Camp - Fenstermacher
Perfect Organization Mai ks The State (Encampment Where Health, Order and The Kind Of. Instruction That Make Boys Real Men, Are the Ruie—One Week In Camp r (Staff Special.) Eucha, Okla., Aug. 26.—With sixty boys from Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesvllle, Pryor, Haskell, Klefer, and Atoka In attej}dancej_ a regular city government'orgariTzod and •In operation;. - and with . swimming, boating and bathing as recreation, the • first week of the Oklahoma State Camp for Y. M. C. A. boy leaders was passed all too quickly, and the " young men have now entered the second- second- week of their 1 vacation. The training camp Is In charge of ,Y. M.„C. A. secretaries. C.. H. Fenstermacher Fenstermacher of Muskogee; C. E. Buch- rier of Tulsa; W. R. Stich of Bartfes- ivlile; and A. A. Traver of Oklahoma iClty. Their report on the first week iof the work 1 8 that in all their experience, experience, they have never found a better camp spirit'as the one manifested by. the big group encamped here. The'camp. l s . well sheltered" bv large 14 by 10 foot tents, with flies, ami -.several o£ the boys brought .their-own-] •individual tents. A well-equipped commissary was established by T. L. •Hall, and the camp has been made a model one for the purpose of irt- --•etr-uetlon-aa-well-as -Jor-~eomtor-t^ _ Some Real Training. Every fellow in camp has had his trial at bass fishing, with varying, success. The lucky ones, however, have brought in some big hnss nnd catfish, and the Boy Scouts among the group have as a rule been vei-v Buccessful In -luring .the wily. bronco (beauties out of the waters of the Little Spavinaw. The mornings are devoted to Instruction Instruction in group leadership In boys' work With clubs, scout patrois, and other forms of the organization work. For the Bible study period, the boys have been divided into four groups with an adult leader for each group. Every boy scout in camp passed some test in scoutcraft during- thte first .week. 51 —"Thc^swmrmlng—hole- ts—-ldeatr~"thc- ramp site having been'Selected where a large pool several acres, in extent provides an abundance of clear, cold watery flowing over a gravel bed) Two - jiwtmminpr—iferiQflB hav& been allotted for each day and at.these Instruction -in swimming, life saving, and diving —is given-by—the-adulvifjiders. The~af^ ternoons are given entirely to recreation. recreation. The evening- camp-fire, howeV- —13*.- JiLthe .."Joy hour" of the camp. _ A great beacon fire Is built, which TeeTs very comfortable when the chill of twilight descends from the Spavinaw hills. The evening program of songs, atorlos, and stunts is given by the light of this fire, an 'uspirationai address address being given as the closing feature feature . of the program. Camp Government. The government of the camp has been modeled along the lines of a city commission! A mayor, four commissioners, commissioners, city physician, city clerk, chief of police, police judge, librarian, superintendent of public instruction, and dog catcher have been duly elected elected by the boys. The four commissioners commissioners have charge of the depart- ments.of public safety, police and fire, waterworks, 'streets and- grounds!. A commissioner of commissary has been added to aid the culinary department. Health stStistjcs compiled by the city physician show .that the health of the camp is perfect, although that dignitary ha 3 been, sadly overworked . by "patients" who through desire to see that official work, have presented themselves often at the Infirmary. Minor ailments such as stone bruises, hornet's stings, and the like, are all reforrod with••- duo--process;_ 7 of JJaiy^io. the cityjhyslcian. A~library "of~rieafly~50 ".volumes-has- been gathered from, the, boys in camp, and put into circulation by the city clerk and librarian. A dally newspaper newspaper is "published" in' camp, the editor becoming also the circulation manager by reading the paper aloud at the evening camp fire. The official city government roster of the camp is as follows: Mayor-^-Wm. Johnson of Muskogee. Commissioner public-safety—Russell Steele, of Muskogee. Commissioner streets and grounds— Henry Overton, of Tulsa. . ' Commissioner of waterworks—De- vom© Davidson, of Tulsa. Commissioner of police and fire de- 'pirfm'eil6=ArcWiy--McAPthuPr jr o*--- , -- T -?*i-sa. -?*i-sa. " * •• „ Commissioner of the cook house— Ray Bell; of| Tulsa. " City clork and librarian—Wirt Hooker, of Muskogee. The boys attending from Muskogee ore: Edward Graham. Otis Graham, Halsell ,Flte, Rex Criswell, Wirt Hooker. Hooker. "Doc" Hitchcock, John Schmidt, Charles Smith, Russell Steele, Myron Steele, Ea Zahn and William "Johnson. "Johnson. ' • The The boys who have been privileged to attend the camp will be especially fittpd to aid adult leaders of boy or ganisations in their respective cities during the coming winter. State Secretary Secretary C. A. Garrison arrived in camp —Monday to give a series of- addrosso3 on boys' work.