Camp Owassipe Disaster
LINDA K CLOSSEN (ZXRA59A@PRODIGY.COM)
Sun, 3 Aug 1997 21:15:29 -0500
Here is another chapter to "Linda Clossen, Scoutmaster to Disaster."
Left for Camp Owasippe, in Muskegon Michigan last Sunday, July 27th,
excited to be going to camp and exploring a new horizon! It was
Came home Saturday, August 2, with 6 seriously ill Scouts, and myself
weighing 18 pounds less!
What a thrill!
During the week, an unknown illness swept through Camp Blackhawk,
Owasippe Scout Reservation and as of today, over 200 Scouts and their
leaders have been afflicted!
No one knows what it is, where it came from or how we all got it!
I am now thinking of this last chapter as the ultimate high adventure
of my life time! As I was hurling my cookies in the dirt next to a
fellow female Scoutmaster from another troop and squeezing my bottom
tier of cheeks so that I wouldn't squirt from the other end, I
realized that maybe I was a true Scout.
Who else but a Scoutmaster would welcome such a challenge?? Could we
get to the latrine before the eruption? Would there already be a
line of little stomach clutching, moaning Scouts ahead of us? Or,
the ultimate, would it be male leader time in the KYBO and we would
have to wait until our assigned KYBO time to hurl those chunks???
Thank goodness for "Saint" Eugene Fowler of Troop 244, Grand Rapids,
Michigan. I want him to be my mother for the rest of my life. He
stayed awake nearly 24 hours a day for 6 days, wiping heads, noses,
butts, and anything else he could find! He scooped more poop that a
Needless to say, after 6 days, the health department and the State of
Michigan have come up with nothing. They tested the food, the water,
the people, body fluid and chunk samples they whole thing. Could not
pin point anything. Today, a reporter got wind of it and came to
interview Scoutmaster Ainsworth, St. Eugene and myself. Maybe they
can help get to the bottom of this. Tonight at six, we were the lead
story. What a joy. After all the great things I said about Scouting
and the camp they only thing they have me edited down to is "I went
to Boy Scout camp had diarrhea and lost 18 pounds1" I sound like a
bad Richard Simmons diet commercial!
The staff of Camp Owasippe were true gems. They helped us treat the
symptoms of the moaning wounded. What a week for these dedicated
Scouters. I sure appreciate every effort that they made.
As of this morning, all the Scouts in both of our troops, (22 Scouts
+ 3 leaders) are up and walking carefully with their ice chips and
clear liquids in one hand, barf bucket in the other.
So, have any of you gone through anything like this? What did you do?
Were any of you at camp and have a similar experience? We were in
Well, mom nature is tugging at my stomach and it is time to run.....
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
Gerald R. Ford Council
Grand Rapids, Michigan
...I used to be sane...
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