The Captain’s Post

A “Secret” Tour of Iroquois Springs…

This is the first in an occasional series of short blog entries looking at various places around camp that have an interesting history, or have stories behind them that are not well known, or have the ability to surprise us in different ways. We hope you enjoy the tour!  

If it is one of those beautiful breezy mountain days at camp, take a walk past Boys Campus, on through the woods, and past the Field House (left hand side). Carefully make your way down to the shore of The Lake to a small group of trees just to the left of the cliffs that look down upon The Lake’s narrowest area…..

….. Place your hand on one of the trees, extend your arm, and look across the lake at the beautiful green forest on the other side. Allow your eyes to stare steadily into the greenery. If it is a breezy day, after staring for a couple of minutes, you will feel the sensation of moving… as if the lake was a rolling river, and you were on a boat on that river… This trick of the eyes, body and mind, this wonderful illusion, is the magic of this special spot in camp: “The Captain’s Post”.

The naming of this spot took place at some point long ago in the past, and has been passed on through the generations. If you go to the site on a calm day, you will probably be disappointed. It requires a steady breeze to come to life. The Captain’s Post is just one of the many surprises and secrets of this magical place called Iroquois Springs!

By Larry Wilensky