Thursday, September 24, 2020

A History of Sailing

Welcome to the latest of our Historical Blogs... Today we are taking look at Sailing through the years here at Camp Foley!

It's one of the most popular activities at camp, and is the only activity at camp you can take two periods of. Campers have a choice of using our big Hartley boats or the smaller bics. The bics work better for younger campers, as they are smaller and easier to control when on the water. The Hartleys are the newest version of true sail boats offered at camp. They are bright blue and impossible to miss when the campers are sailing them out on Whitefish lake.

Sailing has been offered at camp since 1946, with camp having a variety of sailing crafts over the years. Lets check out some of these BOATS...

We start off in the 40s. We don't have any pictures of the first sail boats that were acquired in 1946, but that is the year we believe Sailing first came to Camp Foley. Here instead is a hilarious picture of some counselors being lazy on a motor boat! 
Just two staff enjoying the Lake

As we enter the 50s, the sailing program at Camp Foley really starts to take off. In the year 1950, sailing is offered to only intermediate and strong swimmers. In the same year, a new sailboat is added to Camp under mysterious circumstances. The caretaker Esti insisted it was a mistake and we no record of actually buying the sail boat, SPOOKY! Also in 1950, the sailing program adds its first awards that campers can earn. They are Able Seaman, 2nd Class Skipper, 1st  Class Skipper, Boatswains Mate, and Boatswain. In 1956, Camp adds a new fiberglass sail boat, bring the grand total up to three boats. Also in 1956, Camp Foley participates in its first Inter-camp Sailing Regatta against Camp Lincoln. AND FOLEY WON!!!! 
One of the first Sail Boats

A look at a sailing class at Camp Foley

And we arrive in the 60s! Throughout this decade camp gets some new boats and participates in mpre sailing Regattas! In 1960, a Stamm fiberglass sailboat is added and camp begins rebuilding the old plywood Miller-Haxton boats. In 1963, the  First “C” scow is  purchased, measuring 20 feet. It has a checkered pattern and cost $1720.00, what a deal! Later on in 1967, camp purchases a new Johnson X Boat, made of fiberglass, that replaces old wooden Miller-Haxton boat, They got it for $1070.00!
One year later camp also replaced the C boat mast, which had snapped in two, during the summer in 1967. 
The C scow mentioned above
Camp Foley in a sailing regatta 
A sailing class
Rare colored picture from the 60s of the Marina and campers Sailing

We made it to the 70s! We now see girl campers sailing right along with the boys! We also see color photography become more widely used, giving some gorgeous pictures of these sail boats on the Lake. MInor improvements are made to the C boat and 4 more sail boats are purchased in 1970 and 71. In 1978, spinnaker sailing is added to camp. And at the end of the decade we see 2 more sail boats added to camp, an E boat and Thaloc. 
Campers getting ready to set sail!
It's the 70s, which means girls can come to camp now!
Ride the waves!
A perfect shot!

Now we arrive in the 80s! In this decade we see again the retiring of certain boats and the purchase of new ones. In 1980, sailboarding offered for the first time, as is Sil Racing clinic. The Sampset boat is retired and replaced by a boat called Foxfire. In 1981, we also say goodbye to the checkered sail boat and add a new boat to the marina called the Hobie Cat. In fact over the next 6 years several new boats are added to Camp Foley, including 1977 Melges C-Scow, Vanguard 470, White Lightening, Shatzee, Tanzer 22, and 2 sunfish sail boats. In 1987, after only 5 years with camp, the Hobie Cat is sold.

