Winter Camp XIX History
Winter Camp XIX deserves special notice for a variety of curious reasons. High on this list was the attendance of Kyle Storm Howey, who at 5 months of age was easily the youngest Winter Camper in history, if not the youngest conscious participant. In addition, for the first time since Winter Camp used an activity schedule, not a single planned event was missed. This milestone was achieved largely due to a skeleton crew who took to Clearwater Field on Day 5 for a game of kickball which ended after a record number of extra innings in a 3-3 tie.
XIX was a Viking event as the thematic Winter Camp tradition continued into its fifth year. The Viking Olympics hexathlon and the Viking Explorers board game incorporated this theme into new activities. Other first-time events were ice cream making, curling, and the shooting of the first Winter Camp movie. Dan Bollman starred as Lt. Columbo in the murder mystery film.
While the Viking Olympics itself may have been the most devastating culinary experience of the weekette, the list of new meals was longer than in most previous years. Checking in to the Cavalcade of Winter Camp Food were the Box o' Chocolates Snack, Continental Lunch, Fancy Ice Meal, Giant Meal, Night at the Tavern, and Viking Feast. Mike Osvath's second Winter Camp absence handed the year's pizza war title to Mark Bollman--> and Bollmano's.
The second edition of the Winter Camp Almanac and Book of Facts was published and included Wilson's Rules of Order, the definitive explanation of Winter Camp parliamentary procedure. Steve Donohue wrote The Goon Guide, noteworthy as the first Winter Camp book ever written at Winter Camp. Jeff Rand and Mark Bollman each chipped in with a new short story for Winter Camp.
While three of the four dimensions of spacetime are bidirectional, it is the fourth, which works in one direction only, that dictates the order of Winter Camps. That being the case, all Arrowmen knew at the close of Winter Camp XIX that Winter Camp XX, rather than XVIII, would follow.