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July 2011

Aquatics fun at Many Point

Many Point Scout Camp is a veritable water wonderland! While most camps are a camp upon a lake, Many Point Scout Camp is a series of camps around a lake. Each of the program camps has a fleet of watercraft that include canoes, rowboats, sailboats, inner tubes for water polo and an impressive aqua trampoline that can entertain fourteen Scouts at a time! A favorite attachment is the Aqua Launch, or simply “the blob,” whereby a Scout can sit at the end and another Scout jumps on the launcher, propelling a Scout through the air and into the lake!

Big Joe

Joe Glaccum is a Many Point institution who is the unseen man that makes things happen. Joe started in 1987 as trail crew chief, carving out the trail to the Back of the Moon. In 1988, he began his tenure as food service director, which he continues to present. All the while, he has also served in a variety of other roles, including trading post director, services director, business director, driver and sanitation director. In truth, Joe is happy to do whatever it takes to make Many Point run!

A Look Into The Past

The cultural history of the people who have lived near Many Point is rich. Scouts have the opportunity to visit the Many Point History Center to learn about the Ojibwe and Dakota, voyageurs, loggers, sportsmen and Boy Scouts that have called Many Point home.

Favorite Many Point Memories

In the summer of 2010, we collected people’s favorite memories of Many Point to create a top 100 Many Point memories list. Here are two of them, both relating to the road into camp:

Granny

Granny is one of those Many Point gems that sparkles in who she is as a person as well as what she contributes to Many Point Scout Camp. Granny is the source of those fantastic carmel and cinnamon rolls that make every breakfast a treat at Many Point. She is also the source of that great Granny bread! Granny has worked at Many Point for twenty-three years and goes through about two an a half tons of flour a summer! In her time at Many Point, that is about fifty-eight tons of flour!!! Troops love Granny and her name is mentioned every week on the adult leader feedback forms.

The View is Worth the Climb

Many Point’s fire tower sets it apart from other Scouting camps in the US. The tower looms 100 feet in the air, and Scouts challenge themselves mentally and physically by climbing 136 steps to gain a unique aerial view of the lake and camp. While in the cabin at the top, Scouts identify different sub-camps, other lakes in the area, and wave and yell to people below who did not want to make the climb. On a clear day, Scouts can even spot the Tulaby fire tower in the distance. Often, there is a sense of vindication at the top because Scouts conquer their fear of heights by making the trek.

Ironman!

Yesterday Scouts, adult leaders and staff participated in the weekly Ironman competition as participants swim, canoe and run a predetermined distance. The very nice thing about this competition is that everyone is a winner! At Many Point the focus is on growing, as a Scout tries new things and gets a little better with each effort. Spectators along the route and at the finish line cheer just as hard or harder for the person that comes in last as they do for the person that comes in first.

CITs

It is week 3 for camp, and the counselors-in-training are past the halfway point of their experience here. Already they are becoming a part of the staff. From a CIT playing the violin at an opening campfire to another CIT getting beginners comfortable in the water through games, the future of Many Point is shining bright.

 
The CITs have completed their second week of being in camps, and many have already expressed their disappointment at having to leave before the end of the summer. Many of the staff also do not want to leave, even when camp ends.

All Camp Reunion Changed

Due to low registration, the All Camp Reunion has been changed to an open house from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday, July 16th. Call camp for more details.

Loon Count

Yesterday (July 6th, 2011) the Scouts, the staff and the Family Camp campers participated in the annual Loon count of Many Point Lake. We have been working with the Minnesota State DNR and this program for twenty years as we join with Loon counters throughout the state. The count goes on even though the state in shut down.