Haliburton Scout Reserve
12-20 July 2013
The officers & crew of Ship 461 commenced their very first long cruise/super activity early on Saturday, 12 July 2013, in the parking lot of our sponsor, Zion Mennonite Church of Souderton, Pennsylvania. We had done most of the heavy packing the evening before and we met up with the Boy Scouts and leaders of Troop 461 at 0730 Friday morning to complete the rest of the packing and get underway no later than 0800. The photo above right shows Mate Andy Cowles (on boat) making a last minute check of the security of his sailboat on its trailer prior to departure. Mate Randy van der Kleut can be seen walking towards the bow of the sailboat just to the left of Mate Cowles. The Scouter in uniform at right is Mike Landis, a long-time Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 461. The photo above left shows Mate Cowles chatting with Troop Committee Member Lisa Leyland while at lunch in upstate New York prior to crossing the border into Canada. Ship's purser Aaron Guttenplan can be seen at the far right of the photo.
With towing both a twenty-two (22) foot sailboat and an equipment trailer for the Troop, parking at rest stops and at fast food restaurants proved to be somewhat of a challenge. The photo above left shows how we took up a considerable portion of the parking lot at the upstate New York Arby's where we stopped for lunch on Friday. Upon arriving at Haliburton Scout Reserve around 1500 on Saturday, after spending Friday night at Lake Champion Provincial Park, one of our first chores was to launch our sailboat into Lake Kenabe, which forms the center of the Scout Reserve and is the only transportation system from the various camp sites to the different program areas at the Reserve. The photo above left pictures Boatswain Walter Coyne assisting Mate Andy Cowles in setting up the Catalina prior to launching it in Lake Kenabe. It took over an hour for us to get the mast erected; the boom connected; the sails and jib secured; and the sailboat in the water following our arrival.
Upon arriving at the access road to Haliburton Scout Reserve, we were met by our Canadian Assistant Scoutmaster, Ken Hutchinson. We first became acquainted with Ken in 1964 when he and five (5) other Canadian Sea Scouts joined us for our annual summer camp at Resica Falls Scout Reservation in the Pocono Mountains. The Canadian Sea Scouts also stayed with families of Troop 461 for several weeks prior to and after summer camp as part of a Scout exchange with the Canadian Sea Scout Troop. The following year, Troop 461 traveled to Haliburton Scout Reserve for its summer camp and had a Scout exchange with the Sea Scout unit in Bridgenorth, Ontario. Ken has been a registered Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 461 since the early 1970s and is a staple at the Troop's summer camps.
Part of the delay in getting our sailboat into the water was caused by having to assist in getting the camping gear and our personal gear out of the Troop's equipment trailer and loaded onto camp barges for transport to our camp site. Arriving Scout units are checked in at the camp headquarters and then assigned a number when they and their equipment will be transported by water to their respective camp sites. The photo above left shows Troop ASM Mike Landis walking towards the dock with some equipment and Scouts and Sea Scouts can be seen moving equipment and gear to the dock for loading onto a barge once it arrives.
Since Haliburton Scout Reserve is located around Lake Kenabe, all of the camping sites are waterfront sites. There is no land trail system between the various campsites and the program areas. All travel between the various campsites and the program areas is by watercraft, either canoe, rowboat, motor boat, or sailboat. The camp staff operates a small fleet of catamarans that they refer to as "barges." These barges are used to haul supplies and people through out the camp. It took three (3) of these barges to move all of the equipment and Scouts from both Ship and Troop 461 to their campsite. The photos above left and right show these barges in action.
The photo above left shows our Catalina 22 tied up at our campsite dock. The camp staff was kind enough to provide our dock with a six (6) foot extension so that we could moor our Catalina and the various barges could still come to the end of the dock to drop off people or pick up garbage and trash. Trash and garbage was collected on a daily basis around 1900 so that the refuse would not lure animals, especially raccoons and bears, into the campsites. The photo above right shows the colors flying off of our Catalina. We tried to spend several hours of each day sailing on Lake Kenabe and trying to get experience sailing the Catalina. The particular Catalina we transported up to Canada is owned by our Program Mate, Andrew L. Cowles.
This page last updated on Wednesday, 14 August 2013.