Onteora Scout Reservation Photo Album
Part 53 - 1977 Camp Presentation


  Back in the 1960s and 1970s one of the duties of the Order of the Arrow was to help promote summer camping at Onteora. The Council prepared a set of slides that could be shown at troop or committee meetings. I was fortunate to get most of the slides from one of these presentation kits. They provide a fascinating look back at the Onteora of almost a quarter of a century ago.

Each slide is shown with the original number stamped on the slide frame. Numbers not included here represent the slides that were missing from the original set.

The slides were not dated, but based on patches and neckerchiefs in some of them it looks like they were taken during the 1976 summer camp season, and thus were likely used in presentations for the 1977 season. Please let me know if you can identify any of the faces.

Mike Reborchick has provided some information on these slides. First, they were the work of Matthew 'Daddy Zach' Richter. Here's some more from Mike:

At the time Zach was the newly elected Lodge Chief for Buckskin Lodge #412. The photos were done, as mentioned, as a camp promotion  presentation package for us to use at troop meetings, open houses and the like. The slides were duplicated and made available to members, district committees etc.  '76-'77 I was the Lodge Elections Chairman, my district chairmen had a set to use when visiting units to conduct the elections. Zach served as Lodge Chief for two consecutive terms from 76-78. The camp promotion slides are referenced in the history section of the lodge handbook, under Zach's write-up.

Many thanks to Yasushi Takeda of Sapporo, Japan for the donation of the original slides. He was an exchange Scout who served on the staff in 1967 and came back to Onteora for the 2009 reunion!

02 - Two Schenck busses on the road from the
Ranger's House to the main parking lot



03 - Entrance sign next to the Ranger's House



05 - Unloading the busses

The Scout on the left is wearing a Webelos uniform.
 When were Cub Scouts allowed to stay at Onteora?

The staff member on the right is Dave Grupp.



07 - The Scoutmaster of Troop 195 from Glenwood Landing signs in at the Administration Building.

It looks like the staff member may be wearing a 1976 staff neckerchief. If this is indeed 1976 that might be Keith Newberg. Troop 195 still exists today; perhaps someone can see if anyone there can recognize the Scoutmaster.



09 - The next step was to line up for a physical at the Health Lodge.



10 - Nurse examining Scout at the Health Lodge

D. Dobsovitz is listed as the nurse in the 1976 staff directory.
Looks like a high tech process, doesn't it?



11 - Swimming test

After being pronounced healthy and fit it's time for a refreshing dip in the always cool waters of Orchard Lake.



12 - Buddy tag board

Each Scout was given a tag with a color code showing their swimming skill level. To go into the water you needed to find a swimming buddy, then place both your tags together on a hook under your campsite name. Woe to any Scout found in the lake without a buddy!

This picture of the board shows mostly Tribes Camp campsites, reflecting the fact that the lowered number of campers had led to the abandonment of much of the Chiefs Camp area by this time. It would seem to indicate there was only one swimming dock in use by 1976.

It looks like Johnny Cash may have had an influence on whoever did this board, for it shows there was a campsite named Sue. Happily it was still on the maps then as Sioux.



13 - Sorting out the footlockers

Boy, does this picture bring back memories of move-in days. One of the joys of working in a program shelter was loading hundreds of these very heavy trunks onto the camp trucks, then all too soon having to unload them again. Then back for another load, repeating the process until your arms turned to limp spaghetti.

 Some of these trunks were incredibly heavy. There was one that took four of us to get on the truck. At the campsite a Scout yelled for us to be careful with it as his barbell weights were inside. Like there weren't enough rocks he could have lifted all over camp? We decided to take the easy way out in unloading it off the truck by just tipping it over the edge. It made quite a crash as it came apart...



14 - Preparing the campsite

Although the tents and platforms were all set up during Staff Week, the campers sometimes liked to set up their campsites to meet their particular troop and patrol arrangements. After moving one or two platforms, though, they usually decided to leave things the way they were. Off to the right side is a supply of No. 10 tin cans, which were hung from the tent platforms full of water for use in case of fire. We were always having to remind campers to change the water to reduce the mosquito population and to make sure they were full.



15 - Lean-to

Several of the campsites in Tribes Camp had lean-tos, which were generally claimed by the adult leaders and Scouts with seniority. There were a few lean-tos out in the Al Nassau Program Shelter area as well. I did all of my camping and staff years in Tribes Camp so am not sure if there were others in the Chiefs Camp.

Most of the original lean-tos have had to be removed due to wear and weather but several new ones have been added in recent years.



There are lots more pictures from this presentation.

Click here for slides 17-29.
Click here for slides 31-45.
Click here for slides 46-60.
Click here for slides 61-75.

If you have any photos of your own please let me know. In the meantime, you can head back to the main Onteora page or the main Photos Page.