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EORGIA 



VIEWS 



PAR 



APRIL. 1961 



OUTDOOR 



HOLIDAY... 



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Block Rock Mountain 
Victoria Bryont 




. rom the mountains to the sea, Georgia 
offers a wide variety of opportunities for 
rest, relaxation and fun. Its geography and 
climate permit summer resorts in the Blue 
Ridge mountains of the north and year- 
round resorts on the Golden Isles along the 
Atlantic coast. Picturesque scenery, historic 
sites and excellent accommodations make 
travel a pleasure throughout the State. 



GEORGIA'S STATE PARKS 




PREPARED AND EDITED BY 



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BARBARA J # RANKIN — RECREATION DIRECTOR 




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APRIL IS THE TIKE TO DEDICATE OUR l/ORK, AS 

THOMAS CARLYLE SAID, "ALL WORK IS AS SEED SOWN. 
IT GROWS AND SPREADS AND SOWS ITSELF ANEW" . 

WHAT BETTER TIME TO LOOK AT OUR WORK AND SEE IP 
WE ARE DOING THE BEST JOB THAT WE KNOW HOW. 

OUR STATE PARKS ARE A PERFECT SAMPLE OF GOD'S 
CREATED BEAUTY. THE PERSONNEL OF OUR DEPART- 
MENT ARE THE KEEPERS OF THESE RESOURCES. NOT 
ONLY ARE WE GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CON- 
SERVATION OF THE LAND AND WILDLIFE, BUT FOR THE 
CONSERVATION OF HUMAN RESOURCES. 




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OUR WORK SHOULD BE AN INSPIRATION TO LEARN AND TO 
WORK TO BUILD THE BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL PARKS 
THAT WE CAN IMAGINE. 






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LEADERSHIP 

National C - develoj 

training course outlines, on-' 
oges steady improvement In botl 
and quantity of college camping 

CONVENTIONS 

Notional Conventions u«e he! 
il *red ye 
Convi ";re Meld rvening , 

WORKSHOPS 

Workshops on the not-cnol V 

me phase of cooping or program, ore 
held yea»ly. Reports J from work- 

i very often take the term ol rn rv pub- 
lications. 



CAMP STANDARDS 

red to the 

'Me is Committee. Standards wcr« 

adopted in 1948, o program o* Implemcnto- 
was Initialed in 1952. T 

Compm., 

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I meet ccrto< -Js in Vl - 

Jhot it <o better for rl 
to estab 

members otta • u.r 

legislative action. 

PUBLIC RELATIONS 

Con ed n boll na- 

tional and local 

Interpret romping to related groups 01 
the public; ind to acquaint fhi 
the importonce oi 

PROGRAM SERVICES 

working their 

comp pi -decs end h 

\MPING MAGAZINE and 

ond publico t> 

STUDIES AND RESEARCH 

An act . works to encourage 

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with recent rent, in the 

lies ond research. 

COUNSELOR PLACEMENT 

find staff members and | 

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CAMPER REFERRAL 

ice is given I 

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CONSULTANT SERVICES 

A number of local Sect; 

p directors nr»th 

ems o» Cfjir\{i -. 

m, public 

ids, etc. 



PARK NEWS 

FORT YARGO 

Submitted by W. S. Fricks, Supt. 

At Port Yargo we have been working 
on our group camp. A new shower 
has been installed. Hope to get 
the new cabinets in kitchen next 
week. 

V/e hope to have our picnic shelters 
erected during the month of April. 
We will have a nice picnic area 
for this coming season with a new 
parking area near by. (if we get 
it graveled) 

The lawn is looking good now at 
the old Fort. 

STEPHEN C. FOSTER 

Submitted by George Sirmans, Mgr. 

V/e have just completed a. -road into 
a three-acre undeveloped camping 
site, we hope this will take some 
of the load off our more developed 
camp site in the park. 

