THE SUSQUEHANNA LOOKOUT


1964 Fall Edition Camp Susquehanna, New Milford, Pennsylvania 18834

A Special Report to the Lookout

The articles which appear on the following pages, and in the issues distributed during the summer, give you a picture of the 1964 season at Camp Susquehanna. It would be repetitious to again cover these events in this report. They do not summarize the pleasure which my wife, Joy, and I felt in producing this particular camping season, and this I do want to mention. We are most appreciative of the assistance and efforts of Mr. Smith, of the Administrative and Counselor Staff, of each parent and camper - who all contributed so largely, and in their own ways. We could just say thanks, but this is not enough for the interest, the devotion, and the effort which made 1964 so fine. Yet, we do thank you all, and pledge ourselves, God willing, to continue our efforts to make Susquehanna the finest camp in the world. In the work of closing camp for the winter, it was most satisfying to look back and remember the fun-filled events of the season.

The summer of 1964 was not just an experience of activities, of swimming skills learned at East Lake, of overnight horseback trips, of cookouts, ceremonials, or athletic events. There would be little value if that were all. I like best to think it was an experience in development, and this can best be measured in citizenship, sportsmanship, and the many other high ideals and moral qualities we all want to see in our sons. We tried to achieve this in the 1964 season, and feel we succeeded. Just how well we did, will be seen in 1965.

Plans are already under way for 1965, and we again want to emphasize our guideline: Provide the best possible camping experience we can, and we assure every effort to achieve this. Applications for 1965 are now in the hands of our printer. Shortly after January 1st, our enrollment drive will begin in earnest. We hope your plans include Susquehanna in 1965. We have already heard from a number of persons from the 1964 season, and some have already enthusiastically recommended Susquehanna to their friends. If you have a moment, we would be glad to hear from you.

Our plans for 1965 include some improvements to the physical plant of the campsite. We fully expect to offer a program even better than that of 1964, and to achieve this, we will increase facilities, and expand program equipment. These aims have been a history of Susquehanna's great success in past seasons, and it is our full intention to follow through with this policy. Some changes in past procedure are due. This ins necessary since we have no wish to increase tuition for the 1965 season, and consequently feel it is best to make changes where it can be done for the best interest of everyone. A year-round effort will continue. Thank you again for your support. We have been honored to have it, and hope it will be the same for the 1965 season.

Kenneth E. Schroder



The Olympiad

On Monday evening, August 10th, and under a colorful display of flags, from foreign countries represented amongst the campers and staff of the 1964 season, ceremonies were held opening the competition of the Camp Olympics. Much planning and preparation on the part of key staff members, proceeded the actual lighting of the Olympic Flame by Arthur Transue. As a part of this overall planning, the boys were assigned to six teams, each team representing a different country. Counselors-in-Training, served as team captains.
Canada - Tom Woll, Captain
Ecuador - Bob Collier, Captain
England - George Berkow, Captain
Germany - John Edwards, Captain
United States - David Jonas, Captain
Venezuela - Joe Fili, Captain

The teams themselves were then translated into age groups - 5 to 9; 10 to 12; and 13 and up. Some 59 different events, featuring Track & Field, Archery, Riflery (including Air Riflery), Riding and Swimming were scheduled, and eliminations took place throughout the balance of the week. When possible, the Olympic events took place during class times, but in general, no time was lost from the regular program.

The "Lookout" apologizes for being unable to list the first, second, and third place winners in the various events. Space just will not permit this. Instead we wan to congratulate all participants.

Team winners were:
First Place - Canada
Second Place - England
Third Place - United States
Fourth Place - Venezuela
Fifth Place - Ecuador
Sixth Place - Germany

Team totals were achieved by an overall total of events and resulting placement of participants.

Highest scoring individuals were Michael Bershad with 41 points (England) and a regular member of the Senior Camp. Jose Trujillo, with 34 points (Canada) and also a regular member of the Senior Camp. Peter Aitken with 26 points, a regular member of the Junior Camp, and representing Germany in the camp Olympics.

Plans and arrangements are now under way to develop a special Olympic emblem which will then be presented to first place winners of the various events. The Camp is hopeful of having this award n time to present them with the Award Certificates, at the Camp Reunion on December 27th.



