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Skidmore visitors?

Who are these young women, why have they traveled to Saratoga, and when? If you have an answer, tell us the story at 518-580-5747,, or Scope c/o Skidmore College. We’ll report answers, and run a new quiz, in the upcoming Scope.


Paddle sports?        
George S. Bolster Collection  

“This is a bunch of phys-ed majors at Skidmore’s two-week outdoor-skills camp on Lake Luzerne, not far from Skidmore,” says Susan Starrett Martin ’68. Carol Beals Holmberg ’50 and others corroborate this memory. Martin explains, “The PE major required us to learn canoeing, camping, and other skills—and helped us cement our close camaraderie.” She adds, “Having been a phys-ed faculty member at colleges and universities after Skidmore, I always felt I had gotten superior training, compared to others I met in my field. Also, Profs. Bev Becker and Nancy Davis did a great job of preparing us to coach and teach in the inevitably less-than-perfect job environments we were sure to find ourselves in. How we girls admired them.”

Barbara Mahoney Sumner ’55 and Helen Briwa ’53 also recall attending Skidmore Camp, held after freshman and sophomore years. Sumner says, “We did indeed paddle each day for a specific amount of time. I think this was on Second Lake, which flowed into Lake Luzerne.”

But, like Martin, Nita Walter McAdams ’68 and Pat Naigles Lyons ’57 remember the camp’s being held after the sophomore and junior years. Another twist is offered by Julie Sullivan Bowe ’73: “As a young girl I was a camper and then a counselor at Pine Log Camp on Fourth Lake,” also near Lake Luzerne, N.Y. “I had heard that Skidmore used to use the facilities at Pine Log for its PE majors’ summer camp. And this picture sure looks like Fourth Lake and our old Pine Log canoes.”

No matter where or when (the photo label says 1952), Lyons concludes, “It was much fun, we learned lots, and we were in great shape when we got back to Skidmore.”