As I Remember It, page 10
George Washington Council
by Hugh Callahan
In 1945, the Kearney Foundation donated a beautiful dining hall. The old kitchen and mess hall were dismantled. On the higher part of the foundation, the Order of the Arrow (OA) built a lodge for their activities. Later, the camp used it in the summer as their craft shop.
The year 1971 was a sad year for all the scouts and scouters. It was an even sadder year for the professionals and the Executive Board. The Government was planning to build a dam at Tocks Island, just three miles south of Camp Pahaquarra. It was estimated that the level of the reservor would rise to 23 feet above the mess hall. The government took ownership of camp and this was the last year of Camp Pahaquarra.
For the 46 years from 1925 to 1871, thousands of men in our area enjoyed part of their boyhood at Camp Pahaquarra. Last year, in 1984, I returned to this area. I was surprised to see how soon nature took over. I remember this and that being here and there, but it is only in my memories. It is hard today to see and realize what a great place this was. You had to have lived here to feel what I felt at the time.
The following was taken from a booklet written by William Durling in 1927.
The mess hall is called Good Times Hall after the Trenton Times, which with the State Gazette and the Trenton Sunday Times-Advertiser, may always be depended upon to be friendly towards boys, Scouts and otherwise. Good Times Hall is just what the name implies. Its cleanliness and fine order make it doubly attractive. The first piano was a gift of Mr. Cartledge, who well appreciates that music has an important place in boyhood.
Headquarters building houses the store, camp office, library and staff meeting room. This one once the mine office and laboratory. Members of the camp staff use the upper rooms for sleeping purposes. This place is known as Hottel Hall, being named after Mr. Joseph B. Hottel, Council President.
In 1947, the second story was renovated and renamed Davey Infirmery, named after Scout Executive George Davey, who had passed away in 1946.
September 12, 1999