The North Georgia Council of Boy 
Scouts of America are camping on 
Billy's Island which is in the 
park's jurisdiction. There is 
approximately 600 boys camping 
hsre during a two-week period. 

Billy's Island is located 7 miles 
in the Interior of the Okefenokee 
Swamp, and is also near the head- 
waters of the Suwannee river. The 
island consists of 3*100 acres, 
which is covered in slash and 
loblolly pine and also masses of 
southern palmetto. 

Originally, Billy's Island was the 
stronghold of a tribe of the 
fierce Seminole Indian Nation, 
these Indians were driven from the 
swamp in 1838. 

In more recent years, there was a 
logging village located on the 
Island, (around 1915 to 1930) where 



lived more than 800 people, there 
was a school, a church, a two story 
hotel and a movie theater, and what 
remains of this now, is only a part 
of an old steam engine which was 
junked while the logging operation 
was in progress. 

LAURA S. WALKER 

Submitted by C. H. Morgan, Supt. 

We are installing a new drainage 
system also a new pier or dock in 
the lake . 

Our new picnic shed is very popu- 
lar—even with the bad weather-- 
it stays reserved. 

Trailer camping has been fine this 
month and with that new price, 
shows up well in the weekly report. 

A new drainage field has been com- 
pleted but it seems like we will 
have to put in new sewage system 
to cure everything. 

The men are all set to start on 

the termites, also the mosquitoes 

are getting bad and we are going 

to try our new fogging machine 
this week. 

The kitchen and dining room has 
been Painted on the inside. The 
floor has been varnished and waxed. 
V/e are now painting the bathhouse. 

The most popular item at this park 
is the new pay telephone on the 
outside. 

Am still a bit wobbly but gaining 
strength, see you in April, I hope. 

CROOKED RIVER 

Submitted by M. K. DeLoach, Supt. 

Fifteen new wooden picnic tables 
have been received, assembled and 
stained, awaiting new picnic shelter. 
6 tables are to be placed in the 
old shelter. .11 new shower stalls 
received and beir^, installed in 
cabins. 



fep-airs have been finished on boat 

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Now International Harvester Tractor 

and mower received and put in use. 

Underbrush at entrance of park is 

being cut and cleared av/ay to give 

a clearer view of park as guests 

arrive. 

Th park will officially open on 

Saturday, April 29, 1961. Already 

r.n increase in tent and trailer 

camping has been noted for the 

season, and it is expected the 

seajon of 1961 will be the largest 

yet. 

Reservations for Boat Club cruises 

from Jacksonville, Florida, etc. 

have come in for the coming year. 

LITTLE OCMULGEE 

Submitted by Lee Willcox, Supt. 

. new camping area in Little 
Ocmulgee State Park is progressing 
and we hope it will be finished by 
the first of the summer. V/e are 

ving quite a few trailer campers 
Going from Florida back North, 

A hot water heater has been instal- 

the Group Camp site. We 
have had a number cf motor boats on 
the lake and some fishing. 

We have a new storage building al- 
,t finished . The grounds of the 
park are being cleaned and gotten 
in shape for the summer season. 

We had a Cub Scout meeting with 
about 100 attending last week. 

BI 10CK MOUNTAIN 

Submitted by J. L. Christian, Supt. 

We have just completed laying an 
1,8C foot water main to our new 
tent camping area. Have also 
erected two aluminum confort 
stations in the area. We received 
16 new wooden picnic tables last 
week from the shop. We will also 
complete our rock walls, before the 
end" of the month, at the picnic 
area on Germany Road. 



BAINBRIDGE ^ 

Submitted by Harry 0. Shealy, Supt. 

The past month has been spent in 
fertilizing and seeding the grass 
slopes in this park. The green 
looks as fresh and new as the United 
States and Georgia Flags that re- 
placed the old tattered ones. 

This park is ready for the annual 
deluge of picnicking parties and 
boating parties -- from S. W. 
Georgia, S. E. Alabama, and N. W. 
Florida. It serves all three states 
equally well. 

