Wah-Tut-Ca Display of Camp History at the Library - Opening Reception Wednesday, October 24, 6-8pm
A Lowell Legacy-“Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation”
Pollard Memorial Library
October 24- December 2012
Wah-Tut-Ca’s camp history will be on display in our ground floor and first floor display cases from October-December. The display shows how Wah-Tut-Ca came to be, how it struggled through World War II, how it dealt with the social upheavals of the 60s, and how it now thrives as the Boy Scout Camp of the Yankee Clipper Council. It began in Lowell but Wah-Tut-Ca is now in the hearts of thousands of Scouts in Northeastern MA and Southern NH.
Opening Night October 24, 2012
Join Us For A Special Reception 6:00-8:00 PM
Featuring three short talks about
Wah-Tut-Ca’s Past, Present, and Future
Brian J. Lobao – “Lowell MA-Origins Of The Wah-Tut-Ca Idea“
Brian J. Lobao will speak about Lowell’s unique ties to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. Special focus of this talk is about the people who built the camp in Northwood NH and the challenges they faced. Lobao is author of “Glow the Brighter: The Story of Summer Camp in the Greater Lowell Council” (1987) and first editorsof the 2007 book “Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation” published by Arcadia and compiled by the Key Foundation, Inc. He will share the results of decades of research he has spent on the topic.
Brian Eckelkamp – “Wah-Tut-Ca- Still A Place To Eagerly Search For What is Over There”
Brian Eckelkamp is a third generation camper at Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. He is a Senior Research Associate who has spent five years doing extensive research on Wah-Tut-Ca nature, archeology and anthropology. Brian is a Life Scout from Wilmington MA and a Vigil Honor Member of Nanepashemet Lodge, Order of the Arrow. Eckelkamp works summers on the reservation staff in the ecology area known as Discovery.
Matt Harrington – “Beyond Lowell- Wah-Tut-Ca In The 21st Century”
Matt Harrington is new to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation. His first summer was 2012. He participated in “The Hike To Northwood” last June. This 60 mile hike was one the the signature events of Wah-Tut-Ca’s 75th Anniversary celebrated this year. Matt is an Eagle Scout from Peabody MA and is a Vigil Honor member of Nanepashemet Lodge, Order of the Arrow. This past summer Harrington worked on Wah-Tut-Ca Staff as a Counselor in the Discovery Program. Matt’s experiences give a glimpse of Wah-Tut-Ca’s future as part of the Yankee Clipper Council’s “Culture of Camping”.
Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation is for boys entering 6th to 12th grade or up to 18 years old from Northeastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. The mission of Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation is to provide recreation, training, growth, and adventure to Scouts. Since 1937 Wah-Tut-Ca has always provided young people with a safe and nurturing environment with experiences that last a lifetime thanks in large measure to forward-thinking leaders from Lowell. This past season, the camp’s historic 75th Anniversary, set attendance records exceeding 1200 camper weeks.