The Wekenboca camp continues from last week: Mr. Newton Parrish, physical director of the camp, said in 1915: “The only problem encountered is that the boys run, swim and play all kinds of games, until they almost have to do it. eat the frying pans, in order to refuel. The boys eat like ‘Turks’, and it is extremely difficult to meet the demand, no matter how much food we have brought with us. That same month, an “Owensboro Day” was celebrated, where parents of the Owensboro boys at camp were able to tour the camp, eat with the boys, and bathe, if they desired.
The boys took a great interest in daily Bible study, and on Sundays during the 1916 camp sessions after chapel time, the boys took a houseboat trip to Airdrie Hill.
Military discipline was applied throughout the period at Camp Wekenboca. “The latest innovation in the guardhouse is the ‘Hot-End club’. The rules of the camp are numerous and arduous and foresee that no splash of water; no “rocking the boat”; no rubbing of food; nor should any misconduct that discredits a well-bred youth be permitted. For breaking the “laws”, the boy will be treated with a board wielded by the camp guard, which has a hot end on it. There are many members of the “Hot-End club”.
“Another feature that keeps guys going is the ‘madman’s tent.’ For the crowd of boys who run the messiest tent, having to wash the dishes during the day falls on the job. For the best-maintained tent, inmates will receive a double dessert. Physical Director Parrish reports that this feature causes a lot of trouble for the camp warden to determine which tent is kept the most tidy. “
Athletics was part of the daily life of the camp, with the Green River 100 meters from the camp. “Every morning and evening, this memorable stream is literally dotted with young people who enjoyed the pleasure of learning to swim during their camp in Wekenboca. In the first Water Day event of 1916, Owensboro’s “little Edgar Rogers” beat his competition crossing the river 35 times. MI Ogden was second behind Rogers with 33 trips on the water. Baseball day saw “the camp team” defeated by the neighboring tie team, 9-6. The year before they played against teams from Livermore and were also defeated. This last day of the camp was Athletics Day, with a large local crowd witnessing the event, and included the baseball games, the tennis tournament and a track competition, which included races (relay, obstacle, potato, etc.), jumps, a baseball throw. and more. An exciting end to a great week at camp!
Unfortunately, there is no mention of the Wekenboca camp after 1916. I’m sure many of the boys who attended camp there, “one of the most popular camps in Kentucky,” had fond memories of the day. life. As a large group of boys returning home one year put it, this year’s camp was the “best ever” and they had never had a better time.
My thanks to Clark Towery for seeing the Camp Wekenboca photo for the first time, which allowed me to start researching! Work continues on the addition of Treasure House. Exterior work is complete and interior work will hopefully be completed within a month. The museum and the treasure house are open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the treasure house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To reach us at the museum, you can call 270-499-5033 or email us at [email protected] I wish everyone a great week!