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To These Things You Must Return

May 9, 2007

My sister passed this on to me, and I had to share.

Scouts’ old dining hall to expand to hold all

Hanging on the walls of the 76-year-old dining hall at Camp Manatoc are signs of generations of boys past.

There is a B.F. Goodrich totem for Troop 10 bearing the dates the boys in the troop attended summer camp — 1932 to 1961.

A totem for another troop, Keystone 47, out of Medina County, still hangs in the hall, with dates 1927 to 1960.

It “oozes tradition,” said Mike Jones as he walked through the hall believed to be the largest wormy chestnut building in the United States.

“You look at the memorabilia and you can almost hear the voices,” said Jones, Scout executive of the Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council.

This building was very cool, and also very much a part of my camp experiences. I was a camper there for probably 6 years, and then worked on staff (Assistant Wrangler, if you can believe that) for another 3.

Other quick nostalgia while I should be working:

Check out this aerial photograph of the camp

Information on the history of the camp

Panoramio map of the camp, including surrounding Virginia Kendall (where I also spent way too much time growing up)

I’ll have to see if I can dig up some pictures of the building itself – I haven’t been able to find any in a quick search of the usual places.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    May 11, 2007 1:22 pm

    Matt.. My god does that bring back some GREAT memories!!!! Bug juice. Parents night. Kiss the Moose!!!!

    Maybe what we should do is get in contact with Jim and Billy and we all 4 chip in to buy a brick.. Maybe to honor the scouts of troop 270 – past, present and future. What do you think about that?

    Great blog, buddy!

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