National Horseshow

In the later part of September, announcements were mailed to parents of campers of the 1964 season, advising of the Camp's sponsorship of the National Horseshow, to be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City from Nov. 3rd through Nov. 11th.

Arrangements were made to secure a block of tickets to accommodate those who wished to attend this event and enjoy the program in the company of camp associates. These tickets are for the matinee performance, to be held Saturday, Nov. 7th commencing at 1;30 P.M.

Time was a major factor in making these arrangements, and quick replies necessary to insure reservations. A total of 78 tickets were secured and forwarded on to those who requested them. Some Staff members will be present, in addition of Mr. & Mrs. Schroder, Mr. Smith, and Mr. & Mrs. Frank Loew.

To those interested in Riding and Horsemanship, the National Horseshow represents the peak of the country's skill and ability. The Program for the matinee performance will include Pony-Hunter classes, and we are especially pleased to advise that Amy Aitken, sister of Peter Aitken, will participate in one of the matinee classes, riding "Lady Bug" - Our best wishes to Amy.

See you at the horseshow on November 7th!



Yachting Club

At the suggestion of Mr. George Murphy, Head Waterfront Director, and Mr. Bill Deakin, Head Counselor of the Senior Camp, the idea was put forth to honor the effort and occasion of the first three day canoe trip on the Susquehanna River by the campers. An estimated (and very memorable) distance of 35 miles was covered, - the area from Afton, New York to Hallsead, Pa.

To honor these boys and staff, a sign was built by Mr. John Wintersteen, Crafts Counselor, and lettered by Charles Flood, Dramatics Counselor. The Sign will be placed at the waterfront where it may be seen during the 1965 season.

The boys who completed the trip were: Robert Collier, Ricky Zugerman, Russell Jacobs, Sandy Klein, Jeffrey Altman, Kip McCarty, Larry Marsa, C.J. Pardun, Ike Blakemore, Gary Dibble, Bill Pardun, Bill Worrilow, and Mike Bershad.

Supervising Staff members on this trip were: Mr. George Murphy, Mr. Mike Knapp, Mr. Peter Stein, Mr. Charles Fithian, and Mr. John Wintersteen.



The Weather of the 1964 Season

The most noticeable feature of the 1964 season weather at Camp Susquehanna was the memorable extremes. Temperature wise, the record highs were experienced in late June. A total of 12 days, actually, were found with temperatures of 90 degrees or more; ten of these days were in the month of July. August, by contrast, was noticeably cooler.

Precipitation was likewise, an experience of extreme - with much less than the normal. July recorded 1.2 inches of rainfall, and August 2.8, both months registering considerably below normal.

But, it was great for camping!



Camp Banquet

The traditional "near" the end of the 1964 camping season was marked by the annual Camp Banquet, Wednesday, August 19th.

Mr. Edward Hull, Head Counselor of the Intermediates, sang "The Lord's Prayer" accompanied by Mr. Jeffery Cox. Following this, Mrs. Lois Schroder and her kitchen staff quickly served a very fine banquet meal, comprising - tomato juice, french fries, broiled steak, buttered peas, a relish tray of pickles, olives, celery, carrot sticks, and for dessert - a whopping portions of apple pie a-la-mode. The meal was a departure from previous camp banquets, in that it was not held until 6 P.M. Nevertheless, it was certainly a tremendous meal, and enjoyed by everyone. Mr. Holden was prevailed upon to lead in the singing of some of the camp songs.

Following the fine meal, Mr. Schroder made a few brief announcements and then introduced Peter Judge, recipient of the Outstanding Junior Camper award, and Robert Palmer to receive this same award as a member of the Intermediate Camp, and Chris McMurray as a member of the Senior Camp.

