Loll 2018 Alumni Weekend was held on August 4th & 5th at Camp Loll. This continues to be a well attended event with some old faithful staff members and many of the most recent years of staff members and their families. We celebrated the 60th anniversary of Camp Loll, and made a point to hear from some of the old timers who regaled us with some of the earliest memories of the camp. The group arrived for lunch on Saturday, set up camp, and then participated in camp activities, that were accommodated by the current staff. That evening, a campfire program was presented by the current staff, to the great amusement of the group. On Sunday, we held a non-denominational worship service, which concluded a little early due to wind and rain. We then convened to the lodge where the annual Alumni Meeting was held and we discussed the more formal organization of the Alumni Committee at the Council, and also planned for our Labor Day Weekend of Service. After lunch, the group packed up and headed home. A special thanks to the 2018 Camp Loll Staff and Camp Director, Delose Conner, who went to extra efforts to make everyone feel welcome and make for a great program. We look forward to more Alumni sponsored activities and seeing more of the many staff members that have worked there over the years.
Camp Loll Summer 2018
This year’s summer camp was successful in many ways. This was a year when there was very little snow when we first accessed camp in early June. However, the entire month of June was rainy and muddy. This made Work Week and Staff Training Week a little difficult. The rain basically stopped when the scouts arrived, and stayed quite dry the rest of the summer.
Loll was able to accommodate individuals and groups that were displaced from Philmont, and the fire activity there. A couple groups stayed multiple weeks and all participated in one of three high adventure activities. All of these folks were not disappointed with their experience in camp and the great high adventure for which Loll is a base for excursions in the Tetons and Yellowstone.
The Loll program continues to lauded. In reviewing the candid troop comments from the various troops, they continue to be overwhelmingly positive, with the favorite part typically being the assigned troop friend (staff member). The more the troop friend is engaged with the troop, the better the overall experience tends to be for the troop. One negative evaluation took aim at the rule to keep on the trails, and not create new trails throughout the camp. We simply had to disagree, and think that our efforts to keep to the trail have helped to beautify the camp to a level that we haven’t seen before. This was especially noticeable this year, when the bear grass blossoms, which are typically every three years, and only in a very small part of this wilderness, were very prominent this year. No one had seen them to this extent in the past, and they were protected by the scouts as never before. Our forest rangers and environmental scientists that visited with them were absolutely amazed with this and the beauty of the camp.
Camp safety was upheld with no serious injuries and no significant lost person events. We were fortunate to have a doctor or medical professional for each week of camp, and all were accommodating to some of the action that was at times required, as a few scouts got sewed up in the first aid room.
The Alumni funded satellite communicators continue to be very helpful in keeping in contact with staff that are accompanying troops on hikes, at times up to 10 miles away. Not only is it helpful to keep tabs on their locations, it also served to help at least one event where the staff member was having questions with how to treat a scout that was having some exhaustion issues on a hike.
Loll is recognized as a reliable partner for health and welfare of the public in the remote part of Teton County, Wyoming. While getting ready for camp, the Sheriff contacted camp and said that they had received a report of a loose kayak on Grassy Lake, about four miles away. They asked is we could check it out. The waterfront director and another staff member were sent with a boat to do just that. They were able to determine the family it belonged to along with a floating life jacket and return it to them, which was reported back to the Sheriff. The Sheriff was so pleased that he didn’t have to send out his own staff to check this out, that he wrote a letter of thanks to the camp director, and indicated that he knew he had a partner with the camp.
Our Camp Committee mobilized on Labor Day Weekend to winterize the camp, pump the latreens and stain the wood buildings. We did this a few other things to keep Camp Loll looking great next year.
Lynn Hinrichs, Camp Loll Committee Chairman