Thanks to Gary Wilson for a copy of these 1972 Staff Songs. Look to the bottom of the page for some help with the in-jokes!
LARRY AND THE C.&A. (to the tune of Charlie & the MTA)
Now let me tell you a story
Oh the double T crashed
Now all night long Larry sits in his office
Now the staff of Onteora
RISE AND SHINE
Joe said to Larry, build me a campy, campy, (2x)
Larry, he went and he hired him a staffee,
The scouties they care in by troopie, troopie
Chiefs camp says being woodsy is lousy, lousy
LITTLE BILLY HARBRON
Little Billy Harbron
The moral of the story is: Mickey Mouse, today, King Rat tomorrow
DOWN THE HILL
Down the hill there is a camp
I an a humper of the platforms
Now Bill is building platforms
I know I need a long vacation
I found your website when I googled my name. I was on the Tribes staff in 1971 and 1972. If you want some info on the in-jokes from the 1972 Tribes song list, here goes (my memory has faded somewhat):
Charlie Ruiz was in charge of the Tribes camp. Larry Nokes was camp director. Charlie was pretty much a cut-up, and Larry was very serious. Charlie, for some reason unknown to me, referred to Larry as "HIM". Hank must have been the waterfront director. I can't remember his last name. I don't remember of the double T dock ever crashed or folded.
I think the reference to muddy and damp refers to Hurricane Agnes, which came way up the east coast that year and kept us pretty wet when we set up camp.
Bill Harbron must have been Charlie's counterpart in Chiefs. As I recall, the rivalry between the two camps was pretty intense. We were "woodsy" and they weren't. "Dill" was Charlie's (hence our) name for Bill.
Wichita was one of the campsites. Maybe it was remote enough to be a pain to carry platforms to, or maybe it just fits the song. There's another reference to the rain from Agnes. Mrs. James was the nurse. The name "Heim" rings a bell, but I can't remember who he was.
I looked at the staff photos from 1971 and 1972. In the 1971 shot I am row 1, number 22. For 72, as best I can tell I am row 2, number 17 (next to the Indian).
Your website brought back lots of fond memories. Thanks.
Troop 580, Bellmore, 1966-1973