Camp is stocked up on Sailboats
Check out that old buoy!
An 80s sailing class
Normal day at the Marina

Rolling right into the 90s, we see more boats transition in and out of Foley. Right in 1990, a new X-Boat replaces the boat Windsong, and a C-Scow is donated by Chrissy Burnett. In 1996, a new award system is put in place and a shift in teaching style to smaller boats is done to focus on all campers learning to sail. It is not until 1997, that camp finally makes it mandatory to wear water shoes or aqua socks when sailing in the sail boats. Also in 1997,  the Sunfish boats are sold and replaced with 6 Optimists.
Anyone can learn to Sail!
Campers Rigging a boat
I spy an Alli Faricy!
Campers sailng two different boats

We are almost to the end but first we have to contend with the early 2000s! Sailing looks very familiar at this point with only a few exceptions. In 2002, two new capri sailboats are purchased for camp. The next year in 2003, Camp Foley starts to offer another sailing class besides sail racing, called "Sailing for Fun", which had a less competitive edge to it and allowed older campers to sila the big boats without having to focus on racing or take the class for two full periods.  In 2004, Mangos become a huge hit, when the optis are sold and replaced with these yellow boats. These yellow boats are used by the younger campers who want to try sailing. In 2007 and 2008, camp aquires 3 more sail boats, including 2 JYs for campers. 
Do you know how to rig a sailboat?
Sail Racing on Whitefish Lake
The Mangos!

And here we are a the finish line! We arrive to the current years of camp and see that sailing is just as popular as it has always been. To catch everyone up to the present, in 2014 4 new JYs are purchased and live at camp until 2016. In this year the JYs are retired and replaced with 5 Hartleys, which are still the current sail boats today. We also say goodbye to the Mangos and say hello to ur Bics! The Bics are the smaller sailboats used by our younger campers. Sailing is an amazing activity here at Camp Foley and we can't wait to get back on the water in 2021!
Bicity Bicity Bic!!!!!!!

Kids sailing in 2012

All Together on Whitefish!
Check out that blue Hartley!

Friday, September 18, 2020

An International Perspective


While it may seem strange to some, Foley is known for having a great international presence from Mexico to France to Australia and Ireland. For campers and staff alike, the transition into camp culture can be a bit of a shock, but once they embrace it there’s no looking back for many. One of our Wolf campers from Mexico shared how she feels about being an international camper at Foley.


Esperanza Garcia, 3rd session Wolf

Esperanza pictured on left
Esperanza pictured on left


 Being an international camper at Foley is a different, but great experience. Everybody is very inclusive at camp, but it is hard to be so far away from home. Another thing is that if English is not your first language, it does become hard and tiring to not be able to speak your first language. You might also get some questions about home, and it is really cool to talk about how things are different, but also how they are similar. It is very surprising how many things we have in common, even though we come from different countries. Being an international camper will also give you an opportunity to bond with other international campers, even if you come from different countries, too. Being an international camper has no limitations and you have lots of fun being somewhere different from home. Camp is a wonderful opportunity for everybody, and everyone should try activities that they couldn’t do at home. Coming to Foley from a different country is definitely an experience to remember. I feel like at the end, we will all take a different message home with us.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Treehouse Battle!

 Upper vs. Lower: which Treehouse is best?

A special night for all of our two, three, and four-week campers is going to cook dinner and sleep in the treehouses. Upper Treehouse is up the Moose Trail, about a half-mile walk through the woods. While Lower Treehouse is just a short walk up from the soccer field. Many returning campers and staff have spent nights in both, and know that each one brings a different vibe to the experience of sleeping out away from camp. The debate rages on over which treehouse is better, but here are some camper and counselor thoughts on this important debate!

Team Upper Tree House:

“Upper has a better vibe even though it’s a longer hike because it’s so pretty once you get there” - Steve Conlin, 1st-2nd sessions Coyote

“Upper has more raspberries and it actually feels like you’re away from camp.” - Sammie Buckhot, 2nd session Wolf

“Upper has more space and the scenery is better.” - Tomas Turner, 3rd session Wolf

Team Lower Treehouse:

“I like lower more because you can play games on the soccer field and watch the stars more”- Parker Lacey, 1st session Coyote

“The lower treehouse has a big deck which is great for dance parties with your cabin.” - Ana Resines, counselor

“I like lower more because it’s not as far of a walk.” - Nola Brenner, 2nd session Fox

Clearly there is lots of support for both sides of this debate, and we may not get a definitive answer to which one is best. However, the good news is that no matter what Treehouse you go to, you are guaranteed to have a great time and make lots of memories with your cabin!