BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Equipment--An agreement was worked out with Thompson Bros. Boat and Canoe Co., Peshtigo, Wisconsin to replace all canoes each year on an established percentage allowance for trade-ins. Forty new and replacement canoes were secured under this plan the first year providing a fleet of 60 canoes. Thompson Bros. gave the Landing a row boat to use on the waterfront. Cots were finally secured for use of parties staying in the barracks.
Transportation--More parties were able to come by bus and it was possible to meet a few that came to Woodruff by train or bus. The canoe trailer and privet cars were still the only vehicles available.
Staff--In addition to Gregg and Hickman, a Business Manager was hired and his wife was to be the cook. A Maintenance Director was also employed. A young man was also secured as Aquatic Director to supervise the waterfront, swim checks, etc. However, the Business Manager and his family proved very unsatisfactory and was fired. Mrs. Hickman and Mrs. Gregg then took over the cooking for the major portion of the summer. Fifteen Senior Scouts served as guides (now called voyageurs to emphasize their role as assistants to party leaders--not in charge of the party), maintenance, kitchen, commissary, and Trading Post helpers.
Attendance--631 campers and leaders from 33 councils for a total of 850 camper weeks.
Food--More items became available and considerable canned meat and dehydrated vegetables secured from the government. A variety of menus were developed and mimeographed on cards along with per person quantities for each. Trail parties selected the menus they wanted and developed their own food order which was then filled by the commissary. They paid actual cost of food purchased.
Contributions--$3000 was contributed by interested Scouts for additional equipment.
New Maps--Ben Phillips, Field Executive of Samoset council, enlarged and brought up to date the original maps prepared by Ernie Schmidt. This included new routes and camp sites developed over the past few years. These were printed in quantity for use by parties and to make copies of each trip for the Landing file and to provide to the Fire Warden at Trout Lake Headquarters. Ben was working on a new set of maps when he died of cancer--and desperately tried to finish them right up to the time he was under heavy medication.
Long Range Planning--In 1944 Joe Bishop of the National Engineering Service and Len Hall of the Health and Safety Service visited the Landing to assist in the development of a long range plan. These plans were completed in 1945 and Herman Jackson, a commercial artist, visited the Landing to complete work on drawings for a promotional brochure to be used in raising money for the proposed project. However, final approval was never given by the National office and the program had to be dropped.
Regional Committee Established--In the fall of 1945, a sub-committee of the Regional Executive Committee was appointed. John Heronymus of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was named chairman and committee members were Sidney Wanger, III, Chicago, Judge Rosenberry, Madison, Wisconsin, and Otto Janus, Indianapolis.
Landing Account Transferred to National--At the close of the season, all funds were transferred to the Comptroller of the National Council. Up to this time a special account had been maintained by Region Seven. This transfer actually represented final acceptance of the Landing as a part of the National Council.
The transfer on October 15, 1945, amounted to:
Balance in Operating Account--$459.97
Balance in Reserve Account----$1804.32
The Reserve Account represented contributions and operating profits which were placed in reserve each year for replacement and new equipment. The value of equipment and supplies at that time was approximately $10,000.00.
1. Canoe trailer loaded with equipment caught fire. This trailer is still in use and marks of fire are evident in the bed.
2. One party arrived without an adult leader and had to be sent home.
3. A party started a small forest fire in the Tenderfoot Lake area and ruined our fine relationship with the managers of the Notre Dame property area.