Friday, October 30, 2015

Pete Mandell makes a suggestion to help remember our camp. And keep it thriving.

Pete: I got to thinking about how (oddly enough) we loyal Clark campers owe a huge debt of thanks to the Lyndon folks at the Cape Cod YMCA. 

For any new visitors, recall that:

 1.   In 1970, a major effort was made by a lot of dedicated Clark supporters to save the camp from being converted into a subdivision.

 2.   The effort to save Camp Clark failed, but the campsite was kept out of the hands of eager developers – thanks to the Cape Cod YMCA’s purchase of the camp.

3.   In 2003, the Cape Cod YMCA and the Town of Sandwich entered into a legal agreement called a Conservation Restriction to ensure that the land that was Camp Clark, now Camp
Lyndon, must remain essentially as it is today and, barring action by the Massachusetts Legislature, the property will forever remain a place for camping activities that we were all lucky enough to enjoy.

So… it occurs to me that we should all consider supporting Camp Lyndon if we can. You can make donations for camperships and/or their building and maintenance programs - and think seriously about including the Cape Cod Y’s Camp Lyndon in your will.

To get information about supporting Camp Lyndon’s campership program  or to help in other ways, call PJ Richardson at 



GREAT IDEA!  Pete...... Wayne

Paul Daffinee brings back some old camp songs.

Camp Clark Songs

Row Your Boat
Sung as a round

Row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream


Jon Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Sung unceasingly softer on each verse until the last line which is sung as loud as possible

Jon Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
That's my name too
Whenever I go out
The people always shout
There goes
Jon Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt
Da, da, da, da da da da

The Ants go Marching
Ants go marching one by one (two by two, three by three etc.)
Hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching # by #
Hurrah, Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one (or whatever verse),
The little one stopped to stick out his tongue (see below for other verses)
And they all go marching
Down
To the ground
To get out of the rain
Boom, boom, boom

2 Tie his shoe
3 Climb a tree
4 Slam the door
5 Pick up Sticks


Do Your Ears Hang Low?
Do your ears hang low?
Do they wobble to and fro?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bow?
Can you throw them o’er your shoulder like a Continental soldier?
Do your ears hang low?

Goober Peas
Sitting by the lakeside on a summer's day
Chatting with my bunkmates,
passing time away
Lying in the shadow underneath the trees
Goodness, how delicious,
eating goober peas
Peas, peas, peas, peas,
eating goober peas
Goodness, how delicious,
eating goober peas

Hole In the Bottom of the Sea
Each verse is sung faster and faster and then the chorus is sung slowly

Chorus
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea

(Chorus)
There’s a hole, there’s a hole
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea

There’s a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

There’s a bump on the the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a bump on the the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

There’s a frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

There’s a wart of the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a wart of the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

There’s a fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

There’s a flea on the fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
There’s a flea on the fly on the wart on the frog on the bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea
(Chorus)

Happy Song

If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap hands)
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap hands)
If you’re happy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands (clap hands)
2nd verse
If you’re happy and you know it
Stomp your feet. (stomp feet)
3rd verse
If you’re happy and you know it
Shout “Hooray!” (shout hooray)
4th verse
If you’re happy and you know it
Do all three (clap hands, stomp feet, shout hooray)



Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Carl Hokanson

Hi, I just want to say how much fun we had at Camp Clark. The Hokanson family Ken, Robert, Wild Bill, Richard and I (Carl ) have great memories. 

Recently my brother Ken passed away, He was a counselor and ran the arts and craft lodge. At family get togethers we always talked about Camp Clark. The activities, the campers, the workers and the Hastings and Johnson  families all have a special place in our hearts.    Carl Hokanson

John Ruggles

I can't remember the years I was there. I think 1968-1972 or somewhere in there. I remember several songs, movie night. Bob Hastings (maybe) yelling "COME ON, COME ON", "LET's GO, LET's GO",
lots of strange memories from there. I went back several years ago and found the place and looked around and a lot looked the same.

Paul Daffinee

Paul Daffinee


I was the last song leader at Camp Clark, 1971. I actually made a song sheet for the songs we did. Took me a few days to dig them out. This one is on the list. The order was a little different. Monday through Wednesday OK but after that the run was:
Thursday, roast beef
Friday, fish
Saturday, baked beans
Sunday, church

The word "church was drawn out...chhurrchhh... and then it was off to the races as you went back to Monday. The goal was to do it without taking a breath. Each verse was as fast as you could go but of course the last was the toughest.
Do any of the rest of you who were counselors still smoke a cigar at the end of the summer and try to keep the ash standing?

Paul Daffinee

Donald Johnson

Donald Johnson

All Camp Alumni,
Great to hear from you.  In the way of camp songs. Question on Jeopardy last night asked for finish of "Old Rugged Cross"  a great reminder of  Sunday services on Brown Bread hill and the cross and pine cones brought for years at camp.
Don Johnson alias "Fuzzy"

Joe Larson

Clayt:

I remember that Thursday was roast beef and Sunday was church.

Joe Larson

Clayton Farnham replies

Clayton Farnham 

Definitely!  It was  one of many, bellowed out by whoever could be forced to lead it.  Best of all – for some reason (someone help me with this!) the last verse was sung at breakneck speed.  ???
Clayton

Monday, October 19, 2015

"EV" has a question about a song circa 1950

Was there in the early fifties! Trying to get some lyrics of one of the songs we sang in the messhall. "Today is Monday, Monday bread and butter, (then on to the rest of the week) Tuesday green beans, Wednesday s o u p, thurday ?????, Friday fish, Saturday baked beans, Sunday roast beef. All you happy campers we wish the same to you" Obviously looking for Thursday's meal. It was a great summertime experience swimming on Lawrence pond (remember the girls camp around the corner????)

Clayton Farnham also remembers the song.

Definitely!  It was  one of many, bellowed out by whoever could be forced to lead it.  Best of all – for some reason (someone help me with this!) the last verse was sung at breakneck speed.  ???
Clayton