchased by the Territory with the plan that all of Ontario would attend it. Camping ministries were so popular that in 1948 the Divisional Commander of the day, Lt. Colonel Joseph Acton, purchased 86 acres from the Hoover family on the shores of Lake Erie and began Camp Selkirk. But for two years prior to that decision, the division rented a camp and ran their summer program there.
I am wondering if this is one of those camps. You can see that someone is holding a megaphone with the words "Camp Erie Heights" on it. (It's hard to see but it is there.)
Were you there? Do you have any information on this?
We would love to hear from you.