2008 Camp Lucy

Camp Lucy, 2008 was a huge success. We accomplished our goal which was to enhance the bond between the dogs and their humans. The weather, for the most part, was good and the lake was warm. Here's an email I wrote right after Camp that will explain the weekend more clearly.

Well, the first annual Camp Lucy is winding down. As I write this, I'm sitting next to a roaring campfire, on the shore of Ossipee Lake. The full moon is shining through low, scudding clouds. There are just a few of us here, now but we've got full bellies, sleeping dogs at our feet, and warm feelings all around.

We all had a great time. The weather was not as good as it could have been but Friday was ok, Saturday, fantastic and today damp and gray but warm. The dogs had a blast. Saturday morning we gathered a group and went out for a walk. Our route took us along the shore of the lake and out onto a paved road. We worried about traffic for a little while until a car actually came along. Our worries went away as the car slowed almost to a stop and the occupants stared at the gaggle of goldens. Not a usual sight around these parts, I guess.

Because we had a relatively small group, no one was crowded. People shared bunks because they wanted to, not because they had to. The camp has spent a lot of time and money making improvements and we all noticed them. Their new theater building, dubbed "The Barn" was awesome but we never used it to its potential. Charlene Swainamer held the CGC and TDI classes in there but we could have done much more. Next year we'll plan some activities for it and use the stage and sound system.

Two of the most popular activities were the dog massage, where people could bring their dogs in for a full body massage. Anastasia was a master and many dog left there walking better than they had in a while. The "Senior to Almost Senior" seminar was hosted by Dr. Ruth Solomon. Ruth worked as YGRR's kennel manager for three years many moons ago and went on from there to vet school at Tufts where she graduated in the top of her class. Ruth is a Lab breeder and has taken a special interest in canine geriatrics. She talked and answered questions for two hours.

Marcia Peirce and Sherry Wyskiel held two tracking workshops for those interested in seeing if their dog had what it took. Marcia and Charlene then held a session on tricks for young and old dogs and ways to give them jobs to help them feel useful and stimulated.

The Candle Ceremony was held in the Lodge, a multi-media building with a ceiling mounted projector and a state of the art Denon sound system. It was fine for now but as we grow, we'll probably move to the Barn. Jody Hamilton did a wonderful job organizing this and Katie Dyer, as usual, made the slide show sparkle. This year, Jody made a Keynote presentation called Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant. She narrated it herself and set it to music. Unbelievable! Jody is such a creative woman and this just made the ceremony. Thanks Jody!

This camp is located on Lake Ossipee. It has almost 1/2 mile of lake frontage. It's almost flat and many of the bunks are either on the water or overlooking it. The lake was calm and very warm. The dogs were wet....so were the people. Perfect if you're a golden retriever! (except Luke)

I made a makeshift RV park on a basketball court located on a small cove. The three campers had their own private beach where the dogs could stay wet 24/7 if they wanted. In the future, we'll set up an RV park in a field and have the electrical hookups there. We can probably fit 30 or so RV's in one of the fields.

Is there room for improvement? You bet! I just found out that the camp has a campus wide PA system that we will use for announcements. More private and semi-private lodging will be available and the mess hall will be brand new. (They are disassembling the old one right this minute) There will be a 20 person dorm room on the first floor and the kitchen and dining hall will be on the second floor.

We will make sure to keep everyone abreast of developments and we will notify everyone who registers for next year so they know they're on the list.

I'm going to spend a lot of time on this so next year will be even better than this year! It was suggested to me that people could bring friends, even
on-dog friends, to use the lake to kayak, fish, boat, then come back here for the food. I cannot say enough about Nicky and her cooking. I'm sure people will chime in but it was worth the price of admission all by itself! Thanks to all who came and contributed to the Camp. I hope you all had a great time. I know I did!

I am also pleased to announce that we have reserved Camp Robin Hood for next year. We set the date for the weekend of September 12th, 2009. So, mark your calendars, plan your vacation, and get ready for another wonderful weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Please take some time to look at the pictures of this year's camp.

Check back here regularly as we will update the site whenever we have new news or developments.

See you all next year!

- Chan


Courtesy of Katie Dyer & Chandler Rudd

Camp Comments

"John, Scoutie & I returned late this afternoon from Camp Lucy. A small but fun group of individuals.....good to see some Goldstockers, previous attendees at Camp Robin Hood plus meet some new friends.
I'm sure others will right more, but I HAVE to give you all a snippet of the food menu that we were served:

Friday Night

Spinach Pie
Pasta with two types of sauce
Green Salad with seasoned tomatoes
Blueberry Crisp
Cookies in the shape of Golden Retrievers

Saturday Morning

Eggs Benedict
Fresh Fruit
OJ & Apple Juice


Saturday Noon

Lobster Bisque
Two Varieties of Quiche
Varieties of roll-up sandwiches
Potato Salad
Turkey Curry Salad
Green Salad
Coucous Salad

Saturday Night

Turkey with mushroom gravy
Mashed potatoes
Roasted Carrots
Roasted Squash
Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms
Fruit Salad
THE BEST SALAD IN THE WORLD (Cinnamon Apple with Pecans/Greens/
Mandarin Oranges/Cukes & Greens with a Maple Vinegarette)
Coconut Cream Pie
Banana Toffee dessert
Cookies in the shape of Tennis Balls & Dog Bones


We stayed for Sunday breakfast & lunch and the meals were just a marvelous as on Saturday. Sadly, we didn't wait for Sunday dinner! L"

- Jody (who doesn't need to eat for the next month!}

"Definitely a nice night for a campfire and sitting by the lake! Hmmm... I'm sitting at my dining room table working on my computer as I have all day..similar? Not by a mile!!!!

Again...I had a great time, the pups had fun too! They slept like babies when I got home and all through the night. Looking forward to next year! Thank you very much.

Enjoy the evening and talk to you soon."

- Tracey

"Just got home, and can not thank you enough for the great time Brady and I had this weekend! Its was great to see old friends, and meet new ones. I know I have been out of the "dog world" for a long, long, time, but Chandler, Darleen, Joan, Marcia, Cheri are still there! I can not wait until next year!

Thanks again for a great weekend!

I always said my first life was dogs, then I died and found my horses, now I have come back and found my dog life again! How lucky can I be?"

- Kathy and Brady