INDIAN SPRINGS 

Submitted by W. R. Anderson, Supt. 

We have had two beautiful weekends 
during the month of March, v/ith 
quite a few picnickers visiting our 
park. We opened the concession on 
these weekends. 

We had the . rivile nfl pleasure 
of having Mr Struble as guest 
speaker at our Jackson Exchange 
Club on March 21, and at that time 
he presented Mr. C. B. Hamlin with 
a 20-year certificate of faithful 
service along with the pin. 

We have had very few tent campers 
so far, but have had correspondence 
from a number of people enquiring 
about tenting facilities. 

ELIJAH CLARK 

Submitted by J. F. Fortson, Supt. 

Campers have already started coming 
to Elijah Clark. Fishermen and 
their families are enjoying weekend 
trips. Florida winter residents 
are stopping over on their way back 
to their homes. We are also having 
a good many Boy Scouts each weekend, 

The concession building is being 
remodled and repainted. The floor 
repaired; chairs reupholstered; 
kitchen enlarged and rewired. We 
are still hoping that work on a 
sewage system will be started at 
an early date. 



aual "Easter Sunrise Service" 

lie Id at Elijah Clark on 
r.orning. The Rev. Bremmel 
C, r, Public Relations officer 
for the Methodist Children's Home, 
Decatur, Georgia will be guest 
iker. Music will be furnished 
T ohe Lincolnton High School Band, 
songs by the choirs from the 
three Lincolnton Churches, Approxi- 
ttely five hundred or more persons 
pected to attend this service. 

ILLE 
Submitted by C. ?. Flowers, Supt. 

Reidsville State Park has received 
iv Ford pickup and a now 36 inch 
mowe 

for a dock on the lake are 
on hand. The construction will 

n the next few days . We 
e materials for another picnic 
These materials have been 
i and are ready to be erected. 

on the filter house has 
i nt job, 

have been extended from 
bo the picnic shelter area. 

are being mowed and 
spring season. 



Earl Dawson, Supt. 






I appy to announce the com- 
the office. The porch 
Lntendent's residence 
into this office. It 

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nic ihelter has been 
er st few dc.ys of 

her have brought many 
for picnicking. 

Pre being made on hiking 



FORT MOUNTAIN 5 

Submitted by Tom Winkler 

During the year of 1960-61, about 
4 acres of underbrush, logs and 
limbs have been cleared for tent 
and trailer area. New 30 ft. flag 
staffs have been placed in all 
areas at Fort Mountain. 

We have received 10 new Ik ft. 
fiberglass boats with oars; 54 
cushion-type life perservers; 10 
sanitary outdoor toilets; 1 new 
power saw; 40 concrete picnic tables 
and 10 wooden tables: 1 new jeep 
trailer; 1 lawn mower; 1 - 30 x 40 
steel building and 2 new picnic 
shelters hi bean erected. 

A new kitchen sink and cabinet; 
2 new rugs; 1 new couch and a new 
chair have been purchased for the 
cabin, and a now ru^; has also been 
purchased for the superintendent's 
residence . 



AMICAL03 lLLS 
Submitted 



C. Collins, Supt. 



Will hive much improved camping 
facilit: r: 7 new camp 

sites will be completed which will 
include tent rounds, tables 
and ou1 .ets. 

16 ca =.ve been started 
which will also include the facili- 
ties mention bove. V/e know that 
everyone w r camping at 
AmicaloJ ills in ! 6l, 

A. Ho STEI 

Submitted b; T„ I irden, Supt. 

A nev^ steel building has been 
erected and ten (lOj new concrete 
picnic tablt ien set up. 
A new picnic si r with five 
new tables been completed at 
the tent camping 

A new Garland range Kith hood and 
exhaust fan has been installed in 
the Group Camp kitchen. 