When the applause had died down, Mr. Schroder congratulated these boys, and then went on to introduce Mr. Harry Johnson, Head Counselor of the Junior Camp, who in turn, announced the trophy winners of his division.
Air Riflery Oscar - Peter Aitken
Archery Oscar - Stephen Tucker
Baseball Oscar - Peter Judge
Warbasse Trophy - Steven Donahue

Mr. Edward Hull was then introduced and he, in turn, announced the trophy winners of the Intermediate Division.
Archery Oscar - Paul Pifer
Dramatics Oscar - Andy Silverman
Riflery Oscar - Robert Palmer
Tennis Oscar - Robert Palmer

Mr. Bill Deakin was then called up, and introduced as the Head Counselor of the Senior Camp. He announced the trophy winners for his division.
Archery Oscar - David Breuer and Phil Hershberger
Baseball Oscar - Gary Dibble
Dramatics Oscar - Dan O'Conor
Riflery Oscar - Larry Rose
Tennis Oscar - Ned Halle

As the Head Riding Instructor, Mr. Frank Loew announced the boys who were to receive the riding department trophies.
Junior Camp - David Decker
Intermediate Camp - Paul Pifer
Senior Camp - Michael Bershad
Horsemen Group - David Weiss
The John Larisch trophy for interest and care of horses was awarded to Ned Halle.
The S.G. Parkinson Trophy for excellence in horsemanship was awarded to Jamie Aitken.
Winner of the S.P.C.A. Henry Bergh Trophy, as determined at the 1964 PWE Horseshow, was Tom Woll.

Next to be introduced was Mr. George Murphy, Head Waterfront Director, who proceeded to announce the swimming awards.
Swimming Oscars:
Jr. Camp - David Levitz
Int. Camp - Luis Romero and Steven Kaeppler
Sr. Camp - Larry Rose
The special Deakin Swimming Trophy was then awarded to Raymond Ross-Jones as the outstanding swimmer in camp.
The next trophy, the Coppola Brothers Trophy for participation in sports, was announced by Mr. Richard Coppola. Winner of this trophy was Jack Lawson.

The remaining trophy, instituted in 1963, and known as the Fritz Finkler Memorial Award, and awarded annually to the outstanding Counselor-in-Training, was then announced as going to Tom Woll.

Following these announcements, and the actual presentation of the various Oscar awards for improvement, the Head Counselors distributed Award Receipt cards to all campers in their divisions. The banquet was then concluded with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the Camp Song.



HEAR YE!

This is the story of the best kept secret of the 1964 season.

Mr. & Mrs. Allen K. Moffatt of Chester, New York, announce the recent marriage of their daughter, Miss Mary Elizabeth Moffatt who became the bride of Franklin M. Loew, son of Mr. & Mrs. David F. Loew of Syracuse, New York. the wedding took place in Chester on Wednesday, September 9th.

The bride received her bachelors degree from Albany State College for Teachers and her Masters degree from Rutgers Univer. She is employed a s Librarian in Cornell University.

Mr. Loew is a graduate of Cornell University in 1961, and is presently a fourth year student in the college of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell.

Attendants at this quiet wedding were Miss Lelia Davis of Chester, and Mr. Bill Loew, brother of the groom, now of Boston, Mass. Following the wedding a brief trip was made to Quebec, Canada. The Couple reside in Ithica.

Although the secret inevitably leaked out during the past summer, it was the desire of the groom to keep it from becoming public and to keep the occasion as quiet as possible. The very popular Mr. Loew has served as the Head Riding Instructor at Susquehanna for a number of years. Our congratulations to the bride and groom for a most happy and pleasant life.



Post Season

On August 22nd, the informal camping period known as Post Season began. Taking part in this program were 26 boys and 7 staff members, as well as Mr. Schroder and Mr. Smith. There were a number of extended riding periods, and the 2-week period was highlighted by the 6-day 15 mile horseback trip.

In preparation for the 6-day trip, members of the riding staff placed bales of hay at the various campsites. Food was prepared at camp each day, and then transported to camp sites where it was served by Mr. Harry Johnson, still piping hot. Breakfast was prepared at the camp sites.

At 8 A.M., on Wednesday, August 26th, boys, horses, and staff members, left camp on the start of this adventuresome trip. Weather was clear, comfortably cool - just excellent for riding. With the exception of one day when showers were experienced, the weather was excellent throughout the trip.

