January 26, 2014 by Doug Webster
Drew Kahle went rummaging in his collection of old 8 millimeter movies (remember those) and sent us a collection of footage taken between 1960 and 1963. (It appears that some of this footage also found its way into a longer home movie post we put up earlier, but there is a lot that is fresh as well.)
We’ve divided the original single file into four segments, each of them 1:30 to 2:00 long. As usual with such old footage (and with most home movies) things can be jerky and soft focus, but chances are if you were at camp during that era, you may see yourself or a fellow camper as you were over 50 years ago:
The Camp Bus (1963): Remember those days when getting up to camp took all day through Hamilton and Toronto because the roads were more often two-lane and a ship might be entering the Hamilton Harbor and the bridge went up? Every year the camp bus would start from a spot near Buffalo and everyone from the Buffalo area would convene to get aboard for the long ride north:
Dorset and Otter Scenes and Activities (1960): Some quick footage of Dorset and then scenes at camp including a full-camp group photo session.
Dorset Regatta (1960): Canoe singles, doubles and triples….gunwale bobbing, jousting, swimming. Camp Otter competed for many years in Dorset’s annual Regatta on the Lake of Bays boat channel.
Coed Canoe Trip from Algonquin (1961): A co-ed trip sets out from what appears to be Canoe Lake in 1963. Drew says he got recruited to be part of it at the last minute. The trip made it to Burnt Isle the first night, it rained heavily and a bear got into their food. How much more fun could an Otter canoe trip be than that?
Do you have old camp photos or movies? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see if we can get them posted for all to enjoy.