Winter Camp XXVI - 2002

Dates:December 27-31, 2002
Location:Beaver Creek, Lang, & Clearwater Cabins, D-A
Attendance:43 (27 youth, 16 adults)
Leader:Ethan Rein
Adviser:Steve Donohue
WCUES Score:262
Catchphrase:Surviving the Plague
In the first quarter century of Winter Camp there were three or four serious illnesses during camp: Steve Donohue, Mike Osvath, Paul Duran, and perhaps Dan Bollman. At Winter Camp XXVI, someone arrived carrying a bug. Before the weekette was out, two people had left early from illness and another half-dozen or so were temporarily felled with an intestinal malady of near epic proportions.

Winter Camp XXVI was one of the largest in terms of attendance in history. It also had considerably fewer adults than average as many regulars found themselves with family and other commitments over the holidays. That being said, we still had plenty of adult leadership on hand, including the youngest full-time adviser in history, Jon Semetko, who turned 21 on the 25th.

With record attendance and strong leadership from Ethan Rein (first sitting Lodge Chief to run Winter Camp since Winter Camp I), many new events were held. Some were brand new, like Snow Snake, Arrowman Bingo, and Blob Tag, while others like An Evening with Dante and the Scout Skills Contest were variations on existing themes. The culinary arts saw a much greater outpouring of creativity with the Renegade Lunch, Ark Dinner, G. vs E. Lunch, Irish Feast, Tarzan of the Apes Lunch, and, of course, Jackpot Grits as new items. The Hooter's dinner returned, this year featuring caffeinated onion rings as an impromptu addition, and the Do or Die(t) Dinner became our most successful outdoor meal to date.

Probably the most memorable thing about Winter Camp XXVI will be "the plague". In all, nearly a dozen arrowmen were sick with vomiting and diarrhea during the course of the week. Two went home early while the rest toughed it out. Newcomer Alex Noble beat it the fastest while Jeff Rand and Ethan Rein share honors for the worst case of it. Although there was a great deal of speculation as to the cause, the revelation that someone had shown up to camp sick and that others had contracted the same flu-like symptoms prior to camp, leaves little doubt that some bug was being passed from camper to camper.

Campers left Winter Camp XXVI knowing that while they were likely to return the following year, the plague was not.

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