Roger Claff (su=claff%gi=roger%api@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 12:00:25 -0400
Mike Horowitz asked how the Goshen Scout fared during the recent
I had 2 boys at camp that week, 1 in PMI - the Webelos camp, and
the other in Olmstead the week beginning June 26 (when the rain
It is my understanding that 30 inches of rain fell during that
Conditions were terrible at the Webelos camp and the adult leaders
decided to bring the boys home early - on Wednesday. Because of
the almost constant rain, most scheduled activities, including
all activities at the waterfront, were disrupted. When it was
raining hard during the day, the Webelos were taken to the dining
halls with little to do. It seemed that the camp was ill-
prepared to readjust to the circumstances and much of the free
time was taken-up with camp games or pick-up kick ball games.
At PMI conditions were also bad. My son said that it was the
worse week of his life! His 2 complaints were the food and the
lack of badges to work on. He understood that the waterfront was
closed and that he was unable to work on lifesaving. However, he
felt that there was nothing additional offered as substitutes.
His main complaint was the food - or lack of it. The camp didn't
seem to have enough food. It is my understanding that it was
difficult to get fresh supplies in. What was offered was often
barely edible, if at all. For my son to skip a meal is unheard
of. I should note that he has never had a complaint about the
food in his previous 4 years at Goshen!!
Another serious problem was that the septic system was backing up
by the dining hall.
The Washington Post on Thursday of that week ran a story about
the flooding that included a paragraph on Goshen. In it, a camp
official called the storm that occurred Wednesday night "the
mother of all thunderstorms." I asked my son about it and he
said that the main thing about it was that it lasted ALL NIGHT.
I'm glad that our cub scout leaders decided to bring the boys
home early because I think that they would be turned off by the
thought of returning next year.
Al Mannato, assistant scoutmaster, troop 1348
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