A summer evening at Camp Rotary

Screen shot 2014-07-25 at 1.13.16 PMA small group of Southern Rensselaer County club members joined a cadre of Rotarians from the Lansingburgh/Troy and Hudson Shores clubs along with Assistant District Governor Bob Van Alstine to visit the Rotary Scout Reservation — a/k/a/ Camp Rotary — in Averill Park on Thursday evening.

(Unfortunately, we had eight dropouts from the original sign-up list.)

The Rotarians joined 168 campers plus several dozen staffers for a tasty chicken dinner in the mess hall, followed by the daily sunset flag-lowering ceremony. Those hardy enough to handle the hilly terrain then took a tour of the sprawling facilities.

My thanks to Bob and Karen Van Alstine, Ray and Lois Hannan, Dick Drumm, Pat Bailey and April Dowd for joining me in representing the club at this site, which the original Troy Rotary Club created 92 years ago.

Here are some scenes April captured of the evening:

A map of the Rotary Scout Reservation.
A map of the Rotary Scout Reservation.
The camp's main office.
The camp’s main office.
One of the clusters of tents.
One of the clusters of campers’ tents.
Scouts surround one of their own on his birthday.
Scouts surround one of their own on his birthday.
Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm and Scout contact Peter Mason at dinner.
Lois and Ray Hannan, Dick Drumm and Scout contact Peter Mason at dinner.
Donna Van Alstine, ADG Bob Van Alstine and Pat Bailey dining.
Karen Van Alstine, our ADG Bob Van Alstine and Pat Bailey dining.
The symbols of Scouting.
The symbols of Scouting, worn by …
... counselor Alex Mastromarchi, our tablemate at dinner.
… counselor Alex Mastromarchi, our tablemate at dinner.
Brian Murray, camp director since 2001.
Eagle Scout Brian Murray, camp director since 2001 and on staff since 1994.
Some fellow Rotarians from Lansingburgh.
Some fellow Rotarians from Lansingburgh (club president Lydia Plante standing).
A look at a typical week's menu.
A look at a typical week’s menu.
Lowering the flag at sunset.
Lowering the flag at sunset.
Folding the flag while a bugler played "Reveille."
Folding the flag while a bugler played “Taps.”

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