We are proud to bring you a Throwback Thursday request – 1961 and 1962. As usual, we got our information from the old newsletters. I must say, as I go further back in time the newsletters get very silly. Back in the day, there was a lot of mocking of returning staff and poking fun at the campers from the past summer. I found a lot of inside jokes and letters in jest (if you’re ever bored, I strongly suggest reading some of the old Bugles! Read below for some of the 1961 and 1962 highlights!
|Cabin time in the 60s.|
In 1955 when Cabins Kadikomeg-Shignwako for the oldest campers were opened they were outfitted with new 6 footbeds, the standard length, which was considered quite ample six years ago. This year Kadikomeg-Shingwako will be equipped with 6 ½ footbeds. A sign of the times? It sure is! The average camper is getting taller thanks to the research in nutrition and the field of vitamins. Mingo-Wahtassa will benefit from the Sioux cabins’ beds. Before our oldest boys lived in Mingo/Wahtassa, it seems that they lived in Kad/Shing way down on the end of the boys’ side. It also appeared that boys went through a collective growth spurt in the late 50s early 60s.
|60s ski boat.|
A new waterski boat will be in order for ’62 as fiberglass fatigue has afflicted our old boat after six years of hard use. No boat gets more use, running five to six hours a day consuming about 600 gallons of gas a summer. Surprisingly, we think that our three boats use about the same amount of gas that one boat used in 1961! Snaps for technology forever improving gas mileage in ski boats!
|60s meal time.|
Prepare yourself for the hilarity of the following joke found in a 1961 newsletter: Letter Home – Dear Mom: Please send food. Lots of food. All they give us here is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your loving son.
|Two docks: so close yet so far…|
Quite possibly the most entertaining tidbits from the 1962 newsletters is the first mention of a Swimdock/Marina rivalry at Foley. It’s no secret that every summer the Swimdock and Marina staff have a healthy rivalry in good fun, let’s hear how it all began…