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NO. R-95. JOINT RESOLUTION TO designating July 10, 2001 as Camp Abnaki Day in celebration of its centennial anniversary.

(J.R.H. 66)

Offered by: Representatives Nuovo of Middlebury and Little of Shelburne.

Whereas, YMCA records indicate that a boys encampment was held on Lake Champlain as early as 1867, and

Whereas, by 1901, the need for a more permanent facility prompted Byron N. "Dad" Clark, the Secretary of the Vermont YMCA, and Henry Boles to establish the Vermont State Boys Camp which became Camp Abnaki, and

Whereas, originally located at Cedar Beach in Charlotte, the camp moved to its fifth and current home in North Hero in 1916, and

Whereas, the camp is filled with wonderful examples depicting a century of camping experiences and history, including the historic Long House that was acquired in 1916, and has recently been renovated with the assistance of the Preservation Trust of Vermont for use as a recreation hall, and

Whereas, for the last 100 years, Camp Abnaki has provided the campers and staff, both from Vermont and from other nations, including Bulgaria, Canada, France, Hungary, Poland and Saudi Arabia, as well as American participants from Puerto Rico and Alaska, a wonderful chance to enjoy the summer months along the shores of Lake Champlain, and

Whereas, among the very special campers who have availed themselves of Camp Abnaki were 10 Romanian orphans for whom the summerís experience was a wonderful relief from their difficult lives, and

Whereas, Camp Abnaki, in order to assure that personal financial resources should not be the determining factor for attending this summer-time retreat for boys, has raised a $21,000.00 scholarship fund, and

Whereas, the YMCA has facilitated the use of Camp Abnaki by many other Vermont institutions and organizations, including Johnson State College, the Grand Isle Supervisory School District, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, the Vermont Department of Mental Health, Camp Knock Knock, the Howard Center for Human Services and the Schoolhouse, and

Whereas, thousands of Vermont boys, both young and old, will always cherish their fond memories of summers at Camp Abnaki, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to congratulate Camp Abnaki on the occasion of its centennial anniversary, and to designate July 10, 2001 as Camp Abnaki Day, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Adam C. Brooks, executive director of Camp Abnaki.