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Twigs! Hamburgers! Who's got the saws? Where's Isabel? These comments are familiar to all Ranger girls. Once a week, every week each bunk takes a walk across the bridge to the pioneering area. At one time or another all the bunks have lashed their two sticks onto the table that can be seen upon entering the area.
The cookouts are exciting. While some girls collect wood and fetch water, others are starting the fire or preparing the food.
A favorite job seems to be hamburger flattening. Everything is cooked in about twenty minutes, although it seems like an hour to the hungry girls. After the area is cleared of debris, the girls sing songs around the camp fire and toast marshmallows. Everyone has the same comment about the food, great!

Isabel Cooper

The pioneering program at Camp Ranger this summer was based on the endeavor to give each camper a personal adventure with his American heritage. It is all too easy for the youth of today's contemporary America to forget how America was, and where its roots are. Even today, in the age of space, the American pioneers are pushing our North Western Frontiers ever to the pole.
The program endeavor to to convert the fear of the unknown to adventure. It impressed upon each camper-pioneer the idea that "There is nothing to fear but fear itself." It is upon these ideas that Americans in all of our history have forged our great republic.
The sleepouts at Ranger were the real adventure. They gave each camper a personal experience rather than a group activity. Each camper learned the meaning of teamwork. On sleepouts, the campers built the fire, prepared their own meals, and took care of their own bedrolls. Thus with the process of learning by doing each camper is able to think back on his pioneering activity as an achievement in the conquest of the fear and the unknown.
The campers learned that they could do for themselves, that each camper is a part of a team working together for goal and not a group of self-centered, self-interested children. The campers in the pioneering program were treated as much as adults as their age were allow; thereby giving them a feeling of self respect. The program must be considered a success merely by observing the enthusiasm with which the campers welcomed any pioneering activity.

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