Mr. Smith, riding his horse "Dusty", let the first group. The first campsite was located at Fernheim Farm, very near to Montrose. The second night was tight near to Silver Lake. At this campsite, arriving close to midnight, we were glad to welcome Dr. Robert J. Rice, who completed the trip with the group. The third night found everyone on the farm of Mr. Ruben Yoselson which is located southeast of Montrose. The fourth night campsite was reached after a long ride - to Camp Choconut, and the fifth campsite was at Weber's Pond, half-way between Montrose and New Milford. The group brought the trip to a close, returning to camp on August 31st, in time for a late lunch in the dining hall. Much of the trip, as in past years, was made on dirt roads, and swimming was generally available at the campsites, all of which contributed to making this one of the very finest Post Season Trips. The route was laid out by Mr. Marquart, Trip Counselor, and Mr. Frank Loew. Nice job men.



Final Season Ceremonial

The final Indian Ceremonial of the 1964 season was scheduled to be held on Thursday, August 20th, and the members of the Susquehanna Tribe, the Intermediate Tribe and Mr. Bill Weiss, Indian Lore Counselor, made preparations to have this ceremonial the most outstanding in a season which experienced many fine campfires. Unfortunately, an untimely rain shower upset plans to a certain extent.

Rather than cancel the ceremony entirely, because of the rain, arrangements were quickly made to have it held in the dining hall. This did curtail the proper atmosphere for a campfire, but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the Tribal members as they performed the various dances.

Aside from remarks by Staff Members, thanking all for the experiences of the summer, the ceremonial was highlighted by the final presentation of Flame Awards, bringing to a grand total - 103 such character awards honored at Indian ceremonials in 1964.

The following boys received flames:
First Flame - Bill Benedict, Judd Burstein, John Brinkmann, David Lewin, C.J. Pardun, Geoff Ruben
Second Flame - Eduardo Marturet, Ryk McCarty, Tommy Rogers, Luis Romero, and Geoff Rubin
Fourth Flame - John Todhunter
Fifth Flame - Craig Moss, Scott Nemtzow, and Peter Schultz
Sixth Flame - Ricky Bell and David Jonas
Seventh Flame - Bob Collier and John Edwards

Following the ceremonial, cookies and ice cream were served to everyone by the members of the kitchen-dining hall staff.



Auction...

Handling the auctioneer's gavel was Mr. Frank Loew, and from the inviting "what an I bid?" to the final "SOLD!" the scene was the annual camp auction, held this year on August 20th. Mr. Jack O'Connell served as clerk. The object was to dispose of unclaimed articles, items subjected for sale, and plain ordinary contributions, and to someone willing to pay the highest price. Receipts totaled $28.54 and this sum was placed in the Counselor Fund.

A partial listing of some of the more interesting items sold: broken badminton racquets, sunglasses, canteen, 2 knives, a wood turtle, green Class A shirt, 5 horseshoes, 2 towels, 3 pr. blue jeans, 3 old camp booklets, 1 Miller's catalog, 1 rare old photograph of Mr. Loew, 1 do-it-yourself parakeet kit, 1 red squirrel skin, 2 soap dishes, 2 halter snaps, 1 pr. sneaks with laces, 1 baseball cap, 2 saddle straps, 1 rubber spider, 2 ponchos and 1 candy wrapper.

A total of 87 items passed under the gavel, with the highest priced items being a knife and scabbard for $2.10 and the lowest price being a towel for 1�.

For those who question the do-it-yourself parakeet kit, let us advise this was contributed by George Murphy. The bird escaped and flew off just as they had packed their car and were ready to leave for camp in late June.



Susie Comes Home

A Fantastic True Experience

On a pleasant weekend last August, one of the visitors to camp was a female feline with the name of Susie. Like most of us, Susie though Susquehanna was just great - but unlike others of her sex who are turned loose in a setting that is almost 100% male, Susie liked the trees, the forests and the natural setting here at Camp Susquehanna. She immediately set out to explore and satisfy her curiosity.

From the beginning, Susie was just not an ordinary female. True, she had the every-day appearance of a common cat. She was gray in color, with the usual brown and black stripes. No one knows what her background or pedigree could be.

Susie arrived at camp with her owner, Mrs. Goeckeler, mother of C.I.T. Bill Goeckeler. Mrs. Goeckeler had traveled to camp from her summer home, and it seemed most practical to bring Susie along, especially since Mrs. Goeckeler planned to drive from camp to her place of business in Belleville, New Jersey.

