This years pioneering program was a successful and varied one. While the lower divisions enjoyed overnights to the pioneering area on camp grounds, the upper camp went on two day backpacking trips to Mount Cathelia, near Ellenville. Several overnight canoe trips down the Delaware River were also included in this program.
Rock hunting added a new dimension this year. Coupled with day sessions, each camper learned the fundamentals of fire building, tent pitching, axe and knife skills outdoor cooking and general camp craft skills.

By: Frank Musat


Over the past few years, the sport of camping and backpacking have swept throughout the country. Here at Ranger, the campers have found out why. Most of our overnights this summer have been to Mount Cathelia. Not only have many campers experienced backpacking for the first time, but also cave exploring, rock climbing, and wilderness survival were among the activities on our trips.
The youngest campers have had the opportunity to camp out at the waterfront and have a midnight swim as well as a "polar bear" swim before breakfast. Our final trip was planned to Slide Mt., hiking over the Cornell-Wittenberg slide trail, which climbs the tallest mountains in the Catskills.
Of course, the pioneering program doesn't stop when there are no overnights. In between trips, the campers learn about fire building, edible plants, nature, conservation and other skills necessary to live comfortably in the out of doors.

By: Bob Flax