Category Archives: General

New HSR Promotional Video

Three “Generations” of Trappers

Three “generations” of Trappers met in the Hub during the 2011 Alumni Reunion Weekend: Ken Wrigglesworth (Trapper in 85 & 86), current Camp Director Kevin Bell (Trapper in 91 & 93) and Jacob Ursulak (Trapper ’11).

Kevin, while draping a lovely skunk pelt across his chest, is explaining how 19th century trappers would fashion bikini tops for their ladies from skunk pelts.

Drop us a line at the Thunderbird ( or add a comment here if you have any tales to tell of your adventures at the HSR Trapper’s Cabin.

2011 Highlights at HSR

  • Bayview Lodge completely renovated interior; redesign of cabin to change away from previous clinic and nurse’s quarters layout. 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, with large open concept kitchen and living space
  • New camp truck, 2011 (yes new, not just new to us!) white GMC 2500 HD, first replacement since 2006
  • New camp cook (Shirley Whitwell had been the cook since 1981. Thanks for 29 great years!)
  • New bridge going to Hurst Lake
  • One tree stump removed from Hub parking lot
  • 4 new sailboats
  • the season started with only 6 docks in place
  • work began on replacing the Hub stairs, including removing the birch tree which had become one with the banister
  • first annual pig roast dinner

Preparations began for ADVenture 2012 which include:

  • Road work and grading, including clearing of area by Mill Site for staging area
  • 60 new picnic tables built
  • 30 new thunderboxes built
  • 16 new outhouses purchased
  • almost all trails remarked and cleared at Trails Weekend, which had record attendance

Camp Update – Rhode Island

Starting in 2012, Rhode Island (just off Sejur Heights) will be become a campsite for small groups – similar to Raider’s Island! The Island was named for the 2nd Barrington Rhode Island Troop who camped on Sejur Heights.

Trails Weekend 2011

Friday, September 30th – Sunday, October 2nd

One of the Alumni Association’s on-going projects is the maintenance of the Haliburton Scout Reserve hiking trail system. Each year, Trails Weekend is held in the fall for alumni to perform the work. The tasks done depend on the number of volunteers who attend, the condition of the trails and whether there are any “special” projects required on the trails or at the camp on that particular weekend.

Trails Weekend typically offers some spectacular fall colours with the chance for current and former staff of all ages to work and socialize together. Meals and accommodations in HSR cabins are provided to volunteers.

This year’s Trails Weekend projects include preparation of trails for use during the Venturer Jamboree next year and replacement of the waterfront stairs.

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Register for the Trails Weekend, online below or by email, before September 25, 2011 (Important for planning the work and getting food).

2. Plan to arrive Friday evening or very early Saturday morning. We will be planning and assigning the work crews at breakfast on Saturday.

3. Come prepared for the weather, both for outdoor work and for evenings/overnight.

4. Be prepared to have a great weekend!

IMPORTANT NOTE: As for all volunteer activities at the camp, clean Police Reference Checks will be required for members intending to stay overnight at the camp. See more information here

Optional—Bring musical instruments for playing tunes in the hub Friday & Saturday evenings.

Trails Weekend 2011 Registration

2011 Rotary Parade!

Rotary Club goes above and beyond

 By Darren Lum (From the Haliburton Echo)

This year’s Rotary Summer Carnival parade included 20 floats, several antique cars from the Haliburton Time Travellers, and three bands: the Haliburton Highlands Silver Flutes, the Haliburton Highlands Pipes and Drums and the Kawartha Kavalier Drum and Bugle Corps. There were hundreds, three and four rows deep, along the parade route that started on Maple Street, then to Highland Street and ended at York Street on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The winner of the best commercial float was Haliburton Tim-br Mart, the best boys’ and/or girls’ group float was Youth Unlimited and the best non-profit float was the Haliburton Scout Reserve.

Sunrise at HSR – 2007

High Falls – Camper Video Summer 2011

Camper Video of Rifle Range (Summer 2011)

National Venturer Scout Adventure Event 2012

Scouts Canada is holding a National Venturer Scout Event in the early summer of 2012! That’s right, a National “Jamboree” for 1000 Venturer Scouts, aged 14-17. According to the Scouting Life Spring 2011 edition, the plan is to hold it at HSR in July!