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Reports & Records of Fresh Air Farm of Portsmouth Kiwanis Club, Inc., 1943-1932 - images 71-105

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Kiwanis Fresh Air Farm Committee Report - 2. among the children, which manifests itself by resistance to discipline and a tendency to desert camp. This was experienced more particularly with the group of boys whose program was directed not quite as efficiently as the girl's group. Despite certain eventful occurrences, large gains in weight were made by both groups. For the girls a total of 110 1/2 pounds was recorded, the average gain being 3 3/4 pounds, the greatest individual gain being 8 3/4 pounds. For the boys a total of 142 1/2 pounds was made the average gain being 4 3/4 pounds, the greatest individual gain being 11 3/4 pounds. The personnel for the camp was entirely new. The directress, who had five years camp experience proved to be efficient and most considerate with each group. She was immensely handicapped, however, by the lack of an experienced cook. This occurred as the result of the policy of the Committee to employ the wife of the caretaker who lived on the premises. During the two months the camp was in operation, the regular cook was out on account of sickness for over two weeks. It was during this period that various substitutes were employed. The recreational directress had to leave after the first period, which somewhat handicapped the directress during the second period. A substitute was secured, who proved to lack ability to pursue the required schedule as had been done during the first period.