It was 1994, my first week at summer camp. I was an eager first year scout doing canoeing and swimming merit badges--waterfront was my jam. On Saturday was “The Water Carnival” troop competition. There was the PB&Jelly race, the in and out canoe race, various others, and the Finale - The GREASED WATERMELON.
Usually a game reserved for the older scouts, my troop allowed this ambitious youngster to participate. The Scouts and the watermelon were greased, then two from each troop were allowed in the water, while the other two waited back on the dock to receive the illustrious slippery orb, and the game began. Our Troop won that year and we got to eat the watermelon.
As we were trying to de-grease, one of the staff members came up to me and said “You look like a Young Mr. Blonde.” As an 11-year-old who had never seen the movie Reservoir Dogs, I had no idea what that meant, but it stuck with me. That staff member would turn out to be the reason I joined staff, eventually be my boss, and is now one of my lifelong friends.
That place, Wah-tut-Ca Scout Reservation, is a certain kind of special. Every year since 2004 we have swum across the lake in honor of Andrew Curry Green, to Keep his Spirit Alive. The Yankee Clipper Council merged just this last year, and even though I am far away it has been uplifting to see all the positive things coming from the new Spirit of Adventure Council.
Simply put, The Key Foundation’s activities are focused on enhancing the experiences of youth. They work to insure that the experiences we had growing up continue to be available to the youth of today.
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The Andrew Curry Green Lake Swim is an annual fundraiser that aims to honor our friend and brother Andrew Curry Green as well as raise funds for scholarships and other charitable programs. Held annually on Northwood Lake in Northwood, NH, dozens of swimmers swim the three mile long lake in honor and remembrance of our brother Andrew, who was tragically killed on September 11th, 2001. Starting at the far end of the lake, they swim home to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation, where Andrew served as a staff member and a camp leader for many years. Andrew’s legacy lives on through the Lake Swim as we remember his passion for the outdoors and his willingness to cheerfully serve.
In its twelfth year, we have set our fundraising goal higher than ever before in an effort to provide even more support to help encourage, inspire, and empower the youth of today. Please consider making a donation, no matter how small, to one of the teams listed below. The majority of your donation will directly support the youth that benefit from our scholarship programs. You can find out more about all of those programs here.
Each team is comprised of a swimmer, a spotter, and a coach. If you’re interested in participating in the swim as part of a team, please sign up here.
And if you’d like to join us on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation to support the swimmers and enjoy some delicious food and music at our family BBQ, you can purchase tickets for yourself and your whole family right here.