Whatever happened to the Camp Fire Girls? They were doing better than that back in the '20s.
DIGBY BUTLER WHITMAN
What a witty, tender and really understanding article Barbara La Fontaine has written about Outward Bound. I know something about the subject because I was director of the first OB school in this country at Marble, Colo.
I remember one boy from Kansas City who came face to face with the reality of the wilderness, up above Lead King Basin one night on his solo survival expedition. While trying to sleep he heard mysterious chittering and chipping sounds that went on for hours in the darkness until, at 2:30 a.m., the tree on which a beaver had been gnawing fell across his lean-to.
"I will never forget that moment the rest of my life," the boy said later. I believe him.
WILLIAM MCK. CHAPMAN
Since your Barbara La Fontaine herself admits to 34 years (Babes in the Woods, July 11), perhaps it is not too ungallant of me to notice her age. In any case, I congratulate her not only for submitting that settled maturity to ordeals that would stagger many a younger girl but for writing about the experience with such grace and sensitivity as well.
My hat is off to Author Barbara La Fontaine and the girls who took part in the Outward Bound program. I found the article very enjoyable, and I am glad to see that some girls have the courage to "gut it out" on adventures like this.
St. Bonifacius, Minn.
Having spent a day at the Outward Bound Sea School in Aberdovey, Merioneth, Wales, I was a little surprised to read in your July 11 issue that Aberdovey had moved to Scotland. But I daresay the move was inadvertent. The present warden of the school, Captain J. F. Fuller, M.B.E., hosted a group of us overseas information officers around the school, and we were able to see at first hand many of the fascinating activities that the boys participate in.
It may be of interest to your readers to know that only five or six miles away from the boys' school at Aberdovey there is an Outward Bound girls' school in Towyn, Wales.
The concept of Outward Bound training is a fascinating one, and I think that many of your readers will agree that the spread of this concept would be of great help in character-building amongst our youth.
D. COLIN SELLEY
I notice that we share the same opinion concerning Mr. Leahy's United States Football League (SCORECARD June 11). However, there is another professional football league which deserves your attention. I am referring to the recently established Continental Football League.