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.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Now come on there, especially those of you who have known these two for a long time. What do you think?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Hello to all the former DYS's as well as those who worked at Selkirk! People are forwarding photos at an alarming rate, but I will try and get them up as we go. Keep putting out the word on Camp Selkirk Days blog!
Oh - one more thing for those of you who are looking and haven't commented yet - hit the comment button below and let us know you are out there!
Here's a few that came from Christine (Morrison) Gedcke.
Once again we issue the challenge: can you name the faces below? can you put a year to them?
Monday, February 19, 2007
Who was your DYS and what memories do you have?
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The decision was made to create a new design and a meeting was held at the local Blue Water Inn with Architect Bruce Fair to see what could be done. Following a camp walk-about, we met with lunch and Bruce began to create some optional design ideas. A common room was needed, washrooms, a staff location, dorms that would hold no more than six children and a large covered porch for moving gatherings outdoors if desired. Of course we wanted to create a handicap access so we agreed there would be no steps coming to the cabin, rather a ramp up on side meeting the large covered porch.
In February of 1994 I met with a man who was interested in buying all the old cabins, and it was agreed upon that he would remove them from their locations. As they were sitting on blocks it was an easy process and within two days all the cabins were gone and the field sat empty. It was a strange sight.
It was a terrifying sight too, for I knew that the camping season was not far off, and we would need to be ready within 16 weeks to re-open.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
One highlight not typical of a program was a slide show of camps over the years. Many of us viewed it through teary eyes. There was also a final flag lowering ceremony.
The year was_____? And they are_________?
Friday, February 16, 2007
Greg Riman raises the question: Are these the right words?
"Come and give a cheer for SMC,
It's the place we love to be (we love to be there)
With music in the air and joy is everywhere,
We love you SMC.
With our leaders and our bands so great,
Serving God in constant faith,
There's music in the air and joy is everywhere,
We love you SMC! RAH!"
Thursday, February 15, 2007
One of the children who grew up in the house returned in the summer of 1992 and gave us some interesting history of the home.
Did you know that the exterior walls were 12 inches thick - poured concrete - and exactly 40 feet one half inch in length. The basement had a fireplace which was used for boiling sap to make maple syrup and there were many rooms in the basement which were used to dry and preserve fruit from the many fruit trees that grew on the property.
The house had, at one time, used natural gas for heating, directly from the floor of Lake Erie. Natural Gas bubbles up through the lake floor in several places, and the Hoovers taped into it.
The foundation of the original home the Hoovers lived in was directly north of the old house. When we arrived it was covered in refuse that had been dumped there, and was over grown. Using money from a Canada Works Program we cleaned up the site and discovered the old foundation.
You can read about the history of the Hoover family here.
But from the pages of Camp Selkirk history comes this picture from within the house! Thanks J9!
Here's the challenge - can you name anyone in the photo?
For a time, the girls had to exist in Cedar Lodge until we could make some changes to the ol' hospital. The advantage to putting the girls into the old hospital (in case you guys never figured it out) was that it would put them across from the DY's accomodation. (Not that we didn't trust you, it was for your own protection!)
At any rate, from the days in Cedar Lodge Carla has provided us with a picture of the staff girls skipping in the common area. I think I see Carla second from the left.
Does anyone remember Captain Charlie Young's insistence that the Divisional Commander of the day join in on the actions of a song he was leading for the final program of Junior Music Camp? We must have sung that song 7 times...and at the end of it he would say: "Now the DC is not doing the actions...so we will sing that song again so he can join in. He didn't. A year later we had a new DYS. :)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
If we're all honest with ourselves here folks, did we really work at camp to earn a bit of spending money or to gain some valuable "work experience"? Did we really go to Senior Music Camp to improve our theory, vocal, or instrumental skills?? Did we really go to camp to get more serious about our relationship with God??? Well of course not!!! Face it people ... we all just wanted to hook up! HAHA!
On a more serious note though, camp for some did end up being that place where a friendship developed into relationship, and that relationship later lead to marriage! For others (like me!) camp romances just turned out to be a dismal case of heartbreak hotel, LOL. There were even those who predicted that such and such a couple would never make it long term, and Sherri (Sturge) Lavender has a neat little example about this.
Did that exciting camp romance of yours eventually lead to a wonderful marriage?! Will your story of love keep us oozing for more? We want to hear about it!
Here is a picture of two friends from the summer of 1994 who became a happily married husband and wife! Who ever would have predicted this one?! Can you name the couple? Shout it out!
"Hi there! It was such a great idea to create a Selkirk Blog. It's so nice
to hear that although Selkirk is gone, it'll live on! So, who's going to
start planning the reunion? Wouldn't that be such a great event? Sign me
up for the planning committee :)"
Ah, the bell. Remember the sound of the bell? If it rang three or four times it was the call to a meal. And then there were the line ups to get in? Some creative counsellors made their cabin members sing to get in the dinning hall. But what if the bell rang and rang and rang...what did that signify?
And then there were the logs. This was a feature of our time. They came from the Utilities Company in Brantford, and were used to keep people from driving their vehicles across the grounds. Not everyone appreciated the reason behind that. For some reason there were always people who felt that the campgrounds was kind of like going to the mall, and they should be able to park beside their cabins. The thought that this was "a camp for children" seemed to be lost on them.
We had so many logs that we used them for a variety of things including seating around the campfire.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
I found this picture that I thought would make a great addition to the site, if you're interested. The picture is of staff members from 1987-1988 and it was taken in July, 2002 at the wedding of Sharon Jones, now Captain Sharon Dannock serving in Australia.
Pictured are Cynthia Eden, Krista VanHiel, Sue Haskell Titcombe, Lynn Haskell Baker, Roger King, Sharon Jones Dannock, Majors Doug & Betty Ann Lewis, Debbie Oseil (not sure of her married name), Karen Hollman Allington and Shelley Oseil. I'm not sure of the spelling of all those names.
This was the first wedding ever conducted by Major Betty Ann Lewis and she dropped one of the wedding rings in the grass at the outdoor wedding! It was a great day and we loved all being together again."
Does anyone know of any other weddings that took place at Camp Selkirk?
There were some challenges too...but those we won't put into print today.
These children with their counsellors are back from the pool and getting ready for the next activity.
Can you name the counsellors?
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Remember who this is?