Conference Pin Commemorating the 52nd Lutheran Summer Conference and the 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Martin Luther (1483-1983). To left and right of Luther are the symbol of Silver Bay and the Luther Coat-of-Arms.
Over the years, Pastor Fred Schumacher has created four commemorative pins for the Lutheran Summer Conference at Silver Bay. Today, the first pin, with Fred’s description:
“The 50th Anniversary of the Lutheran Summer Conference in July, 1981. The central image on the pin is Martin Luther’s Coat-of-Arms (often referred to as his Crest or the Luther Rose.) An explanation of his Crest was sent to Spalitan, the Secretary of Frederick the Wise, in 1530 from the Colberg Castle in Germany during the meeting in Augsburg in which the Princes of Germany presented to the Emperor Charles V the Augsburg Confession, the primary confessional writing of Lutheran Churches throughout the world.”
Thank you, Fred!
Silver Bay is going to be on Good Morning America, in a story on the resurgence of family-style vacations. A film crew was at Silver Bay on August 14th and the story is set to air the weekend of Sept. 6-7, 2008. The show starts at 7 a.m. (check listings in your area) and runs for one hour. Silver Bay will be on air for about 1.5 minutes.
Lee Woodruff, a fourth-generation Silver Bayer and wife of Bob Woodruff — ABC World News Tonight co-anchor — will narrate and appear in the story. (The Woodruffs were married in Helen Hughes Memorial Chapel in 1988 and have a cottage at the top of the hill where Paine Road turns off of Silver Bay Road.)
From the New York State Archives, a lantern slide of Silver Bay, “view from steamer,” 1913
2008 Summer Conference, children’s sermon; photo by Jim Bresnahan
The Silver Bay Committee of Boston’s YWCA was composed of students from Boston University. In 1916, they came up with the idea of a circus to benefit Silver Bay. In costume, they performed skits and dramatizations. Speaking of Silver Bay, Doris Kennard (class of 1916), wrote, “We think of it as the dreamland, the fairy paradise, and to visit this place we make any sacrifice. Six hundred girls gather together. And what glorious times they have!”
The formation of the Boy Scouts of America was inspired by Lord Baden-Powell’s Boy Scout movement in Great Britain. In the U.S., the YMCA had been running camps for boys since 1884, and in 1908, some Y camps began using elements of the “Scoutcraft” skills being taught in Britain.
When the Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in February of 1910, the YMCA and other prominent youth groups – including Ernest Thompson Seton’s Tribe of Woodcraft Indians and Dan Beard’s Sons of Daniel Boone – quickly became involved, pooling their resources and energies. The first Scouting handbook was published in 1910 and…
… the first official Boy Scouts of America camp was held in August of that year at Silver Bay. A highlight of the Silver Bay camp was Ernest Thompson Seton demonstrating camp-craft to the assembled YMCA boys and leaders. YMCA official Edgar M. Robinson later wrote that by the time the camp ended, “Troops of Scouts were springing up like mushrooms in every section of the country.”