Steve Watts and I were the fortunate guests of Shawn Orbanic and Camp-Fire Club of America (CFC) for their June Outing these last four days. On this hallowed ground where the likes of Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, Warren Miller, Gifford Pinchot and many other Master Woodsmen of yesterday walked, we enjoyed the best of fellowship and witnessed the CFC Master Woodsmen of today practice their craft.
In addition to Steve being the guest speaker Friday night, we took the time to fulfill Steve’s longtime desire to visit Medicine Rock in what was once Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wyndygoul estate in Cos Cob, CT. There, we toured Standing Rock Village and grounds, and in a special tribute (and moment), Steve made fire with a bow drill in the very spot where Seton started the Woodcraft Indians (the start of youth Scouting) and was the site of the early Camp-Fire Club of America Outings.
We also explored the Daniel Carter Beard exhibit at Bear Mountain State Park and paid a visit to Beard’s grave where Steve paid homage to “Uncle Dan” by doing a traditional flint & steel fire.
Please enjoy these first couple of early photos to set the stage to our trip. I can’t express enough gratitude to Shawn, Jeff, and the members and staff of the Camp-Fire Club for their tremendous hospitality.