'All rest rooms in Group Camp have 
been freshly painted. Showers have 
been installed in the bathhouse at 
the tent camping area. This bath- 
house has been painted also. All 
wooden tables at barbeque pit have 
been painted. We have received 
10 new beds for the Group Camp, and 
the Group Camp dining hall floor 
has been freshly painted. All 
screen windows in the Group Camp 
have been repaired. We are in the 
process of getting the camp ready 
for campers . 

The Continental Car Company of 
Augusta is sponsoring a field day 
for the PFA Chapters in this area 
here at Stephens Park. Classes in 
different phases of Forestry will 
be taught, and there will be a 
weiner roast at noon. 

VOGEL 

Submitted by Bonnell Akins, Mgr. 

We are planning to officially open 
April 1, Spring cleaning will be- 
gin prior to that time, weather 
permitting. Reservations are com- 
ing in at a better rate than ever 
and we are expecting a good summer. 
We are hoping all major repairs 
will have been completed prior to 
opening date. 

RED TOP MOUNTAIN 

Submitted by W. D. Clark, Supt. 

The high water which had covered 
Red Top Mountain and George Washing- 
ton Carver's beaches, picnic areas, 
and parking lots has returned to 
normal. 

Red Top Mountain has three deer. 
One white Virginia deer and two 
white-tail Georgia deer. 

We were happy to see Mr. Collier 
out again. He visited Red Top 
Mountain and George Washington 
Carver March 24. 

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CAMP -OPERATED REGISTRY 

Assistant Regional Director Herb 
Maier, Region 4, National Park 
Service, San Francisco reports a 
unique campground registry board 
he saw recently in the Inyo 
National Forest. 

Located at the single entrance and 
exit of each campground in such a 
position that the driver can't miss 
it--in fact, he halts his car right 
in front of it before entering the 
campground --the registry board allows 
him to see at a glance those campsites 
vacant and available, their location 
and how to reach them. 

****** 

INDIAN FOLK SAYING 

In beauty I walk, 
With beauty before me I walk, 
With beauty behind me I walk, 
With beauty above me I walk. 

****** 

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SPORTSMANSHIP 

Thou shalt finish the game thou begin- 
nest. 

Thou shalt take losses without excuses. 

Thou shalt be humble in victory. 

Thou shalt honor the referee or umpire. 

Thou shalt share the glory of winning 

with thy teammates. 

Thou shalt be willing to give thine 

opponent every advantage thou askest. 

Thou shalt play for the sake of the 

game and the joy of playing. 

Thou shalt do team work unselfisly. 

Thou shalt honor the game. 

****** 

Mountaineer: "My boy's after laming; 
what d'ya have?" 

Teacher: "We offer English, trigonom- 
etry, spelling, music appreciation...." 
Mountaineer: "Wal, give him some of thet 
thar trigonometry; he's the worst shot 
in the family." 



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GEORGIA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 
GEORGIA DISTRICT - AMERICAN CAMPING 
ASSOCIATION 

HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK 
April 14-16, 1961 

FRIDAY - Registration - 

Early arrivals - fishing, hiking, etc 

Lowering of colors - University of 

Georgia Camping Class 

Dinner 

Small Group Discussions - College 

Credit for Camp Counselors - Dr. 

Frances Hall, Prof, of Physical 

Education, Florida State University 

Camp Management - Mr. Nate Loshak, 

Jewish Welfare Board 

Waterfront Problems - Harry A. 

Kenning, First Aid and Water Safety 

Representative, American Red Cross 

General Session - Introduction of 

Speaker - Dr. Tully Pennington, 

Georgia Southern College 

Keynote Speaker - Dr. E. L. Palmer, 

Ithaca, New York 

Informal Singing - Marty Kurtz, Con- 

charty Council, Girl Scouts of USA 

SATURDAY - Raise Colors - University 

of Georgia Camping Class 

Breakfast 

Skill Sessions - Creative Drama - 

Mrs. Helen Greenbaum, Dramatics 

Director, Jewish Community Center 

Campcraft - Edie Klein, Program 

Director, Jewish Community Center 

Nature Crafts - Roslyn Brock, Nature 

Crafts Counselor 

Indian Lore - Joe Mahan, Museum of 

Arts and Crafts, Columbus, Georgia 

Square Dance - Harry Popkin, Dir. 