Susie's visit was no problem. The problem came later in the day when Susie could not be located. Finally Mrs. Goeckeler went into town and returned with some cat food, and left this with Bill to feed Susie here at camp. Bill did this, and Susie would come in from the woods and eat the food from time to time, and this arrangement, of course, was fine as long as Bill was at camp.

Came departure day at the end of the season, and Bill returned home. Susie could not be caught, and so she stayed behind, with her great love of the woods and out-of-doors.

No one knows just when Susie made her disappearance from camp. Obviously, there came a time when she too, wanted to go home, and it seems just as obvious that Susie did have a mind of her own as well as a great spirit of adventure. Since cat conversation is not our medium, we can only tell you that on the evening of October 31st - Halloween - Susie arrived at the Goeckeler's bakery in Belleville, New Jersey.

It truly would be good to be able to talk with Susie and hear her adventuresome tale of her trip home. Without question, it has been a remarkable achievement - and certainly most unusual. One can only imagine what could have happened - how she crossed roads, major highways, rivers, bridges, railroads - or did she cheat and hitch-hike rides - or, is it true that on Halloween animals take on human form? Any way you look at it, Susie must be glad to be at home and we are just as glad to say congratulations, Susie - a most unique cat.



News of the Haunted Village

Some of Camp Susquehanna's campers may have realized they were actually following in the footsteps of history when they went to the Haunted Village in the Oakland area, on haunted house trips from camp. More than likely, they did not, since this ghostly region was noted for strange happenings, and now it seems apparent that these could only have been supernatural phenomena.

Recently, the haunted village has been the scene of great activity - at least in the daylight hours. The schoolhouse has been vastly repaired, and we are told that it will become a memorial to Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church her in the United States. The work of repairing and furnishing the schoolhouse is being done by members of the Mormon Church.

As a young man, Joseph Smith moved to the area just outside the town of Susquehanna, here he settled and married, and reputedly, taught school in the Haunted Village schoolhouse. From this area, he moved on to Elmira, New York, and it was while living in that area that the Golden Tablets, outlining the exact nature of the Mormon religion were found and translated by Joseph Smith.

There is historic justification for establishing this memorial to Joseph Smith. Perhaps now, those supernatural phenomena will disappear from the Haunted Village area, and these ghostly beings will rest - at last - under this recognition of their life.



This 'N' That

- being a collection of dis-jointed news items which we could present in no other way.

The weekend of the broken windows - which began after Bob Pease, the camp Secretary, had finally replaced the broken windows at the barn, which had been damaged during the course of the summer. Then, came along Gary Dibble, in a baseball game in the barn area, and he belted a ball through another barn window. That night, in the wee hours of the morning, a rising wind storm blew out one of the upper barn windows, breaking all four panes. Still later that night, or morning, some of the camp horses, at nearby winter homes decided to come back to camp, and in the confusion of getting them headed out again, one of them backed into the glass storm door on Mr. Smith's garage. -You guessed it - More broken glass.

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We got some reports, too, that Mr. Frank Loew is realizing the advantages of married life - already most of his bachelor's souvenirs have been packed away in cardboard boxes by Mary. Frank also has been assigned night duty, as part of his veterinary schooling, and has been working in the out-patient clinic at the college.

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Congratulations are in order, too, in the direction of Mr. Peter Bardach, who is following the show circuit with his Cocker Spaniel/ "Bantu" has already taken 3 ribbons.

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The word is out, too, that Mr. Robert J. Rice is about to secure his own camp. Bob will be remembered by many as Susquehanna's riflery instructor and head counselor, for many years. On the Post Season trip, Bob found an ideal area, - a farm, with an excellent pond and acreage. He plans to start a camp there for disturbed children. Best of luck, Bob.

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More congratulations are in order for Marvin Taub (1948, '49, '50, '51, and '53) who recently married and is now living in Binghamton, New York with his pretty wife who visited camp with Marvin this past summer. Marvin is associated with his father in the retail clothing business.

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And as long as we are on the wedding bells road, we want to offer congratulations to John Franzreb, Jr. Johnny made the transition to married life in August, and it was because of this that he and his parents were unable to attend and judge the Parents' Weekend Horseshow. Best of luck Johnny.