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Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah

Youth organizations,   pp. 451-459 ff. PDF (2.8 MB)

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  Not only has Onaway been the site of the Brigade's annual camps
ever since, but an abiding love for Camp Onaway has taken root in the
hearts of an untold number of local boys. This love and loyalty was
demonstrated during the summer of 1955, when an out-of-door chapel
was planned and financed by "Old Boys" who in their boyhood days
had camped there.
IN'IERNATIONAL CAMPs-During the summer of 1952, one leader and
three older boys represented the Neenah Company at an international
camp in Denmark. Again, in 1954, two leaders and four boys attended
a ten-day international encampment of Boys' Brigades on the playing
fields of Eton, in England. Here, as in Denmark, enduring friendships
were formed with boys from the far places of the earth. Our boys came
back from these international gatherings wondering why the United
Nations couldn't be conducted on the high level of understanding and
international friendship that prevailed in the camps.
  Still another Brigade International Camp in Jamaica is listed for
April, 1958, recognizing the 75th anniversary of the organization, to
which the local Brigade expects to send ten boys and three leaders.
LEADERSHIP-The first captain, chosen by Dr. Chapin, was Vernon
Holden. Following Frank Shattuck as captain, Harry Thomas tempo-
rarily took over. During World War I, Waldemar Bergstrom and Ern-
est Draheim carried on, succeeded by Leo Schubart, upon his return
from overseas. Then came, in line of succession, Lyall Stilp, Paul
Stacker, Howard Neubauer, Howard Angermeyer, Chester Witten-
born, and, presently, Gordon Altenhofen.
  Space does not permit mention of the hundreds of men and older
boys who have served in the expanding program of the Brigade
through the years. In 1955-56, 58 men, plus older boys, constituted
the leadership staff; 333 boys from the 6th grade through senior year
in high school were enrolled.
  By 1951 the burden of detail on volunteer leadership became so
heavy, that Jack Casper was employed as program coordinator, with
office in the Brigade building on South Commercial Street, now in
the new quarters on Columbian Avenue.

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