#53) 1987 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

As reported in the Finger Lakes Times August 6, 1987

Scouters from throughout Ontario, Wayne, Seneca and Yates Counties have been named to a special committee to plan and administer a giant Boy Scout Camporee to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Camp Babcock-Hovey.

The camporee will be Oct. 2, 3 and 4 at the Finger Lakes Council’s camp on the east shore of Seneca Lake.

Ken Martin of Ontario has been named to head the committee. He will be assisted by Peter Heiderich and Jim Van Aiken, Naples; Mike Reese, Waterloo; Jim Stenzel, Phelps; Bob Purvis, Farmington and Hank Roenke and Jan Boyle, Geneva.

Martin says program details are still being finalized, but that all of Scouting’s program areas — Cub debuts, Boy Scouts and Explorers are planning activities during the weekend. He says the highlight of the weekend will be Saturday afternoon when the camp is rededicated.

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As reported in the Finger Lakes Times October 13, 1987

William Hill court “Green Bar Bill“, the foremost Boy Scout historian and author, was the featured speaker at the ceremonies to rededicate Camp Babcock-Hovey Oct. 3. Hillcourt, 87, who came out of retirement to write the current edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, reminded the audience that camping by choice was unheard of when Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scouting movement, because of the widespread belief 75 years ago that night air was harmful. Hillcourt said Scouting would always be based in the outof- doors, noting that the movement’s most successful years have been when that part of the program was stressed.

Hillcourt also challenged the adult volunteer leaders present to organize and direct meaningful weekly meetings, and urged Scouts to demand them. Other speakers at the ceremonies included Ann Peck of Newark, the Finger Lakes Council’s vice president for program; Ovid Supervisor Larry Wilkins, Assemblyman Frank Talomie, R-129 of Geneva; Mark Shah of Seneca Falls, who presented a Scout’s view of the camp; William Whitwell of Geneva, grandson of Harry Hovey, one of the camp’s benefactors; and Rep. Frank Horton, R-29 of Brighton, who presented the council with a United States flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington, D C . on Sept. 17, the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

The invocation was by the Rev. Benjamin Disbrow of Dundee; closing remarks were by Robert Docteur Sr. of Victor, council president. Todd Miller of Seneca Falls, adviser to Ganeodiyo Lodge 417, The Order of the Arrow, described the contents of a time capsule buried to commemorate the event; Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops and Explorer posts paraded to the ceremonies with their unit and United States flags.

In addition to the ceremonies, the council’s fall camporee included demonstrations of Scouting skills including pioneer construction, rope making and cooking turkeys over an open fire.

Admiral D. Lord of Macedon and Steven B. Wheeler of Dundee were co-chairmen of the jubilee committee.

Newspapers in PDF form-

1986.12.30 – 50th celebration planned

1987.08.06 – 50 years at camp

1987.08.13 – Green Bar Bill at camp for 50th

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1 Response to #53) 1987 – 50th Anniversary Celebration

  1. Pat Thorpe says:

    I will never forget how cold it was the day that the camp was re-dedicated. We were all freezing our butts off, and Green Bar Bill was wearing shorts!!!

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