Blue Star Camps 

Camp Music - Marty Kurtz, Girl Scouts 

of USA 

Nature in the Camp Program - Dr. 

Tully Pennington, Georgia Southern 

College 

Sociological Implications for today's 

Camps - Dr. Raymond Payne 

Lunch 

Skill Sessions (A repeat of morning 

skill sessions) 

SUNDAY - Breakfast - Business Meeting 
Worship Service - Dinner - Depart 



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FAMILY CAMPING WORKSHOP 

HARD LABOR CREEK STATE PARK 
April 21-23, 1961 

FRIDAY - Registration 
Movies - National Parks and other 
points of interest to camping 
families - Miss Barbara Rankin - 
Department of State Parks 

SATURDAY - Registration and setting 

up camp 

Jr. Skill Sessions - Miss Robin 

Jackson and Miss Dorothy Yarbrough 

Atlanta Recreation Department 

Introduction to Family Camping - 

Dr. Hugh Masters, University of 

Georgia 

Skill Groups - Helpful hints on 

living in the out-of-doors - Miss 

Edie Klein, ACA Instructor 

Cooking in the out-of-doors - Miss 

Margaret Stanion, ACA Instructor 

Camping is Conservation - Ga. Game 

and Fish Commission - Ga. Forestry 

Commission - National Park Service 

Health and Safety is a part of 

Camping - Atlanta Chapter of the 

American Red Cross 

Exhibition of camping and equipment 

and written material 

Dinner, Rest Period, and Visiting 

Recreation for families - Mrs. 

Lucille Bailey, Atlanta Recreation 

Department 

Campfire Program - Mr. William L. 

Featherstone, Dept. of Interior, 

Richmond, Virginia, National Park 

Service 

SUNDAY - Bird Watch - Breakfast - 
Sunday Worship Services - Georgia 
Appalachian Trail Club - Nature 
Program - Mr. William L. Feather- 
stone, National Park Service 
Lunch - Pack up - Depart 

****** 



CIVIL WAR CENTENNIAL COMMISSION 

Karl S. Betts, Executive Director 

700 Jackson Place, N.W. mrector No. 1 5 1 

V/ashington 25, D. c. 

Telephone: Executive 3-3300, ext. 641 March 1, 1961 

FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 1961 

WASHINGTON, D.C. ..... South Carolina's Charleston, the city that 

echoed in l86l with the first hostile firing of the Civil War, will present 
an authentic background both in scenery and costumes when the fourth nation- 
al assembly of the Centennial Commission is held there April 11-12. 

The atmosphere of the Civil War era will be noticeable on all sides — 
and all of it will be by way of welcome. Many male residents will wear 
beards, the hirsute adornments so reminiscent of the period. Hostesses will 
be gowned in the flowing dresses of the Sixties. Citadel cadets, manning 
the batteries that sounded notes of defense there 100 years ago, will be 
dressed in authentic Confederate uniforms. And as a final fillip, the 
outburst of cannon fire that Beauregard's troops poured on Fort Sumter will 
be reenacted with pyrotechnics and not the fireworks of warfare. 

Karl S. Betts, executive director of the National Commission, predicts 
the meeting will be the most important pertaining to the Civil War held in 
the last Century. 

"Here for the first time," he said, "we will have an opportunity to 
assess ourselves on a basis of performance. By that time several of our 
more important opening ceremonies will have taken place, and our speakers 
will be expected to point out to us what lies ahead and how to improve our 
programs . " 

As a special highlight of the program, Postmaster General J. Edward Day 
and some of his deputies will be on hand to present to the American public 
for the first time the Fort Sumter commemorative stamp to be issued in mem- 
ory of the occasion. This stamp will go on sale on April ]2 at the main post 
office in Charleston.