The 99th summer camping season has come to a close and the 100th season is upon us. More than 6,450 Scouts, representing nearly 300 Troops, 22 Councils and 9 States, made their home at Yawgoog this past summer. If history repeats itself, they will all have ended their weeks taking with them the memories of Yawgoog to keep as their own, for the rest of their lives. What a summer it was! Scouts earned 14,550 merit badges and 1,850 of them were Eagle Badges.
Waterfront activities continue to be the most popular activity at Yawgoog, especially with the addition of the paddle board program which the Alumni Association has funded over the last two years. The paddleboards are a wonderful opportunity for Scouts to try something that they may never be able to do outside of Scouting.
The Alumni Association has supported the camp in purchasing new CPR mannequins, a new oval rug for the memorial room and 12 new rowboats for our waterfronts. This year the YAA will be purchasing all new equipment for the Archery Range, a John Deere Gator to help handicapped Scouts get around camp and will have laid down the foundation for a Robotics Merit Badge.
Without the kind generosity of all of the YAA members, this would not be possible. I thank each and every one of you.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff at Yawgoog for another successful summer. It is their dedication, enthusiasm and kind appreciation, combined with the finest campground, which sets us apart from all the rest. Hats off to a job well done!
On behalf of all of the Staff and Campers, I would like to thank all of the folks who have dedicated their time and resources to the continued success of Camp Yawgoog. I especially want to thank the members of the YAA executive committee; each and every one of them has a special dedication to the camp.
With the 100th season around the corner, I look forward to its challenges, its rewards, and most importantly, its ability to instill the Yawgoog Spirit once again.
Thomas J. Sisson