In August 2021, a group of alumni who worked at Camp Echo in the 60s and 70s gathered back on the peninsula. For many, this was the first time they had returned to Camp Echo in 50 or more years. The week was full of stories, songs, connecting and of course, some Camp Echo fun!
Read below for one story of mysterious events from the week.
Breaking News: Release from the infallible Camp Echo Kangaroo Court
During the Echo alumni reunion this past summer, then current Staffer Kat was found guilty by the Camp’s infallible Kangaroo Court of taking all the special and delicious pretzel hamburger buns from the Alumni and family campers, securing and reserving the tasty buns only for the current staffers. Bernard and Katie immediately begged for mercy for Kat and the summer Echo staff given no other Echo staff had ever endured a hotter summer. The unprecedented heat, they both claimed, caused sun stroke and subsequent but understandable misjudgments by temporarily delusional staffer Kat.
While contemplating leniency, the infallible Kangaroo Court then learned, following check out by most of the alums, an apparent “confessionitory” note left behind on a wall in Bob Tarkington’s cabin where the General and Kangaroo Judge, Tark, owned up and confessed personally to the entire food theft caper blamed on Kat. The DeLapps, on behalf of the rest of the alums at flag raising the day after alum check out, apologized for Kat’s “execution” of being thrown violently into the lake for her food-related crimes. The alums could not take the water from her Kat’s lungs and her lake plunge, but she was nevertheless pardoned on the spot.
However, the breaking news is that brand new evidence now shows from an outside handwriting expert brought into the investigation by the infallible Kangaroo Court that the incriminating “Tarkington” note was not written by Bob at all, but by shifty staffer Anna, who was in collusion with Kat to secure those delicious pretzel hamburger buns. Both staffer’s finger prints were found all over the forged note. The Infallible Kangaroo Court now will reconvene at the next alum reunion.
Thought everyone wouls Anna for punishment–to be thrown into Long Lake with a half twist and belly flop; Kat will also be given a return visit to the waters in the blue swimming area for deceiving the court throughout, defaming the honorable General and Judge Tarkington and allowing the DeLapps to prostrate themselves before the staff begging for mercy on behalf of all the alums and campers.
Since the Kangaroo Court has no jurisdiction beyond the sacred grounds at Camp Echo, sentencing and punishment for Kat and Anna will be formally given at Camp Echo. The infallible Kangaroo Court always seeks and administers truth and justice at Camp Echo. Some things do not change.
Written by: Joe DeLapp / October 2021