February 19, 2013 by Doug Webster
Every camper’s parents got a list of the things they should bring with them to Camp Otter for the summer. I vividly remember my mother obtaining imprinted name labels and sewing them into every article of what I sent to camp. At that time I lived in Indiana and for the first couple of years, I took the train to Buffalo and shipped my gear in a steamer trunk.
My second year at Otter, I returned to the Camp after a particularly grungy canoe trip, the last day or two of which had featured drenching rains. As a result, when I got back to Otter Lake, I was wearing some really dirty, smelly and wet clothing. But it was also the day that anything being shipped home by rail had to be put in a trunk and shipped. So I did.
The trunk turned up about a month later in West Lafayette, Indiana. My mother opened it, gasped, lurched backward and quickly sent both trunk and contents to the dump.
Here’s the packing list and shipping instructions, from the Drew Kahle collection of fine Camp Otter artifacts.