Camp Yawgoog recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary season with over 350 Scouters and family members enjoying a beautiful day under a blue sky. The day was filled with activities starting at 9 a.m. with the Dave Anderson 5K Race around Camp Yawgoog. Bus tours, swim meets, program centers and patch sales all centered around the dedication ceremony of the Colonel Robert Cotell flagpole and new brick walkway on the Donald North Court. Our special guest for the day was Lord Baden Powell’s Granddaughter, Gillian Clay, who came to us from Wales, England, and camped at Yawgoog for most of her visit, enjoying the everyday life at camp. What an honor to meet this lady and hear her stories of her grandfather and her Scouting experiences.
The day was full of excitement as Alumni renewed old friendships and made new ones. Using the tour bus, guests had the chance to visit all three camps and program areas. Scouters also had the opportunity to use a bow and arrow at the Dave Anderson Archery range and shoot a 22 caliber rifle at the shooting range. Visitors had the chance to view many alumni projects such as this years’ 22 new canoes and 16 new paddleboards, camp wide emergency sound system and WIFI, landscaping of the DNC, and construction of the new brick walkway and flagpole area. Hearing the laughter and cheers coming from the camp’s waterfront allowed visitors to see campers in action as they competed 1st, 2nd or 3rd place finishes. With our three guest speakers, Tom DelPrete, Peter Cournoyer and Andy Erickson, our day was capped off by a grand dinner buffet followed by the reservation’s Saturday Night Show.
This year, the Yawgoog Alumni reached a milestone in exceeding one million dollars in project donations over 36 years. We are proud of the work we do for today’s campers and future generations of Yawgoog Campers. The Yawgoog Alumni Association has over thirteen hundred names in its database, but less than half of them are paying members. We need your help to increase paid memberships. You can add your name to our Lifetime Member’s plaque that is hanging in the Heritage Center along with our Scholarship winners and all the projects the
Alumni have provided to the Camp. Scouters and families have the opportunity to have a brick placed in the new Donald North Court walkway as well. Add your own personal touch to a brick or have one placed in memory of someone special. As this newsletter comes to you, the Yawgoog Alumni and the Camp leadership is beginning work on next year’s alumni projects. Please continue your support of the Alumni membership as we look forward to another amazing season.
Yours in Scouting,
Jim Lanzi, Reunion Chairman