Shasta Camp Pavilion Dedicated

November 14, 2012

By Carol Kern 
Publicity Chair, Shasta Camp Committee

An amazing dedication and celebration event was held at Shasta Camp Sept. 8, 2012 for the recently completed new building, The Pavilion. Around 100 people gathered for the event, which included tours of the camp, a program, lunch, and plenty of reminiscing. Those who attended were people who have taken part in the shaping of the camp through the years, along with campers, community members from the greater Mt. Shasta area, Forest Service and Pavilion construction personnel, Care-A-Vaners, and camp committee members.
 
"Pioneer" families, those who built and rebuilt the camp from 1945 to the present, were represented by family members: the McLane, Buckner, Armantrout, and Elsea families. The head of the camp committee, Pauline Bowen, greeted everyone and opened the program with a prayer. Madi Elsea offered some "camper" reflections and Pamela Coy-Armantrout gave a retrospective of the camp.
 
Among the speakers were Frank and Janice Crow, members of the Shasta Indian Nation. Janice detailed what life might have been like in the early days for the Indian dwellers in the area, and Frank told an Indian tale, titled "Great Spirit Makes the Mountain."
 
Jan Elsea and Rod Lee led those gathered in the singing of some of the standard camp songs: "Sarasponda," "The Happy Wanderer," "For the Beauty of the Earth," and "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit." All were sung heartily and amplified beautifully by the wonderful acoustics of The Pavilion.
 
A catered lunch and cutting of the Shasta Camp celebration cake followed, with Jim Elsea, now a nonagenarian, making the first cut. There was plenty of fellowship and laughter while the sumptuous offerings of food were enjoyed. Shasta T-shirt sales and an informational booth for camp brochures gave the people a chance to "check-in" and "check-out" just what has been going on at the camp recently. Pictures of campers and construction events were displayed, and sign-up opportunities for donating items for The Pavilion kitchen were posted.
 
This is just the beginning!